The NOFA-VT Garden celebrated its first season of cultivation in the summer of 2013 as a community outreach project of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT). Throughout the 2013 season, the garden provided an outlet for three local day cares to educate their children on the science of plant development; an example of small-scale food production for the area’s YMCA camp; a place to gather fresh ingredients for the culinary workshops of senior citizens held in town; and a source of local produce for the Food Shelf of Richmond, located across the street.
Although the raised bed garden is small, its impact is great. The garden has encouraged and empowered people of all ages and backgrounds to learn more about the benefits of eating and growing food that is produced locally and organically. In particular, the participatory gardening workshops enjoyed by the daycares encouraged the children to grow things that they could show to their families and enjoy in a meal.
NOFA-VT is passionate about increasing the acreage of organically grown land in Vermont, while also increasing the access Vermonters have to local, organic foods. We continue to look for new ways to connect with Vermonters, and better operate as a learning resource for the local community in Richmond, VT. With the garden being located behind our office building in Richmond, NOFA-VT is able to act as an on-site resource, while also offering direct support to visitors of the garden who are interested in learning more about organic food production and gardener education. After visiting the garden, community members are encouraged to keep in contact with the garden intern to learn about upcoming garden events, as well as peruse through the over 220 titles of popular organic gardening and sustainable living books in the NOFA-VT lending library.
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