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  6/27/18

Thursday July 12, 2018. Yogaville farm interns, general Twin Oaks garden tour 9 am to noon. 

Friday July 20, 2018, Tricycle Gardens (Richmond) Urban Ag Fellows Tour of Twin Oaks Gardens. 10am – noon, including chickens and annual flowers.

Late August 2018 Possible event with Goochland homesteaders

September 14-16, 2018 Mother Earth News Fair, Seven Springs, PA

Two workshops:

Lettuce Year Round (NEW!)

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 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

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

The purpose of the farm is threefold:

  1. to provide locally grown produce for use in Augusta’s food system, to be served to  patients, employees and community visitors;
  2. to create a nutrition education hub for the community to teach sustainable agriculture practices; and
  3. to offer nutrient dense food solutions to community members with chronic disease diagnosis or low food access.

November 5, 2018

Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture Beginning Farmers Training Project

A day workshop on Season Extension. Zach Lester from Tree and Leaf Farm/Potomac Vegetable Farms in Unionville, Northern Virginia, is hosting this field day. 80 miles south of Washington.

Book sales and signing

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 Scaling Up Maximizing High Tunnel Production. Co-presentation with Gena Moore.

High Tunnels bus tour Friday afternoon.

I offered one of Cover Crops (75 mins), Lettuce Year-Round (75 mins), Storage Veg (75 mins or 150 mins), Diversify (120 mins) on Saturday or Sunday. Will be notified after 6/15/18. 25-10 people per workshop


Book-signaganza Sat 5-6 pm

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange will sponsor my hotel and travel.

January 11-13, 2019 Virginia Association for Biological Farming, at the Richmond Omni Hotel. To be confirmed.

PASA Conference

February 6-9 2019 Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture. Lancaster County Convention Center. Applied online 5/31, to be confirmed.


1500-2000 people.

Offered three 90 min workshops, from a choice of Lettuce Year Round, Sequential Planting of Cool Season Crops in a High Tunnel, Spring and Summer Hoophouses, Succession Planting for Continuous Vegetable Harvests, Sustainable Farming Practices