How Will Your Garden Grow?

Learn how to grow your own food!

The Community Teaching Garden is a hands-on, 22-week long, beginner organic gardening course.  Adult participants learn how to plant, cultivate, harvest, and preserve vegetables and herbs from their own plot and from shared garden space.

The course follows the rhythm of the growing season from the week of May 9 through the week of October 3.  Classes will take place at two Burlington locations: 1) Ethan Allen Homestead in the New North End on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and 2) Tommy Thompson Community Garden in the Old North End on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

The course fee includes 44 class sessions, use of individual and common garden space, seeds, plants, use of tools, educational resources, and all the delicious fresh produce participants can grow and eat!  Additionally, monthly potlucks, guest speakers, and field trips are scheduled throughout the season.  The Community Teaching Garden is an extraordinary opportunity to grow a significant amount of fresh produce in a dynamic and supportive learning environment.  Participants take home generous harvests during the peak of the growing season and even learn food preservation and simple herbal remedies  to continue enjoying the harvest once the course is over.

The program fee is $320 for a full garden bed and $270 for a shared garden bed.  The course fee represents half of the actual cost, thanks to the generosity of several local funders.  Some additional scholarship assistance is available thanks to the Frank Way Memorial Scholarship Fund and other community support.

More information and registration forms are available online at: The registration deadline is March 31.

For further questions, call (802) 861-4769 or email Carolina Lukac, Community Teaching Garden Lead Teacher, at

The Community Teaching Garden is a program of the Vermont Community Garden Network (VCGN), a nonprofit organization that supports and connects community and school garden groups around the state and provides hands-on garden education for all ages.  We envision Vermont communities with a high level of food security, food justice, and positive community development and social connections.