ReTreeUS, Orchards and Gardens in Schools

Contact: Email Richard Hodges, Coordinator at  or call 207.319.4937.

ReTreeUS plants educational orchards in public schools K-12.  We install educational signs that convey important information about environmental and historical information.  We also lead workshops for students involved with our programs, teaching about orchard care and home gardening.

The scope of ReTreeUS is rather large, however, we utilize volunteers for very specific tasks.  Currently, we are in 10 Maine schools and have collaborated with 2 other non-profits (Wolfe’s Neck Farm and Cultivating Community.  We would utilize Master Gardener Volunteers for very specific projects, at a single school, for example.  We want to be sure all volunteers are well supported and will not be overwhelmed with too much responsibility. Master Gardener Volunteers will work with students and teachers to plant and maintain educational orchards.

ReTreeUS provides all the necessary resources for each site, Master Gardeners are only asked to bring a pair of gloves and a water bottle.

This project is ongoing.