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Unlock Your Garden's Potential - Upper Valley Spring Gardening Symposium

Unlock Your Garden's Potential

March 18, 2017
8:45 am to 2:15 pm
Frontier Regional High School - South Deerfield, MA

Featuring Margaret Roach
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Unlocking Seed Secrets, From Politics to the Practical

Want to grow your best vegetable garden ever in 2017? It all starts with a seed—and choosing the right varieties, from sources that match your garden conditions, which is much harder than you might think. Margaret will demystify the politics and the practical "aha's"—many of which will be quite surprising—to get you growing with confidence. Topics include: Does buying organic seed matter and is it worth the extra money? Are hybrids OK? Are heirlooms better in some way? (And how do I avoid GMOs?) How come my harvest didn't look like the photo in the catalog? And more!

Workshops - Choose from 15 topics in two concurrent sessions, offering ideas for nourishing you, your garden and the planet

8:00 am
8:45 -10 am
 Session 1 - Seven topics to choose from!
10:30 - Noon  Keynote: Margaret Roach
Noon - 1 pm
 Lunch Break
(Reserve a lunch or bring your own)
1 - 2:15 pm
 Session 2 - Eight more topics to choose from!

Marketplace - We'll have vendors with locally produced offerings.

Book Table - Assorted titles for gardeners from Storey Publishing and Timber Press for sale.

Refreshments - Morning coffee and goodies, plus an optional lunch from River Valley Coop. LUNCHES MUST BE PRE-ORDERED!

Snow Date - In case of impending bad weather, calll 413-665-2181 the night before for a recorded message regarding possible rescheduling.

Parking - Please car pool if at all possible; parking is tight!

To register and pay by credit card, click on the Register Now button on the right.

To register and pay by check, download the registration flyer.

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Frontier Regional High School
113 N Main Street
South Deerfield, MA  
UV Symposium
Registration is required by March 17, 2017
Payment In Advance Only
Please car pool if possible as parking is limited. There are parking lots on both sides of the school.

Registration closes on Friday, 3/17 BUT walk-ins are welcome on the day of the symposium. However, not all workshops may be available. Contact Lucy Alman at or (413)665-2181 for more information.
Activities/Items    (Click the down-arrow to the left of the activity/item to view the details)
Full Day Registration -Choose ONE workshop from Session 1 and ONE Workshop from Session 2
Service Fee
Lunch - The Herder Sandwich
Lunch - Chicken Salad Sandwich
Lunch - Veggie Wrap
Session 1 - A) "No Fuss" Shrubs for Smaller Space
Session 1 - B) Growing Great Garlic
Session 1 - C) Fundamentals Of Making Your Own Hard Cider!
Fundamentals of Making Your Own Hard Cider - Optional Materials Fee
Session 1 - D) Extensive Cover Cropping In The Market Garden
Session 1 - E) Vertical Vegetable Gardening - The Art Of Growing Up In The Garden
Session 1 - F) Lay Low And Watch It Grow: Lasagna Gardening
Session 1 - G) Cooking Garlic-Sage Broth & Deglazed Garlic Spread
Session 2 - H) Underutlized Trees And Shrubs
Session 2 - I) Non Traditional Container Gardening With Succulents And Tropical Plants
Session 2 - J) Know Your Habitat: Garden Success With New England Wildflowers
Session 2 - K) Lacto-Fermented Vegetables
Session 2 - L) Early Spring Edibles: A New Way To Eat Local
Session 2 - M) Making A Living Wall
Session 2 - N) From The Bottom Up - Soil, Compost And Mulching
Session 2 - O) How Are Your Mushrooms Growing?


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