Empower with Gardening 2021

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the #empowerwithgardening2021 initiative.

Profits were donated to the Franklin Food Pantry.

We also donated and installed a raised garden bed at a home for adults living with mental illness, and donated and installed a raised garden bed and planter (in conjunction with Project REACH and Import Local) to New Beginnings Re-Entry Services in Roxbury.

March 29, 2021

Hello veteran and novice Gardeners!

The Spring of 2021 is approaching and we think gardening might be on your mind… What a year it has been since the spring of 2020 for all of us... and what a gardening experience it was for many!

Our #empowerwithgardening initiative of 2020 was a tremendous success with garden beds built and delivered, all over eastern Massachusetts, to experienced gardeners and those gardening for the first time. Some of the customers asked us to also install rainwater capturing barrels to better utilize their water resource.

At the same time we worked at raising enough money, through donations, to build, deliver, and install (with loam and plants - thank you Nancy Briggs and #DirtyKnuckles!) 11 raised beds for families/individuals in need. It was especially pleasurable for us to install and plant with the recipients.

So here we are after a somewhat unusual New England winter getting ready to launch #empowerwithgardening2021. Even though our core business is rather busy, we see a need to keep up this initiative.

We are going to offer just two sizes in the raised beds and will custom build other sizes/styles, if feasible.

The cost of materials and overhead has increased substantially, but we pledge that all our profits, after expenses, will be going to the Franklin Food Pantry.

So get your order in as soon as possible! Quantities are limited to 35 and we only have a short window to build and deliver these raised garden beds!

Stay well and eat healthy,

Vinny Fanuele & Jessi Fanuele

VFJ Renovations, Inc.

Scroll through the pictures below to see some of our installations

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How can I participate in the #empowerwithgardening initiative?

  • Share your gardening tips with friends and neighbors

  • Build a raised garden bed on part of your lawn

  • Visit your neighborhood hardware or feed store to buy seeds and plants

  • Take a picture of your garden this spring and summer and post on social media with #empowerwithgardening

  • Dig up part of your lawn for a garden

  • Use pots to grow fruits and vegetables on your deck or patio

  • Install a rain barrel

  • Buy a raised garden and install it in your yard

  • Sponsor a raised garden bed for a person/family through donations

Here is what some people are saying about the #empowerwithgardening initiative:

"Love the idea...!" - Steve

"First time buying a Garden Bed from a local company and excited to start our gardening journey!" - Tram

"Great response time after I submitted request. Jessi, you were wonderful to talk to and love what you are doing. Your support for others in this time is amazing!" - Vanessa

"Great way to involve the community!" - Teresa


April 26, 2020

Get Back To Where We Were?

This spring we have been witness to people in leadership positions emphasizing the need for our economy and society to return to “normal” as soon as possible. But getting back to where we were is complicated, and begs the question: Was where we were, where we want to be?

When there are disruptions in our lives, we don’t believe it is prudent to rush back to the way things were. Instead, such disturbances afford us the opportunity to carefully reflect on the situation by asking: Where were we? What does the shakeup reveal? What of the past do we carry forward with us? How do we move forward in a way that allows us to cope and make our lives better?

As we reflect on the Covid-19 crisis this spring and all that we and others have to do to survive, we can’t help but think of our sustenance. Some of us feel vulnerable and confused by what roles we should play for our individual and families’ sustainability, and for what personal responsibilities we can own during this crisis.

This spring’s interruption of our “normal” existence is an opportunity to not only be socially conscious, but to empower ourselves. This is the year to GROW a GARDEN. It is the time to think about digging up part of that lawn. It is about helping out in the community gardens and installing planters or raised beds. NOW is the time for a movement towards gardening so that we can learn to enjoy the intrinsic value that lies in the preparation, sowing, cultivation, and reaping.

Gardening, in all its forms, will give you back more than the labor it takes. It provides opportunities to connect with the earth, and extends to you moments of teaching and learning. If you are patient you will see that gardening is about social responsibility, confidence, and empowerment. Gardening grants time for community and family cultivation and, on top of it all, gives you those delicious fruits and vegetables of which you can say with pride, “I grew that!”

‘Tis the season,

Vincent Fanuele & Jessi Fanuele