New Society Authors at PASA 2015

by: EJ on 02/27/2015

Thanks to author Darrell Frey for this report from The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture’s  (PASA) 24th Annual Farming for the Future Conference.

New Society Publishers were well represented at The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture’s  (PASA) 24th  24th Annual Farming for the Future Conference., at State College, PA on Feb 6th and 7th  2015.

This year’s PASA conference, attended by over 1,200 people from 30 states and three countries, and featured dozens of workshops and along with key note speakers talks from Francis Moore Lappe of the Small Planet Institute and Ray Achuleta of the US Natural Resource Conservation Service.

New Society authors Jean-Martin Fortier and  Pam Dawling both spoke to standing- room-only audiences about intensive market gardening.  


Pam, author of Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres, presented her talks on Cold -Hardy Vegetables on Friday and Growing Great Garlic on Saturday. Pam simultaneously charmed the audiences with her English accent and impressed them with her wealth of information. In both workshops, Pam demonstrated an intimate knowledge about of market farming. Her research into cold- hardy crops included detailed records of how various crops fared as temperatures dropped. She also provided lists of specific varieties and the minimum temperatures at which she has observed them surviving. Pam provided details of season extension strategies. Her presentation, Growing Great Garlic likewise filled the room. Pam thoroughly explored the details of market- garden -scale garlic production, from planting through curing and selling. She also discussed the early summer sales of  “garlic scallions” and garlic scapes.

Jean-Martin Fortier

Jean-Martin, also charmed the audience with his accent --, this time French- Canadian -- and with his low- key humor, while sharing a great wealth of information.  Jean-Martin is the author of The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming, which details his intensive crop production at Les Jardinse de la Grenlinette. Jean-Martin gave three workshops: Can You Really live off 1.5 Acres?; Six- Figure Farming for Small Plots Part 1; and Six- Figure Farming for Small Plots Part 2.  Jean-Martin’s workshops detailed the evolution of his gardening system through travel, study, research and experience. He explained how the permaculture -influenced design of his farm for improves efficiency and productivity, and the meticulous attention to details of garden layout, tool selection and planting strategies. And he presented his management strategies that allows 4 adults and an occasional intern to sell over $125,000 in produce from under 2 acres of growing beds.

The PASA bookstore and other vendors at the PASA Conference featured books from other New Society authors as well, including: Cindy Connor’s Grow a Sustainable Diet:Planning and Growing to Feed Ourselves and the Earth; Steve Solomon’s The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient Dense Food; Peter Bane’s The Permaculture Handbook:Garden Farming for Town and Country, by Peter Bane and my own Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm

More information on the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and their annual Conference can be found at




These books and more will be on sale during our Spring Garden Book Sale from March 8-22.  Stay tuned for gardening blogs from our authors including Darrell Frey.






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