2. Vegetable Gardening Videos by Master Gardeners
Master Gardeners volunteers are creating short videos on basic vegetable gardening topics to help the public start gardening this season.
Seed Starting Video by Master Gardener Intern-Erin Hunt
3. Vermont Victory Gardens: Master Gardener Project
VT Victory Gardens is a Master Gardener project lead by Gordon Clark that will support those suffering from food insecurity with the following:
* planning and construction of garden plots
* access to seeds and/or vegetable starts
* season-long instruction on science-based methods for growing vegetables, including presentations, teleconference and hands-on work
To maximize the amount of people trained and the amount of food being produced, Vermont Victory Gardens will not assist with individual gardens but rather focus on three types of growing operations:
* Neighborhood “Sharing Gardens, Sharing Crops” Network Gardens – four or more plots in different yards in a neighborhood that are operated jointly with produce being shared by all.
* Community Food Shed Gardens - larger gardens on public or non-profit property grown with crops designed for distribution through food pantries or other venues upon harvest, with a bias toward nutrient-dense and good storage crops.
* Mini-Farms – larger plots on currently unfarmed lots, preferably in or close to urban areas, where Master Gardeners collaborate with community members and farmers to produce crops of good storing, nutrient-dense food (e.g., bean, potato, sweet potato, winter squash). We are aware of the extraordinary economic stress that farmers are under as well right now, and are also open to possibilities of helping them with existing farm needs.
[Note: All activities will be carried out to the greatest extent possible under latest available social distancing guidelines.)
Read more about this project here.
Fighting hunger in Vermont with Victory Gardens - WCAX TV coverage
Read more about the current state of Food Security in these three articles
- The Impact of Coronavirus on Vermonters Experiencing
- Food Access and Security During Coronavirus: A Vermont Study
- Employement and Food During Coronavirus
4. Research-Based Fact Sheets & Articles
We will be disseminating research-based information on food safety in the garden, nutrient-dense, storage gardens, storing vegetables, the health benefits of gardening and the types of fruits/vegetables that are best to grow for donation to food shelves, and other meal programs.
- Read more about the profund health benefits of gardening here.
- Read more about supporting wildlife and pollinators during the pandemic here.
- Watch this webinar about Food Safety in a Community Garden setting with Omar Oyarzabal, Extension's Food Safety Expert
- Disinfectant Use Guidance During COVID-19 - UVM Pesticide Safety Education Program
- Read more about planning your vegetable garden here
6. Ordering Status of Gardening/Seed Companies
Worried about not finding what you need this gardening season? Here is a handy reference guide that tells you about the ordering status at various gardening/seed companies.
Does the COVID-19 pandemic have you thinking about growing your own food or growing food for others?