Grow Your Own program makes 2015 plans

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Posted: January 27, 2015

by Community Projects Coordinator Bethany M. Dunbar

Captolia loves making chicken fingers.

The Center for an Agricultural Economy, the Hardwick Area Food Pantry and NEK Kids on the Move run the Grow Your Own project together with initial support from VT Community Foundation. While our 2014 session was terrific; we have lots of development, engagement and new planning for 2015. We have a mission statement which explains what we hope to accomplish:

The Mission of Grow Your Own is to increase food independence, better health and well-being through shared knowledge and experience.

  • Gatherings are free and open to the public, please RSVP to Ruby Dale-Brown at the food pantry (802) 472-5940 or Bethany at the CAE (802) 472-5362
  • Gatherings are the first Saturday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  Emily Dale leads a gathering in making jam: Listen for the covers to “pop!”

We want to invite families and community members to join Grow  Your Own and we encourage children, but we do need to have a sense of numbers for our class teachers and volunteers. Please join us – and if you’re interested, reach out about helping on the Steering Committee as well!


  • February 7th: Cutting Up a Chicken and 5 Menus (completed)
  • March 7th: Leftovers and Efficiencies (completed)
  • April 4th: Container Gardening(completed)
  • May 2nd: Wild Edibles
  • June 6th: Barbecue Block Party at Atkins Field
  • July 11th: Home Composting with Tom Gilbert
  • August 1: Making Pickles and Jams
  • September: We want YOUR Advice! What type of workshop/gathering should be hosted?
  • October 3rd: Holiday Treats and Holiday Planning
  • November 7th: Medicinal Kitchen, Herbs and Remedies
  • December 5th: Bulk Foods and Shopping Healthier to Save Money

In addition to these gatherings, volunteer Derrick Boulay will give out seeds and gardening information at the food pantry in May, an effort that reached 84 families last year. Thanks to all our volunteers and the businesses and farmers who have helped us make this series successful in 2014 and who have already pledged their help for 2015.  We definitely couldn’t do this without you!  We hope to see you at a gathering this year.  For more information, e-mail me at:


Sarah Vecci leads a gathering about container gardening at Atkins Field.





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