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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 expanded the number of raised beds at the Hardwick Community Gardens to 40 and added a hoop house, dedicated to the memory of Vernon Alper.  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.

Thanks especially to Hazen Union middle school students who built the 12 new beds in 2015! These 50 young people also helped dig a space that will become a pumpkin and squash patch in 2016, and they rebuilt existing beds which had broken corners. Many of these new beds will be used by Hardwick Area Food Pantry.

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. In 2015 the garden beds were full and a waiting list was created.