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About ReTreeUS

ReTreeUS began planting school orchards in 2012 as a program of United Charitable (501c3).

Expanding from roots in Maine, the organization has planted over 100 school and community orchards throughout the Northeast.

Our Mission

To inspire generations of food growers, environmental stewards and problem solvers through experiential education in orchards and gardens. 

Our Vision

A fruitful educational garden in every community.

Our Core Beliefs

  1. Young people are powerful.

  2. Small actions can create big results.

  3. We can create food security in our communities.

  4. Reconnecting to the earth is essential to human and environmental health.

  5. Experiential education in gardens and orchards provides students with meaningful learning opportunities.

Why we plant orchards


Richard Hodges

Richard is the Founder and Program Manager of ReTreeUS. He became inspired to create orchards in schools through many experiences as an outdoor educator and farmer in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, California and Costa Rica. He is dedicated to empowering the younger generations to grow their own food sustainably and care for the environment. Richard has a degree from the University of Vermont, a certified Permaculture Designer, Master Gardener, and graduate of Maine’s Sustainable Food System Leadership Institute.

Shelley Kruszewski

Shelley is the Program Coordinator at ReTreeUS. She has a master’s degree in Community Planning and Development with a focus on land use, food system planning and the environment from the Muskie School of Public Service and a B.A. from UNH. Before coming to ReTreeUS she was the Executive Director of  the Androscoggin Land Trust.

Advisory Committee

Daniel Feller, PhD

Chairman of the Advisory Committee

Rhino Health

Steph Cesario

Maine Community Foundation

CK Walke


Ryan Parker


Jonah Fertig-Burd


James Ford

Lewiston Public Schools

Willie Sawyer Grenier

Maine Agriculture in the Classroom

Our Partners

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Our Sponsors

Onion Foundation
Quimby Family Foundation
Elmina B. Sewall Foundation
Mark Baumer Sustainability Fund
Maine Community Foundation
Maine Agriculture
First National Bank
Bangor Savings Bank
Coast of Maine
FedCo Seeds
TD Ready Commitment 
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