The Food Project wants to make it easy for others to build their own raisedbeds. This manual includes:• Step-by-step instructions for how to build one type of raised bed• The Food Project’s experiences and ideas for sourcing materials• Guidance for people interested in growing food in raised beds.
Since 1991, The Food Project has built a national model of engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. Each year, we work with 120 teenagers andthousands of volunteers to farm on 70 acres in eastern Massachusetts in the towns and cities of Beverly, Wenham, Lynn, Boston, and Lincoln. We consider our hallmark to be our focus on identifying and transforming a new generation of leaders by placing teens in increasingly responsible roles, with deeply meaningful work.
Food from our farms is distributed through our community supported agriculture programs and farmers' markets, and donated to local hunger relief organizations. The young people working in our programs participate in all of these distribution streams, giving them valuable job experiences and a personal connection to our food system and issues of food justice.
In addition to producing and distributing food, we help others grow their own food through our community programs and provide training resources based on all we have learned since 1991.
<p>The Food Project’s
Raised Bed Building Manual
The Food Project wants to make it easy for others to build their own raised
beds. We hope you find the information in this manual useful for your
current and future gardening projects. This manual includes:
• Step-by-step instructions for how to build one type of raised bed
• The Food Project’s experiences and ideas for sourcing materials
• Guidance for people interested in growing food in raised beds
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WHY GROW FOOD IN RAISED BEDS?
The Food Project began promoting raised bed gardening as a solution to growing in
contaminated soil, and quickly learned that raised beds provided many more benefits!
• More control over soil type and condition
• Get started sooner because soil warms up faster
• Easy to attach trellis, cold frame, fencing, etc
• Reduced soil compaction (=less work!)
• Easy to use the square foot method, which is:
o Simple to learn, even for beginner gardeners
o Increases production by maximizing every inch
CHOOSING THE FRAME
This first step in making your raised bed can range from being easy to intensive based
on how creative you would like to be. Depending on the size of the bed you would
like to make and the type of materials you can find, you may have a small, quick
project or a long-term endeavor ahead of you!
Despite what kind of materials you decide to use, we recommend the following
measurements for a successful raised bed:
• 4x4-foot box is the best beginning template because you can
o Walk around the entire garden
o Easily reach into the garden from all side to tend your plants
o Avoid stepping on growing soiling
4x4-foot raised beds
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• If you have more space, you can add length to this frame while keeping the 4-
foot width to enjoy the same perks listed above. TFP’s raised beds are generally
4x8-feet. This requires 3