Seed to Supper

Chester County Food Bank, in partnership with Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Chester County, is thrilled to offer Seed to Supper, a beginning gardening course for growing veggies at home on a budget.

Designed for adults, the free classes highlight practical, low-cost techniques for planning, planting, maintaining, and celebrating the harvest of a successful vegetable garden. Classes include onetime 2-hour sessions on vegetable gardening for beginners, container gardening, and an in depth 6-week course. Classes are taught both indoors and outdoors with hands-on activities. Teams of facilitators support participants as they learn to plan, plant and harvest garden produce – increasing participants’ access to fresh produce and improving overall food security.


Seed to Supper FREE Classes

Our next class will run October 6 – November 10. Please register here!
Free and open to everyone. Please plan to attend all 6 classes. Participants receive a free gardening coursebook, seeds, and other garden goodies.

Seed to Supper 6-week course: This FREE 6-week hybrid course (week 1 in person following virtual. 1-hour per week, for six consecutive weeks) provides an in-depth look at the following topics while supporting gardeners with the tools and confidence to successfully grow a garden on a budget. This is an introductory course for those who are interested in growing a vegetable garden but who might feel a little intimidated about where to start.

Week 1: In-person Participants will receive the coursebook, garden tools, and seeds at this session
Choose one date on your registration: Tuesday Oct 5, 2:30-4:00 PM @ Springton Manor Farm OR Wednesday Oct 6, 4:30-6:00 PM @ Coatesville Community Garden

Week 2 through Week 6: Virtual
Sessions will be held via Zoom Wednesdays Oct 13 – Nov 10, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Course topics covered:

Planning your garden – planting plans and maps, crop rotation

Building healthy soil – composting, making garden beds

Planting your garden – fertilizing, seeding, transplanting, vertical gardening

Caring for your garden – watering, weeding, pest management

Harvesting your bounty – crop-by-crop guide for harvesting, storage, cooking

Register Today! Please register at this link. Or contact Klielle (Chester County Food Bank Garden Program Manager)
Email: klielle@chestercountyfoodbank.org Phone: 610-873-6000 x115
Spots are filled on a first come first serve basis. Click here for a flyer for the course.



Become a Volunteer Facilitator

Are you an experienced gardener interested in sharing your knowledge with others? 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.
Questions? Contact Ryan McCaughan at the Chester Food Bank.