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University garden open to the public

The University of Maine (U-Maine) is to open its garden to the public and lay on classes providing helpful hints on how greenhouse enthusiasts can make their outside spaces more environmentally-friendly.

The outdoor classroom – as U-Maine gardeners have labelled it – off Bennoch road in Orono at Rogers farm will be open for everyone to visit 24 hours a day, seven days a week, WCSH6 reports.

The university's Cooperative Extension gardening program started in 1994 by delivering sustainable gardening information sessions.

Since then it has grown to include 40 different plots, all of which are maintained by volunteers and has donated huge amounts of fresh produce to charitable organisations.

In 2010, the gardens handed over more than 17 thousand pounds of fruit and vegetables to food banks in Penobscot county.

A community gardening group in New York State, Syracuse Grows, is also helping people in the area put food on the table, as well as educating children on how to work in a garden or greenhouse.