About the Grow It Eat It (GIEI) program

table harvestUME launched Grow It Eat It in 2009 in response to the surge of interest in food gardening and the economic recession. UME Master Gardeners (MGs) across the state have been the driving force behind the program’s expansion and success. MGs will teach you how to start a garden using best practices that ensure the safety of your food and health of your garden spaces and the surrounding environment.

MGs and food gardeners are supported by the Home and Garden Information Center’s rich online resources. Explore the Vegetables and Fruits sections for a wealth of growing information and check out our social media pages and GIEI blog - chock-full of useful tips and photos from a wide range of authors.

County/City Master Gardener Contacts for GIEI

Faculty and Staff Contacts for GIEI

Jon Traunfeld, Extension Specialist, State Master Gardener Coordinator
410-531-5556
jont@umd.edu
Alicia Bembenek, Ph.D., Master Gardener Advanced Training Coordinator
410.531.1754
aliciafb@umd.edu 
Ria Malloy, Business Manager
410-531-1763
mmalloy@umd.edu
Dan Adler, Web and Communications Manager
410-531-1764
danadler@umd.edu 
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