I heard of VINES before but I really didn't know what it was all about. Now I do and you should know about them too and what they want to do to help our community. Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES) has 18 community gardens in the Binghamton area and is working to quadruple the footprint of the Binghamton Urban Farm.

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VINES is a non-profit corporation that was organized in 2007 and they want to create and sustain community gardens in the Binghamton area. They focus on youth development, establishing community gardens, urban agriculture, and community green spaces.

They want to develop and beautify urban sites and help community members regardless of their age or ability. They are proud to announce that more food is being produced and sold throughout our community. You have two chances to see what they are all about.

Their locally grown produce can be found at the Downtown Courtyard Market on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. along with other local vendors. It's located in front of the Metrocenter on Court Street in Binghamton.

You can also find freshly harvested produce from the VINES' Farm Stand at the Binghamton Urban Farm, 16 Tudor Street, off of Susquehanna Street in downtown Binghamton, every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Anyone coming to Tuesdays Downtown Courtyard Market or the Thursday Farm Stand is asked to wear a mask and follow the health protocols. For more information about VINES, go here or call (607) 205-8108.

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