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

Resiliency Skills Online Gatherings: Starting a Garden Safely in Urban and Suburban Soils

Grow Your Own Food
April 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Anywhere, MA

Free! Donations accepted with gratitude


With spring at hand and the pandemic keeping families at home, many people are interested in growing food at home for mental health, community resilience and high quality fresh produce. But urban sites and soils offer a range of challenges, including lead or other pollutant contamination, which can make growing food in your backyard uncertain, unsafe or daunting. Compounding on that, the University of Massachusetts Soil Testing Laboratory is temporarily closed due to the pandemic making soil testing difficult for those who want to check for lead or other contaminants before starting a garden. Join us for tips on safely and effectively siting a garden, explore other options on checking for lead, learn how to rapidly build up your soil, and explore a few creative options for dealing with existing contamination. Come away with the confidence you need to start a new garden in your space safely so you can grow the best food possible while building a resilient, thriving soil food web that is good for you and your community, too.


Allison Houghton is the Soil Technical Assistance Co-Coordinator for NOFA/Mass


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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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