VINES held its first Community Garden Proposal Workshop Sunday to teach residents how to create a successful community garden and submit a proposal.

The organization currently has 12 gardens in the greater Binghamton area and hopes to add eight more by 2020. 

The organization's executive director says these gardens benefit the area in multiple ways.

"Community gardens create a space where people can grow food for themselves and their families," said VINES Executive Director Amelia LoDolce. "And also bring together folks in our neighborhood so we get to know our neighbors and so people can come together to make a real difference in their neighborhood."

Community garden proposals are due to VINES by April 20.