Community Gardens, Food Security and Permaculture

Community Gardens

We support local food initiatives including the Woodstock Winter Farmers’ Market. We produced the Woodstock Area Farm and Field Guide, and promote local food at the annual Trek to Taste and Naked Table events.  In summer 2011, we funded a pilot project to explore a Local Healthy Food Network. This initiative was just getting started when Irene hit. Still, the pilot highlighted the challenges of getting a local food system to work in our rural communities and laid the groundwork for future efforts.
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Started in 2009 under the guidance of master gardener Anne Dean, Sustainable Woodstock’s community gardens are now located at two sites: Billings Farm, Woodstock and King Farm, West Woodstock. These gardens are used by more than 25 families and organizations.

The Sustainable Woodstock Community Garden Council manages the gardens, in keeping with its mission to “foster a community of friendship and cooperation through organic gardening.” Its activities include garden talks; community dinners; work days; and communal purchasing of plants and seeds. Some of the gardens such as the one tended by the Change the World Kids grow food entirely for the Woodstock Community Food Shelf, and other individuals and organizations also donate their surplus food.

In 2010, Sustainable Woodstock helped build and maintain 25 raised beds alongside individual mobile homes at the Riverside Mobile Home Park. After the park was badly damaged by tropical storm Irene, we returned to rebuild those gardens in time for the 2012 summer growing season.

Sustainable Woodstock has also helped establish gardens behind Mellishwood affordable housing and at the Woodstock Elementary School.

Gardeners pay a small fee to cover garden preparation and maintenance costs. We are also grateful to The Friends of Burlington Garden, the Woodstock Garden Club and the Woodstock Rotary Club for their support of this project.

For more information or to check plot availability, email Linda Galvao.  Click here to register and read the 2020 guidelines for gardening, health & safety:  SWCG Registration, Agreement & Guidelines 2020.

 

Food Security Resources:

Updated February 2021

-Your local food shelf: The Vermont Foodbank has an online food shelf locator at www.vtfoodbank.org/agency-locator. Many food shelves now deliver, or can have someone pick up food for you.

-VeggieVanGo: the VeggieVanGo program is run through the Vermont Foodbank. These events are free and open to everyone with no registration required. You simply show up in your vehicle and pick up fresh fruits and veggies. For more info, click here.

-Farmers to Families: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Farmers to Families food boxes are being distributed throughout Vermont and require advanced registration. Info and registration here.

-3 Squares VT, commonly known as EBT or Food Stamps. More information is here.

-The NOFA Farm Share program, which offers support for limited-income Vermonters by paying ½ of a CSA share.

-Meals on Wheels- call the helpline to see if you are eligible: 1-800-642-5119.

-Local mutual aid network- call for resources or assistance. Scroll down on this page for a list of mutual aids.

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