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About ReTreeUS

Since 2012, we've planted 94 school and community orchards throughout the Northeast. In 2024 we'll plant our 100th orchard. 

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.

Sam Tracy

Sam is the Communications Lead at ReTreeUS.


Daniel Feller, PhD

Daniel is our webmaster and data-guru. He holds a PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University and a BA in Philosophy  from Haverford College. 

Advisory Committee

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

National Partners

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