school gardens spreading across Maine

ReTreeUs founder to present ‘Planting Orchards to Empower Students’

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CAMDEN — Richard Hodges, of ReTreeUs, will lead an outdoor presentation on how his organization is using fruit orchards to inspire Maine students Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 12 p.m., at Merryspring Nature Center.

ReTreeUS ( is a nonprofit program that plants educational orchards in schools and provides school garden support. In this talk, audience members will hear from founder and program manager, Richard Hodges, about the orchards that have spread across the state of Maine and how they are benefiting and empowering students. Guests will also learn about how RetreeUS’ approach to school gardens aligns their production and cultivation with the school calendar.

“There will be plenty of time for discussion, questions and answers in this fruitful conversation,” said Merryspring, in a news release.

Hodges is a Maine native who was inspired to create orchards in schools through his experiences as a garden educator at Exploring New Horizons Outdoor School in California. Hodges has decades of experience as an outdoor guide, garden educator and naturalist, and is dedicated to inspiring the younger generations to grow their own food and to care for the environment. Along with a BA from the University of Vermont, Hodges is a Master Gardener, a certified Permaculture Designer, and graduate of Maine’s Sustainable Food System Leadership Institute.

“Most importantly, Hodges cares deeply about instilling hope and inspiration in people and planting trees of fruit and seeds of thought,” said Merryspring.

This event is part of the Summer Talk series, sponsored by First National Bank. Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic guests must take safety seriously during this program, and are asked to wear face masks. Seating for this event will be outdoors in chairs set up a safe distance apart. This event is subject to change due to state and local regulations.

The cost of this program is $5, with free admission for Merryspring members. Guests are encouraged to bring exact change to minimize cash transactions.


Merryspring is your community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year round. The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information on this program, please contact or call 207-236-2239.


Event Date: 

Tue, 10/27/2020 - 12:00pm

Event Location: 

Merryspring Nature Center


Merryspring Nature Center
Camden  Maine
United States