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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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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