AUBURN — Sheri Blumenthal and Donna Pierson of Lots to Gardens will visit Auburn Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 17,  to present a winter gardening workshop.

They will demonstrate “winter sowing,” a simple but effective method that doesn’t require any complicated equipment or expensive seed-starting devices.  It uses “mini-greenhouses” made from recycled milk jugs.

Lots to Gardens, a community organization, promotes self-sufficiency and healthy eating by creating access to fresh food through sustainable urban agriculture. Since 1999, they have built 15 gardens and green spaces in diverse neighbourhoods throughout Lewiston. They are sponsored by St. Mary’s Health System.

The free brown bag lunch program will begin at noon in the library’s Androscoggin Community Room. Attendees are welcome to bring a bagged lunch or order at the Library Café.

This is part of a series of farming- and gardening-related programs at APL this month leading up to the library’s second annual indoor Farmer’s Market, where local farmers, crafters and artisan food producers will be on hand to display and answer questions about their products. The Farmer’s Market will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25.

For more information about any of the events, visit or call the reference desk at 333-6640, ext. 4.

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