Events List Updated 11/7/18
Fri-Sun November 9-11, 2018
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Durham NC. Sheraton Imperial, 4700 Empire Boulevard, 27703.
https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/sac/ 1000 attendees
Friday 11/9 8.30-11.30 am Many Crops, Many Plantings, to Maximize High Tunnel Production. Co-presentation with Gena Moore.in the pre-conference intensive Scaling Up, Maximizing High Tunnel Production
High Tunnels bus tour Friday afternoon.
Diversify Your Vegetable Crops Saturday Nov 10, 3.15-4.30 pm
Make your selection of vegetables the most interesting one around. Offer a broader range of vegetables and keep your customers’ coming back for something new and different, while still dependably supplying their old favorites. Attract restaurant chefs by offering crops and varieties they don’t easily find elsewhere. Introduce your CSA sharers or your school and other institutional clients to crops they haven’t tried before. Learn how to distinguish between the crops likely to succeed and the siren call of too many weird eggplants.
25-100 people per workshop
Book-signaganza Sat 5-6 pm
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange will sponsor my hotel and travel.
November 19, 2018 (Note change of date) Monday 1-5 pm
Hoop House Production with Zach Lester at Potomac Vegetable Farms.
1 p.m.: Registration, check-in, introductions (Caroline & Sarah)
1:15 p.m.: Brief farm tour & description of production practices (Zach)
2 p.m.: Lecture (Pam)
4 p.m.: Q&A and potluck (Pam and Zach)
Book Sales, including new Year-Round Hoophouse book!
Here’s the link to the Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=51778730577
January 11-13, 2019 Virginia Association for Biological Farming, at the Richmond Omni Hotel.
Friday half-day 1-5 pm, 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.
Crop Planning for Sustainable Vegetable Production:
A step-by-step approach to closing the planning circle, so that you can produce crops when you want them and in the right quantities, so you can 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!
Cold Hardy Winter Vegetables:
Details on crops, timing, protection and storage. 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.
One on Saturday, one on Sunday.
January 17-19 (Thurs – Sat), 2019 Future Harvest CASA, College Park, MD
Applied online 6/30, offering three options: Sequential Planting of Cool Season Crops in a Hoophouse, Lettuce Year-Round, Cover Crops for Vegetable Growers, all at 90 mins.
To be confirmed.
January 23-26, 2019 Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference, Little Rock, AR. https://www.ssawg.org/conference/
Thursday January 24, 1-5pm Mini-course (4 hours)
Hoophouse Production of Cool Season Crops
Want to know how to keep your hoophouse filled with productive food crops in the cool season? This course is loaded with practical information. In this course you’ll learn: 1) how to choose which crops to grow, including winter greens, turnips, radishes and scallions; 2) how to plan for continuous harvests with maps, schedules, and month by month planting lists; 3) how to maximize use of the valuable space, with transplants, succession planting, interplanting and follow-on cropping. The course also includes tips to help minimize unhealthy levels of nitrates in cold weather with short days.
Diversify Your Vegetable Crops Friday January 25, 8-9.15 am (75 mins)
Learn how to make your selection of vegetables the most interesting one around. Offer a broader range of vegetables and keep your customers’ coming back for something new and different, while still supplying their old favorites. Attract restaurant chefs by offering crops and varieties they don’t easily find elsewhere. Introduce your CSA members or your school and other institutional clients to crops they haven’t tried before. This session will help you distinguish between the crops likely to succeed and the siren call of too many weird eggplants.
Book sales and signing Thursday evening.
February 6-9 2019 Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture. Lancaster County Convention Center.
Three 90 min workshops,
Sequential Planting of Cool Season Crops in a High Tunnel, Friday 8.45 am – 10.15 am
Which factors should you consider when planning how to keep your hoophouse filled with productive food crops in the cool seasons? Suitable crops, cold-hardiness, deciding which crops to grow, deciding how much to harvest and how much to plant, crop rotation, mapping and scheduling, month by month planting, seasonal transitions, packing more in with succession planting, interplanting and follow-on cropping.
Lettuce Year Round, Saturday 8.45 am- 10.15 am
This presentation includes techniques to extend the lettuce season using rowcover, coldframes and hoophouses to provide lettuce harvests in every month of the year. The workshop will include a look at varieties for spring, summer, fall and winter. We will consider the pros and cons of head lettuce, leaf lettuce, baby lettuce mix and the newer multileaf types. Information will also be provided on scheduling and growing conditions, including how to persuade lettuce to germinate when it’s too hot.
Succession Planting for Continuous Vegetable Harvests Saturday 10.30 am -12 noon.
How to plan sowing dates for continuous supplies of popular summer crops, such as beans, squash, cucumbers, edamame and sweet corn; cold-weather hoophouse greens and year round lettuce. Using these planning strategies can help avoid gluts and shortages.
Book-signing (their stock)
Recordings for sale.
March 8-10 (Fri-Sun) 2019
UNC-Asheville, Asheville, NC. Directions here
Friday all day Year Round Growing and Season Extension workshop with Ira.Wallace
9.30 am – 12.30 pm, 1.30-4.30 pm. 30-60 people
Join growers Pam Dawling & Ira Wallace for a step-by-step approach to closing the growing circle, so that you can grow crops when you want them and in the right quantities! Learn how to optimize production by choosing a suitable combination of warm weather crops, cool weather crops and cold-hardy crops. Explore seasonal tips on dealing with extreme hot and cold temperature ranges throughout the year, scheduling late summer and fall plantings, and season extension.
This hands-on workshop will provide ideas to help you design a sequence of vegetable crops which maximizes production and use of valuable growing space, as well as reduce pest and disease likelihood. We will observe and discuss formal crop rotations, the importance of cover cropping for soil health, as well as ad hoc systems for shoehorning minor crops into available spaces.
Saturday 90 minute workshop Sustainable Farming Practices,
An introduction to year round vegetable production; crop planning and record-keeping; feeding the soil using crop rotations, cover crops, compost making and organic mulches; production tips on direct sowing and transplanting, crop spacing, succession crop scheduling to ensure continuous harvests, efficient production strategies, season extension, dealing with pests, diseases and weeds; determining crop maturity and harvest methods.
Sunday 90 minute workshop Sustainable Farming Practices,
20-40 people each
March 20-24 2019
Presentation and book signing and sales
Applied 6/7. Application notifications by January 15, 2018.
April 27-28 2019
Mother Earth News Fair Asheville
June 1-2, 2019 Mother Earth News Fair Maryland
September 13-15, 2019 Mother Earth News Fair PA.