ROCKPORT – On Monday, April 8, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT), a statewide land conservation organization, invites the public to a volunteer orientation for individuals interested in mentoring families participating in Kids Can Grow at MCHT’s Erickson Fields Preserve, located on route 90 in Rockport. The orientation will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at MCHT’s Aldermere Farm at 70 Russell Avenue in Rockport.
Since 2009, MCHT in partnership with the Knox/Lincoln County Extension Office has run a Kids Can Grow program at Erickson Fields Preserve. Through this six-month comprehensive gardening program, youth ages 7-12 learn how to grow nutritious vegetables, herbs and beautiful flowers for their families in their own 3 x 5 foot raised-bed gardens at home using intensive square foot gardening techniques. Children participate in a series of “hands on” gardening classes at a central location, and then repeat what they learn at home using materials the local program supplies and home visit help from a volunteer mentor to assist and inspire them.
For more information about Kids Can Grow and volunteering, contact Joelle Albury at (207) 236-2739 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about Erickson Fields Preserve and Maine Coast Heritage Trust is available online at www.mcht.org.