Valley Grange of Guilford is one of three collaborators creating the county-wide GrowME project taking place this week in celebration of agriculture. Volunteers are visiting local schools (kindergarten through first grade) and conducting activities such as favorite animal graphs, apple sorting and testing, butter making, and seed planting. WABI TV 5 visited one Dover Foxcroft second grade classroom to report on the program and the kids making butter. You can watch the story on their website:
Based on how engaged the kids have been and the teachers’ reactions, the program will not only be repeated but will likely expand next year. For more information about the program and activities, visit the GrowME website.
Valley Grange is also hosting an Eggstravaganza to celebrate the completion of this year’s project at their hall on Friday, March 16. The event includes a community potluck supper at 6 PM and program at 7 PM. We’ll be celebrating agriculture and the “hatching” of this great program and hosting a visit from a virtual chicken that will show how eggs are formed inside a chicken. All are welcomed to this family friend event. The grange hall is located at the corner of Butter Street and Guilford Center Road in Guilford.
Valley Grange, Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Piscataquis County UMaine Extension Service joined hands and created this program to build a truly local program of agriculturally themed activities for kids led by local volunteers with the goal of increasing agricultural literacy and making it fun!