Registration Open for Kids Can Grow Program at Erickson Fields Preserve

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 2:15pm

Story Location:
164 West Street
Rockport, ME 04856
United States

ROCKPORT – Starting May 8, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT), in collaboration with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, will host a six-month session of Kids Can Grow, a program introducing kids and parents to growing vegetables for healthy eating. Registration is open for 12 families with children between the ages of 7 and 12. A series of six hands-on gardening classes will be held in the community garden at the Erickson Fields Preserve May through October. Families will receive materials – lumber, soil, nails, seeds and seedlings – to build their own raised beds at home and will be assigned a garden mentor to provide inspiration and assistance with their home garden bed once a month. Kids and adults will learn the basics together in group sessions at the preserve’s gardens, then practice their skills in their own 3 x 5 foot raised bed gardens at home.

Classes are led by staff from Maine Coast Heritage Trust as well as many dedicated volunteers. A parent orientation will be held Tuesday, May 8 from 4:00-5:15 PM at Aldermere Farm, 70 Russell Avenue in Rockport. Monthly meetings will be held on the first Wednesday from 4:00-6:00 PM at Erickson Fields Preserve.

Cost for the entire program is $50. Financial assistance is available on a sliding scale. Space is limited. Registration is recommended by Monday, May 7. For more information and to register, call (207) 236-2739 or email

Erickson Fields is a preserve of MCHT, a statewide land conservation organization. More information about MCHT and its community programs is available online at