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YAP handmade herbal soap

Cleaning Up with Herbal Soap

After spending most of the summer getting dirty, the Bennington YAP program started working with a “cleaner” side of gardening this fall: making handmade herbal soap. With help from Jennifer Ufnar, assistant professor of biology at Southern Vermont College, Bennington […]

Heirloom Seeds

Bentley Seeds,Helping Us Sow!

Thanks to a generous donation of about 500 seed packs from the Bentley Seed Company in Cambridge, NY, all of are gardens will be ripe with fresh heirloom vegetables and herbs. Each YAP Garden, plus the Manchester Community and Educational […]

Apply for a Summer YAP! Job

Information and applications for our YAP! Summer Work & Learn Program are on-line. If you’re age 16-21 you might qualify for one of these fantastic summer positions! To work in Bennington click here. To work in Manchester, or perhaps Danby, […]

YAP Manchester Garden

Manchester Garden Clean Up Day!

Join us April 27th starting at 9am as we come together to get the garden in shape for the coming season. There’s plenty to do for those who are ready to dig in plus you can choose your garden space […]

Starting to YAP in Manchester

Well, I did it. I reserved my plot in the Manchester Community & Educational Garden. I hope you’ll follow along (and help!) as I learn about gardening and producing my own vegetables.

YAP Manchester Garden


Barb, manager of our Manchester learning center, responds to the question “What do you think about YAP?” Your browser does not support the video tag

It’s time to get your garden on!

It’s time to reserve your space in the Manchester Community & Educational Garden! There are lots of reasons why people who want to grow their own fresh vegetables have gardens in community gardens. What’s your reason?

Sunflower Queen


It takes some faith to believe the hard gray land will ever become anything more. But with a little attention and good intentions, it always does.

YAP SIgn Photo by Hubert Schriebl

Digging a Little Ink

Our YAP program and Manchester Community & Educational Garden were highlighted as part of feature article in Stratton Magazine’s Spring Issue. It’s a great piece that gives a good snapshot of this very exciting program. Learn more about this program […]

YAP Bennington Crew Leader Katherine Keyes awarded for her positive impact

YAP Leader Awarded

Katherine Keys is the recipient of this year’s Community Award from The Sunrise Family Resource Center for her work with area youth through the Youth Ag Project. A partnership between The Tutorial Center, the VT Department of Labor and UVM […]

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