Betsy Trice’s class from Reynolds Community College, Tour of Twin Oaks Gardens. Focus on season extension and cover crops.
April 12, 2018, 9 am to noon,
Louisa Master Gardener Group Tour of Twin Oaks Gardens
Late August 2018 Possible event with Goochland homesteaders
September 14-16, 2018 Mother Earth News Fair, Seven Springs, PA
Lettuce Year Round
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.
Fall and Winter Hoophouses
How to grow varied and plentiful winter greens for cooking and salads; turnips, radishes and scallions. How to get continuous harvests and maximize use of this valuable space, including transplanting indoors from outdoors in the fall. The workshop includes tips to help minimize unhealthy levels of nitrates in cold weather with short days. Late winter uses can include growing bare-root transplants for planting outdoors in spring.
Handouts and Book-signing
September 21-22 Heritage Harvest Festival, Monticello, near Charlottesville, Virginia
Premium Workshop on Friday
Feed 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 and Book-signing
September 29, 2018 (probable date) 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.
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
The purpose of the farm is threefold:
- to provide locally grown produce for use in Augusta’s food system, to be served to patients, employees and community visitors;
- to create a nutrition education hub for the community to teach sustainable agriculture practices; and
- to offer nutrient dense food solutions to community members with chronic disease diagnosis or low food access.
Mid-October or mid-November 2018 (to be confirmed)
A day workshop on Season Extension, either a field day or a BFTP hands-on day open to members of the public. In Northern Virginia.
Book Sales if available