The Library Garden is Growing in Charlotte, Vermont!

Early on Memorial Day morning a hearty seven folks helped plant the edible garden by the Charlotte Library. Transition Town Charlotte began this garden in collaboration with the library in 2012 to respond to the national Transition US’s challenge to convert public lawns into food production. (The Transition US “Community Resilience Challenge” includes participants all over the country.) All the surplus food is donated to the Charlotte Food Shelf.  You can find out more about Transition Town Charlotte at

This garden is made possible because of wonderful community support. Jim Manchester rototilled the plot, Steven Wisbaum provided compost, and Charles Russell donated bales of mulch hay. Their contributions are much appreciated.

Abby Foulk (aka The Compost Lady) provided a compost bin with proper organic materials to keep filling it all summer. The bin is for the food scraps of town employees and others picnicking there instead of the valuable compost material ending up in the landfill. In fact, Abby has secured a grant for the bins and support from the town to make sure food waste is composted at all public events. She has also worked her compost magic at Charlotte Central School where they now compost food waste from the cafeteria and plant gardens!

This year in addition to potatoes, green beans, and tomatoes, we planted lettuce, flowers, and five blueberry bushes. We heartily thank Will Pelkey for his generosity for the blueberry bushes. Last year children visiting the library enjoyed the cherry tomatoes and this year they’ll love the blueberries. Next year we’re hatching a plot to plant raspberries. (Pun intended)

This year Transition Town Charlotte is collaborating with the Charlotte Congregational Church to plant a food garden on part of their lawn. Children during the summer will learn about growing food, donating to those in need, and about good stewardship of land. What a wonderful outgrowth of our 2012 beginnings.

Those hearty souls digging and planting that morning were Charlie and Margaret Woodruff, Dora Coates, Wolfger Schneider, Mike Yantachka, Louis Cox, and me. It didn’t take us long. Remember the old adage that “many hands make work light.” We were fortunate to have a break in the rain just at the right time. We laughed while we worked and felt accomplished when done. We stood back and appreciated the satisfaction of providing food for those in need.

Stop by the garden, pick a tomato or a blueberry or maybe even a weed or two and revel in the miracle of the transformation from seed to plant to food!

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