Friends of Burlington Gardens 2006 Annual Report
Fulfilling Our Mission
Like nature’s wheel, which seems to spin us so quickly through the growing season,
Friends of Burlington Gardens moved ahead productively in 2006. While continuing to
cultivate our most deeply rooted programs, we started fresh with the planting and
emergence of new seeds for the future. It has been an exciting year!
Perhaps the best example of our growth is the Vermont Community Garden Network,
which now links gardeners in 70 Vermont towns and serves as a model for the nation. As a grassroots organization,
Friends of Burlington Gardens is thrilled to see the enthusiasm of new partners around the state, and proud to be able
to guide the process by providing technical support and mini-grants for a diversity of dynamic garden projects.
While spreading our wings to reach across Vermont, we continued to stay grounded in Burlington’s community and
neighborhood gardens. On a summer visit to the Sara Holbrook Garden Day Camp, I was struck by the pride of our
young, budding gardeners as they showed me lush beds of herbs, flowers, and vegetables. Though at times the children
struggled to capture words to describe their feelings, their infectious enthusiasm filled me with hope for the future.
As board president, I feel both humbled and energized by the mission that Friends of Burlington Gardens has set out
to accomplish, which is reflected in four primary goals for 2007:
increasing public access in Vermont to community gardens and community gardening resources
• developing outreach, education, and service-learning programs promoting the sustainability of community gardens;
• ensuring that youth, seniors, and limited income residents have equal access to gardening opportunities; and
fostering public awareness and support for community gardening through advocacy, activism, and networking
By contributing to FBG’s mission, I hope that you can see yourself as