We are pleased to announce two fantastic new resources for your garden:
1) Grant opportunity:
We are thrilled to be partnering with New England Grassroots Environment Fund and Highfields Center for Composting to bring more resources to YOUR garden community. Apply now for up to $3,500 for established gardens and compost projects. These grants can be used for fences, compost, seeds, sheds, signs, etc. and can even fund coordinator stipends!
Special note for our 2011 School Community Garden grantees: A portion of the available grant funds is reserved for you. Please make sure you mention in your application that you were part of our program in 2011.
The application deadline is Friday, March 15. More info and online application.
2) Grow It! Trainings for You and Your Garden Team:
In response to the Garden Organizer Needs Assessment, and in partnership with several local organizations, we have developed a series of regional workshops that are being held in early spring, summer, and fall in the Northeast Kingdom, Central Vermont, Upper Valley, and Southern Vermont.
Workshop topics include garden community assessments, using storytelling for fundraising and engagement, and increasing volunteer participation in the spring sessions; learning opportunities in the garden, cultivating the next garden leaders, and community compost programs in the summer sessions; and long-range planning, community partnerships, and network development in the fall.
Here's the Spring lineup. Some of the workshops are for community gardens, some are for school gardens, and some are for both.
(C=community gardens, S=school gardens)
- March 9, 10:30am, Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport C
- March 14, 3:30pm, Mount Anthony Middle School, Bennington C&S
- March 18, 3:30pm, Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport S
- April 2, 3:30pm, Upper Valley Food Coop, White River Junction C&S
- April 4, 9:45am, SIT Graduate Campus, Brattleboro S (part of the Windham County Farm to School Conference)
- April 10, 3:30pm, Putney Central School C
The workshops are $30, including a light meal, or all three - spring, summer, fall - for $75. We want to ensure that everyone can attend - and many scholarships are available!
Full schedule and registration info.
Please call us with any questions about these two exciting opportunities.* And for those of you who missed the Community & School Garden Track at this year's NOFA-VT conference, check out the resources here. *
Thank you so much for your garden work and efforts to create healthy and positive change your community. We are proud to partner with you!
Vermont Community Garden Network