What with the pandemic, snowstorms, power and internet outages and related travel limitations, you might be forgiven for thinking I’d faded away or something! Except for my regular weekly blogposts, which I have kept up, come whatever!
This week’s blogpost is a reminder about other aspects of my work. Conferences, magazine articles, and my books. First the conferences. I do have an Events Page, in case you haven’t discovered that yet, and one with videos and podcasts I’m in. I’m also including a list of other Organic virtual conferences
Virginia Association for Biological Farming
2022 Virginia Biological Farming Conference,
January 22-24 (Saturday to Monday)
Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
Saturday 1/22 will be half-day and full-day pre-conference sessions. The general conference is on Sunday and Monday.
The three-day Conference includes: Pre-Conference intensive workshops, 48 concurrent sessions of workshops, presentations, and panel discussions, 50 tradeshow exhibitors, locally sourced farm meals and book sales with author signings. The Conference highlights include a Youth Program, a Silent Auction and networking opportunities including regional meetings and fireside chats, morning yoga for farmers and the Taste of Virginia Expo & Social.
I had planned to give a half-day pre-conference intensive on Year-Round Hoophouse Vegetables, and two 90 minute workshops on Growing Sweet Potatoes from Start to Finish and Lettuce Year-Round. But then it all looked too risky for me, and I had to cancel. Very sorry.
February 10-12, 2022 (Wednesday to Saturday 2.30pm)
Lancaster Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 25 S Queen St, Lancaster, PA
PASA is taking great care to make the in-person conference as covid-safe as possible. See the website. https://web.cvent.com/event/495529cf-5f11-41ed-9a1d-c9e55d151c6a/summary?RefId=home
I am giving three 60 min workshops:
Optimize Your Asian Greens Production Thursday 2/10 9-10 am
This workshop covers production of Asian greens, outdoors and in the hoop house, for both market and home growers. Learn to grow many types of tasty, nutritious greens easily and quickly for fast returns. This workshop includes tips on selection of over 20 types of Asian greens, the timing of succession planting, crop rotation in the hoop house, pest and disease management, fertility, and weed management throughout the year.
Winter Vegetable Production Methods from the Field to the Hoophouse, Fri 2/11 9-10am
Grow cold-hardy vegetables in the open and with protection varying from rowcovers to hoop houses (high tunnels). Learn about tables of cold-hardiness, details of crops to keep growing into winter, crops for all-winter harvests, overwintering crops for spring harvests, and winter hoop house crops. We’ll also discuss how to plan harvesting and planting dates, and how to maximize production with succession planting, follow-on cropping, and with stored vegetables.
Growing Sweet Potatoes from Start to Finish, Saturday 2/12 11am-12.00 noon
At this workshop you will learn how to grow your own sweet potato slips, plant them, grow healthy crops, harvest good yields, and select 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.
Booksigning Thursday 2/10 4.30-5.30 pm at the Book Nook
Book sales at the Book Nook
The is also a virtual conference in January and early February.
Maryland Organic Food and Farm Association (MOFFA)
Virtual Conference February 26, 2022
I am giving a 45 minute recorded workshop on Cold-Hardy Winter Vegetables.
There will also be a pdf handout.
Mother Earth News Fair at Seven Springs, Pennsylvania
September 16-18, 2022. Early Bird discounts are available already!
Friday Sept 16: 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday Sept 17: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday Sept 18: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
777 Waterwheel Dr.
Seven Springs, Pa. 15622
The Fair at Seven Springs is unique, as speakers, staff and attendees co-mingle throughout the weekend at this beautiful four-season resort. Take advantage of complete lodging and ticket packages, which can be booked directly through the resort. Packages are available including rooms or condos. For more information and to make a reservation online click here, or please call 1-800-452-2223.
I am presenting two 60 minute workshops at outdoor stages:
Cool Season Hoophouse Crops
How to fill your hoophouse with productive food crops in the cool seasons. Suitable crops; cold-hardiness; selecting crops; calculating how much to harvest, how much to plant; crop rotation; mapping; scheduling; seasonal transitions; succession planting and follow-on cropping.
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.
My books will be on sale in the Mother Earth Bookshop
I have presented at several Mother Earth Fairs Online.
Online: Food Independence Course Part Two
was released on 3/26/21.
It consists of eight video presentations, most of which come with pdf handouts. My contribution is Growing Asian Greens, and pairs nicely with Guide to Asian Vegetables by Wendy Kiang-Spray, author of The Chinese Kitchen Garden: Growing Techniques and Family Recipes from a Classic Cuisine. Other topics include Dandelion Wine, Homemade Teas, Food Conversations, Passive Solar Greenhouse Design, Productive Growing from Home, and Growing Your Own Spices.
Part One of the Food Independence Course includes seven videos, most with handouts, and there is a free preview of DIY Sourdough Basics with Jessica Moody. other topics include Your Edible Yard, the Chinese Greenhouse, Community Meat Buying Club and Mindful Meat Eating, Practical Yogurt and Emma’s Cool crops.
You can subscribe to the All-Access Bundle for $2.99/month (or $35 for a year).
- Once you register for All-Access, you will receive access to all 47 current video workshops and prerecorded webinars plus anything new that is added.
- All the workshop videos are pre-recorded and can be viewed whenever you like and however many times you like.
- Because the videos can be viewed at your convenience, you can watch them on your own schedule!
- At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, all of the content, including these workshops, are designed to empower you to become less dependent on systemic products or services. What does that mean? This is an opportunity learn how to save a lot of money on things such as groceries, expensive health products, energy, and more!
- Unlike at the physical FAIRS, where workshops take place simultaneously, you don’t have to pick and choose which workshops to watch! Most folks can enjoy only 10 to 12 workshops maximum at a physical FAIR. Now you can see them all!
- No additional travel expenses, such as hotel rooms, airfare, gas, pet care, dining out, etc.
- All dogs are allowed!!!
I have also contributed an 8-part Garden Planning Course
Before that, I did a workshop on
Winter Cover Crops for Gardeners
as part of the Winter Gardening Course.
All these and many more videos and handouts are available as part of the All-Access Bundle
Podcasts and Videos
Check out my page for Podcasts and Videos!
More Virtual Organic Conferences in January and February
Here’s a useful list from eOrganic. I’ll be at PASA, but not the others.
eOrganic is the organic agriculture community of practice with eXtension. Theirr mission is to foster a research and outreach community, engage farmers and ag professionals through trainings and publications, and support research and outreach projects.
- PASA Virtual Pre-conference January 4-28, 2022 (in-person main conference is February 10-12.)
- NOFA/Mass Winter Conference January 15-16, 2022
- NOFA-NY’s 40th Annual Winter Conference: January 18-23, 2022
- NOFA-NJ’s 31st Annual Winter Conference: January 30-31, 2022
- Real Organic Project Symposium: Jan 30 and Feb 6, 2022
- NOFA-NH’s 20th Annual Winter Conference: February 6-12, 2022
- OEFFA Conference: hybrid format: February 12 online, February 17-19 in person
- CT-NOFA’s 40th Winter Conference: February 14-26, 2022
- Organic Vegetable Production Conference February 3,4,7,8
- NOFA VT Winter Conference: February 17-March 5, 2022
- EcoFarm is now March 14-18, 2022
Growing for Market articles
The January 2022 issue has my article on Greensprouting and planting potatoes. The November/December issue has my article on Planning an asparagus patch.
Heads up on Sustainable Market Farming price increase elsewhere but not through my website.
After nine years at a cover price of $34.95, it is going for another reprint, and will be $39.99 as of February 25, 2022. Fortunately I have plenty of copies on hand for direct sale.