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Happy Healthy Chickens

2021-03-17T12:55:53-04:00April 13th, 2021|, , |

Are you looking forward to starting your own backyard flock of chickens? Join us for another event from our Resilient Garden Series on Tuesday, April 13th, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Adding poultry to your backyard, or farm can build your soil nutrients, control pest populations and even clear land while supplying you with healthy food. Our instructor, Kirby Lecy will present all the things she wished she had known about natural chicken keeping before adding them to their small farm. We will cover all the basics of keeping poultry for eggs

Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants

2021-03-10T12:55:39-05:00April 6th, 2021|, , |

Food and medicine are abundant in the natural world and foraging connects us to our places in an important way. Join us for another event from our Resilient Garden Series to learn more. The Bay State is home to over 150 species of edible wild plants, some of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. We will learn from wild foods enthusiast Russ Cohen, author of Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten, about more than a dozen wild edible plant species commonly encountered in and around organic farms and gardens. Priscila Espinosa, Founder of SproutChange, will present on the wild medicinal plants available to forage in April, how to preserve and various ways to prepare them.

Perennial Gardens and Edible Hedges

2021-03-10T12:55:47-05:00March 30th, 2021|, , |

Do you want to be surrounded by a landscape that provides wildlife habitat, fosters healthy soils and provides a variety of edible fruit? Join us for another event from our Resilient Garden Series on March 30th, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.  Bringing perennial plants into the garden can help your garden become more resilient and beautiful. Ruth Green of Green Arts Gardens in the Berkshires will inspire us to consider the ecological benefits and design ideas when planning our perennial plantings.

Building Soil in the Garden

2021-03-18T09:33:14-04:00March 23rd, 2021|, , |

Do you want to have healthy soil, eat nutritious food and sequester carbon? We can do it all! Join us for another event from our Resilient Garden Series. Long time no-till gardener, Sharon Gensler will present garden practices that minimize soil disturbance, maintain living plant cover and utilize mulch as the key techniques you can easily employ to achieve all these goals in your garden.

Choosing Mineral and Biological Amendments

2021-03-10T12:56:52-05:00March 16th, 2021|, , |

Would you like to learn more about balancing the minerals and soil biology in your garden? Join us for another event from our Resilient Garden Series as we will learn from soil experts about the mineral and biological amendments that help our garden soils produce the healthiest vegetables possible. The first step in choosing which minerals to add is a soil test.  Laura Davis, vegetable farmer and soil consultant for NOFA/Mass, will help us interpret our soil tests and choose mineral amendments.  Life in the soil ensures the plants we are eating have the most available nutrients. Marco Thomas, a natural farmer and founder of Microbes by Marco, will discuss the various options for biological amendments.

Understanding Living Soil

2021-03-10T12:57:09-05:00March 10th, 2021|, , |

The more we understand and can learn about life in the soil, the more we will respect and help it thrive. Join us for another event from our Resilient Garden Series. The plants in our gardens will thrive in soil that supports a diverse range of microbial life. During this event we’ll meet some of the beneficial microbes that live in healthy soil, and learn how to increase their populations by providing the best habitat for them in our gardens. Our instructor, Monique Bosch will give us a view through her microscope to see what life in the soil looks like and talk about the role living soil plays in growing healthy food.

Tips and Tricks for Full Season Production

2021-04-08T14:20:11-04:00March 3rd, 2021|, |

Would you like to learn the most effective methods to ensure your garden is productive all season long? Deepen your garden knowledge by joining us for another session of our online Resilient Garden Series. Whether you are new to gardening or have many years of experience, there are always new things to learn about growing great food and healthy soil.  Experienced garden educator Christie Higginbottom will share her best tips and tricks for an efficient and productive vegetable garden. 

Starting A New Raised Bed Garden

2021-02-05T16:43:27-05:00February 24th, 2021|, |

Are you wondering if a raised bed garden is the right choice for you? Join us for another event from our Resilient Garden Series. Raised beds/containers are a boon to anyone who can’t (or won’t) get down on the ground and can be placed anywhere, regardless of soil quality (or no soil at all) below the bed. However, a lot of raised beds don’t thrive and/or produce after their first year. There are “tricks” and specific information that you can use to make your raised beds and containers successfully produce great food wherever you have enough sunlight. ML Altobelli, an experienced gardener, landscaper and educator, will present how siting, water sources, carbon management, soil drenches and foliar sprays can all affect your results.

Designing an Abundant Garden

2021-02-05T16:44:11-05:00February 17th, 2021|, |

If you want to start your journey to having an abundant garden join us for the first event in our online Resilient Garden Series. Everyone can garden; if you have a window sill you can start tomorrow. We are excited to host several excellent gardeners for a panel discussion and conversation about designing gardens and where to start. Allison Houghton is a NOFA/Mass Soil Technical Advisor and will speak about selecting a garden site. Christie Higginbottom has taught many gardening workshops and will help us understand which crops fit best together. Ruth Green of Greens Arts Gardens in the Berkshires will introduce us to the world of beneficial insects.

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