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

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: This 2-hour introductory class reviews low cost ways to build healthy soil, care for the garden, and harvest your bounty!

No sessions scheduled at this time. To be contacted with information about future classes complete this form.


Seed to Supper 6-week course: This 6-week course (2-hours 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.

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

Chester County Food Bank is offering a hybrid garden course with the first session taking place in person, followed by 5 weeks of online sessions via zoom. Please plan to participate in all 6 sessions. Space is limited to 20 people.

Week 1 in-person session (choose one date): Garden locations to be determined. At this session you will receive the free course materials: coursebook, garden tools, etc.

Tue Oct 6, 4:30pm-6pm
Wed Oct 7, 10:30am-Noon
Thur Oct 8, 4:30pm-6pm

Week 2 through Week 6 online Zoom sessions: Wednesdays Oct 14 through November 11, 7pm-8pm.

Register for the free 6-week course here!


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 Raina Ainslie at the Chester Food Bank.