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Start Your Own Organic Kitchen Garden

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Start Your Own Organic Kitchen Garden

May 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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One event on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 6:00pm

One event on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 6:00pm


This workshop is full! For those interested, we are running a second kitchen garden workshop you can view here


This value-packed workshop series will provide you with all the knowledge and skill needed to create a wildly productive organic kitchen garden in your own backyard. The series is comprised of three 2.5 hour sessions held on May 30th, July 18th, and September 12th.


The class will cut through the learning curve all beginning (or intermediate) gardeners face and give you the experience, tools, and principles that can make gardens produce lots of food with as little management as possible. The classes will be led by ifarm’s head gardener, Debby Richards, who has been gardening and designing edible landscapes for over 30 years.  The workshop will include advanced permaculture strategies for garden design.


We will base the class on a 4’ x 8’ garden model, though you are welcome to modify the size if desired. The class will work on a demonstration model at ifarm to take all the guesswork out of the process. The garden will include Arugula, Basil, Beets, Bok Choi, Carrots, Cilantro, Cucumbers, Dill, Kale, Lettuce, Peppers, Pole Beans, Radishes, Tomatoes, and Thyme.


Early birds who register before May 15th will receive EVERYTHING they need to plant their garden except Tomato and Pepper seedlings. That includes FREE seeds for Arugula, Beets, Bok Choi, Carrots, Cilantro, Cucumbers, Dill, Lettuce, Pole Beans, and Radishes! Early birds will also receive FREE Kale, Basil, and Thyme seedlings!


Workshop Dates and Details

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

6 to 8:30 p.m.

Planting the First Seeds

  • Choosing a garden location (assessing sunlight, soil, etc.)
  • Where to source seeds (useful even for those who receive free seeds)
  • How to build a raised bed
  • Utilizing permaculture
  • Soil fertility dos and don’ts
  • How to garden organically
  • Sheet mulching
  • Planting and cultivating your garden
  • Dealing with critters (squirrels, rabbits, mice, chipmunks, groundhogs, deer)


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

6 to 8:30 p.m.

Troubleshooting and Life Cycles

  • Troubleshooting Q/A for specific challenges
  • Identifying and managing pests
  • Month-by-month life cycle of a garden
  • Pollination and fertilization
  • Methods of irrigation
  • Garden structures for climbing plants
  • Harvesting strategies


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

6 to 8 p.m.

Looking to Winter and Beyond

  • Reviewing successes
  • Troubleshooting Q/A for specific challenges
  • Improving fertility for next year (soil testing, mineralization, cover cropping)
  • Winterizing the bed
  • Seed saving
  • How to start your own seedlings


You can plan to spend five to seven hours outside of class to purchase materials, construct, prepare, and plant your garden bed. You can expect to spend around $70 to $100 in materials for a garden bed that will last many years. During the growing season, expect to spend at least one to two hours per week caring for your plants.

To receive prepared seeds and seedlings you must register by May 15, 2018. We highly recommend reserving a space early as we expect this series to be popular.


In the case of cancellation and rescheduling due to weather, we will send out an email to all registrants at least 12 hours before the event. We will also send out an update on our facebook page. You can read about our cancellation policy here.


May 30
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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ifarm Grounds
55 Towne Road
Boxford, MA 01921 United States


Debby Richards