BRUNSWICK — The Brunswick- Topsham Land Trust will hold its “Wild Weather and Growing” winter garden workshop and annual Tom Settlemire Community Garden Fundraiser 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant Street. As climate change is modifying the landscape of food production, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust will Glen Koehler, scientist and expert on weather-based harvest predictions, to provide a workshop on how to adapt your gardening practices to changing weather patterns.
Glen Koehler’s work involves helping all kinds of growers and gardeners address the immediate challenges caused by weather, and the long-term issues developing due to climate change. He specializes in weather-based harvest predictions, integrated pest management (IPM) and contributes to the USDA Northeast Climate Hub and Northeastern IPM Center.
Koehler will talk about recent changes in weather patterns and how wild weather frequently impacts growing seasons. The future that lies ahead holds more extreme weather, longer growing seasons, too much or too little rain, and changes in pest populations; this talk will address those issues and help attendants manage these new gardening challenges.
This workshop with Koehler is a fundraiser for the Land Trust’s Tom Settlemire Community Garden. The Garden was started in 2012 to provide intergenerational organic gardening opportunities, provide locally grown food to alleviate hunger in the community, and offer experiential gardening education. In 2018, hundreds of local school children visited the garden, about 80 families rented plots to grow their own food, and over 1,100 pounds of fresh produce was grown for the clients of Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention Program. Each year, the Land Trust offers a series of educational gardening workshops over the winter months as a way to engage and support local growers.
This event is appropriate for all ages and levels of experience. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.btlt.org/event-registration.
Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, established in 1985, has conserved 58 properties totaling over 2,700 acres, and created much loved community resources including the Saturday Farmers’ Market at Crystal Spring Farm, Tom Settlemire Community Garden, and Labyrinth in the Woods. The Land Trust was one of the first in Maine to receive Land Trust Alliance accreditation, and has become a leader and innovator in developing diverse ways to strengthen the community through conservation, robust partnerships, and dedicated stewardship. To learn more or get involved, please visit us at www.btlt.org.