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Sheffield Land Trust Winter Lecture

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SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The Sheffield Land Trusts will hold their 23rd Annual Winter Lecture titled "Growing Food, Eating Fresh... Find out How!" 
The Lecture includes information on how to start a garden to feed yourself and your neighbors/ Tips are for beginners and experts alike.
The event is Sunday, Feb. 28 at 1:30pm. It will be virtual via Zoom.
The hour-long presentation will be given by panel of experts including Will Conklin from Greenagers, local garden columnist Ron Kujawski, Margaret Moulton from Berkshire Grown, and Mark Phillips from Berkshire Agricultural Ventures.  They will talk about how to locate and prepare the garden bed, how to choose what to plant and care for the crop, and how to harvest and share the bounty.  There will be a half hour for questions from attendees after the presentations.
With the pandemic increasing the amount of food insecurity in the area, there is a significant interest in how people can grow their own food and also share the bounty from their gardens, to help address this food insecurity.
Please register at or email at For those not on a computer, they  can leave a message at (413) 229-0234 for call in information.

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