University of Maryland Extension

Grow It Eat It

What is Grow It Eat It ?

The Grow It Eat It (GIEI) Program is a sub-program of the UME Master Gardener program that was launched in 2009 to teach Marylanders how to grow food in home, community, and school gardens. Since then, 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.

UME Signature Program

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 New?

Food gardening content can now be found on the Home & Garden Information Center website.

Our commitment to food garden education is stronger than ever!

UME Master Gardeners across the state continue to teach GIEI classes and workshops, and hold Ask a MG Plant ClinicsHGIC 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; jont@umd.edu

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