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Grow it! Garden Organizer Training Series Workshops for Community and School Gardens

NEWS RELEASE – Vermont Community Garden Network
March 7, 2013

(802) 861-4769.

The Vermont Community Garden Network (VCGN) is presenting its first state-wide Community and School Garden Organizer Training series. The Grow It! series includes workshops, networking opportunities, and technical assistance for local garden leaders.

The workshops are being held in spring, summer, and fall in the Northeast Kingdom, Upper Valley, Central Vermont, and Southern Vermont. The spring workshops will be followed by a public talk by Charlie Nardozzi, Vermont gardening expert, titled “Eat Your Lawn: Learn How to Create an Edible Landscape in Your Yard.”

Who Should Attend?
The workshops are designed for site coordinators and managers and open to anyone working with a community or school garden.

What Will We Cover?
Spring workshop topics include: garden community assessments, using storytelling for fundraising and engagement, and increasing volunteer participation. Summer workshop topics include: learning opportunities in the garden, cultivating the next garden leaders, and community compost programs. Fall workshop topics include: long-range planning, community partnerships, and state-wide network development.

The cost is $30 for each workshop (or all three – spring, summer, fall – for $75), including a light meal. Scholarships are available – we want to ensure that everyone can attend. Garden organizers who complete the series will receive a VCGN Garden Organizer certificate. Registration and scholarship information is available at or by calling (802) 861-4769.

The Grow it! Garden Organizer Training Series is made possible by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters with support from the Windham Foundation, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Highfields Center for Composting and local garden partners.

Spring Workshop Schedule:

Please note that some workshops are for community gardens, some are for school gardens, and some are for both.

 Newport (community gardens): Saturday, March 9, 10:30am-1:00pm at Goodrich Memorial Library
• Edible Landscaping talk by Charlie Nardozzi at 2:00pm

 Newport (school gardens): Monday, March 18, 3:30-6:00pm at Goodrich Memorial Library

 Bennington (community & school gardens): Thursday, March 14, 3:30-6:00pm at Mount Anthony Middle School
• Edible Landscaping talk by Charlie Nardozzi at 6:30pm

 White River Junction (community & school gardens): Tuesday, April 2, 3:30-6:00pm at Upper Valley Food Coop
• Edible Landscaping talk by Charlie Nardozzi at 6:30pm, Damon Hall, Hartland

 Brattleboro (school gardens): Thursday, April 4, 9:45am-12:30pm at SIT Graduate Campus, 1 Kipling Road *Part of the Windham County Farm to School Regional Farm to School Conference*

 Putney (community gardens): Wednesday, April 10, 3:30-6:00pm at Putney Central School
• Edible Landscaping talk by Charlie Nardozzi at 7 pm, Putney Public Library

Summer workshops will be held in June and fall workshops will be held in September and early October in Bennington, Putney, White River Junction, Montpelier, and Newport.

The Vermont Community Garden Network helps community and school groups all over Vermont start, sustain, and grow gardens, building strong local food systems and vibrant educational sites. To learn more about VCGN, visit

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