Seeds & plants

Spring is Here!                              


With the coming of spring and the gradual changing weather, our thoughts turn to warmer days, the feel of sunlight on our faces, and the sight of silver-furred pussy willows and azure bluets carpeting the landscape along the back roads and bike paths.


Our thoughts may also turn to the anticipation of the growing season and the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables soon to be available at Farmer’s Markets, and possibly in our own backyards and window boxes!


Did you know that you can use 3SquaresVT EBT Cards to Purchase Fruit & Vegetable Seeds & Plants?


With signs of spring slowly but surely appearing all around us, Vermonters are planning their gardens and gathering the tools and materials they’ll need. Did you know that 3SquaresVT food benefits can be used to buy seeds and plants to grow your own fruits and vegetables? Stretch your food budget by planting a garden this spring, and harvest it all summer! 3SquaresVT participants can purchase vegetable and fruit seeds as well as starter plants at stores and farmers’ markets that accept EBT cards. In addition, more farmers’ markets will welcome benefits this season! Over 40 farmers’ markets across the state now accept 3SquaresVT for starter plants as well as fresh produce. More Vermonters than ever are eligible for 3SquaresVT benefits. Learn more and apply today. For a list of participating stores and markets or to apply for 3SquaresVT benefits, visit To learn more about gardening on a budget or to find a community garden near you, visit


Not sure what 3SquaresVT is, or why you might want to apply?


  • 3SquaresVT is a vital nutrition program run by the US Department of Agriculture that helps people to buy the food they need for good health.
  • Many Vermonters need extra help to make ends meet. On average, 74,000 Vermonters participate in 3SquaresVT every month. Many more are eligible, and they may not even know it.

Ask your local Community Action Agency for help applying.


Addison: 802-388-2285  Ask for Karen:


Chittenden:    802-863-6248   Ask for Travis:


Franklin & Grand Isle: 802-527-7392   Ask for Rebecca:



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