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Fall Time Raised Bed Preparation with Black Plastic

Kees Overgaag
Saturday, 28 September 2013 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
Charlie's Redhouse Farm
683 River Street
Winchendon, MA

$25 NOFA members; $31 non-members

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Instructor: Kees Overgaag grows in 9 greenhouses markets crops through the internet, 2 farmers markets, and a wholesale restaurant account and is able to sell everything he grows.

This workshop demonstrates a method for forming raised beds during the fall when the ground is still workable – more so than early spring. The system warms the soil quicker than with flat fields. The black plastic prevents weeds and erosion, and the drip line laid underneath the plastic keeps the soil moist and microbiology thriving. Workshop covers what equipment is needed to form raised beds and cover with black plastic, methods in spring for transplanting directly into the beds, as well as protocols for fertilizing after the harvest, followed by new plastic or a late crop.

Registration Details

  • Pre-registration is required unless arranged by phone with the organizer, Ben Grosscup, cell: 413-658-5374.
  • Cancellations will be honored and refunds issued (minus a 15% processing fee) with notice made 10 days in advance of the workshop. After that, you may designate someone else to attend in your stead, but refunds will not be available.
  • Contact: Ben Grosscup, 413-658-5374. By email,; “workshop” in subj.


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