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We are building creatively-designed orchards with educational signs and visual art to teach the value of local food.
We are building creatively-designed orchards with educational signs and visual art to teach the value of local food.
32 backers pledged $1,105 to help bring this project to life.

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Our project is to install interactive, educational exhibits in each of our four school fruit tree orchards, creatively designed through landscape architecture and visual art. All of the living exhibits (apple, pear and plum trees) will be edible, and all visual exhibits will educate visitors on a self-guided tour through the orchard. Our vision is to inspire others by the beauty and creativity of the fruit trees and art, as well as empower them to grow their own food through the educational material displayed there. The orchards will serve as gathering places for teachers, students, parents and community members, where they can learn about gardening, orcharding, ecology, and how to grow food at home. These four pilot orchards will be living examples of what we plan to do for schools all over Maine.

We will work with Cricket Hunt, Mast Landing, Merriconeag Waldorf, and Waynflete Schools the first year, and we will work with many other schools in subsequent years. Where necessary, this funding will help us build fences to keep out deer, prepare the soil, lay the mulch, plant the trees, and install a drip-irrigation system. The funding will also enable us to create and build signs, kiosks, paintings, and hands-on exhibits detailing the importance of local agriculture and its impact on the environment in all of our orchards. We will empower visitors to grow their own food and make a positive change in the global community.

The money we raise will help pay for the raw materials and building supplies for our exhibits: paints, brushes, wood, kiosks, glass, etc. Financial support will also help cover the costs of putting on workshops and distributing food. (Other costs have already been covered by generous donors, listed on our website: www.retreeus.org. For information on our parent organization, visit www.unitedcharitableprograms.org.) 

Supporters of this project will receive rewards such as seeds, fresh produce, trees they can plant at home, and free access to educational workshops at the orchard.

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Special thanks to Cassie Frayer, who provided a camera, tripod, equipment and much of our inspiration for the film. We would also like to thank the students who participated in the film, their teachers, parents, and the school director for making this video possible. And of course, thanks to everyone who likes trees! 

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    See your name on our list of supporters at www.retreeus.org.

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    Receive a thank you on our online donor list, as well as organic seeds to start your own plants at home.

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    Not only will your name be listed online, but it will also appear on an exhibit within the orchard. You'll receive this recognition along with a packet of seeds to plant at home.

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    Receive an organic T-shirt, as well as a packet of seeds to grow at home. Your name will also be listed online and in the orchard.

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    You'll receive a ReTreeUS recipe book with ideas for apple, pear, plum, blueberry, raspberry, or other produce dishes. Don't forget that your name will be listed in the orchard as well.

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    Not only will you receive a ReTreeUS recipe book; you'll also receive one fruit tree to plant at home. Your name will be listed online, and you will have an educational or art exhibit dedicated to YOU in our orchard.

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    You'll receive three of your own trees (a mini-orchard!), free admittance to ALL of our bi-monthly educational workshops, and a fruit tree in the orchard will be listed in your name.

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    You'll have four of your own fruit trees, unlimited access to workshops, and your name (or the name of a friend you'd like to honor) will be on the gate of our orchard with other primary sponsors.

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    You will receive an original painting of the orchard by a local artist, along with five trees to plant yourself or give to friends (if you choose this option, we can send them directly to another address for you), access to all workshops, and a special thank you (for yourself or a friend of your choice) on the orchard gate.

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