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

Seed to Supper 6-week course: This 6-week online course (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.

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

All classes will be via Zoom every Wednesday evening from 7:00 – 8:00pm starting February 10. Class dates are:

February 10, 17 & 24
March 3, 10 & 17

Course textbook and materials will be available for pick up at various locations and times at our Fresh2You Mobile Markets prior to the start of class. Information for picking up materials will be provided upon registration.

This session is currently full. Join the waitlist 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 Ryan McCaughan at the Chester Food Bank.