Seven Springs


Workshops/Speakers: Seven Springs, Pennsylvania

September 12-14, 2014

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Compost Your Way to Better Soil
Barbara Pleasant - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
Home composting expert Barbara Pleasant will share dozens of practical composting techniques for turning kitchen and garden waste into an essential soil amendment for any type of garden. Learn novel passive and active composting methods for enriching your soil, including composting innovations shared by MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers.

Organic Gardening for Newbies – Avoiding Beginner Mistakes
Barbara Pleasant - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
For new gardeners, the first three seasons are especially challenging because there is so much to learn. Which mistakes are you most likely to make, and how can you avoid them? MOTHER EARTH NEWS contributing editor Barbara Pleasant, award-winning author of Starter Vegetable Gardens, will explore the top 10 pitfalls for organic gardening newbies, and share proven strategies for success.

Managing Your Homegrown Food Supply
Barbara Pleasant - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
Wouldn’t it be great to eat from your garden every day of the year? Learn proven, low-energy strategies for growing, eating, storing and preserving your homegrown veggies and fruits from someone who is doing it, award-winning garden writer and MOTHER EARTH NEWS contributing editor Barbara Pleasant.

Grow a Sustainable Diet
Cindy Conner - New Society Publishers
Cindy Conner combines her experience with GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-farming with what she’s learned through study and practice in organic gardening, soil building and nutrition since her first garden in 1974. Learn how she has put it all together in a way that works for her and get valuable tips for growing your own sustainable diet. Her book Grow a Sustainable Diet: Planning and Growing to Feed Ourselves and the Earth is new in 2014.

Bioshelters: Design and Management of Solar Greenhouses
Darrell Frey - New Society Publishers
This workshop presents a detailed study of several bioshelters, or ecologically managed solar greenhouses. These include the original bioshelter, the New Alchemy Ark, Solviva Bioshelter, and the bioshelter at Three Sisters Farm. Both design and management for year-round crop production will be discussed. The bioshelter at Three Sisters Farm, in Northwest Pennsylvania includes greenhouse beds, a poultry room, potting room, packing kitchen, storage areas and compost facilities.

Permaculture: Design for regeneration
Darrell Frey - New Society Publishers
This presentation will provide an overview of Permaculture Design principles and practices through a study of Three Sisters Farm and several other projects. Three Sisters Farm is a 5-acre market garden. Since 1989, they have been marketing produce and hosting educational programs from their bioshelter and gardens. The farm strives to promote biodiversity and conserve energy and resources, caring for the earth while producing a range of farm products.

Can the Sweet Corn
Hank Will - Grit Magazine
Some folks call it field corn. Others call it ornamental or “Indian” corn. While most folks are focused on sweet corn for homestead growing, heirloom flint, flour and dent corns are much more versatile and arguably more practical in the garden or small field plot. Most are easy to grow, some have incredibly short growing seasons, some are highly drought tolerant, and all offer a multitude of uses, including being ground into flavorful cornmeal and flour. Join GRIT Editor-in-Chief and field corn freak Hank Will as he walks you through the process of raising, harvesting, using and storing this “amaizing” crop on a homestead scale.

Weed and Pest Control in Your Organic Garden
Ilene White Freedman - House in the Woods Farm
Weeds bugging you? Join Ilene and Phil Freedman to consider some weed and pest prevention strategies for your organic home garden or small farm. Ilene will share House in the Woods Farm’s story of trial and error with weed prevention techniques over the past 15 years, leading to Phil’s development of a new sustainable mulch laying system for farmers. When it comes to weeds and pests, prevention works best. Create a strong soil ecosystem, just like a person’s holistic health care for a strong immune system. Join us to learn how.

Year-Round Bounty for the Home Garden
Ira Wallace - Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Crisp winter salads, rainbow carrots, fresh kimchi, and sweet braised greens are just a few of the fresh-from-the-garden delights awaiting food gardeners in the Southeast in winter. This workshop covers practical information for planning, planting and producing a garden all year where summer heat is more of an issue than winter lows. Learn techniques for using shade in summer and starting fall seedlings in the dog days of summer, as well as planning and planting enough in your fall garden for harvesting until spring.

Seed Starting Simplified
Ira Wallace - Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Learn tips and timing for starting vegetable and herb seeds indoors, transplanting, growing on, and hardening off the young plants. Learn time tables for planting vegetables direct from seed and how you can extend your season with repeat or periodic plantings.

Herbs, Plain and Fancy: A talk and tasting
Ira Wallace - Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Come and enjoy an assortment of sweet and savory herbal delights, then learn how to grow them in your garden, use them in your kitchen, save their seeds, and increase your self-sufficiency.

Growing Great Garlic and Perennial Onions
Ira Wallace - Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Learn about heirloom garlic and perennial onion varieties from planting to cultivation and harvesting at home. This workshop covers soil preparation, weed control, disease prevention, harvesting, curing, and storage requirements for adding these culinary essentials to your garden.

Grow Your Own Woodland Botanicals for Fun or Profit, or Both!
Jeanine Davis - North Carolina State University and Our Tiny Farm
If you have even a little bit of shade on your property, you can grow some of your own forest medicine. Jeanine Davis will start with a colorful presentation to introduce you to a wide array of woodland botanicals, including ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, ramps and bloodroot. She will cover the basics about the plants, their conservation status, and how to grow them. Davis will also have plant material to demonstrate how to propagate some of these plants, so you will gain the confidence to start growing medicinal herbs of your own.

You Can Grow Your Own Hops
Jeanine Davis - North Carolina State University and Our Tiny Farm
Most of the hops grown in the United States are grown in the Pacific Northwest, but contrary to popular belief, we can grow them on the East Coast, too. In this workshop you will learn how to grow hops on a small-scale in your backyard for home brewing or on a larger scale to supply local craft breweries.

Easy Peasy Edibles
Jessi Bloom - Timber Press
Have you wanted to grow your own food but found it is too much work and takes too much of your time? Join award-winning landscape designer Jessi Bloom as she talks about a permaculture design concept that employs design strategies from nature. It allows you to grow easy peasy edibles that are low-maintenance, resilient and sustainable. Plant once and enjoy the harvest from your edible landscape for years. Bloom will cover basic food forest design and go over some of her favorite low-maintenance edibles.

Growing Unusual Fruits
John Holzwart - Moonwise Herbs
Everyone enjoys the sensual pleasure of tasting a new and exotic tropical fruit, but few people realize that they can taste these delicious fruits in their own backyard. Join John Holzwart of Moonwise Herbs as he shares tips for growing and preserving unusual fruit. Fruit that we will discuss and/or sample may include edible dogwoods, aronia, elderberries, sea buckthorn, autumn olives, pawpaws, figs and many more!

6 Inches of Soil in 6 Months and 600,000 Bugs
John W. Moody - Some Small Farm/Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund
"Great soil ... Everyone wants it, but not everyone has it. So, how can you build great soil while also capturing waste streams to reincorporate into the natural earth cycles (and generate free food for your flocks and other animals)? Some Small Farm started four years ago with less than 1% organic matter soil, on land that had been overgrazed year after year into little more than solid clay. The farm now produces bountifully from the application of soil-building principles to the land."

Easy Seed Starting
Lisa Ziegler - Gardener's Workshop Farm
Learn to plant seeds directly in the garden and how to start seeds indoors using the English method of soil blocking.

Restoring Pollinators
Lisa Ziegler - Gardener's Workshop Farm
Flowerless landscapes and gardens are a big contributor to the loss of pollinators. Learn how to include flowers in the landscape and vegetable garden that provide habitat and food for pollinators.

Intro to Seed Saving
Matthew Goldfarb and Petra Page-Mann - Fruition Seeds
The significance of seed cannot be overestimated: From how we approach global biodiversity to how we choose our afternoon snack, every decision we make impacts what and how seeds are planted around the world. Come learn about the history, significance and techniques of seed saving. Expect to come away inspired and empowered: Though much has been lost, each seed evidences the extraordinary hope that exists in every crack in the sidewalk!

Saving Seeds From Your Favorite Recipes and Medicines
Matthew Goldfarb and Petra Page-Mann - Fruition Seeds
Come learn about how to simply save seeds for your favorite recipes and medicines. If you already make salsa, can tomatoes, pickle, put up roots and squash in the root cellar, or make herbal teas, salves and tinctures, you are most of the way there to saving your own seeds for these foods and medicines.

Advanced Seed Saving and Vegetable Breeding for the Home Gardener and Farmer
Matthew Goldfarb and Petra Page-Mann - Fruition Seeds
Ever wonder how to create your own new varieties of vegetables? Or do you have a hybrid you really want to figure out how to save seed from? Are you interested in saving seed from biennials like beets, chard, carrots, kale, cabbage? Come learn about how you can start breeding your own vegetables and saving those hard to figure out biennials. We will teach the same methods humans have been using for 14,000 years to create the wondrous array of food we have today. If you have a working knowledge of seed saving, you will get the most out of this class, but all are welcome to be inspired.

Crop Rotations for Vegetables and Cover Crops
Pam Dawling - Twin Oaks Community
We will provide ideas to help you design a sequence of vegetable crops that maximizes the chance to grow good cover crops as well as reduce pest and disease likelihood. We will discuss formal rotations as well as ad hoc systems for shoehorning minor crops into available spaces. The workshop will discuss cover crops suitable at various times of year, particularly winter cover crops between vegetable crops in successive years. We will include examples of undersowing of cover crops in vegetable crops and of no-till options.

Crop Planning for Sustainable Vegetable Production
Pam Dawling - Twin Oaks Community
A step-by-step approach to closing the planning circle, so that you can produce crops when you want them and in the right quantities, so you can sell them where and when you need to and support yourself with a rewarding livelihood while replenishing the soil. Never repeat the same mistake two years running!

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