Community Gardens

The Winooski Community Gardens program offers three gardens located at Landry Park, O’Brien Community Center and a new garden on West St. OCC offers 40 square foot raised bed gardens, and Landry and West St have in-ground beds that are 105 square feet and 225 square feet. The gardens are managed by two volunteer garden managers and provide all the amenities and tools for a successful garden season. The application for the 2017 growing season is available now, so apply today!

Plot Request Form

The application for the 2017 season can be found here

Paper copies are also available at City Hall and the O’Brien Community Center.

New and Returning Gardeners

New and returning gardeners can access the 2017 Winooski Community Garden Policies and Procedures here.

Landry Community Garden Manager: Kristine Harootunian

OCC Community Garden Manager: Januka Acharya

West St. Community Garden Manager: Westwood Condo Association

Opening Workday for the garden season will be APRIL 30th at 10 AM

 

Garden Committee

There are also some great opportunities to get involved with the gardens including our volunteer Garden Committee.

Activities include:

  • Supporting the volunteer Garden Managers
  • Coordinating events and programming
  • Outreach
  • Active contributions to garden management

The Garden Committee meets once a month during the growing season. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our volunteer application.

Garden Program History

The City of Winooski’s Community Gardens Program started in 2001, and over the past eleven years, it has hosted a youth garden; provided individual plots for community members; and hosted Veggie Town, a program for teens where they grew and sold produce at the Winooski Farmer’s Market.

For several years, the program had only one garden at Landry Park in the north end of the city. In 2008, the O’Brien Community Center Garden opened on a reclaimed parking lot behind the community center. The garden was started as local demand for community garden plots increased and as a venue for job skills training. The site was chosen because of its location in an underserved neighborhood that has the greatest need for access to fresh food.

The O’Brien Community Center Garden has gone through many iterations in the past four years. Originally, it was the Winooski Peace Garden and there were 6-10 plots in a circle. In 2011, the garden was expanded to 45 plots and expanded again in 2012 to 59 plots to meet a growing need.

For the 2016 growing season, the City program is adding a third community garden on West St. The plots will be 105 square feet (15 x 7) and 225 square feet (15 x 15). More information about this garden is forthcoming!