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May the Fourth be in the garden

Community Garden workshop to help gardeners get ready for the season

 Tuesday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m.—RUTLAND—Learn how to set your garden up for success this growing season at Make Your Bed: Starting Your Garden,  a beginner/intermediate gardening workshop held Tuesday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m. at the Northeast Community Gardens off Woodstock Ave. in Rutland. This is a workshop for those interested in trying their hand at a vegetable garden for the first time or intermediate gardeners wanting to gain valuable knowledge from a professional farmer.

Shrewsbury Agricultural Education and Arts Foundation (SAGE) and Rutland Recreation and Parks Community Gardens will offer a beginner/intermediate gardening workshop to help gardeners prepare for the season. Topics covered in the workshop will be:

  • Sheet mulching and garden bed building.
  • Amending your soil for maximum fertility.
  • Seedling care and how to select plants for your garden.

The workshop will be led by professional farmer Scott Courcelle of Alchemy Gardens. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own questions and hear answers from an experienced vegetable farmer!

April Cioffi of the Rutland Recreation Dept. saw the 2019 workshops empower backyard and community gardeners.

“Scott is extremely knowledgeable in his field and a valuable asset for gardener education in our area,” she said. “When this workshop was offered in 2019 many participants took what they learned and put it to work for them in their gardens. The emphasis on treating each season as a learning experience takes the pressure off, coupled with what Scott teaches new gardeners to set themselves up for the season it is a win-win.”

Workshop attendees have a chance to win plant starts from Alchemy Gardens that will be raffled off at the end of the workshop.

For more information or to register for the workshop visit

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