Autumnal Greetings, 

Thank you for following our work! We would not exist without the support of the community. Take a look through this newsletter, be sure to watch the news coverage featuring eloquent young orchardists in Houlton and please consider chipping in to make our work possible in 2020 with our upcoming $eed Money campaign. 

In 2019 we planted 9 new educational orchards in schools all around the state, from Houlton to Portland. Additionally, we revisited many of the 34 existing school orchards to conduct lessons, plant additional fruit trees and to oversee orchard maintenance. We have been working with teachers in our participating schools to utilize the amazing orchard-based lessons that were created in collaboration with First Light Habitats. We already have 12 schools and partner nonprofits lined up to receive educational orchards in 2020 and we will be working hard to conduct programs in all of our participating schools. 

This is a quarterly newsletter; we like to keep you updated on our work without flooding your inbox. We will be sending a reminder email about our $eed Money campaign that will be kicking off in a couple days, so don’t be too surprised about the slight influx of our mailings. The support of the community is the fertile soil from which this organization grows… 

Richard Hodges
Program Manager
Students planting a new orchard at Lyman Moore Middle School in Portland
Help Us GROW in 2020!
We are already gearing up for another productive year in 2020, and it all starts with our annual $eedMoney fundraiser. We have just one month to raise $2,500 for our 2020 goals, and we need your help. The sooner we reach our goal, the more likely we will be to receive matching funds, please consider giving now by clinking on this link! Thank you for supporting our work in any fashion!
This campaign kicks off Friday the 15th. Additional funds are awarded to campaigns with the best starts, so we will send a brief reminder email when this goes live.
In the News: Houlton Southside School Orchard
We had an amazing experience with the orchard planting at Houlton Southside School.  we planted nearly 50 large trees and got the whole community on board!
Thanks to the Sun Journal for capturing some special moments at a fall tree planting in Auburn! 120 students at Park Ave Elementary rotated outside to the front lawn throughout the day to help plant twelve new fruit trees.
Coming in 2020...
2020 Orchards,  we already have 12 schools and community organizations lined up to receive new orchard plantings in 2020.  These plantings will take place in the following cities and towns:
Stacyville • South Bristol • Georgetown • Scarborough • Thomaston • Wiscassett • Damariscotta • Westbrook • Lewiston • Millbridge • Alna • Belfast
Soil preparations have already begun for these schools. Planting an orchard is all about preparing for a fruitful future. We have been enjoying preparing the soil the year before planting the fruit trees. Here’s how:

1) Design, measure and mark your tree locations
2) Place a piece of cardboard down (no glossy cardboard, tape or staples)
3) Place compost on top of the cardboard
4) Add leaves! 🍂 Then pack it all down.

By orchard planting time in the spring, the cardboard should be decomposed. There are some great lesson extensions from this fun activity!
Do You Care for Fruit Trees?
Join our Orchard Caretaker newsletter! You'll receive the monthly/seasonal updates that we send to orchard caretakers for each school orchard. We cover useful technical tips, like installing deer fencing, when to water, spreading mulch, and more.

Click on the image to read a recent OC Newsletter, and use the button below to sign up!
Made possible with support by:
A big thank you to our funders for making this meaningful work possible: Quimby Family Foundation, Davis Conservation Foundation, Maine Agriculture in the Classroom, Onion Foundation, Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, Maine Community Foundation.  
Thanks for your support.

Thank you for learning more about ReTreeUS and staying in touch. Your support means that more children in Maine will learn where there food comes from and have greater access to fresh fruit as the orchards grow.

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