Success at the Virginia Biofarming Conference! Watch the slideshow!

On Saturday 2/8/13 I gave my presentation at the Virginia Biofarming Conference in Richmond. It was Crop Rotations for Vegetables and Cover Crops. You can watch the slide show here or go to

About 120 people came to my workshop – there were about 500 people at the whole conference. I also sold 48 more Sustainable Market Farming books!

While I was tidying up, I loaded my other slide shows onto too. Here are the links:

Growing Great Garlic was presented at the Carolina Farm Stewardship conference in October 2012:

Succession Planting for Continuous Vegetable Harvests was presented at the Heritage Harvest Festival in September 2012:

Producing Asian Greens for Market and Intensive Vegetable Production on a Small Scale are both from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference in January 2013:

Or you can simply go to SlideShare and search for “Pam Dawling”

Next I’m working on how to make the handouts more accessible, although SlideShare does make this less necessary for the workshops where the slideshow includes everything on the handout. The Intensive Vegetable Production on a Small Scale handout does have material I couldn’t include in such a short slideshow.

Meanwhile in our garden we’re weeding the asparagus and sowing more seeds in the greenhouse: celery and celeriac, kohlrabi, broccoli and more cabbage. The first lettuce and cabbage are ready for spotting out. I’m hoping the sun will come out this afternoon and I can enjoy myself doing those tasks. Tomorrow we might prune the blueberries.

3 thoughts on “Success at the Virginia Biofarming Conference! Watch the slideshow!”

  1. It was great to meet you at the conference and I LOVE the book! So glad you took the time to write it.
    Question: Is there any cover crop that can be sowed now and be of any benefit to a garden that will be planted in May (so we’ll need to start tilling it by mid April)?

    1. Hi Bill,
      Glad you like the book so much! In the spring we sometimes sow oats if we have 6 weeks or more of growing time before tilling in. Oats don’t put out allellopathic compounds that discourage seed germination, as rye does. So I’d avoid rye at this point. Oats make quite quick growth. I’m thinking if there are any legumes you could add, but I don’t really know. Perhaps some hardy peas, but I don’t know if they would make fast enough growth to earn their keep.

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