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Rutland Grows

Rutland Grows is designed to help participants with limited income increase their connection to and value of local food through involvement with a community garden education program.

A group of 24-30 residents with limited income (including at risk youth and teenage parents), will be selected by our partners at Northwest Primary School and the Rutland County Parent/Child Center.  Participants will meet weekly for 11 weeks at RAFFL’s community garden plot. Participants will assist with garden maintenance, engage in hands-on educational activities, and harvest food for their families. Extra produce will be delivered to food shelves using RAFFL’s existing networks. To gain a more comprehensive perspective on agricultural and food system issues at the national scale, program participants will take part in interactive sessions based in self-discovery and group learning and will have an opportunity to visit two local farms.

As with all RAFFL initiatives, this project is collaborative and community-based.  The Rutland City Recreation and Parks Department is donating the garden plot. 

Specific outcomes include: 1) Increased access to, perceived value of, and connection to local food; 2) Involvement of underserved populations, including at-risk youth and teenage parents; 3) Strengthening of community via connection to local food, distribution sites, service providers, volunteers, and farmers; 4) A stronger agricultural community.

Where it's at:

67 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT 05701
United States

Garden type:

community garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

food insecure people and children

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What this project needs:

expert technical assistance
volunteer labor

Project leaders:

Elizabeth Theriault
Valeria Clark

About us:

KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
(207) 956-0606