Grow It! Statewide Garden Leader Workshops

Join community and school garden leaders from around your region for this unique training series. Learn strategies to boost your garden programs, share stories and ideas, and celebrate this growing movement! Workshops take place at seven locations around the state in the spring and fall each year, and are presented by VCGN in partnership with regional garden expert, Charlie Nardozzi.

Online registration available soon for Fall 2015 Grow It! workshops!

We return this fall for 7 more workshops at community and school locations across Vermont:

  • Brattleboro, Food Connects at the VT Agricultural Business Education Center: September 8
  • Cornwall, Cornwall School: TBA
  • White River Junction, Upper Valley Haven: September 17
  • St. Johnsbury, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital: September 21
  • Milton, Milton High School: October 6
  • Barre Town, Barre Town Middle & Elementary School: TBA
  • Manchester Center, Manchester Elementary & Middle School: October 15

THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to make the spring workshops successful!

The 2015 Grow It! workshops are made possible thanks to the help of regional and local partners:

  • Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN)
  • Burlington Area Community Gardens/Burlington Parks, Recreation, Waterfront
  • Center for an Agricultural Economy
  • City of Winooski
  • Common Roots
  • Food Connects
  • Fresh Start Community Farm
  • Good Food Good Medicine
  • Green Mountain Farm to School
  • Marble Valley Grows
  • Northshire Grows
  • Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL)
  • St. Johnsbury Area Local Food Alliance (ALFA)
  • Sustainable Woodstock
  • The Tutorial Center’s Youth Agriculture Project (YAP)
  • Upper Valley Food Coop
  • Vital Communities

And generous support from The Bay and Paul Foundations, The Forrest and Frances Lattner Foundation, and Ben & Jerry’s Foundation.

What to expect: Snapshot from Spring 2015

  • We focused on strengthening your garden’s leadership and strategies for growing a network of support for your garden.
  • VCGN staff, with Charlie Nardozzi, offered best practices and helpful tools from the field.
  • Participants had the opportunity to share ideas, brainstorm and problem-solve in large and small groups through engaging activities.  This is a great opportunity for the people from a community or school garden to spend some dedicated time planning together, as well as a unique chance to network with a variety of garden groups from the area.
  • The workshop included a visit to our host’s garden, a brief garden lesson, tasty garden snacks, and more.
  • Participants gathered tools and resources to bring back to their garden efforts, as well as grow a network of support among fellow garden leaders in their area.

Registration Details:

Online registration available soon!
The cost for each workshop is $30.
VCGN members are eligible for multiple discounted registrations, $10 off each.  Learn more about the VCGN membership program and sign-up before you register for the workshop to receive your discount.
Sliding scale option also available.

Future Grow It! topics to look forward to: goal-setting and assessment, participation and engagement, outreach planning, problem-solving strategies, and resiliency. Workshop topics can be adapted to groups at any stage of development.

For more information, contact us at
(802) 861-4769 or email Libby at