Green Thumbs At Work

Garden Support Services for Businesses and Organizations

Green Thumbs at Work: Garden Consulting Interest Form

Support employee wellbeing:
Start a workplace garden!

The Green Thumbs at Work workplace garden program provides a means of physical activity and stress reduction, increases access to fresh produce, and promotes opportunities for other wellness activities.

Who’s eligible?

Green Thumbs at Work garden start-up services are available for any business that wants to establish a workplace food garden for their employees.

What’s included?

Services include technical assistance and planning support to help each workplace determine the type and size of garden that best meets its needs, help groups set goals and determine strategies for engaging fellow employees, and answer technical gardening questions. Material costs for starting a garden are not included. Estimated material costs for starting up a garden at your workplace can be found here: Sample budget for small garden with shared raised beds and Sample budget for large garden with individually tended plots. The following service packages are available. The scope of services can be adapted to address the unique needs of each business. 

Standard Consulting Package – $650

  • Survey to assess employee experience, interest and goals for starting workplace gardens
  • 2 hour organizational planning meeting & site assessment
  • 1 hour summer site visit & check-in
  • Regular check-in emails
  • Gardening tips via email from Charlie Nardozzi & VCGN staff
  • On-going support via phone calls, emails

Premium Consulting Package with Charlie Nardozzi – $1500

  • Survey to assess employee experience, interest and goals for starting workplace gardens
  • 2 hour organizational planning meeting & site assessment with VCGN staff & Charlie Nardozzi
  • 1 hour summer site visit & check-in with VCGN staff & Charlie Nardozzi
  • Fall wrap-up meeting with program evaluation & recommendations
  • Regular check-in emails
  • Gardening tips via email from Charlie Nardozzi & VCGN staff
  • On-going support via phone calls, emails

Interested? Fill out our Green Thumbs at Work consulting interest form to tell us a little about your business and your dreams of gardens.

Questions about Green Thumbs at Work Consulting options?
Contact Libby at libby@vcgn.org or call us at (802) 861-4769 .

Visit our Grants page for upcoming funding opportunities.

Charlie Nardozzi giving a hands-on demo on ‘thinning’ to ARIS Solutions employee gardeners during their summer site visit

Charlie Nardozzi giving a hands-on demo on ‘thinning’ to ARIS Solutions employee gardeners during their summer site visit

In the words of past Green Thumbs participants:

“I would recommend this for every business. It creates a team atmosphere. And everyone enjoys watching this grow and flourish.”
Lorie Ballard, Castleton Family Health, Bomoseen, 2017 Green Thumbs at Work participant

“We wanted people to have a reason to get away from their desks and enjoy the sunshine. We also wanted people to bond across teams, as we often only work with our own small group of teammates. It was a huge success on both counts!”
Jennifer Michelle, Open Tempo, Williston, 2015 Green Thumbs at Work participant

“I’m eating healthier, I’m getting out and getting some exercise I wouldn’t normally get and it has brought something very positive to my life…the impact of your gardening program goes far beyond the businesses you have helped get started. Without this program, I truly doubt I would have ever even thought about giving it a try, and now it is a major focus of my summer.”
– Susan Golden, Washington Electric Co-op, East Montpelier, 2015 Green thumbs at Work participant

Upper Valley Food Co-op employees Crystal Mondos and Chris Jacobson take a garden break. (Photo courtesy of Upper Valley Food Co-op)

Upper Valley Food Co-op employees Crystal Mondor and Chris Jacobson take a garden break. (Photo courtesy of Upper Valley Food Co-op)

The biggest success of the season was:

“Having fresh veggies that the employees could use at lunch during the day or take some home.”
– Joe Peters, TJ Mold and Tool, St. Johnsbury, 2014 Green Thumbs at Work participant

“Sparking conversations around healthier/clean eating with employees that previously were not interested in the wellness program.”
Holly Zelenkewich, Milton CAT, Richmond, 2015 Green Thumbs at Work participant

Past Green Thumbs at Work program

The 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, awarded grants for small businesses to establish workplace food gardens for their employees in 2014 (nine grantees), 2015 (seven grantees), 2016 (ten grantees), and 2017 (nine grantees).  See the full list of grantees below.

Green Thumbs in the news:

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Our Green Thumbs at Work program was featured in Vermont Business Magazine in 2017.

Read the article about Green Thumbs At Work in the Summer 2016 issue of Vermont’s Local Banquet.

Check out this VPR story featuring one of our 2015 winners!

Green Thumbs has also been featured on the WCAX and WPTZ:


Green Thumbs at Work Grantees:

2017 Winners

  • 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

2016 Winners

  • Abel’s Homestead Design, LLC in Hyde Park
  • ARIS Solutions in White River Junction
  • Community Restorative Justice Center in St. Johnsbury
  • Lamoille Restorative Center in Hyde Park
  • Morristown After School Program in Morristown
  • Orange County Parent Child Center in Tunbridge
  • Putney Food Co-op in Putney
  • Rural Edge in Lyndonville
  • Town of Killington Offices in Killington
  • Upper Valley Food Co-op in White River Junction

2015 Winners

  • Carris Reels-Plastics Division in Center Rutland
  • Milton CAT in Richmond
  • Mettowee Valley Family Health Center in West Pawlet (Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region)
  • NEKCA Head Start in Barton
  • Open Tempo in Williston
  • Sunrise Family Resource Center in Bennington
  • Washington Electric Coop in East Montpelier

2014 Winners

  • Heartbeet Lifesharing in Hardwick
  • Mad River Valley Ambulance Service in Waitsfield
  • Orange County Parent Child Center in Chelsea
  • Trudell Consulting Engineers in Williston
  • Vermont Soap in Middlebury.
  • ACT 1/Bridge Program in Burlington
  • Black River Good Neighbor Services in Ludlow
  • Sunderland School in Sunderland
  • TJ Mold and Tool in St. Johnsbury

Click here for Vermont Department of Health Worksite Wellness resources.

The Green Thumbs at Work Program is made possible thanks to support from the Vermont Department of Health and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont.

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