Pam’s speaking events
November 2022 – April 2023
Updated November 14 2022
I started to make in-person bookings again a year ago, then Omicron arrived and lots of conferences switched to being virtual. I am planning mostly live events for the fall/winter/spring of 2022-2023. Everything is subject to change!
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November 2022 Event
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Sustainable Agriculture Conference.
Durham Convention Center
November 5-7 (Sat-Mon). 2022 Sustainable Agriculture Conference. Monday will be on-farms. Saturday and Sunday full-day conference at the Durham Convention Center. No pre-conference.
There is a full day of programming on Saturday and Sunday, with four workshop blocks each day. Workshops are 75 minutes long, with 30-minute breaks in the morning and afternoon, and a 2-hour break for lunch each day.
The Weekend Conference Pass includes access to all Saturday and Sunday workshops and admission to the “light hors d’oeuvres” Saturday evening reception from 5-7 pm.
Please note: there are no meals at this year’s conference. No keynote dinner, no awards dinner. There will be coffee, tea, and morning and afternoon refreshments provided. We recommend checking Discover Durham’s website and viewing a list of eateries to plan your trip!
Monday, Nov. 7 offers 7 On-Farm Intensives and the Grower-Buyer Meetup. If you wish to add an on-farm intensive to your registration, you can click the “View My Ticket and Make Changes” link in your confirmation email.
80 workshop sessions by 160 speakers, 60+ exhibitors, and seven on-farm intensives on Monday!
You can see a full list of workshops here: 2022 SAC Workshops.
No book vendor. Sponsored book exchange – bring unneeded books of yours to trade for different books, and get a discount voucher from Chelsea Green.
I will be facilitating the Farmer Roundtable:
Working Through Production Challenges
Saturday, November 5, from 1:30 – 2:45 pm with time to linger afterwards.
Join this roundtable discussion facilitated by Pam Dawling, prolific author, agriculture educator, and avid vegetable grower of over 38 years. Talk through some of your most frustrating production challenges, hear from other growers, and offer your advice, farm hacks, and tips for success. Whether you are an experienced or beginning grower, bring your questions on high tunnel production, season extension, market farming, and more!
Since some uncertainty remains due to the ongoing pandemic, we will continue to monitor public health guidelines leading up to the event. The conference will adhere to current health department guidance regarding COVID-19 at the time of the event.
December 2022 Event
Dec 2-4, in person.
Cumberland University Alumni Hall, 408 S Maple St, Lebanon, TN 37087. (30 mins east of Nashville) https://tnlocalfood.com/
Sponsored by Barefoot Farmer, LLC Jeff Poppen.
The 12th annual Tennessee Local Food Summit is happening December 2-4, 2022 at Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN. Hear keynote presentations by Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and Jim Emby of Sustainable Communities Network. Session topics will explore connections throughout our regional food system, highlighting both issues and solutions in building a more robust, resilient, and regenerative food system for Middle Tennessee. Sessions include Community Gardens & Coalition Building, Decentralizing the Food System, Spring and Summer High Tunnels with Pam Dawling, Faith Communities and Food Justice, Farm Stress and Mental Health, Introduction to Systems Change, Funding Opportunities for Farmers, Farm to School Success, Land Access for Farmers, and more. Register at tnlocalfood.org.
Full Conference Registration includes three meals – Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch.
Instagram: @tnlocalfood; Twitter: @tnlocalfood; Facebook: @tnlocalfoodsummit
Saturday Dec 3, 10.30-11.45am Central Time,
I will be presenting a 75-minute workshop on High Tunnel growing, especially how to manage extreme heat and diseases in hot and humid climates.
Bookseller –a local bookstore is going to set up two tables with books from the author/speakers and other books of interest to our audience. The conference organizers will coordinate a time for book signing.
January 2023 Events
Virginia Association for Biological Farming
23rd annual Virginia Biological Farming Conference
January 6-8 (Fri-Sun), 2023
Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
The 23rd annual Virginia Biological Farming Conference is Virginia’s premier organic and sustainable agricultural conference! The Conference brings together farmers, gardeners, eaters, educators and advocates of biological and organic farming and gardening. The Conference will be held in person January 6-8, 2023 at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.
The three-day Conference includes: Full and Half Day Pre-Conference intensive workshops, 50+ sessions and workshops, presentations and panel discussions, 40+ tradeshow exhibitors, locally sourced farm meals and book signings. The Conference features a Silent Auction and networking opportunities including regional networking meetings, and the Taste of Virginia Expo & Social!
Dr. Elaine Ingham, Soil Food Web School
Leah Penniman, Founding Co-director Soul Fire Farm
I will be presenting a half-day workshop 8am-noon on Friday Jan 6, on Year-Round Hoophouse Vegetables
90 minute workshop Sunday January 8, 8.30 am – 10 am Alliums Year Round
And Sunday January 8, 10.30 am – noon, Asian Greens in the Winter Hoophouse
See the 2023 Session Summaries
Included in the Conference Registration and free and open to the public is the Taste of Virginia Expo & Market on Saturday, January 7, 2 – 9 PM in the Crystal Ballroom at Hotel Roanoke. Featuring sampling and sales of Virginia-crafted foods, local libations, handicrafts, and herbals. Complete the evening with music, dancing, and socializing from 8-10 PM.
VABF is offering a Youth Program for children ages 5 – 12, and a special teen program for 13 and up for only $55, including Saturday lunch and dinner and Sunday lunch. Youth Program Registration is offered as an add on to Conference registration or as a stand-alone registration.
Rooms in the VABF room block at Hotel Roanoke are $123 a night. Rooms may be booked online https://book.passkey.com/event/50225650/owner/9515698/home or by calling (540)985-5900 and say you’re with VABF. Check out our Lodging page at the link above for more info! Book by December 16th for the discounted rate!
Always a fun experience to bid on unique and useful farm and garden products! If you have homemade gifts, books, or items on your farm that you no longer need that may be valuable to someone else, bring them on to the Silent Auction at the Conference! Great way to donate to VABF!
Locally Sourced Meals
VABF and LEAP Local Food Hub are working together to procure the majority of our Conference food from local member farms. We look forward to supporting our member farms and enjoying delicious, fresh, local food from the farms below! All Conference Registrations include lunch and dinner on Saturday, lunch on Sunday and morning coffee and tea.
NOFA-Mass Annual Winter Conference, January 12-14, 2023
Northeast Organic Farming Association, Massachusetts Chapter.
The Conference will be held at Worcester State University on Saturday January 14 and online Sunday January 15. We encourage you to make the most of the range of possibilities – i.e. tastings in person, international discussions over Zoom, tool modifications, storytelling. Creativity is welcome!
An organic lunch on Saturday is sandwiched by over 40 educational workshops for a full day of learning and socializing.
This is a valuable opportunity for farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, educators, and environmentalists to share resources and ideas to grow our vibrant organic community. We are excited to come together around this winter’s theme, “Cooperative Foodways: Building Our Future Together.”
The conference hosts 40+ workshops and draws hundreds of attendees from throughout the Northeast.
I will be giving a workshop on Crop Planning for Sustainable Vegetable Production and perhaps one on Storage Vegetables for Off-Season Sales.
February 2023 Events
PASA 2023 Sustainable Agriculture Conference.
Virtual: January 17–19
In-person February 8-11, 2023 (Weds to Sat 2.30pm)
Lancaster Marriott Hotel and Conference Center,
25 S Queen St, Lancaster, PA
I will be presenting two 60 min or 75 min workshops:
Alliums Year-Round (Brand New!)
Crop Planning for Sustainable Vegetable Production.
I may also be submitting a pre-recorded narrated slideshow of Feeding the Soil for the virtual conference Jan 17-19
Book Exchange– bring farming books you no longer need and exchange for different books and a discount voucher from Chelsea Green
February 25-26, 2023
Mars Hill University, Asheville, North Carolina
Along with Ira Wallace, I will be presenting a half-day (3 ½ hours) workshop
The workshop will be on Saturday and repeated on Sunday
March 2023 Events
March 26-April 1 2023, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC 28902
A week-long course: Growing Vegetables Year Round
Make the most of your space and time growing vegetables at home using planting schedules and techniques timed to the seasons, seed varieties, crop rotation, and use of protective structures such as coldframes and greenhouses. Learn labor saving and innovative planting and soil fertility techniques for growing and harvesting a full range of fresh, delicious, organic vegetables. Fill your salad bowl and dinner plate year round!
April 2023 Event
Mother Earth News Fair in Lawrence, Kansas
April 29-30, 2023. (Sat-Sun)
I will be presenting two 60 minute workshops, one each day.
Growing Lettuce Year-Round
Cover crops for Vegetable Growers
July 2023 Event
July 15-16, 2023.
Bayfront Convention Center, 1 Sassafras Pier, Erie, PA 16507
I will be presenting two 60 minute workshops, one each day.
Cool Season Hoophouse Crops
Feeding the Soil
I have presented at several Mother Earth Fairs Online.
was released on 3/26/21.
It consists of eight video presentations, most of which come with pdf handouts. My contribution is Growing Asian Greens, and pairs nicely with Guide to Asian Vegetables by Wendy Kiang-Spray, author of The Chinese Kitchen Garden: Growing Techniques and Family Recipes from a Classic Cuisine. Other topics include Dandelion Wine, Homemade Teas, Food Conversations, Passive Solar Greenhouse Design, Productive Growing from Home, and Growing Your Own Spices.
Part One of the Food Independence Course includes seven videos, most with handouts, and there is a free preview of DIY Sourdough Basics with Jessica Moody. other topics include Your Edible Yard, the Chinese Greenhouse, Community Meat Buying Club and Mindful Meat Eating, Practical Yogurt and Emma’s Cool crops.
You can subscribe to the All-Access Bundle for $2.99/month (or $35 for a year).
- Once you register for All-Access, you will receive access to all 47 current video workshops and prerecorded webinars plus anything new that is added.
- All the workshop videos are pre-recorded and can be viewed whenever you like and however many times you like.
- Because the videos can be viewed at your convenience, you can watch them on your own schedule!
- At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, all of the content, including these workshops, are designed to empower you to become less dependent on systemic products or services. What does that mean? This is an opportunity learn how to save a lot of money on things such as groceries, expensive health products, energy, and more!
- Unlike at the physical FAIRS, where workshops take place simultaneously, you don’t have to pick and choose which workshops to watch! Most folks can enjoy only 10 to 12 workshops maximum at a physical FAIR. Now you can see them all!
- No additional travel expenses, such as hotel rooms, airfare, gas, pet care, dining out, etc.
- All dogs are allowed!!!
I have also contributed an 8-part Garden Planning Course
Before that, I did a workshop on
as part of the Winter Gardening Course.
All these and many more videos and handouts are available as part of the All-Access Bundle
Podcasts and Videos
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