Burlington Community Garden Program - 1982

BACG History Post #39

Burlington Community Gardens story 1982George Thabault joined the Gardens for All staff in 1982. Following in the footsteps of Tommy Thompson, Bruce Butterfield, and Larry Sommers, he took on the community garden coordinator role.

Renamed the "Burlington Community Garden Program," 25 ft. x 30 ft. garden plots were available at 11 sites.

Plot fees increased from $10 to $15 in 1982, with a $5 clean-up deposit. Fees included tilling, water, gardening classes, and a summer newsletter. An application form was instituted, with mail-in registration.

Community garden availability in and around Burlington decreased from 500 plots in 1981 to 400 plots for the 1982 season.

Gardens for All established a perennial nursery at the Intervale Community Garden the previous year. Fruit trees were planted at several community garden sites.

Gardening classes in Burlington -1982

Thabault led a series of four free gardening classes during May and June. Classes were held at the Intervale Community Garden, Fletcher Free Library, and Cathedral Square Apartments.

Gardens for All also sponsored organic gardening workshops presented by Larry Sommers and JoAnne Dennee. The workshops on intensive gardening and insect control were held at the Intervale Community Garden.

Youth garden program at Franklin Square Housing Project
Gardens for All continued to support the youth gardening program at the Franklin Square Housing Project in Burlington's New North End. The program (photo above) was led by Chittenden County 4-H, which provided seeds and gardening classes.