Day in the Dirt

The 6th Annual Day in the Dirt is April 28, 2018

Check back in January for volunteer and sponsorship opportunities!

Thank you for a successful 2017 Day in the Dirt!

On Saturday, April 29, 2017 more than 250 volunteers transformed 16 community and school gardens all over Chittenden County during the 5th annual Day in the Dirt. This Vermont Community Garden Network event helps get the gardens ready for the growing season, introduces more people to the joys of community and school gardening, and celebrates how these sites nourish and connect so many people.

We are so grateful for the hundreds of volunteers who built new raised beds, moved tons of compost and soil, weeded, planted, and cleaned up the sites; the garden leaders who make it possible for thousands of people of all ages to grow their own food; and the VCGN staff, UVM students, sponsors, partners, and garden friends who made this day possible.

2017 Day in the Dirt sites:

  • 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)

Partner sites

The following gardens also held work days on Day

in the Dirt. (If you would like to get involved in other garden projects at these sites, contact the gardens directly.):

  • 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.

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, Burlington Parks Recreation & Waterfront, UVM’s Department of Community Development & Applied Economics, Green Mountain Compost, the Intervale Center, and a host of local businesses.

2017 VOLUNTEER INFO: Click here for site details, directions, and schedule.  SITE MAP

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.