Mission: To support vermont's vibrant network of community and school gardens, by growing gardens,
Programs: Vcgn coordinated the network, which connects 370+ community and school garden groups across vermont and provides essential resources to these vibrant food production sites, including grants for garden projects, seeds and supplies, outreach, and technical assistance. As part of this work, vcgn provided funding, site visits, and remote technical support to 9 food workplace gardens through the green thumbs at work grant program and 7 summer sites through the gardens for learning program, directly working with 27 garden leaders and ultimately reaching about 302 individuals; distributed 10,722 packets of seeds to 278 community and school garden groups and more than 100 low-income gardeners; and supported the network with online resources, on-demand technical assistance, and a monthly newsletter.
vcgn operated two teaching gardens with a 22-week beginning organic gardening program for adults and related hands-on garden programming. The community teaching garden taught basic garden skills and built garden community for 26 students; gardening and cooking workshops at the vna family room garden directly reached an estimated 20 families and indirectly reached an estimated 85 families tending plots at the vna family room garden; and the senior garden education program at ethan allen residence
the grow it! Trainings for garden leaders (14 workshops at 12 different locations) reached 178 garden leaders from an estimated 98 different community and school gardens from around vermont. These gardens provide space for thousands of vermonters to grow their own food. Participants learned strategies to boost garden programs and support growth, shared stories and ideas, and celebrated the community and school garden movement. Through the community & school garden track at the nofa-vt winter con