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What is Grow It Eat It ?

The Grow It Eat It (GIEI) Program is a UME Master Gardener program that was launched in 2009 to teach Marylanders how to grow food in home, community, and school gardens. Over the past eight years, Master Gardeners (MGs) have taught hundreds of classes, developed demonstration gardens, and helped thousands of individuals and groups start their own food gardens.

The specific vision of the GIEI program is 1 million Marylanders producing their own affordable, healthy food. The mission is to help people improve human and ecological health by growing their own food and using sustainable gardening practices.

The Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) supports GIEI by creating web content and videos, managing social media platforms, and answering questions through our Ask an Expert service.

GIEI’s popularity and success resulted in its designation in 2017 as a “UME Signature Program.” UME is proud of the outstanding outreach education work performed by MGs in many areas:  Ask a MG Plant Clinics, Bay-Wise Landscaping program, Grow It Eat It, Therapeutic Horticulture, Native Plants, Pollinators, Composting, Invasive Species, Youth Gardening, etc. You can learn more about MG classes, events, and programs by visiting the UME Master Gardener website.

What’s Changed in 2017?

Over the past six months, we at HGIC have reorganized our GIEI information to make it easier to find and use and to avoid duplication.

  • Vegetable, fruit, and herb information can be found on the HGIC website with the other plant categories.

  • Click on the following links for Grow It Eat It classes, community gardens, and youth gardening information.

  • The GIEI blog was replaced by the Maryland Grows blog. All past GIEI blog posts can be found on Maryland Grows. The new blog covers all gardening topics, including regular food gardening posts by Jon Traunfeld and Erica Smith.

  • The GIEI Facebook page will be merged into the Home & Garden Information Center (HGIC) Facebook page. This change will happen on January 1, 2018.

  • We are introducing new logos for HGIC and the MG program that align with the new UME logo. GIEI and other major MG sub-programs also have new logos!

Our commitment to food garden education is stronger than ever!

UME Master Gardeners across the state will be teaching GIEI classes and workshops, and holding Ask a MG Plant Clinics, in 2018 and beyond. And HGIC will continue to add vegetable and fruit web content and answer food gardening questions through the Ask an Expert service.

Thank you for your continued support--and good luck in the garden!
Jon Traunfeld, HGIC Director;


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