Maine Coast Heritage Trust invites the public to a volunteer orientation Monday April 8, for individuals interested in mentoring families participating in Kids Can Grow, which will take place at MCHT’s Erickson Fields Preserve, on Route 90 in Rockport. The orientation will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. at MCHT’s Aldermere Farm, 70 Russell Avenue in Rockport.

Through the six-month Kids Can Grow gardening program, youth ages 7 to12 learn how to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers for their families in their own 3 by 5 foot raised-bed gardens at home using intensive square- foot gardening techniques.  Children participate in a series of hands-on gardening classes at a central location, and then repeat what they learn at home using materials the local program supplies and home visit help from a volunteer mentor to assist them.

For more information about Kids Can Grow and volunteering, contact Joelle Albury at 236-27396 or email