April Resource: It’s Almost Growing Season

It’s the time of year when people check out seed catalogs and dream of plentiful gardens. Whether you’re new to gardening or have a green thumb, check out these resources for making fresh produce accessible to you and your community.

NOFA-VT Farm Share – NOFA Vermont’s Farm Share Program assists limited-income Vermonters in obtaining farm fresh foods by partially subsidizing Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares. Each year, the Farm Share Program helps more than 750 individuals participate in CSA programs. Contact your Resource Coordinator to see if you qualify and to apply.

NOFA-VT Apprentice and Farm Worker Program – The Apprentice & Farm Worker Program connects farms with individuals interested in working and learning about organic agriculture.
nofa logoVermont farms offer exciting opportunities to learn about organic production methods, both through structured learning experiences and general farm work. Learn more about the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) in the Addison, Rutland/Bennington, and Upper Valley regions of Vermont.

Grow through community gardening!
You can take a lead in helping your community plant its own vegetables. Here are some options:

  1. Is there a community or school garden in your area that is already serving the people you’re hoping to reach? If so, is there a way you could support or further their goals?
  2. Is there a garden group in your area that is open to expanding its reach? If so, could you work with an existing group to create a new garden site?
  3. Is a community or school garden something that will meet the needs and desires of your community? Is there another project that would better suit your goals?

Vermont Community Garden Network provides tips and tools if you seek to plan your own community garden.

Want to lower your grocery bill this summer?
This late spring/early summer, be on the lookout for the Farm to Family vouchers available through WIC and at local community action offices. These vouchers can be used at farmers’ markets across the state to purchase wholesome, local, and organic foods. Summer farmers’ markets also offer Crop Cash, which allows you to double your 3SquaresVT benefit at participating farmers’ markets. Watch for details in May!

Would you like help navigating resources like these? Contact CCV’s Working Bridges Resource Coordinator, Connie Beal. Connie is available to CCV faculty, staff, and students. She is at CCV Winooski on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 211D inside the Learning Center. She’s also available by phone or email if you’re not in the Burlington area: 802-881-4218/connie@unitedwaynwvt.org

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