GrowTeams, our collective community gardening program, empowers individuals to reclaim their food sovereignty by providing access to land, tools, mentorship, and team to share the garden work. Everyone has a right to reconnect with their ancestral intelligence and agency in producing food for themselves, but many of us are prohibited from growing food due to lack of land, start up costs, and know how.
Interested in joining a GrowTeam for this upcoming Spring, Summer and Fall? Learn about the current sites below and sign up today!
2021 GrowTeam Sites
Interested in joining a GrowTeam for this upcoming Spring, Summer and Fall? Learn about the current sites, get to know our garden mentors and sign up today.
BIPOC GrowTeam | Winooski, VT
The BIPOC GrowTeam is made by and for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Vermonters to engage with Afro-Indigenous practices and ways of growing food for themselves and their communities. BIPOC GrowTeam members will participate in art, social and educational programming, field trips, workshops, and foster community with other BIPOC-Vermonters and leaders in food and land stewardship work all while growing food together! Our garden kicks off with a 4-week paid fellowship program providing an opportunity for BIPOC to be financially compensated for their leadership in building community food and land sovereignty.
Restaurant Worker GrowTeam | Burlington, VT
The Co-op Victory Garden is located within the Tommy Thompson Community Garden, at the Intervale, in Burlington. A variety of vegetables, culinary & medicinal herbs, cutting flowers, and small fruits are grown for co-op members in a 2,000 square foot plot. The Vermont Community Garden Network manages the program with the goal of establishing a living example of a collectively tended garden where intensive growing techniques, shared resources, and a mentorship program enable more people to grow nourishing food, together.
The Co-op Victory Garden welcomes full season members from April-October and monthly members to join activities on a month-by-month schedule.
Full season co-op members commit an additional 2-4 hours per month on a flexible schedule for activities such as shed inventories, cleaning tools, watering on weekends, and various other garden projects. Experiencing the garden landscape and engaging in hands-on activities from April to October immerses members in all aspects of establishing and maintaining a thriving organic garden.
All co-op members work in exchange for seasonal garden harvest. Members are also invited to monthly make-and-take workshops in food preservation and herbalism to learn how to process garden harvest to stock their pantry and medicine cabinet.
Restaurant Worker GrowTeam | East Montpelier, VT
The Garden Project, created by The Everything Space, is located on the land of the Western Abenaki peoples at the confluence of the Winooski and her North Branch, currently known as East Montpelier, VT. We are a group of mostly Queer and AFAB folks, many of whom identify as cis or cis-passing, some who identify across the Trans spectrums.
Collectively we tend a biodiverse half-acre garden where we strive to be in embodied practices of connection, learning, healing and repair with one another, the land, and the non-human peoples we are in ever-evolving relationship with. We are in active practice with ourselves and with each other around unsettling, anti-racist and decolonial work. We center our values and work in food and social justice, decolonization and embodied reckoning with settler-colonial privilege, ancestral reconnection, and right relationships with all of life
In the 2021 season we are grateful and proud to be a ShiftMeals Grow Team site. With this partnership, we will continue to do the work of collaboratively growing a more nourished, resourced and equitable community; in the garden and in the lives and lands that we are woven with.
Restaurant Worker GrowTeam | White River Junction, VT
The Center for Transformational Practice works to support the region’s transition to a just and sustainable culture through advancing inner transformation as the foundation for positive social change. CTP resides on Abenaki land near the confluence of the Connecticut and White Rivers on a small parcel of land located next to Ratcliffe Park in the downtown of White River Junction, Vermont. We recognize our great privilege to be in relationship with this land and look to permaculture and regenerative design principles to steward the thriving of the plant, animal and human communities.
CTP is home to layer chickens, ducks, bees and many native and cultivated species of fruit trees, berry bushes, perennial herbs, vegetables and mushrooms. It is also occupied by three humans, a cat and an assortment of wild creatures.
The heart of the work on the land at CTP is to cultivate a connection to one’s internal landscape while tending to the external ecosystem.
Restaurant Worker GrowTeam | Stowe, VT
We are pleased to partner with Stowe Community Gardens to host a GrowTeam at Mayo Farm in Stowe. All GrowTeam members are asked to work 2-4 hours a week in exchange for seasonal garden harvest and collective gardening space.
Looking for other collective gardening opportunities in Vermont? View our list of current gardens!
Restaurant Workers GrowTeams
Project Led by: Samantha LeVine
Service-industry workers in Vermont make up one of the largest occupations, yet have one of the lowest-average income earnings. Service-industry jobs often do not have benefits, lack job stability and/or accessible schedules. These preexisting issues have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and have shown that we must do more to protect our local service-industry workers. The ShiftMeals’ GrowTeam model works to protect service-industry workers in Vermont. By engaging folx already working within Vermont’s food system, we will increase local food security by providing more community-access to land, as well as knowledge on how to grow bountiful produce from the garden.
The BIPOC GrowTeam forges a space specifically designed by and for BIPOC-Vermonters interested and invested in food and land stewardship work. BIPOC-Vermonters will engage with Afro-Indigenous knowledge and rituals to grow food for themselves and their respective families. The BIPOC GrowTeam will also provide free educational-social programming rooted in food, land, climate, and racial justice activism in the form of classes, workshops, field trips, guest speakers, presentations, readings, and more.
In 2020, we were able to:
- Get over 100 pairs of hands into the earth at 7 different farms and gardens across the state of Vermont.
- Receive plant starts and seed donations from 17 different farms!
- Support 16 different community partners using produce to provide fresh food and meals to their communities.
- Host 8 educational workshops for GrowTeam members from medicine making to pickling and hot sauce making!
- Help grow and harvest over 50,000 pounds of produce!
To learn more about last year’s impact, view our GrowTeams 2020 report.
“I want to grow my own food forever, and teach others. I feel 100% more comfortable growing food. I eat cleaner and pay more attention to what I am eating.”