Manchester Community & Educational Garden Gets Dressed for a New Season!

We are so excited to begin our sixth season of managing the Manchester Community & Educational Garden! This past weekend a group of friendly, dedicated folks came together and got the garden in tiptop shape. Be sure to also take a look at Grown, In 60 Seconds! – our time-lapse video showing all of last season’s garden magic in under a minute!

The 1-1/2 acre garden is home to our acclaimed Manchester YAP! program, and MEMS Farm to School Program, plus around 20 individual families of gardeners.

The success of this garden, and it’s place in the Northshire community is a living, growing tribute to what can be accomplished when hearts, heads, and hands come together!

Grown, in 60 Seconds! Time-lapse Video

Watch the entire 2015 season of growth at the Manchester Community & Educational Garden as it grew from April to September!

Exclusive Tees printed this season's YAP! Shirts

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Exclusive Tees printed this season's YAP! Shirts

Celia Overby, program director at Exclusive Tees brought us all the joys of spring – New YAP! shirts!

Nothing says spring like the arrival of a new season’s YAP! shirts!

This season’s shirts are cooler than ever as they were produced by another social enterprise, Exclusive Tees, that operates out of the Springfield, MA area.

Not unlike our YAP! program, Exclusive Tees provides vocational training, workplace skills, and employability programs but instead of using agriculture, they produce silk-screened products. The program is based in the Center for Human Development and gives committed youth in the residential program an enriching opportunity and valuable employment references.

TTC Awarded Harvard Pilgrim Foundation Grant!

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We just received the great news that our YAP! program has been selected for a Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Community Sprit Award.

The award was established to honor and encourage the spirit of community caring awakened by the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care created a special fund to help their employees direct mini-grants to local community programs, helping to improve the places where we live, work and play.

The Harvard Pilgrim Foundation board recently created the Harvard Pilgrim Healthy Food Fund to support nonprofit organizations throughout Harvard Pilgrim’s service areas that make fresh (and often local) food easier to find and buy. In an effort to support our colleagues at Harvard Pilgrim who get involved in giving and service projects that focus on fresh food, the Foundation will add an extra $50 to the 2015 $500 mini-grants that support healthy fresh food programs.

We will certainly put the grants to good use, fueling our mission of providing agriculture education to students and fresh, local food to the community!

Bridge to College Enrollment Open

Bridge to College ClassHave you wanted to go to college but you’re not sure you’re ready? Our Bridge to College Program will help you make sure you are! And it’s FREE.

Through Bridge to College and Careers, you can begin your pathway to a college education:

  • Develop college readiness in critical thinking, reading comprehension, writing, and mathematics Who doesn’t need some brush up in these areas? 🙂
  • Learn study skills, problem-solving skills, computer skills, research skills, and test-taking strategies that will help take the anxiety out of classwork and tests
  • Develop a career plan to guide your further education and training
  • Learn about financial aid and next steps available

The Fall Program meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00-8:00pm from Sept 15, through Dec. 15, 2015, at the Community College of Vermont, 324 Main St. Bennington.

For more information you can use the form below or call 802-447-0111, or contact teacher Elizabeth McHale at 802-430-4400.

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