Events

At the New Society Publishers booth at the Pennsylvania Mother Earth News Fair, demonstrating how to string weave tomatoes.
Photo Ingrid Witvoet/New Society

Pam’s speaking events winter 2017 – spring 2018 (Updated 9/25/17)

 

November 3-5, 2017, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Durham, NC

See the complete schedule here.

Workshops with Handouts :

Friday morning, 70 minute workshop in the horticulture intensive: Sequential Crop Planting of Cool Season Crops in a High Tunnel

Sunday 2.5 hour session: Year Round Hoophouse Vegetable Production

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.
How to use the summer hoophouse for early warm weather crops that struggle outdoors because of temperature, bugs, or diseases. What to do with the hoophouse in high summer if you don’t want to continue with tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, melons and squash. Besides food crops, consider seeds, cover crops, flowers, and cover crops for soil improvement. How to cool the hoophouse and how to use the opportunity to tackle soil-borne diseases or improve the soil. Also consider other non-growing uses like seed drying and storage.

Book signing Saturday 5-6 pm

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December 7-8, 2017 (Thursday – Friday) Beginning Farmer Training Program

Field School, Johnson City, TN http://arcd.org/field-school/

Location: Jonesborough Farm Bureau Building

Thursday evening 6-9pm Crop Planning and Year Round Vegetable Growing

Friday morning Brunch and a Q&A session 

The deadline to apply for the ’17/’18 Field School is October 31st.  There are limited spots available.  To reserve yours, fill out the online application and send in payment ($75/$100.) One session per month November-August.

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February 7-10, 2018 Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Farming for the Future Conference

State College, PA https://www.pasafarming.org/events/conference.  1500-2000 people

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.

Storage Vegetables for Off-Season Sales

Grow crops you can sell during the winter, while allowing yourself some down-time and reprieve from outdoor work. Choose suitable crops, schedules and storage conditions. Understand your weather and basic crop protection. This workshop will provide tables of cold-hardiness and details of four ranges of cold-hardy crops (warm and cool weather crops to harvest and store before very cold weather; crops to keep alive in the ground further into winter, then store; hardy crops to store in the ground and harvest during the winter, and overwinter crops for early spring harvests before the main season). It includes tables of storage conditions needed for different vegetables and suggestions of suitable storage methods, with and without electricity.

 Cold-Hardy Winter Vegetables

Details on crops, timing, protection and storage. Why farm in winter? Here’s the information to succeed – tables of cold-hardiness, details of four ranges of cold-hardy crops (fall crops to harvest before serious cold, crops to keep growing into winter, crops for all-winter harvests, overwintering crops for spring harvests); scheduling; weather prediction and protection; hoophouse growing; vegetable storage.

Handouts

Book signing

The Farming for the Future Conference is PASA’s featured event, held annually in February. We seek to gather a diverse audience from the sustainable food system including farmers, educators, processors, advocates, and eaters – please join us! Each year we feature:

  • Over 100 speakers representing the best from the sustainable agriculture field and our membership.

  • A variety of sustainable farming and food system programming including full-day tracks, half-day sessions, and 80-minute workshops across the fours days of the event.

  • Over 90 Trade Show vendors representing the broad diversity and deep expertise of our community.

  • Opportunities to network and socialize over receptions and meals that feature regionally-source ingredients.

  • An ag-themed Future Farmers program for kids (K to Grade 8).

  • Special events like music, movie, yoga, knitting, and more!

Join us for an event that will send you home energized for another year of building the sustainable food system!

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Organic Growers School Spring Conference

March 9-11 2018, Organic Growers School Spring Conference at UNC-Asheville, Asheville, NC.

Directions here . 2000 attendees

Workshops: For the Gardener track:

Growing Sweet Potatoes from Start to Finish

At this workshop you will learn how to grow your own sweet potato slips; plant them, grow healthy crops and harvest good yields, selecting suitable roots for growing next year’s slips. You will also learn how to cure and store roots for top quality and minimal losses. This workshop will be useful to beginners and experienced growers alike.

+? For the New Farmer Track

Registration will open December 15, 2017.
Full Weekend: $99 before 1/31, $129 after 1/31/18
Saturday Only: $59 before 1/31, $74 after 1/31/18
Sunday Only: $49 before 1/31, $64 after 1/31/18

The Spring Conference offers practical, regionally-appropriate workshops on organic growing, permaculture, urban farming, and rural living plus a trade show, seed exchange, silent auction, children’s program, and pre-conference, on-farm events. More than 70 sessions per day in themed tracks including Community Food, Cooking, Earthskills, Farmer Beginning, Farmers Intermediate/Advanced, Gardening, Herbs, Livestock, Mushrooms, Permaculture, Pollinators, Poultry, Soils, Sustainable Forestry, Sustainable Living, and More!


April 12, 2018, Louisa Master Gardener Group Tour of Twin Oaks Gardens