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VOLUNTEERS IMPROVING NEIGHBORHOOD ENVIRONMENTS VINES

growing food. growing community.

aka VINES   |   Binghamton, NY   |  www.vinesgardens.org

Mission

Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, INC. (VINES) is an organization committed to developing a sustainable and just community food system. We 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. We strive to develop and beautify urban sites and empower community members of all ages and abilities.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Amelia LoDolce

Main address

PO Box 3104

Binghamton, NY 13902 USA

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EIN

27-2617454

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grow Binghamton

Grow Binghamton is an employment training program designed for teenagers to build skills while growing food for the community. Teens work with us on our Urban Farm growing food for the community for 6 weeks in the summer as well as 8 weeks each in the spring and fall.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Farm share is an all income veggie subscription program, designed to improve food security while supporting local farmers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

VINES has 22 community gardens in the greater Binghamton area. At a VINES community garden, you can rent your own raised garden bed for a yearly fee (cost per site is listed below). The garden bed comes ready for planting.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A series of workshops on everything from seed starting to canning vegetables.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Started in 2010, The Binghamton Urban Farm provides healthy, affordable food to local residents and combats the pervasiveness of urban blight in the downtown region. The Urban Farm is located in the heart of the city at 16 Tudor Street in a flood-prone area that was formerly a series of four abandoned houses.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Financials

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VOLUNTEERS IMPROVING NEIGHBORHOOD ENVIRONMENTS VINES

Board of directors
as of 02/02/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Aisha Jasper

Board Chair, VINES

Term: 2022 - 2025


Board co-chair

Chris Caroompas

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No