The Fairfield Community Center recently received a $2,000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Small and Inspiring grant program. The grant will help further the FCCA’s mission of bringing local (in this case very local!) fruit and vegetables to its food shelf clients, senior meal program and kids’ camps by helping to expand its Community Garden.
“We’re thrilled to be able to continue work on our “Edible Landscape,” said Nance Shaw, Program Director at the Center. “This will allow us to plant blueberries and raspberries and more fruit trees, and build more raised beds.”
The program began a few years ago with 6 raised beds and 2 apples trees. This growing season has yielded approximately 3 bushels of apples and 250 pounds of squash, onions, broccoli, corn, beans and peppers. “We’re looking forward to expanding our garden area to offer greater quantities of fresh produce and to be able to utilize the space for teaching,” explained Shaw. “Instilling good eating habits should start early, and a big part of our summer camp curriculum focuses on gardening, cooking and preserving local food.”
If you’d like to be involved in the Edible Landscape Project, call us (802-827-3130) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can always use extra hands in the garden!