Rooted In Vermont
The farm team at the College of St. Joseph Provider Patch garden in Rutland show off an early carrot harvest. These students and faculty are #RootedInVermont!
Tens of thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds across the state grow food and connect with each other in community and school gardens. Join VCGN in celebrating how you and your garden are #RootedInVermont by tagging and sharing photos, video, and other content on social media. And be sure to tag @VTGardenNetwork on Facebook and Twitter and @VT.Gardens on Instagram , too. This new social media promotion is coordinated by the Vermont Farm to Plate Network to show how Vermonters enjoy local food -- and you can't get any more local than the food you grow yourself!

Read on to learn about VCGN garden news and happenings all over the state and find new ways that you can be #RootedInVermont!
The Vermont Community Garden network is growing a healthier Vermont by helping people of all ages access the space and resources to grow their own food and connect with each other. Please click here to make a donation to grows more gardens, gardeners, and garden leaders!
Spotlight: 4 Unique Garden Compost Systems 
The Orleans Elementary School composting system is a community effort that includes Green Mountain Farm to School staff, lunch program personnel, classroom teachers and special Compost Student Monitors.
This Fall's Grow It! Workshops feature community and school garden compost management. The four workshop host sites - Bakersfield School and Community Garden, Orleans Elementary School Garden, Woodstock Union High School/Middle School Garden, and College of St. Joseph Provider Patch - have developed unique ways to manage their garden and food waste. Learn about the sites here!

We are pairing the workshops with public Community Composting Forums at all four sites in partnership with compost expert James McSweeney of Compost Technical Services and local groups. The forums are  moderated by VCGN partner and gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi and sponsored by Northwest Vermont Solid Waste Management District, Rutland County Solid Waste District and Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management District
Garden Art Contest: Entries due Oct. 1  
 
Attention local businesses! There are a few sponsorship spots available.
More details here.
One winner from each county will be chosen for a new Community Garden Calendar!

VCGN invites students to participate in a statewide art contest to tell the story of Community Gardens, the nourishment they bring, and how they are rooted in the communities they serve.

The winning artwork will be selected by Garden Expert Charlie Nardozzi, Artist and Farm To School Champion Bonnie Acker, Vital Communities Farm to School Program Coordinator Beth Roy, and VCGN Board Member Chris Jacobson from Upper Valley Food Coop. One selection from each county in Vermont will be included in the calendar, and ALL submissions will be posted on the VCGN website. The submission deadline is Oct. 1. More info, prompts, and submission forms are at: http://vcgn.org/calendar-contest/ 
 
Events  
The Solution is in the Soil - A Talk with Dan Kittredge
 
Sept. 28, 6-8pm at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier
Do you want to grow more nutritious and delicious food? Are you looking to increase yields and grow pest free crops? Join us for a conversation with lifelong organic farmer Dan Kittredge, founder of the Bionutrient Food Association, who will help connect the dots between soil health, plant health, and human health. This FREE workshop is for gardeners, farmers, homesteaders, and others to learn how to mobilize your soil biology to improve plant and crop health. 
Join the   Facebook event page to let us know you're coming to the talk and to receive event updates.

This FREE workshop is in advance of a special two-day intensive course with Dan on November 19 and March 18. Registration details coming soon! 
 
Sunday, Oct. 2 at Winooski Valley Park District's Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington. This community potluck is open to all  gardeners, friends, and community members with kids activities and games, garden and trails tours, and music by Woodbury Strings. Presented by the Vermont Community Garden Network, Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront/Burlington Area Community Gardens, Winooski Valley Park District, VNA Family Room, New Farms for New Americans and HANDS, with support from City Market.

"Growing Food, Growing Community" Photography Exhibit 
Photos on view the month of October at the VCGN offices, 12-22 North St. in Burlington 
Opening reception: 5:30-9pm Friday, Oct. 7
This exhibit showcases images from VCGN's Community Teaching Garden taken by Dan Daniel and Cristina Clarimon-Alinder. Their complementary styles document the rhythm of the growing season and the nourishing spirit of this transformative educational site. Proceeds from art sales benefit the Community Teaching Garden Scholarship Fund. 
 
Grow It Workshops & Community Composting Forums
Workshops are 4-6:15 and include a light dinner; Free Forums are 6:30-8pm 
  • Oct. 4 at College of St. Joseph in Rutland
  • Oct. 5 at Bakersfield Elementary Middle School
  • Oct. 17 at Orleans Elementary School
  • Oct. 18 at Woodstock Union High School & Middle School
stateResources for Garden Leaders 
Photo courtesy of Joseph Gresser, Barton Chronicle
September Toolshed Tip:
Build Your Skills


Congratulations on supporting the growth of another season in your community or school garden!  With another year under your belt you've likely learned more about what works and what doesn't work in managing your garden. As the season draws to an end, reflect on what you've learned and what you want to learn more about to be even more prepared for next season. Click here for some topics and opportunities to pursue as you build your skills as a garden leader. 
Read the full Toolshed Tip.

Garden happenings around the state and region this fall:
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Since 2001, the Vermont Community Garden Network (formerly known as Friends of Burlington Gardens) has worked with hundreds of community and school groups to start, sustain, and grow gardens, building strong local food systems and vibrant educational sites.    
Contact us - we'd love to hear from you!

Jess Hyman , Executive Director
Libby Weiland, Statewide Network Coordinator 
Carolina Lukac, Garden Education Specialist 
Trish Laraja, Office Manager
Kate Eiseman, Community Teaching Garden Apprentice
Kaila Pennock, Community Teaching Garden Apprentice
Emma Greenawalt, Garden Education Intern 
802-861-4769 info@vcgn.org | www.vcgn.org

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