Kids Can Grow

An Experiential Youth Gardening Program for Kids, Ages 7-12

Kids Can Grow has been canceled for 2021; however, families may sign up to be virtually mentored by a Master Gardener Volunteer.  To register for a garden mentor, please go here:

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 five-month youth gardening program is designed for kids ages 7-12 on Mount Desert Island or surrounding towns.  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 five “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!

Kids Can Grow Program traditionally includes:

  • 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 homegrown goodies together
  • A Harvest Celebration in the fall

Cost: $25 per child (helps cover the cost of supplies)
Space is limited to 16 kids – first come, first serve


Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Stewardship Barn
Route 198, Somesville, Maine


For More information:

Phone: 207.667-8212

This program is sponsored by UMaine Cooperative Extension and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.


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