At the New Society Publishers booth at the Pennsylvania Mother Earth News Fair, demonstrating how to string weave tomatoes.
Photo Ingrid Witvoet/New Society

Events List Updated 10/27/19


November 1-3 (Friday-Sunday am), 2019

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Sustainable Agriculture Conference

Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, Durham, North Carolina

Pre-Conference Friday Nov 1, 8.45-9.45 am (60 min workshop) Empire ballroom D

Cover Crops for Vegetable Growers

as part of a full day 8.30 am- 4.30 pm Pre-Conference intensive

Advanced Organic Management

Cover Crops for Vegetable Growers

Use cover crops to feed and improve the soil, smother weeds, and prevent soil erosion. Select cover crops to make use of opportunities year round: early spring, summer, fall and going into winter. Fit cover crops into the schedule of vegetable production while maintaining a healthy crop rotation.

Main Conference, Sat Nov 2, 1.30 – 2.45 pm (75 min workshop) Empire Ballroom E

Optimize your Asian Greens Production

This workshop covers the production of Asian greens outdoors and in hoop houses in detail, for both market and home growers. Grow many varieties of tasty, nutritious greens easily and quickly, and bring fast returns. The workshop includes tips on variety selection of over twenty types of Asian greens; timing of plantings including succession planting when appropriate; crop rotation in the hoop house; pest and disease management; fertility; weed management and harvesting.




January (Tues) 7 – 16 (Thurs) 2020 OGS Cuba Tour.

Cuba AgroEcology Tour

This particular tour group is now fully booked. For more information on this program, to register on the waiting list or for the 2021 tour, please contact Sera Deva, Farmer Programs Associate & Conference Coordinator at [email protected]


January 22-25, 2020

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference: Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms

Little Rock, Arkansas

Half-day workshop: (4 hours), Thursday afternoon January 23rd.

Year Round Hoophouse Vegetables

Which factors should you consider when planning how to keep your hoophouse filled with productive food crops all year? We consider suitable crops for various times of year: cold-hardy winter greens for cooking and salads; turnips, radishes and scallions; early warm weather crops such as tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers; high summer crops such as edamame, cowpeas, melons, sweet potatoes. We also look at less common ideas: bare-root transplants for planting outdoors in spring, seeds, flowers, and cover crops for soil improvement.

The workshop includes ideas on how to maximize use of the space, including transplanting indoors from outdoors in the fall, seasonal transitions, packing more in with succession planting, interplanting and follow-on cropping. Planning is an important part of success: deciding which crops to grow, deciding how much to harvest and how much to plant, crop rotation, mapping and scheduling. We also look at the challenges of low temperatures, nitrate accumulation, snow, soil-borne diseases, and the challenges of summer: high temperatures, bugs, salt build-up. Year-round use includes attention to caring for the soil: maintaining organic matter, and pest management including solarization.

Friday January 24, 3.45 – 5 pm 75 minutes, 

Crop Planning for Sustainable Vegetable Production

Close the planning circle, so that you can produce crops when you want them and in the right quantities, and sell them where and when you need to and support yourself with a rewarding livelihood while replenishing the soil. Never repeat the same mistake two years running! This workshop includes planning tools, a step-by-step planning process that considers income, markets, crops, scheduling, mapping, and various fine-tuning tweaks to fit more in and improve for next year.

Book signing Thursday evening, January 23rd.

February 5-8. 2020 (Wednesday to Saturday 2.30pm)

Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture Conference

Lancaster Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 25 S Queen St, Lancaster, PA

Three 90 min workshops:

Cold-hardy Winter Vegetables

Friday Feb 7 8.30 –10.00 am 

Why farm in winter? Here’s the information to succeed – tables of cold-hardiness, details of four ranges of cold-hardy crops (fall crops to harvest before serious cold, crops to keep growing into winter, crops for all-winter harvests, overwintering crops for spring harvests); scheduling; weather prediction and protection; hoophouse growing; vegetable storage.

Growing Great Garlic

Friday Feb 7 3.30 – 5.00 pm

Planting, harvest, curing, storing and the selection of planting stock are comprehensively covered in this workshop. As well as both hardneck and softneck bulb garlic, we will cover “byproduct crops” such as garlic scallions and scapes, which are ready early in the year when new crops are at a premium.

Spring and Summer Hoophouses

Saturday Feb 8 10.30am – noon

Use the summer hoophouse for hot weather crops that struggle outdoors because of temperature or bugs! As well as food crops, consider seeds, cover crops, flowers, and cover crops for soil improvement. As well as heat-loving crops, this presentation discusses cooling the hoophouse; using the opportunity to tackle soil-borne diseases or improve the soil and other uses like seed drying.


March 6-7, 2020 (Friday and Saturday)

The Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK) Conference,

Louisville Marriott East, Louisville, Kentucky

2020 OAK Conference Healthy Soils, Healthy Farms: Reshaping Kentucky with Organics

Friday March 6 10.15-11.45 am (90 mins) workshop.

Winter Vegetable Production Outdoors and in a Hoophouse

This workshop is for everyone from winter market gardeners to small backyard growers. Learn tips on growing many different cold-hardy vegetables out in the open and with varying degrees of protection from rowcovers to hoophouses (high tunnels). Here’s the information to succeed – tables of cold-hardiness, details of four ranges of cold-hardy crops (crops to keep growing into winter, crops for all-winter harvests, overwintering crops for spring harvests, winter hoophouse crops). We’ll consider crop choices, planting dates and harvesting so there’s always something to eat. We’ll explain ways to maximize production with succession planting and follow-on cropping, as well as with stored vegetables


March 6-8, 2020 (Friday pre-conference, Saturday and Sunday full-day conference)

Organic Growers School, Asheville, NC

Saturday & Sunday: Conference Weekend (Mars Hill, NC?), workshops in 18 themed tracks

Saturday late afternoon Topic TBD

Sunday TBD Topic TBD


May 16-17 (Sat-Sun), 2020

Mother Earth News Fair, Nashville, TN

Saturday, May 16: 9:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, May 17: 9:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Wilson County Expo Center
945 E Baddour Pkwy
Lebanon, TN 37087

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July 17-18, 2020

Mother Earth News Fair in Virginia

Mother Earth News Fair Polyface Farms, Virginia

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