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.
To inspire generations of food growers, environmental stewards and problem solvers through experiential education in orchards and gardens.
A fruitful educational garden in every community.
Our Core Beliefs
Young people are powerful.
Small actions can create big results.
We can create food security in our communities.
Reconnecting to the earth is essential to human and environmental health.
Experiential education in gardens and orchards provides students with meaningful learning opportunities.
Why we plant orchards
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 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.
Daniel Feller, PhD
Chairman of the Advisory Committee
Maine Community Foundation
Lewiston Public Schools
Willie Sawyer Grenier
Maine Agriculture in the Classroom