Announcing 2017 Green Thumbs at Work Grantees!

Nine businesses and organizations across the state will be starting gardens this season through the Green Thumbs at Work employee garden grant program. This year’s grantees come from all corners of the state and benefit employees in a variety of sectors–health care, renewable energy, software development, human services, youth theater, and the restaurant business. Congratulations to our winners!

Employee gardeners at the Community Restorative Justice Center in St. Johnsbury

  • Castleton Family Health, Rutland
  • Centerpoint, South Burlington
  • Groundworks Collaborative, Brattleboro
  • Lamoille Home Health & Hospice, Morrisville
  • New England Youth Theatre, Brattleboro
  • Shorewell Community Healthcare Center, Shoreham
  • Springer-Miller Systems, Stowe
  • SunCommon, Waterbury
  • The Pizza Man, Lyndonville

Green Thumbs at Work is a collaboration between Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Community Garden Network, in partnership with Charlie Nardozzi, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, and Gardener’s Supply. The program offers grants for small businesses and organizations to establish workplace food gardens for their employees.

Green Thumbs at Work grants are open to any Vermont business or organization with 100 or fewer employees.  To qualify for the Green Thumbs at Work grant employees must be the primary users of the garden and beneficiaries of the food. The total grant award is $1,700, which includes $500 for materials, a $200 Gardener’s Supply gift certificate, and $1,000 of garden planning support and technical assistance from horticulturalist Charlie Nardozzi and the Vermont Community Garden Network.

The technical assistance provided through the grant program helps each workplace determine the type and size of garden that best meets its needs, and develop strategies to ensure the garden will be successful throughout the first growing season and for years to come.

These workplace gardens provide employees with a means of physical activity and stress reduction during the workday, increase access to fresh produce, and promote opportunities for other wellness activities. To learn more about the Green Thumbs at Work program and the benefits of workplace gardens visit our Green Thumbs at Work program page.