Year-Round Growing on the Farm & Garden with Pam Dawling & Ira Wallace
Join experienced vegetable, herb, and seed growers Pam Dawling & Ira Wallace for a step-by-step approach to growing year-round. Learn the tools to manage space effectively, grow the quantities of crops when you want them, and efficiently meet your growing goals. The workshop will cover:
Defining your Market: Are you growing for yourself or for others? When and how much do you need to harvest? Learn about yields of common crops and begin to create a growing plan.
Season Extension: From transplants and row cover in the spring, to hoop houses in the winter, learn to keep crops alive through the seasons. Calculate the last worthwhile planting date in your area, and choose a suitable combination of warm weather crops, cool weather crops, storage crops and cold-hardy crops appropriate for your scale.
Temperature Resilience: Discover tips to deal with extreme hot and cold temperature ranges including getting seeds germinated, identifying crops that do well in both extremes, and the importance of crop diversification. Climate change necessitates adaptive growing practices. We will incorporate soil building and water management, as well as the importance of seed saving and variety trials.
Crop Rotation: Keep roots in the ground at all times! Learn the art of crop rotation using planting calendars, observation, and garden planning. Discover relay planting, cover cropping, isolation distances, plants to attract pollinators, as well as tricks for fitting minor crops into available spaces.
About Pam Dawling & Ira Wallace:
Pam Dawling is the author of two books: Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres (2013) and The Year-Round Hoophouse: Polytunnels for All Seasons and Climates (2018). Her second book covers construction of high tunnels and year round vegetable production inside them. Pam has been an avid vegetable grower all her adult life. For over 25 years she has been farming and providing training in sustainable vegetable production for community members at Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia, where for 22 years she served as the manager of the three and a half acre vegetable gardens which feed the 100 community members all year. Pam is a contributing editor with Growing for Market magazine, and has written articles for various biological farming publications. She is a popular speaker on growing vegetables sustainably, at around ten conferences each year. She blogs weekly on www.sustainablemarketfarming.com, www.facebook.com/SustainableMarketFarming and monthly on the Mother Earth News Organic Gardening Blog www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening. Pam also does consultancy work for new and beginning farmers.
Ira Wallace is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange which offers over 700 varieties of open-pollinated heirloom and organic seeds selected for flavor and regional adaptability. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply by supporting sustainable home and market gardening, seed saving, and preserving heirloom varieties. Ira serves on the boards of the Organic Seed Alliance, the Open Source Seed Initiative and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF). In addition, Ira is a member of Acorn Community which farms over 60 acres of certified organic land in Central Virginia, growing seeds, alliums, hay, and conducting variety trials for Southern Exposure. She is an organizer of the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello, a fun, family-friendly event featuring an old-time seed swap, local food, hands-on workshops and demos, and more. She presents at events throughout the southeast. Ira writes about heirloom vegetable varieties for magazines and blogs including Mother Earth News, Fine Gardening and Southern Exposure. She also conducts variety trials for Southern Exposure Seed Exchange as well as researching and documenting the history of varieties offered in the annual catalog. Her book, The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast, is available online and at booksellers everywhere.