Monday, March 21, 2011

Manchester Community and Education Garden

The 2 acre Manchester Community and Education Garden is an organic garden located in Manchester at the Dana L. Thompson Park (340 Park Recreation Road, Manchester Center, VT). The property is owned by Manchester Elementary Middle School.

The Community and Education Garden is a partnership with Transition Town Manchester, The Tutorial Center and Manchester Elementary Middle School.

This past year The Tutorial Center’s Youth Agriculture Project utilized the garden to provide education and job readiness skills for at risk youth. For more information on this project click here.

Transition Town Manchester was responsible for promoting and cultivating the community garden for the past three years. This year the Tutorial Center’s Youth Agriculture Project (YAP) will serve as the coordinator for the Manchester Community and Education Garden. Hilary Batchelor the YAP coordinator will be the contact person for community members interested in; having a garden space, promoting the partnership, or cultivating the Manchester community project.

This year Manchester Elementary Middle School will be utilizing the garden for hands on education. We are in the process of developing ideas of how students will participate either during or after school, with parent child classes and/or working with elders in the community.

A few local gardeners have participated in the past and we are looking for more local participation this 2011 growing season. We are researching installing a well to create easier access to water for the garden.

For more information or to be on our email list please contact:

Hilary Batchelor
YAP Coordinator
hilaryb@tutorialcenter.org

802 824 4565

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