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  9/18/18

September 21-22 Heritage Harvest Festival, Monticello, near Charlottesville, Virginia

Premium Workshop on Friday Sept 21, 3-4 pm Classroom 7

Feeding the Soil

In this workshop I will introduce ways to grow and maintain healthy soils: how to develop a permanent crop rotation in seven steps, and why your soil will benefit from this; how to choose appropriate cover crops; how to make compost and how to benefit from using organic mulches to feed the soil. Handouts.

Book-signing Friday 4.15 – 4.45 pm

Saturday September 29, 2018  Allegheny Mountain Institute Farm at Augusta Health,  Fishersville, VA 22939. 9 am – noon

Two-hour Class on Season Extension, followed by one-hour Q&A teaching tour of the hoophouse and greenhouse.

Allegheny Mountain Institute Farm at Augusta Health, Supplying community hospital 8,000-10,000 pounds of vegetables in the first year.

The AMI Farm at Augusta Health is a joint venture of AMI and Augusta Health to raise awareness about the importance of healthy eating and sustainable growing practices. AMI and Augusta Health share the vision that access to excellent health care includes access to healthy food. The project is rooted in the missions of both organizations to promote health and well-being in the community. Click here to learn more!

The farm site is located across from the Wellness Center
and behind the Augusta Community Care building. Just look for the silo!
Click here for an Augusta Health Campus Map

October 6 (Saturday) 9am-11am, Grace Episcopal Church, 2955 River Road West, Goochland, VA 23063. 9-11am

Center for Rural Culture, Goochland, central Virginia

Season Extension: Four Season Farming!


Price:  $25/ticket

By choosing crops wisely and providing some low-tech crop protection, you can feed people year round. Out of season crops can sell for higher prices, and you will benefit from happy, loyal customers. We discuss the energy and economic balance points in extending the seasons. Options for hot weather include tricks to get seed germinated, keep crops cool and watered, and keep pests off. Techniques for cold weather include growing earlier crops in spring, later crops in the fall, and cold-hardy crops in the winter. We look at four ranges of cold-hardiness and how crop protection, including hoop-houses, can help. The workshop includes vegetables to grow and store for out-of-season use, and methods of storage. Careful scheduling for extended seasons makes efficient use of resources, as does consideration of which crops are the best for you to grow.

Ticket Limit: None.  Rain or Shine: Yes

Contact person: Sam Turner, 804-539-4295, [email protected]

Website: (also on front page)

Registration Page:

Facebook event:

Fri-Sun November 9-11, 2018

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Durham NC. Sheraton Imperial, 4700 Empire Boulevard, 27703. 1000 attendees

Friday 11/9 8.30-11.30 am Many Crops, Many Plantings, to Maximize High Tunnel Production.

Co-presentation with Gena 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


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

Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

Hoop House Production with Zach Lester from Tree and Leaf Farm/ Potomac Vegetable Farms.

Tree and Leaf Farm in Unionville, Va., just 80 miles south of Washington: 15227 Berlin Turnpike, Purcellville, VA 20132

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!

ContactCaroline Selle [email protected]

January 11-13, 2019 Virginia Association for Biological Farming, at the Richmond Omni Hotel. Workshop titles to be decided.

Book Sales.

January 17-19 (Thurs – Sat), 2019 Future Harvest CASACollege 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.

Thursday January 24, 1-5pm Mini-course

Hoophouse Cool Season Crops Factors to 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.

Main Conference:

90 minute workshop Diversify Your Vegetable Crops

PASA Conference

February 6-9 2019 Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture. Lancaster County Convention Center. 

1500-2000 people.

Three 90 min workshops, Lettuce Year Round, Sequential Planting of Cool Season Crops in a High Tunnel,  Succession Planting for Continuous Vegetable Harvests



February 16-17 2019

MENF Texas Applying

March 8-10 (Fri-Sun) 2019

Organic Growers School Spring Conference 

UNC-Asheville, Asheville, NC. Directions here 

2000 attendees.



Friday all day gardening workshop with Ira Wallace. 9.30 am – 12.30 pm, 1.30-4.30 pm

Saturday 90 minute workshop Cover Crops for Vegetable Growers,

Sunday 90 minute workshop Cover Crops for Vegetable Growers,

March 20-24 2019

Virginia Festival of the Book

Presentation and book signing and sales

Applied 6/7. Application notifications by January 15, 2018.