Backyard Gardening for Beginners
May 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Have you always wanted to garden, but don’t know where to start? Afraid you don’t have a green thumb? Maybe you’re just ready to scale up from your potted tomato plants! Whether you just want to grow a salsa garden or you’re ready to replace the entire yard, this class will give you the skills to grow your own delicious local food.
This class looks at the big picture, and participants will develop a sense for the different plant families and their light, water, and space requirements. We will also cover methods to sustainably manage common insects and animal pest issues, including companion planting and crop rotation. Content will focus on challenges and opportunities unique to northern growers and include tips for container/raised-bed gardening as well as in-ground gardens.
Gardening provides fresh air and exercise, has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, and is something the whole family can take part in! In addition, you can save money and have more control over what goes into your food by growing it yourself. This lively session will get everyone excited about embarking on their own gardening adventure and develop the skills to keep it thriving all summer long!
(The indoor class is two hours, but for participants looking for a more hands-on experience, there will be an additional half an hour after class to explore Farm Table’s kitchen garden with Sal. This will be an informal time to ask questions, examine spring plants, and get your hands in the soil.)
Sal is in her third year of running Roosterhaven, a sustainable farm specializing in produce, perennial fruits, and poultry. She and her partner Joe, a chef-turned-farmer, market their crops at local farmers’ markets, through a small CSA, and through retail sales on the farm. For a decade prior to becoming a full-fledged farmer, Sal was an avid backyard gardener, focusing on vegetables as well as medicinal and culinary herbs.
Sal has an academic and professional background in biology and education, with focuses on soil science, ecological restoration, and environmental justice. These ideas have informed the way she works with the land, attempting to reflect natural cycles and integrate agriculture into native plant and animal communities.