Day in the Dirt 2017


The 5th Annual Day in the Dirt is April 29.

    *Online registration is closed and most sites are full. Please reach out to the partner sites listed below.*

    • Burlington: Archibald Neighborhood Garden, Champlain Elementary School Fresh Garden, CP Smith Elementary School, Family Room Garden at Ethan Allen Homestead, Flynn Elementary School, Heineburg Senior Housing, Homeward Bound Collective, Myrtle Street Avant Garden, North Avenue Coop, Riverside Neighborhood Garden, Rooftop Garden at UVM Medical Center, Teaching Garden at Ethan Allen Homestead, Teaching Garden at Tommy Thompson.
    • Hinesburg: Kelley’s Field Senior Housing (help build new accessible garden beds at this Cathedral Square site)
    • Shelburne: Harbor Place (help get the shared garden ready for the season at this transitional housing site)
    • Williston: Maple Tree Apartments (help build a new community garden at the Champlain Housing Trust site)

VOLUNTEER INFO – Registered volunteers: Click here for site details, directions, and schedule.  SITE MAP

  • Want to join a partner site?

    The following gardens are also holding work days on Day in the Dirt and welcome your help (contact the garden directly to sign up):

    • Smokey House Community Farm in Danby: Contact Ginny Cook at
    • Highgate Apartments in Barre: Contact Joann Darling at
    • Morgan Spring Community Garden in Bennington: Contact Cat Bryars at
    • Winooski Community Gardens at O’Brien Community Center, West Street and Landry Park: Contact Colleen Sullivan at
    • ISGOOD gardens on Isham Street in Burlington: Contact Sabina Parker at
    • Other sites, including Leland & Gray School Garden in Townsend and The Garden at 485 Elm in Montpelier, are holding special Day in the Dirt events with their gardeners.
  • Join the FACEBOOK EVENT for updates.

Day in the Dirt is a community and school garden work day to kick off the growing season. For the past four years we have been bringing teams of volunteers to garden sites around Burlington to give the gardens a spring boost, introduce more people to the joys of community and school gardening, and celebrate how these sites nourish and connect so many people.

This year, we’re inviting garden sites around the state to join the fun by holding garden work days and planning sessions on Day in the Dirt. Make the last Saturday in April an annual tradition, get more people connected to your garden, and celebrate all the great work that you and other garden groups are doing!

The 5th annual Day in the Dirt includes teams of volunteers working at community and school garden sites all over Burlington (and beyond!), a delicious picnic, and plenty of fun and prizes. Day in the Dirt is made possible thanks to more than 250 volunteers, Gardener’s Supply, Burlington Parks Recreation & Waterfront, UVM’s Department of Community Development & Applied Economics, Green Mountain Compost, the Intervale Center, and a host of local businesses. YOU can be part of this fun community event, too!

  • Volunteer sign-up opens April 1! Join a site before April 17 to get a T-shirt.
    Join the Facebook event page for updates.
  • CLICK HERE for business sponsorship and team sign-up info.

See photos and details from past years’ Day in the Dirt:

Read all about the 2016 Dirty Weekend here. The 2016 Dirty Weekend combined Day in the Dirt with a Friday night Dirt Ball Karaoke Party and Green Mountain Compost’s CompostFEst on Sunday. The weekend was a tremendous success with more than 280 volunteers transforming 16 community and school garden sites. Big thanks to all the event partners, sponsors, garden groups, and volunteers! Click here for stories and photos from this awesome celebration of soils, spring, and community spirit!

And check out this amazing time-lapse video from the 2015 Archibald Neighborhood Garden re-build by Meghan O’Rourke:

    • WHAT: Teams of business-sponsored teams and individual garden superheroes work on school and community garden projects around the city to give the gardens a spring boost.
    • WHEN: Teams met at garden sites at 9am, worked on projects from 9:30am-noon, then gathered at the Intervale Center for a garden celebration, lunch and prizes.
    • WHERE: (Click here for a map of last year’s sites): Champlain School Garden and Champlain Community Garden in the South End; Archibald Neighborhood Garden, Sara Holbrook Community Center, and Riverside Neighborhood Garden in the Old North End; Hunt Middle School Garden and Homeward Bound Collective in the New North End; Abenaki Heritage Garden at the Intervale; VNA Family Room Garden at Ethan Allen Homestead; and the Fanny Allen Garden in Colchester.
    • EXTRAS: Free T-shirts, garden celebration, lunch, and prizes from local businesses and restaurants.