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A program of the Center for an Agricultural Economy

Hardwick Community Garden

Welcome to the Gardens!

 The Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE) has great plans for the summer of 2015 at Atkins Field.  Our intention is to double the number of raised beds to 56 and add a hoop house to the Hardwick Community Gardens.  Single beds are $20 for the entire season.  We work with the Hardwick Area Food Pantry, the Hardwick Elementary School, NEK Kids on the Move and others to make the community gardens a place for everyone to enjoy. People who don’t have land at their homes can grow their own food here.  If you are interested in using space in the hoop house or would like to lease a bed, please e-mail Community Projects Coordinator Bethany M. Dunbar at or call (802) 472-5362.

We will need help raising the hoop house and building more beds too! Volunteers are always needed.

The gardens were started in 2004 by the CAE in partnership with community members and the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund near the Lamoille River.  In 2012, a growing spirited and dedicated group of multi-generational gardeners moved the gardens to Atkins Field on Granite Street, with support from the Friends of Burlington Gardens and the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund. The 28 raised beds, made of local hemlock from Cabot, were built by volunteers. We purchased local compost and topsoil to fill them. Beautiful pieces of granite were unearthed, and we created a granite garden border and natural amphitheater. The garden beds were full in 2014, and we have a waiting list for new beds this year.


May 2: Wild Edibles. Join our Grow Your Own group for a session on identifying and enjoying wild edible plants. GYO gatherings are free and open to the public, and children are welcome. But RSVP is mandator as space is limited. To RSVP contact Hardwick Area Food Pantry Coordinator Ruby Dale-Brown at (802) 472-5940

June 6: Barbecue Block Party - details to come later 

July 11: Home Composting with Tom Gilbert: RSVP to Ruby Dale-Brown as space is limited. (802) 472-5940