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Seeds for Thought

The day after Thanksgiving I received my favorite seed catalog. Oh the joy of seed catalogs! To me, they mark new beginnings, new explorations, and a chance to pass long Vermont winter nights dreaming about and planning next year’s garden..

As you know, we are dreaming about and planning for 2022 at the state office too! When I come on board in January, we will have a unique opportunity to step back and reflect on EMG and our other programs – What’s working really well? How can we best serve our volunteers? Do we need to make any improvements? Should we be thinking about any additions or expansions? What is our collective vision to continue our thriving program that has a strong presence in all corners of Vermont? 

I look forward to joining you all -- our topnotch staff, Lisa, Ann, Cindy and Debby, and valued volunteers as well as our wonderful instructors and partners to explore these questions. If you have any “seeds for thought” now and into the new year, I invite you to pop them into our anonymous online Suggestion Box at: or email me at

Together, we will ensure that EMG and UVM Extension’s Community Horticulture Programs not only continue to be the high quality and highly regarded programs they are throughout the state, but also to make sure they are safe, productive, fulfilling and fun for all!

Best wishes for happy holidays and see you in 2022!!

Deb Heleba, State Coordinator




Highlights of 2021


Pollinator E-Book

Gardening Activity Guide:

A resource to promote vegetable and fruit gardening with young children

Raised Bed Gardening

What's Bugging You



Updates from the Plant Diagnostic Clinic

Ann Hazelrigg, Plant Pathologist,

UVM Extension

2021 Helpline Overview

Read About it Here!


Justin Morrill Homestead Garden 

AJ Zwikelmaier, UVM Extension Master Gardener and Justin Morrill Homestead Gardener, takes us on a tour of the grounds in Strafford, VT. She explains aspects of a historical garden, shares the beauty of the property as well as the challenges.

Watch Here!

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UVM Health Network - Home Health & Hospice

The Resurrection of a Secret Garden

This article was published in the Northeast Horticultural Therapy Network’s September 2021 newsletter. It shares the story of loss and then joyful renewal when the pandemic forced the closure of the gardens for over a year. Read Here

Submit Your 2021 Volunteer Hours

Because of the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are again waiving the volunteer hours requirement, but we still need everyone to complete a modified form whether you were able to volunteer or not using the appropriate link. Please submit your hours before January 31st. Thank you!

Master Gardener Form < - - - - - > Master Composter Form



238 attendees from all

over the country!

Thank you to this year's

guest presenters & organizers

 Dr. Fred Wiseman & Chief Don Stevens

Michael Philips

Dr. Travis Reynolds

Conference Co-Chairs

Mimi Haley and Pam Kennedy

Ari Rockland-Miller

Ellen Ecker Ogden

Karen Burke

Did you attend the conference?

Please take a moment to fill out the online conference evaluation form by clicking here. Thank you!

Stories From Over the Garden Fence: Inspiring New Gardeners in Your Community

This video was produced by members of the Barton Community Garden and presented during the conference.

Watch Here

A Huge Thank you to our Sponsors & Donors!

Phoenix Books, Lamb Lumber, Gardener’s Supply, King Arthur Flour, Concept2, Noyle W. Johnson Insurance Agency, Todd & Jamee Schlesinger, Michael Perner

& all of our Vermont Chapters.


Volunteer Spotlight

Ron Herbert

Master Gardener - Class of 2002

Master Composter - Class of 2003 Rutland Chapter

2792 volunteer hours

Lifetime Achievement Certificate and Gold Badge in 2009

Read More Here

Help Pick A New Common Name

for Lymantria dispar

(formerly known as the Gypsy Moth)

Rank a list of seven potential new names HERE.

UVM Extension Contributors

Deb Heleba - State Coordinator

Ann Hazelrigg - Plant Pathologist

Lisa Chouinard - Office & Program Support

Cindy Heath - Volunteer Coordinator

Debby Gillen - Outreach Assistant




Community Horticulture Program

Burlington, VT 05405

(802) 656-9562

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