Northeast Kingdom Community Grown Farm
Green Mountain United Way working with the Northeast Kingdom Community Grown Farm, has as its purpose, to grow and distribute free, high quality produce, using sustainable practices, for donation to food shelves and charitable food centers throughout Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Also, the farm is used to educate the community on ways to improve its health, the environment, and general well being.
The farm, on Old Center Road in St. Johnsbury was founded by Faith In Action Northern Communities Partnership in 2009 when a local landowner donated the use of 3 acres of riverside farmland. All food grown on the farm goes to food shelves, meal centers, and other charitable food outlets throughout Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. This has helped many people who cannot afford quality produce to eat more nutritious food. In the 2011 growing season, the farm produced 8,750 pounds of squash, 1,500 pounds of potatoes, 345 pounds of carrots, 20 pounds of radishes, 450 pounds of lettuce, 200 pounds of green beans, 850 pounds of spinach and 350 pounds of cabbage.
The vision of the community grown farm is to give the citizens of the Northeast Kingdom the skills and knowledge needed to make healthy lifestyle decisions around food while striving together to grow enough food to end hunger in the area.
Humane Society Vermont Animal Shelter
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Financial Literacy Workshops
Introduced Financial Literacy programs to area High Schools. In partnership with local banks, we have presented Financial Literacy Workshops to the senior classes. During the last two academic years, we have been to nine different high schools and have conducted 28 workshops. Topics ranged from balancing a checkbook to understanding credit and how one’s credit score impacts buying power. One school has added Financial Literacy to its curriculum and we are confident that other schools will follow.
The Community Garden
In collaboration with others took advantage of a local land owner’s offer to turn a section of his dormant land into a Community Garden. The food that was produced during the last growing season was donated to area Food Shelves and Free Community Lunches offered by area churches. The Community Garden yielded 8,750 pounds of squash, 1,500 pounds of potatoes, 345 pounds of carrots, 20 pounds of radishes, 450 pounds of lettuce, 200 pounds of green beans, 850 pounds of spinach and 350 pounds of cabbage. This year’s growing season is underway and we expect a similar yield.
Began participating in the FamilyWize prescription drug savings card program, we have assisted Vermonters in our five-county region receive more than $94,000 in savings. The easy-to-use savings card program allows program participants to receive discounted prices on name brand and generic prescriptions at both large and local pharmacies throughout Vermont.
Local Flood Center in Barre
In response to the spring flooding in Central Vermont, we mobilized a community-wide effort to staff a local flood center in Barre. During the first three weeks of operation, representatives from more than 11 local organizations and state agencies assisted flood victims at the center, contributing more than 388 volunteer hours to the effort. We are currently gathering community partners to form a long-term local recovery committee to assist flood victims with their long-range recovery needs, and participating in the long-term recovery committee on the state-wide level.