Artists and Craftspeople – We Need Your Help!

VINES and Laveggio Roasteria are seeking artists and crafters to create functional or artistic items from recycled burlap coffee bags to raise funds for urban gardens and youth empowerment in Binghamton.  The challenge is to create something creative that features the burlap in some way, which in previous years has ranged from handbags to furniture to paintings and more.  Submissions of items due the week of November 1st. Items will be featured in a silent auction at the VINES Coffee Bag Silent Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, November 7th 3pm-5:30pm at Laveggio Roasteria. All proceeds raised will benefit VINES.

Burlap coffee bags are for sale $6/bag at Laveggio Roasteria, 101 Court St, Binghamton during regular store hours Monday – Friday 7:30-4:00 and Saturdays 9:00-1:00. Burlap Coffee Bags come to Laveggio from all over the world carrying 120-150 pounds of unroasted coffee beans.

bag close up with wine


VINES (Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that organized in 2007 to create and sustain community gardens in the Binghamton area. VINES contributes to a sustainable and just community food system 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. For more information visit