VINES supporting creation of new gardens in area

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VINES launched a new process last year to support the creation of new gardens in our area and have 20 gardens by 2020. It is asking for to help with the construction of these gardens.

As VINES expands to new neighborhoods, which is a major goal of its garden expansion project, it’s becoming less consistent that community members already know of VINES and this is an option for people seeing vacant lots, blight, underutilized spaces, etc. The organization has worked with several partnering organizations to build gardens like the Family Enrichment Network and the Salvation Army.

Individuals and organizations, if interested, can submit a proposal to VINES, and if the project is selected, it provides technical expertise and $10,000 toward the construction of the garden.

Here’s the basics of how the process works:
1. VINES will hold a training for those interested in working with the project to create a community garden. The training is mandatory for anyone that wants to submit a proposal to us.
2. After the training, project leaders should work on community outreach to gather interest from the community in the project.
3. Project leaders should complete and submit their proposal by April.
4. VINES will then evaluate all submissions and pick two to three projects for construction in the fall of 2019 or fall 2020.

Community gardens provide a space for community members to come together and build community, but are also an important part of self-sufficiency and growing food – following VINES’ motto “growing food, growing community.”

For people interested in learning more about VINES’ community garden proposal process – the workshop will be on Saturday, January 26 in downtown Binghamton at 10 a.m.

Learn more online or call (607) 205-8108.

Kara Conrad

Kara Conrad

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