Food Justice

We organize and amplify the voices of those impacted by injustice in order to move toward greater food sovereignty in the Northeast Kingdom.

Kids moving a garden bed they built at Atkins Field

Grow Your Own

The mission of Grow Your Own is to increase community food independence and well-being through shared knowledge, skills, and experience.

Upcoming Workshops: 

Fruit Tree Pruning and Maintenance

Learn about fruit tree pruning and maintenance with Zach Leonard of High Hopes Orchard!

When: Saturday, March 23rd from 1:30-3:30pm

Where: Atkins Field community orchard

Seaberry in the Atkins Field Community Orchard

Please join us at the community orchard at Atkins Field on Saturday March 23rd from 1:30-3:30pm to learn about fruit tree pruning and maintenance with Zach Leonard of High Hopes Orchard!

Zach is a Vermont Certified Horticulturist and has 20 years of experience planting, pruning, and maintaining orchards (both his own in Westfield Vermont and others around the state). He is passionate about growing fruit ecologically and believes that high quality fruit and nuts can and should be grown in every yard, farmstead, and community space without the use of toxic chemicals.

The afternoon will include a tour of the community orchard, a pruning demonstration, discussion of tree maintenance (including challenges, diseases, etc.), and open Q&A session. Please come prepared to engage and ask questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Learn more about Zach here.

This workshop is open to all (including kids) but we ask that you pre-register by March 21 as space is limited.

 Grow Your Own is a project of the Hardwick Area Food Pantry and the Center for an Agricultural Economy. The mission of Grow Your Own is to increase food independence, better health, and well-being through shared knowledge and experience. Workshops are always free. Donations are gratefully accepted online when you register.


What People Are Saying

"Awesome fun!"      "Very encouraging to try new ideas!" 

  "Great workshop!"      "Great info! Love the hands-on work."

  "Best workshop yet! I'm excited about bucket gardening now!"

"Learned a lot. First time veg gardener."                     

 "Loving the workshops! Keep them going!" 

Grow Your Own is a collaboration among CAE, the Hardwick Area Food Pantry, and Wonder Arts. It involves a steering committee of dedicated community volunteers.

Interested in joining Grow Your Own or learning more? Membership and workshops are free and open to the public, and children are welcome. For more information, contact Heather Davis, executive director at the Hardwick Area Food Pantry or CAE Community Programs Manager Bethany Dunbar.

Pies for People

Pies for people is written over an image of a pie.

Each November, our annual Pies for People event brings together volunteers and gleaned local produce in the spirit of sharing the bounty of the harvest. 2023 marks 15 years of Pies for People!!! Each fall volunteers make more than 100 pies from gleaned squash - donated by High Mowing Organic Seeds. This project is a part of Grow Your Own, and a collaboration between the Hardwick Area Food Pantry (HAFP) and CAE. The pies go to our neighbors at the pantry, schools, and nursing homes in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

In 2023 the community is making 300 pies, and they can be dropped off at any of the HAFP sites. 

Drop off pies by November 13 at the Hardwick Area Food Pantry.

Drop off pies on November 18 at the Albany location.

Drop off pies on November 21 at the Craftsbury location.


To join the effort or learn more, visit: 

Pies For People

Pies for People

Produce to Pantries

Local food networks are nimble, flexible, and adaptive, this allows them to meet the needs of the community in ways larger, centralized systems cannot. The pandemic has illuminated many ways that the industrial food system doesn’t work to feed and nourish everyone. After participating in the national USDA Farmers to Families Food Box programs in 2020, we asked, “How can we localize this effort? Can we use our existing relationships and infrastructure to involve local small-scale farmers and our local pantries to meet the needs of our communities?”

The answer is Produce to Pantries, a partnership between the CAE and the Hardwick Area Food Pantry (HAFP). We buy produce from local farms, which is distributed at HAFP’s three sites in Hardwick, Albany, and Craftsbury. Not only does this get quality, locally-grown produce to more households - we intentionally seek small-scale and emerging farm partners to build equity among small farmers in our area. It is truly an example of neighbors feeding neighbors, and communities looking out for each other.

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