Growing Together: November Newsletter

We’ve Moved! 
VCGN is now located in the Chace Mill – in Burlington near the Winooski River at:
 1 One Mill Street, Suite 200,
Burlington VT, 05401
Our phone and email contact information will stay the same.
Save the date for our Open House on Thursday, December 6th!
Stop by for coffee, tea & breakfast goodies between 8:30-10:30am and/or beer, wine & snacks between 4:00-6:00pm.  There’s plenty of free parking and we have pollinator seed bombs to share.  Email michelle@vcgn.org with questions;
hope to see you in December!
Holiday Card Photo Shoot
Join us for a photoshoot at Gardener’s Supply to capture some
family photos to use for your 2018 holiday card!
November 10 and 11th 9:30am-3:30pm
Come early, or stay later to enjoy cookies and hot chocolate!
Reserve a spot here!
Bring your family, whatever size, and we will help you create that perfect picture!
We will supply backdrop options, props, and a photographer for all styles.
All photos will be sent in digital format to use as you like.
Community Partnerships
Unifying Ideas: Stamford Seed Savers
Photo by Stamford VT Seed Savers
Long-time garden organizers, Helen Fields and Stephen Greene-instrumental movers and shakers in the  school and community gardening movement in Southern Vermont-are excited to have turned their focus on their home community-Stamford, Vermont. Helen and Stephen were looking fora project that would unify people locally. Out of community meetings grew an idea and tremendous support for creating a local seed bank and turning a retired tennis court into a school garden. Read below to get the scoop on how these projects got up and going and lessons learned. Visit their website for more information and updates on Stamford VT Seed Savers. Click here for the full story!
By: Libby Weiland, Statewide Network Coordinator and Stephen Greene, Stamford Seed Savers
“Mid-October is full of transition in the gardens. If you’re like us, you’ve been waiting until the very last minute to put your garden to bed. So how do we know it’s time to call it quits? We follow our estimated first and last frost dates. In Burlington, our average first frost date (50% chance of frost) happened to be yesterday, October 16th! Sure, we might scathe by for a few more days without a serious chill, but we try to bring our harvest into our cozy homes before frost damages the last of the peppers we were hoping would ripen and anything else that may not be frost tolerant…”
To learn more about how the Community Teaching Gardens put their gardens to bed, read our blog!
Help Build A Healthier Vermont
Outside Barre City Middle and Elementary School sits a beautiful school garden. Rocks are painted with vocabulary words, hand-made flags display student poetry and a path was built using different geometric shapes.  A scavenger hunt prompts students to complete math and language activities as they help maintain the garden – all while learning about nutrition and how to grow their own food.
A 2nd grader with a disability wanted to participate but needed accommodations. She designed her own raised bed – bright yellow and the perfect height to lean on, with rails for her tools.  6th grade students built it for her last season, but went a step further. They also built an identical, but taller bed. When the younger student asked why they built two, the older ones simply said: “You’re going to grow!”
The BCEMS garden is one among hundreds in Vermont we support with training, resources and technical assistance. Our year-round programs provide education and tools to increase food security and improve physical & mental health for people of all ages. As chronic poor health affects more people, we need preventative solutions that improve wellness in a sustainable way. Gardens do just that.
Please help us serve more schools, senior centers and underserved groups with a gift today.  Together we can and will build more resilient, food-secure and healthier communities for people of all ages, but we need your support to help people start and maintain gardens and related education programs throughout Vermont. Please donate now!

Thank you for your commitment to health and gardens across Vermont,

Michelle, Carolina, Libby, Trish and Ehrin
VCGN is a 501(c)(3) organization supported by contributions from  individuals, businesses and private foundations. Gifts are tax deductible; EIN 31-1783597.
Register for Your 2019 Garden Plot!
 
If you’re a returning gardener with Burlington Area Community Gardens (BACG), don’t forget to register for your 2019 plot here by December 14th!
For new community gardeners, registration begins February 4th! 
 Upcoming Events
Community Night at Butch+Babes
Wednesday, November 14th 5-9pm
Join us for dinner at on Wednesday, Nov 14th! Butch + Babes will generously donate a percentage of the nights’ sales to help support VCGN!
Let us know if you’re coming on the Facebook Event Page!
Submit an Event to our Calendar
Get the network involved by submitting your next event directly to our
submission page (submit garden related events at least 2 weeks in advance)
Fund your Garden
Need funding for next season’s garden projects? Now’s the time to keep your eye out for grants – Go to VCGN’s Garden Grants page for a regularly updated list. Here are some, visit our website for details, links and rolling deadline grants.
 
Grants for Youth & School Programs
Grants for Community Garden Projects
Connect with other Garden Leaders
Our closed Facebook group serves as a forum for your garden management questions, and as a place to post and request resources: Join the group! 

Grow With Us!

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. We need your help now more than ever – please make a donation today!

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Since 2001, the Vermont Community Garden Network 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!

Michelle Gates, Executive Director

Libby Weiland, Statewide Network Coordinator
Carolina Lukac, Garden Education Manager
Ehrin Lingeman, Program Assistant
Trish Laraja, Business Manager
802-861-4769 | info@vcgn.org | www.vcgn.org
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