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Plant for the People

Can we grow 100,000 pounds of food together? Register below.

Plant for the People is a new City initiative that leverages the talent of the community to help address local food insecurity, improve the foundation of our local food system, and make our community even more resilient. The pandemic and terrible economic impacts create an opportunity to use or expand your own garden to help fellow residents, while also getting outside and enjoying all the physical and mental benefits of gardening.

Through this initiative, the City is encouraging all Burlingtonians to consider donating surplus harvest from your backyard or Victory Garden to Feeding Chittenden, our local food shelf, with the City facilitating the transfer. Fresh local produce is in high demand, so your fruits and veggies will be put to good use. Our goal is to donate 100,000 pounds of locally grown food to Feeding Chittenden over the course of the growing season - that is a tall order and uncharted territory, so we need your help to put a "pepper in every pot!" Here is how it works:

  • Plant for the People: Consider signing the form below to join the effort and let us know what extra fruits or veggies you might have from your garden to donate to Feeding Chittenden this year - just the plant types, no need to estimate amounts or additional details. This just gives us a sense of how many people will participate - and to get 100,000 pounds from Burlington's backyard gardens, we'll need a lot of people to help. Tell your neighbors!
  • Pick up a Free Start to Supplement Your Garden: The City has formed a partnership with Red Wagon Plants of Hinesburg, which is generously providing discounts on many seedling starts and donations on others. We distributed starts at two distributions in May and June, and will have one more seedling distribution on August 14 to get you started on your late summer crops. We've also provided seedlings through other channels throughout the community to those with less access to garden options.
  • Grab a Sign: We'd be happy to get you a sign to put in your front yard or window to help spread the word about Plant for the People and help put "a pepper in every pot." We're in this together, and these little signs can help build interest and a sense of community.
  • Share Your Extra Produce: Starting June 30, the City will collect any overflow produce from Burlingtonians' backyard and Victory Gardens or community garden plots at the locations below - between 9:30 - 12 noon on Tuesdays at the Intervale, Thursdays at Champlain School, and some Saturdays at 405 Pine near the Farmers Market. The City will take responsibility for cleaning and transferring the produce to Feeding Chittenden. 
  • Questions? Contact the RRC at 802-755-7239 or recovery@burlingtonvt.gov. Thank you for considering this.

Ready to Harvest?

Produce collection starts June 30 and the schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to Noon – Intervale Food Hub, 180 Intervale Road
  • Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to Noon – Champlain Elementary School, 800 Pine Street
  • Special Saturday collections are schedule for July 11, July 25, August 8 and August 22.  NEW LOCATION These are all at the City Arts building at 405 Pine St, adjacent the Farmer's Market.

At these collections we are thrilled to accept any and all fruits & veggies in good condition, as well as eggs or bread. It will all be donated to Feeding Chittenden, or other area food service programs. We will wash and bag your greens (or you can do it yourself if you’d like) and bunch or box produce as requested by Feeding Chittenden. Please wear a mask, and we look forward to see you.

Grow into the Fall

We’ll announce distribution plans as we get closer, but we will hold one more seedling distribution on August 14 for your late summer and fall crops. Here is a High Mowing Seeds summary of some fall planting options while we wait for August! And, the amazing UVM Master Gardeners are running a statewide Vermont Victory Garden program & are happy to assist with qustions or give instructional healp related to neighborhood or community gardens. If you represent a group of neighbors willing to work together to grow more food for yourselves and would like some expert guidance, they are happy to help - you can get in touch with them directly at vermontvictorygardens@gmail.com

Share Your Story

Share your garden photos, videos, stories, tips and tricks online with #Plant4People.

Check back here for more information and collection dates.

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We just need a rough idea of what plant types you’ll plant, like, “tomatoes and peppers.”