Vermont Community Garden Network Bulletin

December 2012 

Happy Holidays!
Warm greetings on this Winter Solstice
and best wishes for a joyful holiday season
full of good food, family, and fun!


In This Issue
Give Locally to Feed Your Community
New Trainings for Garden Leaders
Garden Grant Opportunities
Upcoming Events
VCGN Holiday Hours


 Give locally to feed and strengthen your community


Over the past few weeks, I've had the pleasure of talking to members of many organizations doing school and community garden work around the state. From Brattleboro to Newport and dozens of projects in between, we are in the midst of a community food revolution!

I am continually impressed by the innovation and commitment of these local leaders. But their work  doesn't happen in a vacuum - behind every successful program are community members, businesses, municipalities, and partner organizations that provide support and encouragement. And these initiatives need YOU, too. This holiday season, consider making a contribution to a local garden group that helps feed and strengthen YOUR community.

The Vermont Community Garden Network provides backbone support for community and school garden groups around the state. We also need your help to meet the increasing demand for our services. Your contribution will support our work to expand training opportunities, resources, technical assistance, and funding for local garden leaders.
Click here to donate online by credit card or PayPal. Thank you!                    -- Jess


  Grow It! Garden Organizer Training Series 

VCGN is pleased to announce a statewide training series for garden organizers. Grow It! workshops will be held in February, June, and September at sites around the state and
provide workshops, networking opportunities, and technical assistance to local garden leaders.

We are presenting the Grow It! workshops in partnership with Charlie Nardozzi, Highfields Center for Composting, New England Grassroots Environment Fund, and local partners. Each session will include community organizing and partnerships, garden planning and development, fundraising, outreach, garden events, garden education, and community composting as well as topics tailored to each region.  

The series kicks off at the NOFA-VT Winter Conference, where we will once again be presenting a Community and School Garden Track for garden organizers and educators.

The full statewide Grow It! schedule will be available in January.


Garden Grants


Sow it Forward Grant - Seeds, supplies, online garden planners, books, and small grants from Kitchen Gardeners International. Application deadline January 11, 2013. More info  


Building Community in Community Gardens - This grant from Gardener's Supply and ACGA is for established or developing community gardens. Grants of up to $1,000. Application deadline Jan. 18, 2013. More info   


New England Grassroots Environment Fund SEED Grants - Project-focused grants to help volunteer groups launch and build their newly evolving project(s). Grant range $250-$1,000. Rolling application deadline. More info 


National Gardening Association KidsGardening Grant - NGA's grant and award programs are funded by generous corporations and foundations that share NGA's vision of a greener future and school garden. Follow this link for an easy registration to begin the application process. More info 


Small Grants Program for PC(USA) Congregations Doing Faith-Based Initiatives to Transform the Food System - The Presbyterian Hunger Program is offering grants from $100 - $1000 across the country to bring resilience to our food system, and health to people and community. More info  


Awesome Foundation's Food Chapter - The Awesome Foundation's Food chapter is now taking applications for its $1,000 micro-grants to further food awesomessness in the universe. Every month, one microgrant will be given for an awesome idea involving food. The more inventive, the better. Grants awarded every month. More info  


* NEW GRANTS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN FEBRUARY 2013: VCGN is partnering with New England Grassroots Environment Fund and Highfields Center for Composting on a new grant round for community and school gardens and community compost projects. Look for more info in February! 

Save the Date:    


February 16 & 17: NOFA-VT Winter Conference with special Community and School Garden Workshop Series. 


April 27: Day in the Dirt!  Teams of volunteers get their hands dirty with community and school garden projects all over Burlington then gather for a celebratory BBQ and prizes. Contact Jess at (802) 861-4769 for more info or to sponsor a team. 




We will be closed Dec. 24-28 and Jan. 1. Please feel free to leave a phone or email message and we will be in touch in the new year.


The VCGN Bulletin provides garden-based news, resources, and events for community, school, and neighborhood gardeners and garden organizers all over the state on a monthly basis. For more frequent updates and a fun way to post your own news, garden photos, videos, and events, check us out on  Facebook and  Twitter.

We welcome comments and suggestions for the VCGN Bulletin. Send your garden news and events to share with our growing network of more than 1,500 school and community gardeners all over the state. Please include a web page link to help direct readers to the information source.

Since 2001, Friends of Burlington Gardens has worked with community and school groups to help start, sustain and grow gardens, building strong local food systems and vibrant educational sites. In 2013, we are changing our name to the Vermont Community Garden Network, which has been the name of our statewide program since 2006. The name change reflects our mission to support the hundreds of garden communities across the state. This means more resources, technical assistance, grants, training and networking opportunities that meet the growing needs of local garden leaders. Meanwhile, our established local programs will continue to provide fun, hands-on garden education for youth and adults in Burlington and offer models for the rest of the state and beyond.

For more information, visit our web site at or contact us at:

12 North St. Suite 5
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 861-4769

We'd love to hear from you!
Jess Hyman, Executive Director
Ann Pearce, Admin/Bookkeeper
Denise Quick, Community Teaching Garden Instructor
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