Local Chapter

Sturbridge, MA

This local chapter is located in/near Sturbridge, Massachusetts.
To contact/join this chapter, please see the contact info on the left.

Upcoming Events & Meetings: 

Sturbridge Area Soil & Nutrition Working Group & Potluck
To meet every third Sunday of the month, February through November (dates below)
Meeting location: 2:30-4:30pm at Seth Mansur’s House, Sturbridge, MA (email for address)

Whether you grow ornamental or edible plants, or just love great food and helping the environment, our group is focused on sharing information and supporting each other on the various methods to source and grow nutrient dense plants, whether they are for us or our pollinator friends that need good nutrition too!

This group is just kicking off, so please chime in with any requests and ideas; our goal is to co-create a fun group to be a part of that helps everyone on their journey whether you are and advanced growing, novice, or just like eating good food and being around great people looking to be the change they wish to see in the world.

Our group welcomes all who are interested in the various strategies to grow nutrient dense plants & animals, and aims to connect the varied strategies & methodologies that each have wonderful gifts to bring to meetings and conversations. The following is a list of some of the many groups you may have heard of or participate in that we look to invite to this working group, and are open to anyone else that doesn’t follow these methods but wants to join the community to share what you know and learn from others: nutrient dense / regenerative / restorative / sustainable / organic / biological agriculture / permaculture / & biodynamic.

Below is a brainstorm list of topics/themes for each meeting. Once we all get together I look forward to seeing what the group members are looking to learn and topics they would like to lead to address a number of themes while embracing and celebrating the rhythms throughout the seasons.

February 16: Planning for the upcoming season: permaculture design & bulk order and seed catalog planning
March 15: Soil remineralization, hugelkulture
April 19: Spring biodynamic preparations
May 17: Mushrooms - Activating soil with mycorrhizal mycelium & inoculating gourmet mushrooms
June 21: Various soil testing & nutrient balancing methods
July 19: Harvest methods/timing that maximize nutrient density
August 16: Water in the garden and wider landscape
September 20: Fall biodynamic preparations
October 18: Harvest celebration & preparing for winter
November 15: Indoor growing strategies to enjoy fresh food and beauty all winter long

Meeting flow:
  • Introductions/updates
  • Hands on learning module, all are welcome to participate but no expectations :)
  • Potluck (please share a dish and note any ingredients that may cause allergies)

Contact Seth with questions & ideas to help grow the group and get the address for the meetings: sethmansur (at) gmail (dot) com or 413-824-9573