Vermont Community Garden Network Bulletin

May 2012 



In This Issue
More Garden Flood Relief Grants Available
Bernie Celebrates School Community Garden Program
Help us Run for the Gardens
We're Hiring!
Join us at the Slow Living Summit May 30-June 1
Garden Organizer Survey
Upcoming Events


New Grants for Flooded Gardens and Communities  

Second grant round opens for existing and new garden projects


Following up on the successful partnership between Friends of Burlington Gardens and the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, with support from Grow Compost of Vermont, we are expanding our efforts to help communities affected by Tropical Storm Irene rebuild secure and vibrant food production sites.


The new grant round is open to any community or school group whose garden was damaged by the August 2011 flooding as well as groups who wish to start new gardens in flood-affected areas.

These grants are for all gardens and communities affected by flooding - large and small. There are three categories of grants:

1) Soil rebuilding: Up to $300 for topsoil and/or compost.
2) Infrastructure repair: Up to $400 for fencing, signage, raised beds, etc.
3) New gardens: Up to $600 for new community or school gardens.

Funding will be allocated by a review committee made up of Friends of Burlington Gardens and Episcopal Diocese of Vermont representatives. The funds will be given up front, with reporting requirements for the end of the project.

The first round of 2012 Garden Flood Relief grants were made possible through an Irene Recovery Fund grant from the Vermont Community Foundation and the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont.

The application deadline for the new grants is Friday, June 1.Click here to apply.


                                                        Photo by Carolyn Fox
Jess Hyman of Friends of Burlington Gardens and Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup of the Vermont Community Foundation present Sen. Bernie Sanders with a special poster showing photos of the 40 School Community Gardens around the state that received funding through the 2011 School Community Garden Mini-grant Program.
Thank You Bernie! 


Sen. Bernie Sanders Celebrates School Community Gardens        


Senator Bernie Sanders visited the Healthy City Youth Farm at Hunt Middle School in Burlington on May 11 to celebrate National Public Gardens Day and highlight the amazing work being done at School Community Gardens around the state.


A 2011 mini-grant program made a big difference for 40 Vermont schools that are starting this growing season with new and improved garden sites. With a strong support network that provided technical expertise and horticultural advice, the participating schools were able to use the funding, secured by Senator Bernie Sanders, to boost their garden programs. The schools also strengthened ties to the broader community by organizing volunteer days, providing garden space for residents, and hosting public events related to local food production. The schools ranged in size from Stockbridge Central School in Windsor County with 53 students to Williston Central School/Allenbrook School in Chittenden County with a total of 1,109 students.

The School Community Garden Program is a partnership between Friends of Burlington Gardens, the Vermont Community Foundation, and University of Vermont Extension Master Gardeners. Competitive grants provided up to $1,000 to buy tools like rakes, hoes, shovels, carts, hoses and watering cans as well as fencing and lumber for raised beds. The program paired a UVM Master Gardener with each project site, while FBG drew on its 20 years of experience with community gardens to offer guidance on everything from building raised beds to increasing local support.


Click here for more information about the School Community Garden Mini-grant Program, including stories and photos from the 40 garden sites.


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We're Running for the Gardens!


Friends of Burlington Gardens has two Relay Teams in the 2012 Vermont City Marathon. The "Lettuce Garden" and "Turnip the Beet" runners are hard at work getting legs and lungs ready to race, while also raising pledges to support FBG's local garden education programs. Last year's teams raised $1,905 and we hope to break the record this year! 

Will you make a pledge to support Kelly Dousevicz, Amanda Goldstein, Jess Hyman, Kevin Mailepors, Aziza Malik, Kit Perkins, Meg Perkins Ames, Anne Marie Santos, Julie Sigler, and Bart Westdijk?


Please make a donation today - any amount cheers on our awesome runners!   


Join Our Team!

Friends of Burlington Gardens is seeking a Program Director to manage the organization's education programs. This is a key staff position, requiring someone who is flexible, collaborative, exhibits strong leadership, and is passionate about growing food and working with people of all ages and backgrounds.


Qualifications include experience in organic gardening or farming, educational program development and management, strong organizational skills, excellent communication skills, and successful fundraising experience.


Click here for a full job description. To apply, please send letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and three professional references to 


Applications accepted until May 18, 2012.



Gather with engaged citizens, entrepreneurs, investors, educators, students, civic, foundation and non-profit leaders at the Slow Living Summit, May 30-June 1 to invent and implement cross-sector solutions for sustainable communities in a post-carbon, new-economy world.


The Summit uses "slow" as a metaphor for sustainability and resilience. "Slow Living" is shorthand for taking a more reflective approach to living and work. "Slow Living" implies  being mindful of impacts on the environment, on Earth, and on communities; and it incorporates resilience - our ability to "bounce back" from the consequences of climate change, resource depletion and other changes and stresses.



logo Garden Organizer Survey 

Do you coordinate or manage a community, school, neighborhood, or group garden in Vermont? The Vermont Community Garden Network is updating its statewide garden directory and we need your help!


The directory helps people find gardens in their areas and highlights garden projects. The new interactive map and expanded contact information will provide more ways for people to connect to your garden.


Thanks to the Windham Foundation and other partners, we will be offering more resources, information, networking, and learning opportunities for garden organizers. Your feedback is very important and will help us shape our programming to meet your needs.

Click here to fill in the questionnaire online.  Please contact us if you would prefer to submit the information by mail or over the phone.

Plant Sales Galore  


May 19: 3rd Annual New North End Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Bibens Ace Hardware in the New North End. A great selection of veggie starts, herbs, and annuals from Red Wagon Plants to benefit the Burlington Area Community Gardens scholarship fund. Info: (802) 863-0420.


May 19: 17th Annual Bloomtime Festival, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at UVM Horticultural Farm in South Burlington. Awaken your senses to the scents of lilacs, flowering crabapples, magnolias and more. Perennials, lilacs, and gardening books will be on sale. UVM Greenhouse and Common Ground will be on hand selling indoor and veggie starter plants. Info: (802) 864-3073.

May 17-20: Dismas House Annual Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 1433 Pine Street. All proceeds support Burlington Dismas House. To donate perennials, contact Kim at (802) 658-0381 or

May 26: Perennial Plant and School-wide Yard Sale at L.C. Hunt Middle School, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 1364 North Ave., Burlington. All proceeds from sale will be used to create peaceful gardens at the entrance to our school. Contact Susan Rutherford at or 951-2571   


June 2: Burlington Garden Club Plant Sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Vermont Garden Park, National Gardening Association headquarters, 1100 Dorset Street, South Burlington. Special plants grown by Garden Club members, silent auction, bake sale, treasures table, face painting, and children's garden. Proceeds benefit scholarships and civic projects. Info: (802) 372-4058 or


June 9 & 10:5th Annual Sweet Potato Slip Sale, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. at Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg. Yes! You can grow sweet potatoes in Vermont. Each rooted slip will produce up to five pounds of delicious sweet potatoes. This fundraising partnership supports Friends of Burlington Gardens educational programs. Info: (802) 861-4769.


Craftsbury Plant/Yard/Book/Bake Sale May 19
Jericho Town Library Plant Sale May 19
North Hero Public Library Fundraiser May 20
Stowe Library Plant Sale May 26


More Garden Events  

Gardening season is here and there are lots of fun and informative events and workshops to get you started. Please visit these events pages:


Friends of Burlington Gardens and Vermont Community Garden Network events  

Burlington Permaculture events and workshops   

City Market workshops   

Red Wagon Plants workshops and events 

NOFA-VT events and workshops 

Perry's Perennials events listing 

Friends of the Hort Farm 

Rutland Area Farm and Food Link events 

Addison County Relocalization Network events 

UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture events 

Center for an Agricultural Economy events 


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. Don't forget to send in your garden news and events to share with our growing network of more than 1,300 school and community gardeners all over the state. Please include a web page link to help direct readers to the information source.

The Vermont Community Garden Network is hosted by Friends of Burlington Gardens, a nonprofit organization supporting school, community and neighborhood gardens in Burlington and across Vermont. For more information, visit our web site at
or contact FBG at:
  Friends of Burlington Gardens
  180 Flynn Ave Studio 3
  PO Box 4504
  Burlington, VT 05406-4504
  (802) 861-4769

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