University of Maryland Extension

Grow It! Eat It!

The Grow It! Eat It! campaign is a joint venture between The Maryland Master Gardener program and the Home and Garden Information Center - to address the growing need of Marylanders to learn how to start and maintain successful food gardens.  Master Gardeners achieve this goal through the following activities:

Community Education

Members of the "Grow it! Eat it!" teams conduct presentations and talks addressing food gardening topics throughout the community. Current presentation topics and schedules may be found in Public Events. Power points or pdfs of presentations can be found in GIEI Howard County Presentations. To request a catalog containing current Howard County MG presentations and request a GIEI presentation, contact Ann Vieth at


At public events team members use displays to advocate food gardening and they avail themselves to discussions of food gardening. 

Demonstration Garden

An organic vegetable garden is maintained at the Howard County Conservancy as a demonstration garden.

Tips and Information

The "Grow it! Eat it!" web site has numerous resources to assist the interested vegetable gardener.

Support Network

Join the Grow it Eat it Network to help reach the vision of 1 million Maryland food gardeners producing their own affordable, healthy food! Answering some simple questions and providing your county and zip code will put your garden "on the map" and you will be entered in a drawing to receive a beautiful limited edition custom-made cedar University of Maryland Salad Box kits - complete with growing media and heirloom lettuce seeds.

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