VINES Honors Its Volunteers

At a recent virtual potluck, the VINES staff awarded several community members who have volunteered in various ways. VINES, which stands for Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, was founded in 2007, and has recently reached the goal of 20 community gardens by 2020, transformed several acres downtown into an impressive Urban Farm, and offers farm shares for the most food insecure citizens in our County.

Amelia Lo Dolce, Executive Director of VINES, said, “VINES cannot do what it does for our community without our volunteers. They make all our programs run and build the strong sense of community that makes VINES such a special organization. Each year we recognize volunteers with the Golden Pepper Award as our small token of appreciation for the exceptional work that they do for our community.”

This year the Golden Pepper was awarded to the following:

Jess & John Dillenbeck
Peg Johnston
Erica Miner
Dawn Tallet
Matt White
Achieve’s Program Members who volunteer @ the Farm

VINES also is distributing backyard raised beds and Grow Sacs to low income people in the community and offers online classes in several gardening topics. For more information go here.




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