Barbara PleasantBarbara Pleasant

Award-winning writer Barbara Pleasant has been covering organic gardening and self-sufficient living for more than 30 years. A contributing editor to Mother Earth News, Pleasant’s work has garnered multiple awards from the Garden Writers Association and the American Nursery and Landscape Association. She has written books on topics ranging from compost to weeds, including Starter Vegetable Gardens, The Complete Compost Gardening Guide (with Deborah L. Martin), The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual, The Gardener’s Bug Book, and The Gardener’s Weed Book. Her columns and articles appear regularly in Mother Earth Living magazine, and at and other informational websites. Pleasant lives in Floyd, Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs and fruits along with a few chickens, who all have names. Her website is

Conference Session: The Pantry-Driven Garden

Wouldn’t it be great to eat from your garden every day of the year? Gardening with food storage and preservation in mind requires special planting plans and harvesting practices, plus you will need some basic food preservation skills. In this lively seminar, award-winning garden writer and Mother Earth News contributing editor Barbara Pleasant will discuss smart strategies for growing, storing and eating your garden bounty all year long.