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Gardening in Changing Times - Upper Valley Spring Gardening Symposium -- CANCELLED

       Gardening in Changing Times

March 21, 2020
8:45 am to 2:15 pm
Frontier Regional High School - South Deerfield, MA

Featuring Connor Stedman, Designer & Ecologist, Appleseed Permaculture,
High Falls, NY , 
speaking on
Repairing the Web of Life: Lessons from Land, Place, and History for Gardening in the Climate Change Era

As we confront the accelerating damage of climate change, g deners are in a unique position to create places of refuge for many forms of life. But doing so responsibly and successfully asks that we deeply study the stories and histories of the lands where we garden. We will explore these connections between ecological and social communities across time and place in western MA, and how these stories point to new possibilities for gardening and land care in a century of crisis. 

Plus Workshops! - Choose from 16 concurrent topics in two sessions, offering ideas for adapting and enjoying your garden.

8:00 am
8:45 -10 am
 Session 1 - Eight topics to choose from!
10:30 - Noon  Keynote: Connor Stedman, Appleseed Permaculture
Noon - 1 pm
 Lunch Break (reserve a lunch or bring your own)
1 - 2:15 pm
 Session 2 - Eight more topics to choose from!

PLEASE!!! Choose ONLY ONE workshop in each session. There is no need to pick a 2nd choice, since you won't be able to choose a workshop if it is already full. It just makes extra work for our registrar!



- Vendors with locally produced offerings.

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

Refreshments - Complimentary morning coffee and goodies, plus an optional lunch from River Valley Co-op.
LUNCHES MUST BE PRE-ORDERED - we won't have enough extras to sell the day of the symposium!

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

Parking - Please car pool if at all possible; parking is tight! If the lot is full at Frontier, additional parking is available at the Deerfield Elementary School on Pleasant St.

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 for for Upper Valley Symposium.

Saturday, March 21, 2020
Frontier Regional High School
113 N Main St
South Deerfield, MA  01373

Additional Info:
UV Symposium
Registration is not Required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Parking – Please car pool if at all possible; parking is tight! Parking is available on both sides of the school. If the lot is full at Frontier, additional parking is available at the Deerfield Elementary School on Pleasant St. There are parking lots on both sides of the school.

Registration closes on Friday, 3/20 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)
Service Fee (Upper Valley)
Lunch - The Herder Sandwich
Lunch - Chicken Salad Sandwich
Lunch - Caprese Sandwich
PLEASE!!! Choose ONLY ONE Workshop In Session 1.
Session 1 - A) Beecology – Transform Your Garden Landscape
Session 1 - B) Getting More from Less: Space Saving Gardening
Session 1 - C) Carefree Shrubs for Your Landscape
Session 1 - D) Jumping Worm Invasions - The Impacts, Dynamics and Solutions
Session 1 - E) Container Gardening with New England Natives
Session 1 - F) Five Ways to Cover Ground (and Give the Lawn Mower a Rest)
Session 1 - G) Where to Begin? Starting Your Own Organic Garden
Session 1 - H) Cooking with Herbs for Lifelong Vitality
PLEASE!!! Choose ONLY ONE Workshop In Session 2.
Session 2 - I) Responding to Insect Population Decline w/ Ecological Design
Session 2 - J) The Pleasures of a Cutting Garden
Session 2 - K) Gardening Well into the Future
Session 2 - L) Regenerating Soils to Grow Nutrient Packed Food
Session 2 - M) Summer Flowering Bulbs, Bold and Beautiful!
Session 2 - N) Invasive Species: Dynamic Approaches to Keep Pace
Session 2- 0) Herbs in a Jar
MATERIALS FEE For Herbs in a Jar (only if making some to take home)
Session 2 - P) Common Uses of Culinary Herbs


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