Nourishing Neighbors & Community High School of Vermont

 

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Community High School of Vermont

Community High School of Vermont (CHSVT) assists adult students by maintaining campuses throughout the state to develop personalized learning plans and provide coordinated learning opportunities that address educational and criminogenic needs to strengthen skills in living, learning, and working.The school mission encompasses a dual purposes of offering an accredited high school education and providing risk reducing interventions within the Vermont Department of Corrections to decrease recidivism.

UVM Ext. Community Horticulture partners with CHSVT to offer the Master Gardener Course, Certificate of Home Horticulture program to Department of Corrections inmates across the state. This provides important workforce training for student's going on to work in the Green Industry (landscaping, gardening, nurseries) upon release. Several sites around the state also have gardens and greenhouses where students are able to receive additional hands-on training.

 

Nourishing Neighbors

Nourishing Neighbors is a collaboration of the UVM Extension Farm Worker Programs, and the UVM Extension Community Horticulture program. The goal of the program is to increase food acess for Latinx farm workers. The UVM Community Horticulture staff will work on increasing opportunities for kitchen garden education and mentoring for Latinx farm workers.

Other project goals include:

  • Ensuring children of non-English speaking parents have access to the information and supports needed to participate in programs available to food insecure & low income households such as the free and reduced lunch programs, WIC, SNAP, and EFNEP.
  • To identify and expand culturally familiar foods available through local food shelves and local grocery stores.
  • To increase access to fresh produce and dry goods by strengthening and expanding our volunteer network to offer home deliveries to food insecure households through coordination with local gleaning projects and food shelves. ​