Seed to Supper: Gardening course for beginners on a budget

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County and the Montrose Trehab Food Bank is offering the Seed to Supper program, a comprehensive beginning gardening program. Registration for the class is open now. Classes will begin in April. PHOTO COURTESY MASTER GARDENERS OF FAYETTE COUNTY

Join the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County & Trehab’s Montrose Food Bank for the Seed to Supper program. Seed to Supper is a comprehensive beginning gardening program that gives novice, adult gardeners on a limited budget the tools needed to successfully grow a portion of their own food. 

Learn how to supplement part of your food budget with fresh nutritious produce you have grown even if you have limited space. Learn how to build healthy soil, plan growing space, choose crops, care for a growing garden and harvesting all on a limited budget.

Penn State Food, Family, & Health Educator Amber Hughes will offer cooking demonstrations and taste testing based on vegetables participants may grow in their gardens, thus promoting better, healthy cooking alternatives.

The 8-class program begins mid-April. Exact dates will be determined according to applications received. Seed to Supper will take place at two locations: The Educational Gardens at the Penn State Extension office in Montrose and the gardens at Trehab at 81 Industrial Drive, Montrose.

Seed to Supper offers more than just garden education and improved access to healthy foods, it provides transformative experiences that increase both individual and community food security through fostering food literacy, resiliency, community connectivity and supportive social networks.

The Seed to Supper curriculum originated with the Oregon Food Bank with the help of the Oregon State University Master Gardener program and has been shared with other state partners and is currently being offered by Master Gardener programs and food banks in Washington State, North Carolina, Kentucky, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Mexico. Penn State Extension has adapted the curriculum and course book for Pennsylvania growing conditions.

Contact Penn State Extension if your organization would like to offer this program in the future.

Register now! Pre-registration is required. Participants receive a gardening manual, seeds and other gardening supplies based on availability. Program cost is $25, however, Seed to Supper may be offered free for individuals and families whose household income falls at or below the poverty guidelines or other community assistance parameters.

Class size is limited so do not delay in applying.  For more information, or for a paper version of the application, contact Master Gardener Area Coordinator Lori at 570-666-9007 or email To register:

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