Learn to Garden for Your Health

Primary Care and Nutrition Services at The UVM Medical Center are pleased to offer guided instruction for the workshops with technical and program assistance from local partner, the Vermont Community Garden Network. Funding for this program has been provided by the UVM Medical Center Foundation.

How to Sign Up

8 week classes starting August 4.

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Join UVM Medical Center's nutrition and gardening experts for Gardening for Health. Located at UVM Medical Center's Main Campus Rooftop Garden, this free, eight-week program offers you the opportunity to learn how gardening can improve your health!

Program Details

The Gardening for Health Program runs for a total of eight weeks. Choose from either the June/July or August/September sessions. 

The program includes:

  • Four small group workshops held at the UVM Medical Center Main Campus, Rooftop Garden

  • Four at-home activities relating to lessons learned in the garden

  • Program notebook containing gardening lessons and activities, recipes and nutrition education, and physical activity guides

UVMMC Rooftop Garden
UVM Medical Center Main Campus, Rooftop Garden


On-site workshops at the Rooftop Garden will meet every other week, on either Tuesday evenings from 5-7 pm or Thursday mornings from 9-11 am.

The on-site workshops will include light physical activity, gardening instruction and nutrition education, with time for questions and discussion.

Eligible participants should be able to commit to the full 8-week program which will require access to the internet for at-home activities and email communications.

"I don't tell people that I'm just taking a gardening class. I joke that this has become my therapy session, my workout space, a place for new friendships, a meditation space, and of course a place where I learn how to grow things."

Who Can Join?

This program is for beginner and novice gardeners. Participants must also be a UVM Medical Center patient with at least one of the following conditions:

  • Pre-diabetes
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Overweight

UVM Medical Center employees who qualify are also welcome.

How Much Does the Program Cost?

There is no cost for this program. All supplies and program materials are provided.

This program is generously supported by: UVM Medical Center Foundation, UVM Medical Center Primary Care, UVM Medical Center Nutrition Services and Vermont Community Garden Network.

How Do I Sign Up?

If you're interested in this fun opportunity to help improve your physical and mental health, please ask your health care provider if this program is right for you.

COVID-19 safety protocols for the Gardening for Health program:

  1. All participants will need to engage in entrance health screenings prior to making their way to the Rooftop Garden.
  2. Do not enter the garden if you are sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  3. All frequently touched surfaces, tools and equipment will be cleaned and disinfected at the beginning and end of each class.
  4. All participants must maintain a minimum physical distancing of 6' from others.
  5. All participants must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth.
  6. Hand sanitizer will be available.
  7. Shared tools will be disinfected between each use.

Hear what previous attendees have to say

Gardener pulling carrots

"I have gained confidence to grow my own produce, and also navigate physical & emotional hurdles in other areas of my life. Gardening is seriously mind / body / soul medicine."

"I learned that anyone can garden, and that by doing so, I am exhibiting responsible behavior in taking back power over what I eat, where it comes from, and how it is produced."

"I'm proud to have found an amazing and productive activity that my Husband also enjoys so that while we grow our future gardens, we grow together."

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