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The Myrtle Street Community Avant Garden is a collaborative project between the Avant Garden Neighborhood Association and Burlington Parks & Recreation. Check out the news page for upcoming workshops and information on reserving a plot!

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A Collaborative Community Garden & Public Park
A Place for People to Grow and Gather


Vision: A unique community effort to save land within a working-class / lower-income neighborhood and transform it into a park and community garden.


Mission: To provide opportunities for gardening and recreation in a neighborhood in need of green space and economic and social rejuvination. To provide a way to preserve land for educational and community-building purposes.



Some good links:
BACG /  Friends of Burlington Gardens / Burlington Permaculture / VSA Arts / Boys & Girls Club of Burlington / Archibald Neighborhood Garden


Bunches of thanks to the following organizations and individuals who helped and contribute to help make this project possible! Mayor Bob Kiss, Artistech Inc., CSWD, Barnes Elementary School, Burlington Permaculture, Gardener's Supply, Burlington VT's Conservation Legacy Program Fund, CEDO-Center for Neighborhoods, Trust for Public Land, VT Land Trust, Rite Aid, Karen Paul, Tim Ashe, Clarence Davis, Craig Gutchell, Amy McVey, Leigh Selby, Lisa Coven, Carmen George, Craig Gutchell, Michael Crane, Tim Ashe, Clarence Davis, Karen Paul, Xana Wolf, Walter and Lily.



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welcome!

The Myrtle Street Community Avant Garden is a collaborative project between the Avant Garden Neighborhood Association and Burlington Parks & Recreation. Check out the news page for upcoming workshops and information on reserving a plot!

garden photo

A Collaborative Community Garden & Public Park
A Place for People to Grow and Gather


Vision: A unique community effort to save land within a working-class / lower-income neighborhood and transform it into a park and community garden.


Mission: To provide opportunities for gardening and recreation in a neighborhood in need of green space and economic and social rejuvination. To provide a way to preserve land for educational and community-building purposes.



Some good links:
BACG /  Friends of Burlington Gardens / Burlington Permaculture / VSA Arts / Boys & Girls Club of Burlington / Archibald Neighborhood Garden


Bunches of thanks to the following organizations and individuals who helped and contribute to help make this project possible! Artistech Inc., CSWD, Barnes Elementary School, Burlington Permaculture, Gardener's Supply, Burlington VT's Conservation Legacy Program Fund, CEDO-Center for Neighborhoods, Trust for Public Land, VT Land Trust, Rite Aid, Amy McVey, Leigh Selby, Lisa Coven, Carmen George, Craig Gutchell, Michael Crane, Tim Ashe, Clarence Davis, Karen Paul, Xana Wolf, Walter and Lily.



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about AvantGarden

the Myrtle Street Community Avant Garden, is a collaborative project managed by Burlington Parks & Recreation, Burlington VT.

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The Avant Garden is a public space born of a grassroots effort. A small group determined neighbors brought together residents, the developer, city officials and community leaders to save it from development and transform it into an open green space for the neighborhood. BACG, operated through the City of Burlington Department of Parks and Recreation, is the partner organization providing oversight and management. Visit www.enjoyburlington.com to sign up for a garden plot.


A Collaborative Community Garden & Public Park


Supporters on the board thus far include:

Vermont Land Trust
Trust for Public Lands
All residents in vicinity
Barnes Elementary School
Redstone
Gardener's Supply
Boys & Girls Club
VSA Arts of Vermont


Vision: A unique community effort to save land within a working-class / lower-income neighborhood and transform it into a park and community garden.


Mission: To provide opportunities for gardening and recreation in a neighborhood in need of green space and economic and social rejuvination. To provide a way to preserve land for educational and community-building purposes.


The Avant Garden on Myrtle Street has water and will include novice & family friendly plots.



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About the Myrtle Street Community Avant Garden!

A Place for People to Grow and Gather



History: This jewel of a community garden and park sprung from a grass-roots volunteer neighborhood effort that began in the Fall of 2007. Neighbors joined forces after learning of an impending house going up on the open lot. The owner, Erik Hoekstra, was approached, and to everyone's suprise, was willing to sell without building on it. A proposal was written with the input of Community Development expert, Michael Crain. This, together with an application for a Conservation Legacy Program Fund Grant was submitted in February of 2008 to the Conservation Legacy Program Committee of Burlington.

Throughout the arduous public process, the residents garnered much community support from neighbors, community leaders and experts in the field of open space conservation. CEDO facilitated meetings were held to work out the vision and talk about the neighborhood's needs. David Queely of Trust for Public Land, served as advisor and provided much invaluable advice and information. In the Spring of '08, Mayor Bob Kiss caught wind of the project and lent his support as well. The project went to the City Council for a vote in May and the Council voted 10-4 to release CLP Grant Funds for the purchase of this neighborhood park and community garden.

The land transaction between owner and the city occured in June and it is now a city owned public space. Last summer, neighbors maintained the sight and it was enjoyed by youth and adults alike during The Ramble, a popular Art/Nature Workshop, and for passive recreation. This winter and spring, students from Barnes Elementary School are utilizing the space for a living classroom in experiential based nature and art classes. Garden plots are available for rent this upcoming growing season, administered thru Burlington Area Community Gardens (BACG), a division of Burlington Parks and Recreation, which is a partner organization with the Avant Garden Neighborhood Association, providing oversight and management.

We are also currently cultivating a partnership with Burlington Permaculture, of which 2 members facilitated the invigorating Community Garden Design Session, and ties are being made with The Boys and Girls Club and VSArts VT.

We are striving to provide a beautiful, safe, rejuvinating place for BACG gardeners and residents alike. In sum, provide a place for people to grow and gather. Hope to see you there!

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Projects at the Avant Garden

Stone Wall Construction Project
A collaboration with Mark Krawczyk of Burlington Permaculture made possible by a grant from CDBG in 2011. Youth from the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes.

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news from the Myrtle Street Community Avant Garden


3/10/10 - Myrtle St. Community Avant Garden Meeting
  • Wed. March 10th, 5:30 pm
    Police Station-Community Room, North Ave.

    We will be holding a discussion about the innovative designs that were generated at a Community Design Session last March, led by Mark Krawczyk of Burlington Permaculture. Neighbors and all interested community members are encouraged to attend to discuss designs for this exciting new city-owned community garden space and neighborhood pocket park. Lisa Coven of Burlington Parks & Rec, BACG (Burlington Area Community Gardens) Director, Kel Rossiter, a BACG Board Member for the Myrtle St. site, as well as interested gardeners will be in attendance.


Upcoming offerings from Burlington Permaculture
  • Check here for events for all ages coming up in August and September 2009.



FOOD FOR THE SOUL - 2009 Youth Workshops!
  • Free, Fun, Gardening~Art~Nature Activities for Kids (of all ages!). Various times August 21-28, check the schedule for times.

Updates on the Community Garden Design Session:
  • The Avant Garden Community Garden Design Charette occured on March 14th and proved an invigorating afternoon. Please download the minutes for further information.


  • Have a look at possible design options for the garden.


Other News:
  • Please visit the BACG website to reserve a plot in the garden.


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