Back to School Garden Program
The Back to School Garden Program was originally created by ReTreeUS in response to challenges witnessed in school gardens. Since 2012 ReTreeUS has installed over 50 educational orchards throughout Maine, developing and delivering programming, workshops and ongoing support. In addition, ReTreeUS supports school gardens, mainly through implementing of its Back to School Garden Program. ReTreeUS’ farm to school plan aims to align orchards and gardens with the academic calendar, maximizing garden learning opportunities and increasing garden productivity for cafeterias. Each orchard and school garden serves as an engaging outdoor classroom, collectively reaching more than 16,000 students annually, adding more each year.
Collaborators on the Back to School Garden effort include Maine Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC), Maine School Garden Network (MSGN) and Independent Retailers Shared Service Cooperative (IRSSC).