Health coach and certified square foot gardening teacher Amie Guyette Hall will be at the Farmers Market at Norfield Grange on Saturday, June 2, from 10 to 2 to demonstrate square foot gardening.
She will install a square foot garden that will remain at the grange as a community garden for educational purposes, meetings, and agricultural contests at the Grange Fair on Sept. 9.
What is square foot gardening? Picture a piece of graph paper, only four squares across and four squares down. Now picture each of those squares measuring 12 inches, or one foot each. This 4′ x 4′ square will become a powerhouse to health. No work, no weeds, no kidding!
It is an easy and successful gardening method where gardners build a box — fill it with perfect, weed-free soil, called Mel’s Mix, place a grid on top and then plant a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers in each square. Seeds are planted in each square foot depending on how large the plant grows. There is no thinning out or waste of seeds.
At the Farmers Market at Norfield Grange, families may purchase farm fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, maple syrup, goats milk cheese and yogurt, handmade soap and body products, natural beef and pork, wild-caught seafood, eggs, baked goods, prepared foods, coal-fired pizza, fresh pasta and more.
Amie Guyette Hall (FromYourInsideOut.com) is a certified health coach, certified Square Foot Gardening Teacher (SquareFootGardening.org) and founder of her town’s three middle school gardens. She is the radio show host of The Green Gate — Your Doorway to Great Food and Healthy Living on FTNS.co.