The NOFA-VT Winter Conference brings together organic growers and eaters from across the food system. One of the ways the Winter Conference attracts this diversity is through a Community and School Garden Track for garden organizers and educators, presented by the Vermont Community Garden Network, and happening this year on Sunday, February 16th.
In its 3rd year, this special track features interactive workshops throughout the day and a networking session over lunch time, bringing together the state’s community and school garden leaders to learn from each other as well as from local and regional experts.
This year’s workshops will focus on a range of topics requested by garden leaders from across the state. Included among these are:
- A panel of specialists providing practical tips and answers to questions around fundraising strategies for community and school gardens.
- VCGN staff accompanied by an experienced garden coordinator, in a hands-on session on starting a community-based garden.
- School garden groups from across Vermont sharing their approaches to keeping a school garden thriving through the summer months and into the fall.
- Experienced community garden groups generating conversation on approaches to community gardener engagement.
- Local growers presenting dense planting methods for gardens with limited space.
Over lunchtime, 1:00-2:00pm, participants are encouraged to attend the Vermont Community Garden Network Gathering and Garden Showcase. This is an opportunity for garden leaders to connect, swap ideas, see innovative work from around the state, and learn more about upcoming Network opportunities. Detailed information on track workshops and the networking session are available at http://vcgn.org/what-we-do/winterconference.
VCGN’s partnership with NOFA Vermont supports an effort to reach community and school garden leaders from around the state and support the growth of successful garden projects. The Community and School Garden Track at the Winter Conference is VCGN’s state-wide gathering of garden leaders, complimented by the VCGN Grow It! workshop series in regional Vermont locations in the spring and fall. Year-round, VCGN offers technical support and online resources for garden organizers and educators.
The Vermont Community Garden Network is a non-profit organization that 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 www.vcgn.org.
[Guest post by Libby Weiland of VCGN]