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. This spring we will be exploring strategies for recruiting and engaging gardeners and volunteers.

Registration opens Fri., Feb. 12 for Spring Grow It! workshops.  Check back soon!MiltonGroup-GrowIt2015

Join us for a spring workshop at a location near you.

*All events take place 4:00-7:00pm and include a hearty snack.

  • Montpelier, North Branch Nature Center: April 28
  • Bennington, Mount Anthony Union Middle School: May 3
  • Proctor, Proctor Elementary School: May 5
  • Sheffield, Miller’s Run School: May 9
  • Westminster, Westminster Center School: May 11
  • Thetford, Thetford Elementary School: May 17
  • Burlington, TBD

THANK YOU to everyone who helped make our 2015 workshops successful!

The 2015 Grow It! workshops were made possible thanks to the help of our 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 happened: Fall 2015

  • We focused on resilience: building and fostering more sustainable and responsive gardens, programs, and people. Click here for resiliency in problem-solving resources and other tips and links for garden leaders.
  • 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 was 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:

The cost for each workshop is $30.
VCGN members are eligible for multiple discounted registrations.  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 libby@vcgn.org.

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