Curtis Memorial Library is once again delighted to work with the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust to host a series of lectures this Spring. This year the 2021 Growing Literacy garden talks will be on Sunday afternoons online via Zoom. The four lectures will run from February through March and feature live presenters. Register on Curtis Memorial Library’s web calendar to receive the webinar links.

Get excited for the 2021 garden season with us!


Gardening for Small Spaces -Sunday, February 7th, 1:00-2:30 PM

Gardening for Small Spaces

Kate Wallace, Resilience Hub

Kate Wallace is the Programming Director and PDC Facilitator of the Resilience Hub. She facilitates educational experiences, Permablitzes, and designed permaculture  systems for clients both independently and through the Resilience Hub. Join Kate to learn all about how to maximize your use of a small garden space. Don’t think you have enough room to grow a tree, vine or tubers? Think again! Let Kate show you her favorite proven tricks.

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Food Forest Gardening  – Sunday, February 21st, 1:00-2:30 PM        *  
Aaron Parker of Edgewood Nursery

A food forest is a way of laying out a landscape to mimic a natural forest, providing food and other human needs with a minimum amount external inputs and maximum benefits to wildlife and the greater environment. Join Aaron Parker of Edgewood Nursery to learn how to better mimic nature to increase the productivity of your plot. Incorporate more perennial foodstuffs, work less on maintenance and reap the benefits of a system that works in harmony with nature’s natural cycles.  his workshop will introduce the concepts of ecological niches, analogs, and resource partitioning so you can design your own home scale food forest. To help you implement your design we will also cover best practices for starting a food forest and recommended species to plant.  

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Pollinator Gardens – Sunday, March 14th, 1:00-2:30 PM

Dev Culver, Common Good Garden Coordinator, TSCG 

Join Dev, Common Good Garden Coordinator for BTLT, to learn about the lesser known pollinators, such as moths, the importance of pollinator gardens, what plants attract pollinators and how to manage pollinator gardens to do the least harm to the pollinators themselves. 

Dev grew up in Lincoln, MA. 

In the 1960s and 1970s, it was one of the early communities in the U.S. to prioritize land conservation for enhanced public access and to encourage community gardening and community supported agriculture.  Dev’s family was deeply involved in these initiatives.  This, coupled with Dev’s lifelong passion for vegetable gardening, led Dev to volunteering to help support the work of the Thomas Settlemire Community Garden’s (TSCG) Common Good Garden (CGG). In 2020 Dev took over leadership of the CGG as a volunteer, nearly doubling the size of the garden, creating a student internship program, and increasing the pollinator gardens. 

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Gardening for a Plant-Based Diet -Sunday, March 21st, 1:00-2:30 PM

Dave Asmussen, Blue Bell Farm 

There are many reasons for choosing to follow a plantbased diet, whether they be humane, environmental, or health oriented.  Learn how to grow the types of foods needed for a well rounded diet.  Hint: it involves beans!  

After adventures far and wide through several states, homesteads and farmland, David Asmussen & Meredith Eilers were excited to put down roots in Bowdoinham in 2013 where they grow diverse vegetables, berries and other perennials such as nut crops. Dave is a graduate of MOFGA’s Journey-person program and is proud to be farming on land with an agricultural conservation easement through the Maine Farmland Trust.

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