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The Growing Peace Project
63 Fiske Road
Topsham, Vermont 05076

The Growing Peace Project is a program of Milestone Adventures, Inc, a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit.  What’s our goal?  To empower youth to become “bridge builders,” bringing together a diverse mix of interests to build community and to grow peace. Here’s how:  Each year we bring together middle school students from different communities (for example, rural Vermont and urban New York City) for a year-long collaboration, where students learn about each other’s cultures, address social issues – such as bullying, food insecurity, poverty, racism, shelter – and engage in service learning.  The project culminates in a Vermont summer retreat where student teams create community issue action plans, while addressing the following four values: leadership and collaboration, relationships, “citizens of conscience,” and personal empowerment. Although students identify and tackle their own community issues, one theme at the heart of our work is food insecurity.  Our "Food For Thought" program considers the question, “Can there be peace in the world if people are hungry?”  For our local community we grow a free food teaching garden dedicated to food insecure households and the organizations that serve them. Retreat students and local volunteers maintain and harvest the garden, deliver produce, or prepare meals for the needy. We are also working on offering "Grow It" workshops (such as mushroom cultivation, and a family cooking series revolving around garden meals that are healthy and affordable.


Name Title Phone
Jacqueline Labate


  • Food Distribution or Storage
    • Other: Food Distribution or Storage
  • Food Access and Nutrition
    • Food Bank / pantry / shelf
    • Community / public garden
    • Cooking / nutrition classes
    • Child meal site / nutrition programs
    • Senior meal site / nutrition programs
  • Education
    • Out of school programs
    • Internship / Apprenticeship / Mentorship programs
  • Food Production
    • Vegetables


food, vegetables