pamdawlingPam Dawling is the author of Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres (New Society Publishers, 2013). She is also a contributing editor with Growing for Market magazine. An avid vegetable grower for 40 years, she has lived at Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia for 25 years, growing vegetables and berries for 100 people on 3.5 acres, and providing training for members in sustainable vegetable production. She presents workshops around the country, and she writes a weekly blog post on her website.,

Conference Session: Spring & Summer Hoophouses

Use the summer hoophouse for hot weather crops that struggle outdoors because of temperature or bugs! As well as food crops, consider seeds, cover crops, flowers, and cover crops for soil improvement.As well as heat-loving crops, this presentation discusses cooling the hoophouse; using the opportunity to tackle soil-borne diseases or improve the soil and other uses like seed drying and storage.

Conference Session: Cover Crops for Vegetable Growers

Using cover crops to feed and improve the soil, smother weeds, and prevent soil erosion. Selecting cover crops to make use of opportunities year round: early spring, summer, fall and going into winter. Fitting cover crops into the schedule of vegetable production while maintaining a healthy crop rotation.
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