The Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. NOFA/Mass welcomes everyone who cares about food, where it comes from and how it’s grown

Growing Organically Since 1982

Grass to Garden in Under 3 Hours (Resiliency Skills Webinar Series)

May 8, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Anywhere, MA, MA

Free! Donations accepted with gratitude

If you’re just getting started planning your corona virus victory garden and need some friendly guidance, this webinar is for you! Lydia and Caro built a simple, classic raised bed garden together (while physically distancing!) from lawn to planting seeds in just two and a half hours. We documented the process and will share what we did, explaining how start a simple raised bed vegetable garden from scratch. 

We’ll cover: 

  • Materials, tools & budget  

  • Basic raised bed construction 

  • How to prep the area  

  • How to fill it (and with what)  

  • Basic considerations for fertility  

  • Mulching 

  • Planting 

We’ll also touch briefly on basic season extension for a raised bed and will discuss seed and seedling sourcing in the context of corona-virus related stresses on seed companies and farms. And, of course, we’ll take your questions!  

For information on siting your garden, including considerations for planting a garden safely in soils that may have contaminants, please see our previous webinar, Starting a Garden Safely in Urban and Suburban Soils.  

Lydia Sivel-Irons: Producer-Host of the NOFA/Mass Podcast & NOFA/Mass PR Coordinator. 

Caro Roszell: NOFA/Mass Education Director, Soil Carbon Program Coordinator & owner-operator of New Wendell Farm, a 1/2 acre market garden serving Wendell Massachusetts.   

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Lydia and Caro building a garden together safely, wearing masks 
and staying at least 12 feet apart at all times! 


These Video Gatherings are offered as a service to our community to respond to the current needs for home-based food production/ preparation skills. As we have postponed or cancelled many of our on-farm and in-person education events, we are using our available time as an organization to put together this series. If you learned something of value, please consider making a donation to help keep our organization going during this difficult time. Thank you so much! 

Thank you to our Sponsor, Black Earth Compost: A source for fertility in MA!

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