Growing Food Options
Beginner Gardening on a Budget
In partnership with Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Chester County, we offer Seed to Supper, a beginning gardening course for growing vegetables at home on a budget. Available in both English and Spanish, the free classes highlight practical, low-cost techniques for growing and celebrating the harvest of a successful vegetable garden. The program improves participants’ access to fresh produce and overall food security. As we support individuals in home gardening, there are benefits for the family, community, and environment.
Classes include onetime 2-hour sessions on vegetable gardening for beginners and an in depth 6-week course. Teams of facilitators support participants as they learn about the gardening fundamentals of soil preparation, garden planning, planting, maintenance, and harvest. Classes are provided indoors and outdoors, making the most of hands-on activities and virtual learning.
Become a Seed to Supper Facilitator
Are you an experienced gardener interested in sharing your knowledge with others? Seed to Supper classes are led by teams of 2-3 facilitators and are taught both indoors and outdoors with hands-on activities for 8-15 adult participants. We are seeking passionate volunteers to facilitate Seed to Supper classes in English, as well as individuals who can teach classes in Spanish.
- Facilitator Training is held once a year in winter months.
- The 8-hour training prepares you to teach the 6-week course, in addition to the 2-hour introductory classes.
- Receive a training certificate, meet new people, and get involved with your community.
Review the information packet (paquete en español) and complete the online application/aplicación.
Interested in Hosting a Seed to Supper Course at Your Organization?
We are currently recruiting host sites for our Seed to Supper Gardening course. Host sites help recruit participants and host classes. Your site can choose to offer classes in person, virtual (via Zoom) or a hybrid model.
- The Chester County Food Bank provides all course materials and a volunteer facilitator to lead classes. Apply to be a host site here.