The latest from VYCC

Many of the articles below come from our e-newsletter, which offers in-depth stories about Corps Member experiences, relevant updates, and opportunities to get involved with VYCC. Enjoy a closer connection to Vermont’s youth and public lands when you sign up.

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Apply for our Fall AmeriCorps Conservation Crews

July 4, 2018

Crews work July 19 & August 23 – October 30. Make a lasting contribution to public lands in Vermont. Serving as a VYCC AmeriCorps Member is a unique opportunity to work, travel, and make a difference. Apply today!

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Meet Our Crews In Your Community!

One of the best parts of our Community Crews is that they are right in your local parks, trails, and sometimes even right downtown in your town/city! Check out our list of summer events and consider yourself invited!

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Fun Run (and Walk) to Feed Vermont Communities

June 18, 2018

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

May 18, 2018

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!

May 4, 2018

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

April 27, 2018

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

April 9, 2018

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

March 29, 2018

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

March 1, 2018

"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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