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Building Permanent Raised Beds with Hand Tools

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 9:00am to 2:00pm

Groundswell Incubator Farm, 100 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, NY

Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres will lead a very hands-on workshop showing participants strategies and techniques for taking ‘weedy’ areas of shrubs, brambles, tall grasses, young trees, etc., and converting it into permanent raised beds on contour that can be incredibly productive.  Using permaculture principles and only hand tools, a group of people can convert ‘waste’ spaces into amazing production that can grow soil rapidly, hold onto moisture in the landscape and avoid using costly, dangerous and noisy equipment to do the work.

Join us as we take an abandoned slope and help guide it into the foundation of a food forest for the Groundswell Center Incubator Farm!

Note: please try to carpool if possible! Parking is limited at the Incubator Farm. Here is a tool to help organize a carpool: Thanks!

Event Type

Class/ Workshop




Small Farms Program



Sliding scale: $5-$25/person

Small Farms Program: Central NY

Sean Dembrosky

Speaker Affiliation

Edible Acres

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