This year, we are officially changing
our name from Friends of Burlington Gardens to Vermont Community Garden Network, which has been the name of our statewide program since 2006. This reflects our mission to support the hundreds of garden communities across the state. Meanwhile, our established local programs continue to provide fun, hands-on garden education in Burlington and offer models for the rest of the state and beyond.
In the coming month, be on the lookout for a new logo, a new website, more information about the state's vibrant network of community and school gardens, and new ways for garden leaders to connect to and learn from each other!
The Vermont Community Garden Network (VCGN) was started by Friends of
Burlington Gardens as part of its statewide outreach. VCGN includes
more than 1,400 individual members representing 200+ Vermont communities.
upon the joint
resolution passed by the Vermont legislature in 2004 to support the
expansion of community, youth, and school gardening movement
Community Garden Network Bulletin
Community Garden Network 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.
To subscribe to the VCGN Bulletin, enter your email address in the box
at left or email VCGN with your name, mailing address, phone number
and your affilliation if applicable (e.g. organization, school, garden
project, club, or group.)
We welcome comments and suggestions for the VCGN Bulletin. Send your garden news and events
to share with our growing network of more than 1,400 school and community gardeners all over the state. Please include a web page link to help direct readers to the information source.
March 2013 - Grow It!
December 2012 - Annual Appeal
funding for school community gardens
Senator Bernie Sanders secured federal
funding to establish a state-wide, school-based summer gardening
initiative that teaches Vermont children and youths how to grow fresh
produce using land on or adjacent to school campuses. Friends of
Burlington Gardens administered the statewide pilot program as a model
for similar programs in other states. Forty School Community Gardens
around the state received technical assistance and up to $1,000 for
tools and infrastructure improvements. For more information, including
photos and reports from the schools, click on School Community Gardens.
VCGN mini-grant programs
The Vermont Community Garden Network Mini-grant
Program began in 2006. Since its first grant cycle, $43,000 in
mini-grants funds have been awarded by Friends of Burlington Gardens to
support 188 school and community gardens in Vermont. The program was
made possible through generous funding from The Bay and Paul
Foundations and the Ben & Jerry's Foundation.
to a generous Irene Recovery Fund grant from the Vermont Community Foundation with additional support from the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, FBG offered a new
grant program in 2012 to help rebuild flooded gardens. Click here for more information.
VCGN mini-grant recipients:
Garden Flood Relief Grant Recipients
School Community Garden Grant Recipients
VCGN Mini-grant Award Recipients- school based gardens
VCGN Mini-grant recipients - community based gardens
VCGN Mini-grant recipients - school based gardens
VCGN Mini-grant recipients - Burlington school and youth gardens
Mini-grant recipients - community based gardens
Mini-grant recipients - school based gardens
mini-grant recipients - community and school gardens
The VCGN Mini-grant Program is currently between grant cycles as we
await federal funding to
support mini-grants for school community gardens. New grant cycles are
announced via the VCGN e-newsletter.
Community Gardens Mini-grant Program
Community Gardens Mini-grant Program began in 2008. Since its first
grant cycle, $10,000 in mini-grant funds have been awarded by Friends
of Burlington Gardens to help establish 20 new allotment style
community gardens in Vermont. The program was made possible through
generous grant funding from the Vermont Community Foundation and the
Jan and David Blittersdorf Foundation. The program is currently between
grant cycles. New grant cycles will be announced via the VCGN
Photostories of VCGN Garden Site Visits
2010 site visits to 17 school and community gardens across Vermont
August 24, 2010
site visit to 20 school and community gardens in Northern Vermont
August 13, 2010
site visit to nine school and community gardens along Route 7 and Route
July 25, 2007 site
visit to ten school and community gardens in northern Vermont
VCGN Conferences and Symposia
& School Garden Track at NOFA-VT Winter Conference
Community Gardens for Vermont Conference web page
2008 Vermont School and Youth
Garden Conference web page
photo collage from the March 10,
2007 VCGN Symposium
from the February 24, 2007 VCGN Symposium
from the February 17, 2007 VCGN Symposium
photo collage from the February 3,
2007 VCGN Symposium
photo collage from the February 4, 2006