- 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.
Community and School Gardens at the Winter Conference
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: