Events List Updated 9/7/19
2019 Mother Earth News Fair PA.
September Friday 13- Sunday 15, 2019
Two 60 min workshops
Friday 9/13 12.30-1.30 pm Grit Stage
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
10:30 – 11:30 am Saturday in the Heritage Tent
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
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.
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
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
Saturday, May 16: 9:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, May 17: 9:00 – 5:00 p.m.
July 17-18, 2020