Celebrating 50 Years of Community Gardening in Burlington

It’s the Golden Jubilee of Community Gardening in and around Burlington.

Throughout this growing season we will celebrate the story of how a community grew gardens, and how gardens, in return, grew a community. Begin by learning all about the rich history of community gardening in our area in this blog by former community gardener Jim Flint.

We’re kicking it off with two spring workshops with more events and celebrations to come, so stay tuned.


Seed Saving & Sharing Workshop

Thursday, September 15th from 5pm – 6:30pm
Tommy Thompson Community Garden

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Join us for the last workshop in the Garden Like a Farmer series to deepen your relationship with seeds. Where do your seeds come from? What seeds would you like to pass on to the next generation of growers? We will reflect on the beauty and abundance of seeds as we learn tips and techniques for seed saving in a small-scale garden. Learn about self-sowing annuals like calendula, culinary herb seeds like coriander, fermenting mucilaginous tomato seeds, and much more! We encourage attendees to bring seeds you may have already saved and are ready to swap with other growers.

This workshop is facilitated by Carolina Lukac, Garden Education Manager with the Vermont Garden Network. Carolina has been growing food for the past 15 years, for a decade on urban rooftops in Mexico City and now in community-based gardens in Vermont. In addition to growing vegetables, she aspires to grow many medicinal plants to make herbal remedies, dye plants to keep busy with natural dye crafts over the winter, and enough cutting flowers to fill her house with fresh bouquets all season long.

This workshop takes place at the Co-op Victory Garden – a collectively-tended garden where shared access to land and resources, intensive growing techniques, and a mentorship program empower people to grow a lot of food on a small plot of land. Participants should meet at the picnic shelter at the Tommy Thomspon community garden, at the Intervale.


Late Summer Plantings, Cover Crops & Composting

Saturday, October 1st from 10am – 11:30am
Tommy Thompson Community Garden

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Learn what cover crops to plant in the fall as well as how to (and not to!) clean up your garden to prepare for winter. Planting garlic, storing root vegetables and winter composting will also be covered!

Ron has been a member of the Tommy Thompson community garden for 25 years! He has written three books on organic gardening in Vermont and has been facilitating garden workshops around the state for many years. Fred has been a gardener in Burlington since 1971! They both practice composting using different methods in their no-till gardens!


Save the Date:

Harvest Celebration

Sunday, September 11th, 4pm – 7pm

At the Ethan Allen Homestead

We will be celebrating 50 years of community gardening in Burlington with food, live music by Jenni and the Junketeers and fun activities for all ages! Burger and veggie burgers will be provided. Sharing your harvest with a potluck dish is encouraged, but not required. All are welcome!


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Harvest Festival


Thanks to Our Partners:

    • Intervale
    • VGN
    • Winooski Valley Park District
    • Media Factory