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Are you passionate about growing vegetables? Are you interested in helping beginning gardeners in your community learn to grow their own food as well? Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County will train volunteers to become Seed to Supper educators to lead free gardening classes in their own communities. Training sessions for volunteers will be held at Cornell Cooperative Extension on Thursday Feb. 22 from 5:30-8:30 pm, and on Saturday March 17 from 10 am – 4 pm. Volunteers should be available to attend both training dates.  The training program will prepare Seed to Supper volunteer educators to teach free vegetable gardening classes in their own communities in Tompkins County. Volunteers will gain familiarity with the Seed to Supper curriculum and learn hands-on activities that they can use when teaching the classes in their communities.

Seed to Supper volunteers will work in small groups to lead the classes, and are provided with all the materials needed to run the classes. Topics include planning the garden, soil preparation, composting, planting, garden maintenance, pests and diseases, and harvesting. There is no cost for the training, and the gardening classes held in Tompkins County communities will be offered for free as well.

For more information and to download a volunteer application, go to The application deadline is Monday, February 19.  For more information contact Chrys Gardener at, or call 272-2292 extension 241.

Featured image: Volunteers and participants plant veggie seedlings at a Seed to Supper class in Brooktondale in 2017. Provided Photo.