Through the generous support of High Mowing Organic Seeds, People’s United Bank and the Sustainable Future Fund and Raven Ridge Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, NOFA-VT has distributed over 60,000 packets of vegetable, herb and flower seeds to 2,700 households across the state over the last month. We all have a role to play in building a resilient food system - happy gardening!
Masks for Farmworkers
UVM Extension have received commitments from the community to sew 775 mask for farmworkers! More information »
Farmers Markets are local as usual, and safer than ever!
Many farmers markets are opening, but it’s not business as usual! Vendors and market staff are required to follow state guidance to ensure the safest environment for shoppers and vendors alike. Please be patient with vendors and market staff as they are doing their best to comply with the guidance and still be able to offer local products to their communities. Find a farmers market near you »
Upcoming Webinars & Virtual Conferences
Backyard Composting - from Chittenden Solid Waste District, various dates & times: Wednesday 4/7 6-7:30 pm, Wednesday 4/13 11:30 am-1 pm, Saturday 4/24 10:30 am-noon, free, learn more & register here
Grow Your Own Organic Garden (soil science, composting, crop rotation & more) - from MOFGA, Wednesday April 7, 5-7 pm, sliding scale $0-$10, learn more & register here
Container Gardening - from MOFGA, Thursday April 8, 12-1:15 pm, free, learn more & register here
Grafting Fruit Trees - from MOFGA, Saturday April 10, 10 am-noon, $20 for MOFGA members, $30 for non-members, free for BIPOC & veterans, learn more & register here, optional add-on: a grafting packet, mailed to you, with everything you need to get started ($30 fee)!
Celebrating Indigenous Women Chefs - from Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition, April 13th, noon - 1:15 pm (central time), free, learn more & register here
Planning Your Vegetable Garden (garden layout, choosing varieties and more) - from MOFGA, Tuesday April 20, 6-7:30 pm, free (donation optional), learn more & register here
Orcharding 101 with Michael Phillips - from MOFGA, Sundays April 25, May 2 & May 9, 3-5 pm, sliding scale $30-$80, free for BIPOC & veterans, learn more & register here
Recorded Webinars & Webinar Series
Weekly Garden Chat w/ VT Community Garden Network Join this weekly webinar Thursdays at 11 am for an informal online gathering of gardeners to discuss topics and answer questions that you have right now in the season.
Resiliency Skills Online Gatherings: Seed Starting Systems at Home from NOFA/Mass (start video 4 minutes in, 1 hr, 15 minutes)
Resiliency Skills Video Gathering: Making Sourdough Bread from NOFA/Mass (30 minutes)
Resiliency Skills Online Gatherings: Foraging for Tasty Wild Edibles in Your Backyard and Neighborhood from NOFA/Mass (1 hour, 21 minutes)
Resiliency Skills Online Gatherings: Grow Food Everywhere - No Till Gardening & Farming from NOFA/Mass (55 minutes)
Resiliency Skills Online Gatherings: Quick Pickles & Refridgerator Jams from NOFA/Mass from NOFA/Mass (1 hour, 8 minutes)
Gardening with Purpose during COVID-19: Community Gardeners version from VT Community Garden Network (start video at 6:45 to skip introductions) w/ accompanying slideshow
NOFA-NH Garden Planning Webinar (59 minutes)
Chelsea Green Publishing's Practical Skills Sharing Series: Tune into this amazing array of online learning from Chelsea Green's authors covering everything from edible landscaping for pollinators to fungal solutions to global and local challenges to the ins and outs of vermicomposting to how to build your soils and more! New content added regularly.
Creating Pollinator Friendly Landscapes in Vermont (self-paced online course) - from UVM Extension, $30, sign up here
For Gardeners, How-To Tools (Articles, Maps, Calculators & Infographics)
Gardening 101 from Cooperative Gardens Commission - This detailed guide walks you through every step of the way to growing your own food from identifying how much space you have, to tools you'll need, harvesting techniques and recipes for processing your bounty.
Recipes for Wellness from the Seeds of Solidarity Farm in Orange, MA covers the four seasons of growing and eating, including hands-on activities for kids, gardening and nutrition tips and resources for continued learning.
When & How to Harvest Veggies for Your Local Food Shelf - As your garden’s bounty is ready for harvest, check out these super helpful guidelines created by the Vermont Foodbank about how to safely donate fresh produce during COVID. And this article is a great reminder for when to harvest veggies for the best quality.
Increase Local Bird Habitat by Planting Native Plants - Enter your 5 digit zipcode to use Audubon's native plants database to explore the best plants for birds in your area & what local area nurseries carry them
Gardening Blog Vermont Home Gardener - Created by NOFA-VT Member Jim Corven of Mount Holly, VT, this how-to gardening blog has new posts each week covering fruit tree pruning, garden planning, seed starting and more! Check back often for new posts.
Vegetable Planting Guide: Artichoke to Zucchini - Including lots of helpful tips like row spacing, planting depth and ideal soil temperature (from Fedco)
Victory Over Virus-Vegetable Gardens Resource Map - Add your name to this interactive map if you are a gardener with tools and know-how interested to share your skills with new gardeners wanting to learn! (from UVM Master Gardeners)
Soil Calculator - Tool to calculate how much soil you need for a raised bed or container garden (from Gardeners Supply)
Compost Calculator - from Vermont Compost Company
Indoor Seed Starting - Ready, Set, Sow - Answers to your FAQs on starting seeds indoors (from Gardeners Supply)
Indoor Seed Starting - A step by step overview of starting seeds indoors including creative ways to engage the whole family in starting a garden (from KidsGardening.org)
Raised Bed Gardening - How-to guide for building raised bed gardens (from Oregon State University Extension Service)
3 Ways of Growing Food in Small Spaces - This how-to covers three types of gardening in small spaces: Raised-bed gardening, Square Foot Gardening, Layer gardening (from University of Maine Extension)
Compost How-to - Composting in the Back Yard or on a Small Farm (from Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association)
Keeping Chickens - The Complete Guide to Raising Backyard Chickens (from Kate MacLean of Longest Acres Farm in Chelsea, VT)
Community Garden Guidelines - COVID19 Guidelines for Safe Community Gardening (Infographic from Vermont Community Garden Network)
For Gardeners, How-To Guides (Videos & Podcasts)
Master Gardener Short Course Series - FREE Vegetable Gardening Online Course highlights sections from Oregon State University's Master Gardener Online course (access any time)
Chelsea Green Online Learning Series - Check out the first in a webinar series featuring author Tradd Cotter, of Mushroom Mountain, on how to grow oyster mushrooms at home (by Chelsea Green Publishing)
How to Grow Video Series with Charlie Nardozzi - Topics include: How to care for blueberries, dividing perrenial flowers, caring for a vegetable garden, organic pest protection, and more! (From the National Gardening Association)
VPR Gardening Radio Bit - Radio show: Stay Socially Distant, But In Your Garden. Projects You Can Begin Now - from VPR's All Things Gardening with Charlie Nardozzi
Native Plants for Pollinators! - Podcast from NOFA/Mass on how to get your garden space buzzing with native plants that attract and support pollinators.
Local Food Sources (Home Delivery, Creative CSA Models, Curbside Farm Stands and more)
Green Mountain Farm Direct - For Northeastern VT residents - Join an already established community buying clubs in Barton, Peacham or Craftsbury, or start one in your town. Full line of locally grown and produced products available, delivered weekly. Reach out to Amrita at [email protected] to join an existing club, or start one in your town.
Northshire Grown Aggregated CSA - For Bennington and Rutland area residents, this weekly multi-business CSA program offers products from area farms and food producers including veggies, fruits, meats, dairy, bread, plant-based proteins, pantry staples and more! Pre-order and pre-pay with curbside pick up. To sign up for the CSA, email [email protected]. For more information, contact Liz Ruffa
Does' Leap Farm Delivery - Order farm-fresh dairy and pork products from Does' Leap Farm in Bakersfield. Weekly pre-orders and Friday picks up on the farm or at pick up sites in St. Albans, Jeffersonville, Burlington and more
Kingdom Direct Food Delivery - Prepared foods, baked goods, pantry staples, dairy, eggs and veggies from NE Kingdom farms and food busineses. Order Friday-Sunday PM, deliveries the next Thursday. Serving Newport to Burlington from I-91 to Route 15 to 2. Check Instagram for updates @ardeliafarm
The Roots Farm Market - Online pre-order and curbside pick up at The Roots Farm Market (Middlesex area), owned and operated by Bear Roots Farm. This farmer-owned market features local foods including bread, produce, meat, dairy and more.
Mail Order Native Foods - Support America's most vulnerable communities by ordering these Indigenous foods online
Support Vermont's Restaurants - a directory of take out options during Coronavirus (Good to Go Vermont)
Find Meals for Kids - from USDA, mapping tool with nationwide meal sites providing food while school is closed
ShiftMeals: A local food response to COVID-19 - Spearheaded by Skinny Pancake with many local partners, this projects provides meals for anyone in need, no questions asked. Request a meal for your yourself or on behalf of an organization, or support meals for another. 4 meal pick up sites statewide.
Growing Shoots & Sprouts - No Garden? No Problem! Grow Your Own Salad Indoors (from our friends at Chelsea Green)
Movement Allies (Campaigns to Support, Petitions to Sign)
BIPOC Land & Food Sovereignty Fund, organized by the SUSU Healing Collective - In Brattleboro, a collective of farmers is running a campaign to secure land: “Visioning a sustainable, food secure future for our people, we are looking for ways to cultivate food ourselves. A future where Black and brown people in Vermont can come together to live, heal and thrive.”. Support their critical effort and simultaneously invest in a diverse and thriving future for Vermont. Learn more & support this effort
Virtual Vermont - Get to know Vermont's Farms from Home - from the VT Department of Tourism & Marketing
Sew masks for Vermont's farmworkers - NOFA-VT is collaborating with UVM Extension to provide much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for farmer workers during COVID-19. We are seeking sewn mask donations from the NOFA-VT community to distribute to these workers statewide. To participate, fill out this Google form.
- Sewing template #1 (from John Hopkins)
- Sewing template #2 (from Dartmouth Hitchcock, includes how-to video)
Abenaki Land Link Project - This past week the Abenaki Land Link project launched! The Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk - Abenaki Nation has partnered with Rooted in Vermont, a program of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network, and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) to provide indigenous seeds to over a dozen gardeners, homesteaders, and farmers around Vermont who have dedicated land to grow and harvest food for Abenaki citizens this season.
Recipes & Tutorial Videos - Sourdough Baking: The Complete Guide (from King Arthur Flour)
Stand with Farm Workers - Stand in solidarity with Migrant Justice to protect Vermont's farmworkers during COVID-19, with these 3 actionable steps to protect these vulnerable front line food providers
Support Restaurant Workers - National non-profits like the Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation have set up relief programs to offer financial assistance to individual restaurant workers who fill out a simple needs-based application, including Vermont's labor force.
Local sources for gardening supplies, seeds, plant starts, fertilizers, tools & more!
|Buy Native Trees from Intervale's Conservation Nursery - Limited quantities of native trees, shrubs and bushes available. Burlington-area, pick up or delivery for a fee.|
|35% discount on books from Chelsea Green Publishing - Chelsea Green Publishing, a long-time supporter of NOFA VT, has been at the forefront of publishing books on self-sufficiency and sustainable living for over 35 years. In the spirit of community and connectedness, they are offering our community a 35% discount on all titles from www.chelseagreen.com with the code NOFA35 (not applicable for books already on sale). Their books can offer tips on growing your own food, herbal remedies, and recipes to nourish your family during these challenging times, along with other resources for self-sufficiency, adaptability, and resilience. Stay tuned for more from them as they work to develop a skill-share webinar series.|
Vermont Compost Company - on-farm pick ups in Montpelier and statewide deliveries
|Black Dirt Farm - Bagged compost, bulk compost, raised bed mix and mulch, worm castings and more! Approved for use on organic farms. Call ahead to see what's available and to make a distribution plan, 802-533-7033 or [email protected]|
Golden Russet Farm - pre-order & curbside pick up in Shoreham on select items
Red Wagon Plants - pre-ordering online or phone & curbside pick up or delivery
High Mowing Organic Seeds - order online or by phone
Gardeners Supply Company - online order and curbisde pick up from Williston and Burlington locations (2 NH locations too)
Seedlings from VOF certified farms & NOFA-VT member farms from our buy-direct directory