Coast of Maine’s “Growing Good” Program
Soil Donations Made To School Gardens
At Coast of Maine, we believe in supporting education, local retailers, and empowering students to make healthy physical, emotional and environmental choices. Instead of a monetary donation, we happily donate Coast of Maine products to school gardens. All retail market area schools are welcome to participate, and the process is simple!
Here’s How: School garden coordinators fill out the Request Form below. If approved, we will coordinate with your local Coast of Maine retailer to reserve up to 10 cubic feet of soil for you to pick up!
Our donation helps fund your program and will bring the local retailer closer to the community. It also serves and acts as a seed starter for the children’s lifelong love of gardening, health and the environment. In short, we all win.
Because it has long been the philosophy of the Coast of Maine brand, that our locally made products should only be sold by local independent retailers / garden centers, (not in “big box stores”) we ask all school Garden Coordinators to not only pick up your donations at your local garden center, but to also thank that garden center publicly on your social media pages! The garden center receives a credit for the sale of the product from Coast of Maine and YOU get to feel great about supporting and promoting a local community business. Win – Win!
Terms and Conditions of Donations: Coast of Maine has a limited budget for charitable donations and cannot guarantee all requests will be fulfilled. We ask that donation requests be made at least 30 days prior to your planned planting/use date for consideration. -All donation requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis for approval.
Posting photos? —> Don’t forget to tag your local garden center and use this hashtag! #GrowingGoodProgram #GrowingGoodwill
Request for Product Donation
If you are interested in being a part of our Good Growing program, please complete the form below. We will be in touch as soon as possible.
Please apply in 2023!
School Program Application
School Program Application
Thank you for the soil donation! It will be a great addition to our program! I'm so grateful for people and organizations like yours who take the time to make such a difference. My students love planting and playing in the garden. Thank you so much! Kati
Kati McDermottFoodCorps AmeriCorps
Thank you Coast of Maine for your donation to our gardens. With your help, Kids Harvest! raised 693Lbs of healthy produce for our local food pantry! Thank you! Beverly
Beverly PartridgeKids Harvest!
The Kittery School District is grateful for the generous donation of 10 bags of Lobster Compost we received last year. Students used this rich compost to help revive a Butterfly Garden that was in need of some TLC. Thank you for your support, Coast of Maine!
Jennifer ThayerR.W. Traip Academy
We treasured our many bags of the lobster shell compost! The pollinator garden got a good dose, as did the fruit trees our eighth graders plant each year before they graduate. Thank you for helping us make our soils healthier for plants and other organisms!
Jenny RoweFriends School of Portland
"How does our garden grow? Fabulous--with the Coast of Maine! " Our year-old pollinator garden needed a boost. Coast of Maine compost and potting soil took us from lackluster to lush in just a month. The birds, butterflies and bees love the garden--we counted 30 bees and 1 monarch on one plant! Thank you, Coast of Maine for supporting our school garden