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The GROW YOUR OWN GARDEN Project was first created by Sustainable Woodstock in response to the immediate need for food experienced by many individuals and families as a result of school closings and economic disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sustainable Woodstock is now working long-term with the Woodstock Community Food Shelf and other area nonprofits to help families become more self-sufficient by growing their own nutritious and delicious vegetables and herbs. We sincerely hope that those who choose to GROW YOUR OWN GARDEN will find joy, sustenance and fulfillment in the creative act of gardening.

• These gardening kits are designed for those who want to begin gardening in order to supplement their household food supply, and who would not otherwise be able to afford purchasing the seeds and plants required to establish a garden. Each GROW YOUR OWN GARDEN kit includes a well-rounded variety of seeds and seedlings and an introductory organic gardening book. Applicants must be residents of the towns served by the Windsor Central Supervisory Union (Barnard, Bridgewater, Killington, Pomfret, Plymouth, Reading, Woodstock).

• First-time GROW YOUR OWN GARDEN participants are eligible to receive seeds, seedlings and a gardening book.

• Returning GROW YOUR OWN GARDEN participants (those who received a GYOG kit in 2020 or 2021) are eligible to receive seeds and seedlings.

Click HERE for the Application Form, which is quick and easy to complete.

Sustainable Woodstock’s GROW YOUR OWN GARDEN project is funded by a major grant from the Green Mountain Foundation. Additional support comes from Claremont Savings Bank Foundation, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and Vermont Community Foundation. The project is also supported by other regional non-profits and the caring and compassionate individuals who are working hard to provide food for all. Program partners & supporters include: Sherburne Farms, West Lebanon Feed & Supply, Yankee Bookshop, Woodstock Community Food Shelf and Woodstock Area Relief Fund.



Green Drinks–Managing Invasive Plants

Green Drinks–Managing Invasive Plants

Thursday June 9th, 5:30 PM

Location: virtual

Register here

Bring your invasive species questions to ask a Vermont expert!

Join Invasive Plant Assistant Coordinator Lina Swislocki  to learn about invasive plant species in Vermont. Lina will cover common invasive plants, how to identify and treat them, and resources that can help people get started on their own projects.

This workshop is for folks with all levels of invasive plant knowledge.

Babushkas of Chernobyl Film Screening

Babushkas of Chernobyl Film Screening

June 28th-30th

Location: virtual

Reserve your Free spot here

30 years after the Chernobyl disaster, some 100 women fiercely cling to their ancestral homeland inside the radioactive “Exclusion Zone.” While most of their neighbors have long since fled and their husbands have gradually died off, this stubborn sisterhood is hanging on — even, oddly, thriving — while trying to cultivate an existence on toxic earth.

Why do they insist on living on farms that the Ukrainian government and radiation scientists have deemed uninhabitable? How do they manage to get by, isolated, in an abandoned landscape guarded by soldiers, and rife with wild animals? How has the radiation affected them these past 3 decades?

At her cottage, Hanna Zavorotyna brews homemade moonshine and slices thick chunks of salo, raw pig fat - though it is strictly forbidden to eat local food. “Starvation is what scares me, not radiation,” she says. That stark choice reveals an incredible journey the women have traveled: from Stalin’s enforced famines in the 1930s, through Nazi occupation, to nuclear disaster. Like the wolves, moose, wild boar and other wildlife not seen for decades that have come back to the abandoned forests around Chernobyl, the women of the Exclusion Zone, too, have an extraordinary story of survival, and offer a dark yet strangely affirming portrait of life post-apocalypse.

Free and open to all. Donations are welcome and go to support our local arts community. Make donations at https://pentanglearts.org/get-involved/donations/

Hosted by Sustainable Woodstock and Pentangle Arts. Made possible by our underwriters VERMONT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION and MASCOMA BANK and sponsors Ellaway Group, The Unicorn, Yankee Bookshop, and Mark Knott DDS.

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