2018-07-12 / Editorial

Did You Hear?

by Alex MacPhail

Did you hear? The Fairfield School Educational Garden, located at Gov. John Fairfield Memorial School in Saco has gotten a huge facelift with the help of volunteers and parents of students at the school.

The garden, started nine years ago by Food Services Manager Fran Poisson, was a way to introduce sustainable agriculture to students at the school and provide food during growing seasons. Saco resident Heather Ellis, whose 7-year-old son, William, is a student at Fairfield, helps in the garden and has maintained the greenouse, another agricultural project at the school. While watering the garden recently, Ellis explained that after several years, the project had become too much for Poisson to handle alone. Volunteers met once a month as the Garden Greenhouse Committee and became more involved in the maintenance and caring of the garden. Relying on volunteers, PTO support, and donations (wood chips were donated by Moody’s Nursery, garden soil from the Kiwana’s), Ellis, along with Elizabeth Bean and Sonja Williams (who both have students at the school), and others, have alternated weekly with watering and weeding responsibilities. According to Ellis, hopes for the garden remain the same, in wanting to provide clean, sustainable food for the school cafeteria.


Saco resident, Garden Greenhouse Committee member and school volunteer, Heather Ellis, along with her son and Fairfield School student, William Jr. and husband William Ellis. The Fairfield School Educational Garden sign had been packed away and was recently rehung by Ellis as a part of the garden’s resurgence. (Alex MacPhail photo) Saco resident, Garden Greenhouse Committee member and school volunteer, Heather Ellis, along with her son and Fairfield School student, William Jr. and husband William Ellis. The Fairfield School Educational Garden sign had been packed away and was recently rehung by Ellis as a part of the garden’s resurgence. (Alex MacPhail photo) “It’s been a lot of work,” said Ellis, as her husband Bill helped alongside, “but it really helps.

Alex MacPhail is an ad representative for the Courier and chairman of Saco Conservation Commission, president of Friends of the Ballpark, a member of Saco Main Street Executive Board, Saco Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and HOB River Jam Committee. Have an interesting event you’d like publicized? Email him at didyouhearinthcourier.com.

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