The Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Community Garden Network have awarded 10 food garden grants to small businesses and organizations around the state.
The Green Thumbs at Work garden grant winners are: Abel’s Homestead Design, LLC in Hyde Park, ARIS Solutions in White River Junction, Community Restorative Justice Center in St. Johnsbury, Lamoille Restorative Center in Hyde Park, Morristown After School Program in Morristown, Orange County Parent Child Center in Tunbridge, Putney Food Co-op in Putney, Rural Edge in Lyndonville, Town of Killington Offices in Killington, and Upper Valley Food Co-op in White River Junction. They will each receive $500 for materials, a $250 gift certificate to Gardener’s Supply, and $1,000 in technical assistance from Vermont Community Garden Network and garden expert Charlie Nardozzi.
The grant winners were selected based on readiness to develop a workplace garden, including commitment to workplace wellness efforts, the ability to provide matching funds and in-kind services for garden development, a plan for employee participation, and clear articulation of how the garden will help meet employee wellness goals.
Twenty-six businesses and organizations have benefitted from the Green Thumbs at Work Grant since it started in 2014.
The grant program is a collaboration between the Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Community Garden Network, in partnership with Charlie Nardozzi, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, and Gardener’s Supply.
For more information, visit vcgn.org/green-thumbs-at-work or call (802) 861-4769.