A day touring community and school gardens in northern Vermont July 25, 2007

The ten gardens visited on July 25, 2007 are among the 100+ member gardens in the Vermont Community Garden Network. The photo story that follows reveals a window into the lives of the gardens and gardeners as they basked in the sunlight of a beautiful mid summer day in Vermont.

by Jim Flint


Vermont Community Garden Network tour route Northern Vermont - July 25, 2007

VCGN tour route with stops – July 25, 2007 130 miles


8:00 a.m. – Colchester – Fort Ethan Allen Community Garden The half acre garden site was established in the 1970s at Fort Ethan Allen and is one of the oldest community gardens in Vermont.


The garden is managed by Sonni Orsini, who also coordinates graduate student housing for the University of Vermont. A 2006 VCGN mini-grant helped the gardeners purchase a tool shed.


Garden plots are rented out each spring to residents of Fort Ethan Allen. An email list serv helps coordinators and gardeners to stay in touch.

9:00 a.m. – Essex Junction – Meadow Terrace Community Garden


Meadow Terrace was established in 2005. The site is managed by Essex Junction Recreation & Parks and coordinated by Tim Schonholtz.

The community garden is adjacent to the Essex Technical Center. The gardeners used a 2007 VCGN mini-grant to purchase a load of compost.


9:30 a.m. – Jeffersonville VT – Cambridge Elementary School

The Seeds of Sustainability Garden is just a short walk from the school.


The school garden project was started in the 2006 by a group of sixth grade students and University of Vermont intern Jessica Ridgeway.

Bins for organic composting tie in with the sustainability theme.


10:00 a.m. – Johnson VT – Johnson State College Community Garden

The JSC Community Garden was started in 2007 by Green Solutions, a campus environmental group, to provide fresh produce for students.


Green Solutions President, Elizabeth Wiren, worked with fellow students, faculty, and staff to plant the garden and construct a deer fence.

A 2007 VCGN mini-grant was used by the gardeners to purchase compost, fencing, and sign materials.


10:30 a.m. – Johnson Elementary School’s Garden of Life

The Garden of Life was started in 2005. The garden is integrated into the school curriculum, the after school program, and summer programming.


VCGN mini-grants received by the Garden of Life in 2006 and 2007 were used for compost, a garden sign, and raised bed construction.

11:15 a.m. – Eden VT – The Little Garden in Eden


The Little Garden in Eden is in its third year as part of the Eden Central School after school and summer programs.

Eden gardeners used a 2007 VCGN mini-grant to purchase two rain barrels and materials for a student designed and painted garden sign.


Each year a little more space is added to the garden, which has become a beautiful setting for students and staff to visit and share lunch.

noon – Morrisville VT – The Children’s Community Wellness Garden
Lamoille County Mental Health Services Division of Children, Youth & Families


Led by garden coordinator Ifetayo White, DCYF children, youths, and staff worked together to design, construct, and plant the raised beds.

A bulletin board shares the progress of the Children’s Wellness Garden which was established with the help of a 2007 VCGN mini-grant.


2:00 p.m. – Stowe VT – Stowe Community Garden – opening 2008

Stowe Assistant Recreation Director Brian Kaplan secured approval to establish the new community garden on town land.


Community gardening will help preserve the agricultural use of the land.

3:45 p.m. – Waterbury VT – Waterbury Community Garden


The garden site is located on town land adjacent to recreation fields.

Alletta Hale has coordinated the community garden for the past 25 years.


4:30 p.m. – Richmond VT – Vermont Youth Conservation Corps

VYCC members created organic planting beds and constructed a three bin composting system for their new community garden.


A look back at community and school gardening in northern Vermont July 25, 2007

A day touring community and school gardens in northern Vermont -- July 25, 2007 produced by Friends of Burlington Gardens 180 Flynn Avenue Studio 3 PO Box 4504 Burlington, VT 05406-4504 to learn more about the Vermont Community Garden Network or to make a gift of support please visit www.burlingtongardens.org


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