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 and gatherings take place around the state in the spring and fall each year, and are presented by VCGN in partnership with local garden partners and regional garden expert, Charlie Nardozzi.

October 11th – Webinar & Viewing Parties

Extending the Season: A webinar for Community & School Garden Leaders
5:00 – 6:15pm

Presented by VCGN, garden expert Charlie Nardozzi and garden leaders from Hardwick Community Garden and Change the World Kids Root Cellar, this online webinar will cover season extension techniques and on-the-ground examples of how to manage season extension (from growing to storage) in a community and school garden setting. The webinar will wrap-up with a Q&A with the presenters.

Register Online (Click Here)

$10 early bird (through Sept. 29) / $12 regular registration

Enjoy the webinar from your own living room, with a group of colleagues or fellow garden volunteers, or at a designated Webinar Viewing Party.
If you are unable to join us on October 11th, still register for the webinar and you will receive a link following the event to view on your own.

Webinar Viewing Parties
4:30 – 7:00pm

Want to connect with garden leaders in your area this fall? Gather with a fellow community and school gardeners at a designated Webinar Viewing Party! Viewing parties include networking opportunities, webinar viewing, group discussion, and more. See below for a list of locations and check back–we’ll update the list as more sign on!

  • Central VT: SunCommon – 442 US Route 2, Waterbury, VT – SunCommon Community Space
  • Central VT: Montpelier (Space is limited for this venue—first come first serve. Must pre-register to attend.)
  • Northwest VT: Bent Northrup Memorial Library, 164 Park St, Fairfield, VT
  • Northwest VT: Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront, 645 Pine St, Burlington, VT
  • Upper Valley: Upper Valley Food Co-op – 193 North Main St, White River Junction, VT – upstairs in the Co-op’s Classroom
  • Western VT: Brandon Free Library – 4 Franklin St, Brandon, VT – upstairs Conference Room

**If you are attending a Webinar Viewing Party please register and pay through the same system as all webinar viewers – complete this online registration form.**

Host a Viewing Party
Don’t see an event in your area? Host a Webinar Viewing Party in your community! Keep it simple–host in a place were people can visit and watch the webinar–your living room, the local library, school or other gathering place. Click here to fill out a basic online hosting form.

Questions? Contact Libby: or (802) 861-4769.

2017 Grow It! Webinar & Viewing Parties are made possible thanks to support from RiseVT, Hunger Mountain Co-op, and The Bay and Paul Foundations.


Grow It! Participant Testimonials:

“I’ve participated in multiple Grow It! workshops and I left each one with a toolkit for communication and networking. The peer-to-peer exchange and hands on engagement are key to my positive experience. Not only do I glean valuable growing tips and organizational strategies, but I also walk away with stories to share and ideas that translate to other areas of my job (and life!) beyond the garden.”
~ Chris Jacobson, Upper Valley Food Co-op, White River Junction

“The meeting was informative, inspiring and educational all in one. There was a great sense of belonging to something greater than our little gardens.”~Sandra Magsamen, Hiland Hall Gardens, North Bennington

“The workshop was positive and enriching, and gave people from a variety of garden projects in the area another chance to network, share successes and challenges, and strengthen this movement for greater food security and more community-based gardens in Vermont.”
~Grow It! workshop participant, Barre

Past & Future Grow It! Topics:

Goal-setting and assessment, volunteer management, participation and engagement, outreach planning, problem-solving strategies, resiliency, community compost management, season extension in community-based gardens. Workshop topics can be adapted to garden groups at any stage of development.

Click here for the 2016 Grow It! report.

Questions? Contact us at (802) 861-4769 or email Libby at