Grow Food Amherst Spring Events and Volunteer Opportunities

webgrowfoodjpgPlease join us at one or more of these spring events. 

If you have not yet joined, please help us reach our 350 Challenge by signing up here:

Join Grow Food Amherst Here!


Thursday, April 18

Gardening 101 – Getting Started Growing Vegetables and Herbs in Amherst

Offered in cooperation with the Master Gardeners of Western Massachusetts

Thursday April 18; 6:00pm-9:00pm
Amherst Town Hall
Everyone is Welcome – Free!

gardeners wantedLearn how to get started selecting a site, preparing the soil, planting and basic garden care, including container gardens, raised beds and “lasagna” gardens.  Also free soil tests!

Other topics include:

  • How to start a garden cheaply and easily
  • How to get the most out of your garden space
  • Getting help deciding which vegetables to grow
  • Deciding where and when and how to plant
  • The “secret” of mulch!

See for more information


Saturday, April 27

The Annual Amherst Sustainability Festival

Downtown Commons; 10:00am – 4:00pm

festivalGrow Food Amherst will have a table display at the Amherst Sustainability Festival.  We could use a few volunteers to greet people and share your enthusiasm for growing food!  If you are willing to sign up for a 2-hour shift please sign up here: Volunteer Sign-up.  We will contact you with instructions prior to the event.

If you are willing to help out with any of the following volunteer work that needs to be done, please sign up on the sheets linked below:

General Festival setup and/or take down – 8-10am shift and 4pm-5pm shift

Greeting people at the Grow Food Amherst table – two hour shifts from 10am to 4pm

Greeting people at the All Things Local table two hour shifts from 10am to 4pm

Greeting people at the Transitions Amherst table two hour shifts from 10am to 4pm


 Sunday, May 5

Outdoor Living Classroom Gardening Workshop at the UMass Permaculture Garden

1:00 pm – 3:00pm

Franklin Dining Commons Permaculture Garden at UMass

umassperm2Grow Food Amherst in partnership with the UMass Sustainability Initiative is hosting an Outdoor Living Classroom at the UMass Permaculture Garden.  Get your hands dirty and celebrate spring!  Come with your gardening questions to the Permaculture Garden in front of the Franklin Dining Common at UMass.  Varoius stations with demonstrations and interactive workshops  on compost, seeding and transplanting, sheet mulching (the “lasagna” garden) and more.  All ages welcome!


And please ask your friends to help us reach our 350 Challenge!  We are trying to get 350 residents of Amherst and the surrounding communities to join Grow Food Amherst this spring.  Send them this link to join!


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