University of Maryland Extension

Grow It Eat It Program


The Grow It Eat It Spring Open House has been canceled.

Please sign up for emails and we will let you know when our next event will be held.



Grow It Eat It programs include numerous large-scale educational events, classes, and workshops each year. Dates for upcoming events can be found on the Montgomery County Grow It Eat It events page.

Grow It Eat It Event Flyers:

The Grow It Eat It campaign is a joint venture of 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.

Our vision is to have one million gardeners in the state producing their own affordable, healthy food. There are so many benefits to growing your own food: fresher vegetables have more nutrients; if you grow vegetables, you are likely to eat more of them; helping children understand sources of food; and the satisfaction of preparing a meal from what you've grown. Whether you have an acre or a balcony, we can show you how!

We focus on the many aspects of growing edible crops: feeding the soil, integrated pest management, growing small fruit (berries, figs, grapes), growing common and uncommon vegetables, irrigation, managing furry intruders and what to do with your harvest.

Grow It Eat It campaign educates about food gardens

At our large-scale events, we have classes, workshops, exhibitions in the demonstration garden, and programs for children. Past events have included making teas from your garden, hands-on workshops to make your own mushroom log or hydroponic system, learning to graft tomatoes, help identifying beneficial insects, how to successfully compost and lots more!

Grow It Eat It campaign educates about food gardens

Be sure to check out the gardening information on the Maryland Grow It Eat It website - it will help you get started on your food garden! You can also sign up for our emails to be notified of future events, or email if you have specific requests for classes or talks.

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