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Master Gardener Volunteers - Kids Can Grow

Kids Can Grow!

Kids Can Grow is a University of Maine Cooperative Extension youth gardening program for ages 7-12.

Through a series of “hands on” gardening classes, Kids Can Grow teaches children:

  • How to choose, plant, and grow nutritious vegetables, herbs, and beautiful flowers for their families
  • The basics of good nutrition and food safety
  • How to build and plant a 3’ X 5’ raised bed garden at home, with materials, seedlings, and amended topsoil supplied by us.

Children are matched with Master Gardener or 4H Volunteers as mentors to assist and inspire them with their home gardens.

Using intensive square foot gardening techniques in the group gardens at class, and repeating what they learn at home, children have the opportunity to learn that they can produce healthy food.  Produce raised in the class gardens will be donated through Maine Harvest for Hunger to local Food Pantries or Shelters, allowing children the pride of giving back to their communities. Produce raised in their home gardens is theirs to share with family and friends.

Healthy snacks and all materials are provided; limited scholarships available.

The Kids Can Grow Program, and its cost, may vary slightly in each county.

Penobscot County
For more information or to sign up, please contact Katherine Garland, katherine.garland@maine.edu, 307 Maine Ave. Bangor, ME 04401,  207.942.7396 or 1.800.287.1485 (in Maine).

Washington County
TBA

Hancock County (Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Mount Desert)
Application Deadline: Friday, April 18
Parent Orientation: Monday, April 29, 5:15-6:30 p.m.
Youth Sessions:

  • Tues, May 13, 4-6 p.m.
  • Tues, June 10, 4-6 p.m.
  • Tues, July 8, 4-6 p.m.
  • Tues, August 12, 4-6 p.m.
  • Tues, Sept 9, 4-6 p.m.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Marjorie Peronto, marjorie.peronto@maine.edu, 800.287.1479 (in Maine)

York County
Parent Orientation: March 31, 2014
Classes: April 12, May 10, June 7, July 12, and September 20. Classes are on Saturday mornings.
For more information or to apply, please call 324.2814, 800.287.1535 (in Maine) or e-mail susan.tkacik@maine.edu.

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Cooperative Extension: Garden & Yard
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188, 800.287.0274 (in Maine) or 800.287.8957 (TDD)E-mail: extension@maine.edu
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Orono, Maine 04469
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