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By supporting the Vermont Community Garden Network, you help ensure that every Vermonter - regardless of age, income, background or ability - has a fertile place and the know-how to grow their own food. Please make your gift today
to grow gardens and community.
Looking back on the more than a decade that we have worked to connect youth and adults to their food and to each other, we are inspired by the innovation, enthusiasm, and joy that we see every day in the state's community and school gardens. Led by local champions, these gardens are part of vibrant food systems and help people become healthier through improved diets, exercise and positive social interactions.
The results of gardening in community are impressive: neighbors develop friendships and support systems, children try (and like!) new foods, and neglected spaces are transformed into productive sites that provide fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables. With our partners, we provide critical training, resources, and funding to equip and connect garden leaders as they start, sustain, and expand their sites and educational programs. Here are some highlights from 2012 in Burlington and around the state:
- 3,950 students at 40 School Community Garden grant sites learned how to grow fresh, healthy produce.
- 1,403 members of the Vermont Community Garden Network - representing 300+ gardens - accessed news, resources, event listings, and funding opportunities.
- 200 garden leaders attended training and networking sessions.
- 183 elementary and high school students and senior citizens participated in hands-on summer garden programs in Burlington.
- 94 garden communities responded to our needs assessment survey detailing their resource and training needs for 2013.
- 12 Community Teaching Garden students spent more than 70 class hours learning how to grow, harvest and preserve vegetables.
- 10 gardens serving 277 youth and adults received grants and technical assistance to rebuild or relocate after Tropical Storm Irene.
In response to high demand for our unique services, we are expanding our statewide support for community and school gardens. This means new grants, technical assistance and networking for garden organizers and other local leaders to strengthen gardens and food education programs. With a strong network of partners throughout the state, we connect gardeners with each other and with the training and resources they need to be successful.
Your generous donation helps grow more gardens and help more Vermont children and families reap the rewards of fresh, healthy food. Garden organizers all over Vermont say they want more of what we offer. Please help us meet this growing demand.
Thank you to all the individuals, businesses, and organizations who support our work to grow and strengthen gardens!
on behalf of the FBG/VCGN staff and board
P.S. We need your help to do this work!
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Name Change News! After more than a decade of working with community and school groups in Burlington and around the state, we will soon be officially changing our name from Friends of Burlington Gardens to the Vermont Community Garden Network, which has been the name of our statewide program since 2006. This name change reflects our mission to help community and school groups all over Vermont start, sustain, and grow gardens, building strong local food systems and vibrant educational sites.