Extension offers intergenerational garden program

Mar 26, 2014
2012 Kids Can Grow Program

Waldo — University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a new gardening program for youth ages 7-12.

The hands-on classes will be offered at the Edward J. Reynolds House, a senior housing community in Belfast, to allow youth and elders to learn from one another and discover the joy of gardening together.

Six classes will be offered Wednesdays, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. — April 30, May 14, June 18, July 16, Aug. 20 and Sept. 17. Youth will use the information from classes to create their home gardens with materials supplied by the program and help from a UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteer who will mentor them throughout the growing season.

This program is modeled after UMaine Extension's Kids Can Grow program, which started in York County and is now statewide. Like Kids Can Grow, We Can Grow will use intensive square-foot gardening techniques to grow fresh produce. Food grown at Reynolds House will be available to the residents, who might otherwise lack access to fresh produce.

A mandatory parent and volunteer orientation will be held Wednesday, April 16, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Waldo County Extension office, 992 Waterville Road, Waldo.

For more information, to register or assist with this program, or to request a disability accommodation, call 342-5971 or 1-800-287-1426 toll-free in Maine. Registration deadline is April 15. Space is limited to 12 participants.

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