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Resiliency Skills Online Gatherings: Seed Starting Systems at Home

April 3, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Anywhere, MA

Free! Donations accepted with gratitude

In response to an outpouring of requests for skills-building and information, NOFA/Mass is working quickly to organize our generous community of independent farmers, gardeners, horticulturalists and land managers to share their self-reliance and community resiliency skills. We will be offering a free Resiliency Skills Online Gathering Series—weekly interactive online discussions on a new topics each week, from our kitchens, farms, and gardens to yours.   

Join us for the first of our free weekly Resiliency Skills Online Gatherings on Friday April 3rd at 5:30pm. Our first topic will be Seed Starting Systems at Home and will feature tours of three systems.  

  • Jason Valcourt, NOFA/Mass and NOFA-RI Conferences Coordinator, will give a tour of his basement seed-starting station for his large garden.  

  • Julie Rawson, NOFA/Mass Executive Director and Farmer at Many Hands Organic Farm, will take you on a tour through her seed starting room which she and her husband Jack Kittredge built off of their home in 1982. Julie’s system provides seedlings for her 3 acres of vegetable production.  

  • Richard Robinson, NOFA/Mass Board member and farmer at Hopestill Farm, will offer a tour of the in-basement seed starting room he built to start seedlings for his 2 acres of vegetable crops. We will conclude with a virtual panel discussion and take questions from participants. Topics covered will include: seed room / station design and equipment, growing media and flats, watering, hardening off, and more.  

    Richard in his home-built seed starting room




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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. 



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