Grow More, Waste Less

Garden Workshop Series Continues

Last month, after receiving almost a foot of snow, a handful of hopeful gardeners met at the Co-op Community Center for a lesson on garden planning led by local environmental activist and UVFC Board Member, Cat Buxton. Participants gained insight on garden design logic, planning crops, composting as it relates to nutrient-building, and cover crop usage. Cat’s breadth of knowledge was captivating. She gave applicable garden-planning tips, but most importantly, she imparted to her listeners the big picture: the dynamic nutrient exchange between microbes and plants. We learned how to integrate composting and crop rotation to cultivate the right microbial conditions for healthy, pest-resistant plants. The intimate, low-key setting allowed participants to comfortably ask questions, and Cat was able to tailor her workshop to participants’ specific needs. The workshop built a strong foundation for beginning gardeners.

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The workshop was part of a larger series called “Grow More, Waste Less,” which works in conjunction with the Co-op’s 2018 theme “Less is More.” ‘Grow More, Waste Less” is comprised of four workshops, each of which occurs on the second Thursday of the month. There is no need to register for the workshops, just show up! All workshops will take place in the Classroom of the Co-op Community Center. Each one is free, though a donation of $5 towards Vermont Community Garden Network is suggested.

Up next:

Composting: Managing Food Waste on a Home Scale – Thursday, March 29th @ 6pm

Soil Health/Climate Health: Food, Soil, Water, Climate, Hope – Thursday, April 12th @ 6pm

Attracting Beneficial Insects: Promoting Diversity Above & Below the Ground – Thursday, May 10th @ 6pm

For a full description of each event and to read more about Cat’s impressive portfolio, visit


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