The Victory Garden

 

vgcircle_logoThe Brick Store Museum has worked with the UMaine Extension Master Gardeners from our very own Kennebunk Community Garden to plan out our gardens this year. In three raised beds, we have a pretty extensive crop list! We have planted the Three Sisters, a Native American planting method, whichincludes Corn, Beans, and Pumpkins. When you visit, you’ll see mounds of soil from which these plants will grow.

In our third bed, we’ve planted tomatoes and carrots. We also have planters containing basil and peppers. All of these vegetables will go straight to local food pantries when harvested.

When you visit the Museum, stop by the front desk to pick out your own seeds to start you Victory Garden at home! Are you on social media? Use #BSMVictoryGarden to share your progress!

See how our garden is growing by visiting our Youtube channel for periodic updates!

 

Healthy Activities in the Garden:

  • StoryWalk:

This initiative of the 5210 Let’s Go! Program of Southern Maine Health Care encourages children to read and get active at the same time. These walks can be found throughout the state!

The Brick Store Museum has chosen to feature “The Carrot Seed” by Ruth Krauss as its StoryWalk – the pages of the 1940s classic have been reproduced on durable plastic so children and families can explore the Museum’s outdoor garden and art space as they follow the story of a boy and his carrot seeds.

  • Healthy Activities Guide:

Take a look at our PDF Healthy Activities Guide for your next trip to the Museum! 

  • Lunch in the Garden:

Area businesses and employees (and visitors, too!) are invited to bring a picnic lunch and dine outdoors in the garden.

  • Shade by SMHC:

Southern Maine Health Care Dermatology has generously sponsored a beautiful hanging umbrella to provide shade to volunteers, staff, and visitors when they are out in the Victory Garden. Come on over and learn a bit about sun safety!

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Veggies donated so far:

…coming soon!

Gardening tips:

  • Most vegetable crops require a minimum of six to eight hours of direct sun each day. The only exceptions are the leafy greens, including lettuce and spinach, which can manage with a little less sunlight. If you are planning for your garden site, remember that surrounding deciduous trees will cast far-reaching shade during the growing season. Take a day and watch where your sunniest spots are!

Gardening books for children:

“The Carrot Seed” by Ruth Krauss

“The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle

“Planting a Rainbow” by Lois Ehlert

“Waiting for Wings” by Lois Ehlert

“A Maine Artist’s Garden Journal” by Loretta Krupinski

 

 

The Victory Garden is made possible by the following:

 

  • Rusty Adams
  • Peter & Sheila Edmands
  • Kathy Graham
  • Leslie Lindgren

 

Join the Land Army!LandArmy_web

Would you like to volunteer your time in the garden as educator, planter, upkeeper, or harvester? Email info@brickstoremuseum.org and let us know!

Would you like to support our important work in the garden? There are two ways to help:

Visit our NetworkforGood donation page, select your amount, and make sure to write “Victory Garden” in the notes section.

OR

Download and print this Victory Garden donation form, and mail it back to us with you donation at 117 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043.

Thank you!