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Building Thriving Gardens from the Ground Up!

May 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

You wouldn’t build a house on unstable ground, and the same is true in your garden—healthy soil creates a foundation of nutrients, support, and biodiversity that will help your gardens thrive.  Join soil and compost educator Scott Guzman, owner of Diggers Cooperative, a local Maine compost business, to learn how to create abundant soil ecosystems right in your backyard with commonly accessible and affordable materials.

First we’ll go underground and discover the web of life that supports plants. Scott will highlight the importance of plant roots, fungi, and microbes in your soil. Then we’ll look aboveground to learn how to create your own healthy soil by creating layers of deep mulch.  Scott will also demystify home composting so you can start making your own compost right in your backyard!

This program is promotion for AVSWCD’s Conservation Landscape Certification program – a free checklist designed to help landowners improve their properties for wildlife, soil + water conservation, and overall ecosystem support.  To learn more about the program, click here.

After the workshop, stick around to ask questions, talk with Scott, peruse resources that will help you improve wildlife habitat in your yards, and grab some free garden goodies!  We’ll have seeds, bird feeders, seed kits, garden tools, and an opportunity to win a free rain barrel!  Snacks and refreshments provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

Reservations are requested, but not required.

This event is funded by a grant from the Davis Foundation.


Scott is a natural builder, compost educator, inventor, and farmer with a degree in chemical engineering from W.P.I. and 10 years of experience in the world of cooperative business. He is the founder of Diggers Cooperative, a local Maine compost business.  Scott and his team’s project portfolio includes raised bed gardens, permaculture design, greenhouse installation, composting systems, habitat restoration projects, soil remediation, pond installation, and all types of stonework. Scott brings permaculture principles to the workplace while keeping the group organized and on task. In collaboration with the permaculture education group, Permatours, and several other highly skilled educators, Scott is building an online education platform to share educational content on various topics such as natural building and composting.


May 3
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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St. Mary’s Nutrition Center
208 Bates Street
Lewiston, ME 04240 United States
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