MOUNT DESERT — Mount Desert Elementary School in Northeast Harbor will celebrate Maine Farm-to-School Garden Day – as well as a $10,000 gift for its greenhouse project – with activities and demonstrations on the school grounds this Saturday, Sept. 27.
The event, set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., is free and open to all.
A beekeeper will be there to talk about bees and show visitors how to make lip balm out of beeswax. There will be a wool spinning demonstration. And for anyone who gets thirsty, a cider press will be operating.
Those attending also can see where the school plans to build its greenhouse. A recent gift of $10,000 from the Garden Club of Mount Desert has raised the fund-raising total to about $34,000. The budget for the project is $49,800.
Over the past three years, a committee of parents and other community members has researched different styles and sizes of greenhouses and the best choice for the school. They plan to buy a greenhouse kit from Gothic Arch Greenhouses of Mobile, Ala., for $15,000. The rest of the money to be raised will go for site preparation, installation, plumbing and supplies.
In addition to raising greens and vegetables for the school cafeteria, the greenhouse will be used as a venue for teaching children what it takes to make things grow.
“It will help them learn about ecology and sustainability,” said Jessie Greenbaum, chairman of the school’s Garden and Greenhouse Committee.