Our Mission: Vermont Plants Sunflowers for Ukraine is a Vermont-based community action group. Like many of you, we feel the weight of the crimes against humanity being perpetrated on the people of Ukraine. We often feel helpless, and that does not sit well with Vermonters.

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

State of Vermont Coat of Arms

Our mission is to inspire countless acts of solidarity with the people of Ukraine by planting thousands upon thousands of sunflowers in every corner of Vermont. Come late summer and fall, our message of yellow sunflowers splashed against our blue Vermont sky will give us all hope. In ways big and small we will show the world that we stand with the people of Ukraine.

Our Action Plan: We will ask every town and city in Vermont as well as the appropriate branches of Vermont government, churches, schools, organizations, media, the business community and individuals to join in this act of solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

 

The simple ask is to begin planning now for this act of solidarity. Begin to plan now for where you will plant sunflowers, how you will acquire seeds, what types of sunflowers will have the greatest and longest impact, who will help in your act of solidarity, and making a plan to add your voice in telling the world that Vermont stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

3/31/22 - Thank you to WCAX Channel 3 News for highlighting VPSU and our Vermont-based solidarity action for the people of Ukraine. Within hours of this airing, we are already receiving a lot of new inquires, expressions of support and questions about how to participate.

Molly's Falls Pond

Every day we pause to take in our landscape from our home overlooking Molly's Falls Pond. The beauty and tranquility is breathtaking. We have spent our entire adult lives putting down roots in this place we call home. Every Ukrainian must feel the same about the country that they love, the place they call home. This solidarity effort is simply an effort to recognize that love of place, the love that all people have of the place where they live, work and play. As stated in the UN Declaration of Human Rights, every child, woman and man on this earth has the right to peace, dignity and equality on a healthy planet. This is who we are and why we will plant.