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Kids Can Grow! 2018

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An Experiential Youth Gardening Program

for kids ages 7 – 12


Do you want to grow your very own crunchy, sweet carrots, juicy tomatoes, peppers or maybe some tall sunflowers?  It’s easy and fun!  We’ll show you how to get started, partner you with a Master Gardener Volunteer and even supply you with seeds, plants and materials to build your very own raised garden bed at home to share with your family!

This 5-month youth gardening program is designed for kids in grades 3 – 6 on Mount Desert Island or surrounding areas.  You will learn how to grow nutritious vegetables, herbs and beautiful flowers for your family in your own 3 x 5 foot raised bed garden at home using intensive square foot gardening techniques.  You will participate in a series of (5) “hands-on” gardening classes at Maine Coast Heritage Trust in Somesville, and then repeat what you learn at home using materials we supply, along with home visit help from an adult volunteer mentor to assist and inspire your gardening fun!

Cost: $25 per child (helps cover cost of supplies)  Space is limited to 16 kids

Kids Can Grow Schedule:

Parent Orientation (Required)

  • Tuesday, May 1st, 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.Kids Can Grow

Youth Sessions:

  • Tues May 8, 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Tues June 12, 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Tues July 10, 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Tues Aug 14, 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Tues Sept 11, 4 – 6 p.m.


Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Stewardship Barn
Route 198, Somesville

For Directions and more information:

Phone:  244-5100,  Matt McElwee

Kids Can Grow Program will include:

  • Learning how to build a 3 x 5 foot raised garden bed at home  (We will provide lumber and loam!)
  • Teamwork
  • Planting and caring for your own vegetable, herb, and flower plants
  • Growing and Harvesting lots of fresh, sweet veggies and flowers
  • Learning Nutritious ways to share your home grown goodies together
  • A Harvest Celebration in the fall

If you are interested in the program, please call for a registration form.  667.8212

or contact Matt McElwee at 244-5100

This program is sponsored by:

UMaine Cooperative Extension and Maine Coast Heritage Trust