Learn tips on growing cold-hardy vegetables (and not just kale!) out in the open and with varying degrees of protection from rowcovers, low tunnels, coldframes and hoophouses (high tunnels). Farming gurus Ira Wallace, owner and grower of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, and Twin Oaks community member and grower Pam Dawling will consider crop choices, planting dates and harvesting so there’s always something to eat – from winter market gardeners to small backyard growers. Wallace and Dawling will explain how to maximize production with succession planting, interplanting and follow-on cropping.
Farm Manager, Twin Oaks Community
Pam Dawling wrote Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres, published in 2013. Her second book, The Year-Round Hoophouse, was published in November 2018. She has been an avid vegetable grower all her adult life. For 22 years, Dawling has been farm manager for Twin Oaks Community in Central Virginia, growing vegetables and training the 100 members in sustainable vegetable production.
A contributing editor to Growing for Market magazine, Dawling has written articles and information sheets for various biological farming publications. She is a popular speaker on growing vegetables sustainably, presenting at multiple festivals and sustainable agriculture events each year. Dawling writes a weekly blog and also consults for new and beginning farmers.
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
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. Wallace serves on the boards of the Organic Seed Alliance, the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming. She is a member of Acorn Community, which farms over 60 acres of certified organic land in Central Virginia. Wallace 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 also writes about heirloom vegetables and seed saving for magazines and blogs including Mother Earth News, Fine Gardening and Southern Exposure. Her book, “The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast,” is available online and at booksellers everywhere.