Fun Run (and Walk) to Feed Vermont Communities

Attention runners and walkers of all ages: join VYCC & CVMC at Berlin Pond to feed hungry Vermont communities in Washington County! All proceeds benefit the Health Care Share, a farm-to-hospital public health program that connects Vermont families with fresh, healthy food and nutrition education at their doctor's office.

When: Saturday, June 23
Where: Berlin Pond
Who: Runners & walkers of all ages!
Why: Provide food access to your Washington County neighbors, win prizes & awards, and enjoy the summer sun!

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Purchase a CSA That is More Than Vegetables

The Food and Farm Program is now offering a public community-supported agriculture (CSA) program that supports the Health Care Share, the community members it feeds, and the Vermont youth it employs. The share costs $620 and includes 15-weeks of organic produce, $100 in VYCC Farm Bucks that can be used at our Richmond Farm Stand, and $100 to sponsor a Health Care Share that will support a family in need.

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We want YOU for our last Crew Leader and Member spots!

VYCC’s season of Conservation and Farm youth and young adult crews is nearly here. We have a few spots left for Crew Leaders and Crew Members and need your help filling them. These are all paid positions and include a range of hands-on skill building in carpentry, farming, trail building, and more. Applications are due by May 18. Read more!

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Support Your Corps: Summer Events with VYCC

Summer is just around the corner, and outdoor activities are beginning to bud all around Vermont. Creamee shops are open for business. Neighborhood gardens are starting to blossom. Trails are opening all across the state, and youth crews are being hired to conserve them. This season, you can support their work while indulging in your favorite sunny day activities!

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VPR: ‘Health Care Share’: Young People Grow Food To Supply Doctor-Recommended CSA

This time of year, many Vermonters are thinking about signing up for a CSA share at their local farm. Meanwhile, the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is getting ready to supply a different type of Community Supported Agriculture – one you pick up at a doctor's office.

Driving on Interstate 89 through Richmond, it's hard to miss the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps’ twin red monitor barns. What's tougher to see from the highway though is the youth-run farm nestled between those barns.

With high school still in session, most kids won't start work at the farm for another two months. But the growing season is already underway.

Ruby Bertola, 23, says they started planting seeds in the greenhouses last week.

"We usually start with onions, 'cause that’s our biggest push," Bertola explains. "We do like a hundred-something flats of onions."

Teenagers and twenty-somethings grow 10 acres of vegetables here each summer, and tend to chickens, pigs and a small herd of resident cows.

Once harvested, all those onions — and other fresh vegetables — will be divvied up among CSA shares. But unlike the CSA you might sign up for at your local farm, these shares will be delivered to doctors’ offices.

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VYCC’s Day At The Statehouse: An Alumni Recap

The day starts early, I woke up in my hotel room, eager to reunite with my former coworkers for another VYCC style get together. I walked to the Vermont state house and looked up at the old gold roof and thought about the history of this building, and what it truly stood for.

The building is not only a place for all the, crazy politicians to conspire new ideas and laws, but its also a building that represents the United States. This building is a symbol of the free world, of democracy.

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Growing Our Future – Venture Semester with the Farm at VYCC

"It’s a privilege to be digging deep into the story of our food with the Venture Semester program this year. This excitement is only eclipsed by the joy of seeing such curious, self-motivated young adults explore their own interests in the environment I love."

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Upon receiving the grant, Dan Bailey, Development Director of VYCC said, "The continued annual support from the International Paper Foundation is a difference maker in the success of the HCS program. These funds help us meet our programmatic goal of reaching over 500 hundred food-insecure families throughout Vermont.”

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We’ve Been Gearing Up For This Work For A Long Time: The VYCC Watershed Program

“Is that a road or a stream?” asked Tracy, a corps member on VYCC’s Leadership Development Crew. She was referring to a ribbon of mud and water that was cutting a 12 inch-deep gully down the middle of what was originally a roadbed.

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The VYCC Road Show Demos: Stafford Technical Center

Catch the VYCC Road Show Demos this season as we visit technical centers and schools around Vermont and show you how to: use a variety of trail building, farm, and other awesome tools; how to smash rocks (sorta like the Hulk) with a 12 lb sledgehammer; how to use science to flip wicked heavy stones (yes, really!); and more!

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