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 9/7/19


2019 Mother Earth News Fair PA.

September Friday 13- Sunday 15, 2019
Location: Seven Springs Mountain Resort, 777 Waterwheel Dr., Seven Springs, Pa. 15622

Two 60 min workshops

Lettuce Year-Round

Friday 9/13 12.30-1.30 pm Grit Stage

This presentation includes techniques to extend the lettuce season using row covers, cold frames, and hoop houses to provide lettuce harvests in every month of the year. The workshop includes a look at varieties for spring, summer, fall, and winter. Pam Dawling considers the pros and cons of head lettuce, leaf lettuce, baby lettuce mix, and the newer multileaf types. She also provides information on scheduling and growing conditions, including how to persuade lettuce to germinate when it’s too hot.

Cool Season Hoophouse Crops

Saturday 9/14 11.30 am – 12.30 pm (new time) Building and Energy Stage

Learn how to fill your hoop house with productive food crops in the cool seasons. Pam Dawling discusses suitable crops, cold-hardiness, selecting crops, calculating how much to harvest and how much to plant, crop rotation, mapping, scheduling, seasonal transitions, succession planting, interplanting, and follow-on cropping.

Book-signing at the Bookstore Friday 1.30-2.00 pm and Saturday 12.30-1.00 pm (new times)

Demos at New Society Publishers booth, of tomato string-weaving and wigglewire system for fastening hoophouse plastic to framework
Friday 3 -3.30 pm, 4.30-5 pm; Saturday 10-11 am, 1.30-2.30 pm; Sunday 9-10 am. 1-2 pm, 3.30-4 pm

September 21-22, 2019

Heritage Harvest Festival , Monticello, Charlottesville, VA

 Workshop with Ira Wallace
10:30 – 11:30 am Saturday in the Heritage Tent

Winter Gardening: No Tech to High Tech 

Learn tips on growing cold-hardy vegetables (not only kale!) out in the open and with varying degrees of protection from rowcovers, low tunnels, coldframes and hoophouses (high tunnels). We’ll consider crop choices , planting dates and  harvesting so there’s always something to eat for everyone from winter market gardeners to small backyard growers. We’ll explain ways to maximize production with succession planting and follow-on cropping.

 No extra fee for the workshop, included with the price of general admission

Booksigning: SATURDAY, SEPT. 21st,  11:45am – 12:15pm, MONTICELLO SHOP TENT (WEST LAWN)


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

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Sustainable Agriculture Conference

Durham, North Carolina

Friday Nov 1, 8.30 am- 4.30 pm 60 min workshop

Cover Crops and their relation to vegetable crop rotations

as part of a Pre-Conference intensive Advanced Organic Management

Main Conference, Sat Nov 2 or Sun 3 (am only) Time TBD 75 min workshop

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

For more information on this program, 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.


February 5-8. 2020

Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture Conference

Lancaster, PA

I sent proposals for 6 x 90 min workshops (Growing Great Garlic, Asian Greens, Cold-hardy winter vegetables, Season Extension, Spring and summer hoophouses, Alliums Year-Round) and one half-day (Year Round Hoophouse Vegetables). I also have two other possible half-day workshops (Hoophouse Production of Cool Season Crops, and Providing for the Full Eating Season). Final Notification of workshop status will be 8/30/19



March 6-8, 2020

Organic Growers School, Asheville, NC

Friday: Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshops (Around WNC)
Saturday & Sunday: Conference Weekend (Mars Hill, NC), workshops in 17 themed tracks

They will decide workshops in early September, and contact speakers they want to ask by late September. I probably won’t get a pre-conference track in 2020


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

July 17-18, 2020

Mother Earth News Fair in Virginia

Mother Earth News Fair Polyface Farms, Virginia