Brookmead Conservation Area

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Brookmead Conservation Area is a very popular destination for hikers, bikers, trail runners, and dog walkers. Current national and state guidelines indicate that you can safely enjoy the outdoors if you maintain a distance of 6ft or more from other people. We welcome you on our land! And as more people seek outdoor time for recreation and relaxation, please remember to clean up after your pet, pack out anything you brought, and if the trailhead parking is full, seek another destination.

 

 

Brookmead Food Pantry Garden

The Brookmead Food Pantry Garden was started in the summer of 2019 at Brookmead Conservation Area in Norwich, VT. The garden was created so that UVLT could use the land to serve the whole community by growing food that would be donated to Willing Hands and distributed to our neighbors in need. By planting the garden at Brookmead we wanted to continue our mission of bringing people together to conserve land that makes our communities more resilient, healthy, and sustainable for all.

In 2019 we planted ⅛ of an acre of winter storage crops that Willing Hands told us were most needed. We managed this garden using mainly volunteer labor and all the produce was donated to Willing Hands. In our first year we harvested almost 1/2 a ton of produce! 

Garden Volunteers at the 2019 Potato Harvest Party.

In light of the skyrocketing need for food assistance in our Valley due to Covid-19, UVLT has committed to growing ¾ of an acre, the whole field and 6 times as many vegetables this year. We are confident that we are a resilient community that can come together to create local solutions and help each other in times of need.

This is an enormous leap in production for UVLT staff but we are ready to take on the challenge and contribute what we can, using our land to benefit those who need it most. We have secured seeds for this year to plant the entire ¾ of an acre, and tilling and new fencing will begin soon.  This year we plan on planting peas, carrots, radishes, onions, potatoes, winter squash, kale and a few other crops to help feed our neighbors in need.

If you would like more information about the food pantry garden please e mail Programs Director Alison Marchione at alison.marchione@uvlt.org.

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