VINES shares a similar mission with the Bundy radio station and museum. While the Bundy radio station is committed to promote the Broome County area’s vibrant arts and music community and explore our area’s unique history and culture, we share an important goal with VINES - Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, Inc., in assisting our communities by bringing good into the world, and bringing our several diverse communities together through programs, events, gardening, and education.
VINES is an organization committed to developing a sustainable and just community food system. They do this by bringing together diverse groups of people, with a focus on youth development, to establish community gardens, urban agriculture and community green spaces. They strive to develop and beautify urban sites and empower community members of all ages and abilities.
The essence of VINES’ work is captured in its simple motto: growing food, growing community. They also excel in connecting community consumers to rural farmers. VINES exploded after they ventured out for the first time into the community in 2007. The demand for more gardens, education and access to local food became such a demand that VINES grew faster than ever imagined.
“VINES became an independent nonprofit in 2010, and now manages a number of programs including a community garden program, the Binghamton Urban Farm (BUF), Grow Binghamton (a summer youth employment program), the Green Thumb Educational Workshop Series, and the Binghamton Farm Share program (Farm Share).”
We were lucky to have VINES on the air at Bundy Radio with our very own Janna Rudler for a highly interesting and in-depth interview.
Listen to the interview yourself here:
The VINES Board is lead by David Levenson, Chair, Christopher Allin, Vice Chair, Shelbi Dubord, Secretary, and Christopher Caroompas, Treasurer. Staff leaders are Amelia LoDolce, Executive Director, Kaitlyn Sirna, Community Garden and Youth Program Manager, Kyle Rittenburg, Urban Farm Manager, and Kate-Miller Corcoran, Binghamton Farm Share Coordinator. These are just a few of the dedicated souls who help to make this non-profit organization grow and reach more and more community members in the Broome County area.
VINES has been awarded the 2019 Guide Star Silver Seal of Transparency as well, revealing that this is a truly excellent venture to help feed those in need, and those who want fresh, valuable, and important nutrition to our area, while also helping farmers unload their supplies to more and more local consumers.
About VINES Farm Share
What is Farm Share?
VINES Farm Share is a weekly subscription to a box of local veggies. You sign up ahead of time and pick up your share each week at the same time and location. VINES works with local farms to help you eat veggies that are being harvested within 60 miles, which makes them super fresh! They offer different size shares and flexible payment plans. They proudly accept EBT/SNAP benefits. Every week, they provide member education for their members so that you know what it is in your share and how to store and cook what you’re getting!
How to Sign Up
Get an agreement by:
Call/Text Kate at 607-238-3522
Picking one up at the VINES office
Visiting their website
VINES offers workshops and the next few coming up include:
Advanced Home Composting Workshop - May 15th, 6 pm to 7:30 pm at the B.C. Public Library
Farm Share 1010 Workshop - May 29th, 6 pm to 7:30 pm at Central United Methodist Church, Endicott
Container Gardening Workshop - June 5th, 6 pm to 7:30 pm at the Binghamton Urban Farm - 16 Tudor Street.
For future workshops visit: https:vinesgardens.org/events/
For a list of VINES Gardens in our communities visit: https://vinesgardens.org/programs/community/gardens
If you would like to get involved, VINES contact information is as follows:
PO Box 3104 Binghamton, NY 13902
42 Chenango Street United Prebsyterian Church Binghamton, NY 13901
Written by Colin Wod