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OUR BLOG: our program, our impact, past, present, future

July 17, 2019

With the summer already half way done, the Dene has been nothing but busy! Since the last time we reported the garden has really taken shape, students partook in a special Hildene event, a new gator was bought, and we have participated in quite a few of the Manchester Farmer’s Markets. 

When we first started this summer the garden was a jungle of weeds. Now, we have a variety of plants ranging from: Brussels Sprouts, Tomatoes, Basil, Carrots, Beets, Cabbage, Peas, and many more! 

Just last week, we got the opportunity to show off our hard work at a Hildene Donor Dinner. The night was quite a success for the team and we engaged in wonderful conversations about gardening and Hildene’s history. They even got to see the finished classroom, which is the new home for the Dene Farm Program. We are still waiting to move in, but it seems like the big day is just around the corner. 

The exciting news doesn’t stop there! After many years of borrowing vehicles, we finally bought a Gator! Transportati...

June 25, 2019

The Dene Farm is in full swing this summer with a new crew led by Mr. Andersen! It’s been a rainy start but that hasn’t stopped us from working hard and getting the job done. The new crew consists of 5 enthusiastic BBA students: Tobianna Aldrich, Kilo Francomb, Bolivar Rodriquez, Peter Tschaikowsky, and Abby Navin. Look out for their bio’s soon! 

Not a moment here has been wasted-- we’ve worked hard to make some beautiful tomato trellises and plant a wide variety of vegetables, including: potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, basil, brussel sprouts and many more. However, it doesn’t stop there! We also made our first appearance at the Manchester Farmer’s Market just last Thursday and are already preparing for this week’s! You can find our stand filled with the classic Microgreens and other seasonal greens, ranging from spinach to kale and everything in between! 

With many more weeks ahead of us, we are all looking forward to learning more about Vermont’s agriculture! Our plans for the near future...

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