Community Teaching Garden Course

Registration for the 2022 growing season is FULL!  

Please email if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.

Also, consider joining the Co-op Victory Garden – it is a collective garden where a group of folks share access to land, resources and mentorship to grow a lot of food on a small plot of land from April to October.  





The Community Teaching Garden (CTG) Course is a unique garden education program offered by the Vermont Garden Network to teach adults how to grow their own food in a fun, supportive, and cooperative learning environment. The 6-month long course follows the rhythm of the growing season through lessons and hands-on garden work.

In a nutshell:

  • 24 weeks of class instruction (24 Wednesday evenings + 6 Saturday mornings)
  • Students individually maintain their own 80 square foot garden bed
  • Shared garden space is available for select vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers
  • Monthly make-and-take lessons in food preservation and herbalism
In mid July, students harvest cabbage and learn all about lactofermentation by making sauerkraut during a make-and-take workshop.



  • 24 weeks from May 4 to October 12.
  • Weekly classes are scheduled on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 7:30pm.
  • Monthly make-and-take workshops are scheduled on one Saturday per month, from 9:30am – 12:00pm.  (May 7, June 11, July 16, August 13, September 10, October 8).

In addition to weekly classes and monthly workshops, participants are expected to visit the garden on their own flexible schedule to keep up with garden tasks such as watering, weeding, and harvesting.

A typical day in the garden looks like this: many smiles and hands full of goodies to take home!



The CTG site is located at the Ethan Allen Homestead, in the New North End, Burlington.    



Registration fee: $550

Early bird fee for full payments before January 30: $500


  • 66 hours of class time (lessons & hands-on learning)
  • all necessary gardening materials (seeds, plants, fertilizers, tools, etc.)
  • make-and-take items (herbalism & food preservation products)
  • and as many fresh vegetables as you can grow!

Partial scholarships are available for individuals with limited income.  To learn more details, please read and fill out a Scholarship Request Form.

Monthly payment plans can be arranged.  If you are interested in this option, please first fill out the course registration form so that we can follow up with you.

If you would like to share the experience with someone you know, please consider signing up for a “pair share registration”.  The individual fee for a pair share registration is $300. Each individual must complete their own registration and pay the $300 fee.

Registration is FULL for the 2022 season!





Vegetables that require special growing conditions (such as sweet potatoes!) are grown in shared garden beds.

For more details about the course structure, instructor, and what to expect, please visit the FAQ page.

Questions?  Email: carolina (at)

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