The mission of the nursery is to produce high quality bareroot and container-grown seedlings from local seed stock for restoration and buffer plantings in the Champlain Valley. The nursery started in 2002 as a partnership between the Poultney Mettowee Conservation District and The Nature Conservancy’s Southern Lake Champlain Valley Program.
In 2011, the nursery partnership expanded when Green Mountain College joined us and the nursery moved from its previous location in NY to the GMC campus. The move has enriched the programming available through the nursery, including education and outreach, workshops, internships, and research opportunities.
The main goal of the nursery will continue to be the propagation of native seeds for plantings. The plantings serve many goals including, stabilizing streambanks (reducing erosion), restoring native plant communities (clayplain and floodplain forests), re-establishing connectivity of habitat along riparian corridors, improving water quality, and preventing the spread of non-native plant material in the landscape.
The nursery receives a great amount of help from volunteers and interns in accomplishing seed collection, propagation and growing operations. Many opportunities exist for individuals and groups interested in learning about native plant production and lending a hand.
The long-term financial goal of the nursery is to become self-sustaining through the sale of seedlings. Seedlings are being sold to individuals and groups engaged in conservation and restoration plantings in the Champlain Valley such as regional watershed and county conservation districts, private conservation organizations, and farmers and private landowners enrolled in government cost-share conservation programs.
For more information about available plants contact:
Hilary Solomon, District Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
SPOTLIGHT – Nursery News and Events
The nursery’s busy season is still several months away, but the nursery board is in the process of hiring 5 interns and an AmeriCorps Member (VHCB). Please call or email, if you have any interest in working at the Nursery this growing seasonl! Volunteers are always welcome to assist at the nursery in the spring – fall months. We look forward to opening the big greenhouse in April and sending our disease-resistant elms to their new sites for planting.