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YAP 2014 at Smokey House


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    The 2014 Summer Work&Learn program is up and running at TTC at Smokey House.  During our first days the crew attacked the weeds in the garden, transplanted seedlings, pulled wild (aka “poison”) parsnip, and learned about mulch and […]


YAP handmade herbal soap

Cleaning Up with Herbal Soap


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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 […]


Reports from the Field – YAP Crews Work and Learn


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Our Danby YAP’ers at Smokey House have been involved in everything from weeding to harvesting, from prepping food to composting waste. Besides their work in our garden at the Smokey House Center, they’ve been learning new skills and gaining new […]


Heirloom Seeds

Bentley Seeds,Helping Us Sow!


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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 […]


Making Dandelion Jelly?


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“You’re making what…?”  When we mentioned that we were making dandelion jelly, everybody wanted to know more:  What part of the plant do you use?  How do you make it?  What does it taste like? For the curious, here’s the […]


What’s Up at Farm and Forest Discovery This Spring?


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The YAP Farm and Forest Discovery project has jumped into action this spring, using the fields, the garden, and the woods at the Smokey House Center as our natural classrooms. Our first project was starting a garden from scratch, in what […]


Apply for a Summer YAP! Job


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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, […]


Starting to YAP in Manchester


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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 YAPPING


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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!


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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?

Consider Making Your Own Impact!


You can make a difference. Every donation we receive helps us change the direction of someone's life, feed the hungry, and promote personal development and healthy living. Your support helps more people to be YAPPY!