Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn in the garden alongside Eliot Coleman – the nation’s leading voice of the organic farming movement for over five decades! In this interactive demonstration, participants will learn about the time-saving tools Eliot designed for Johnny’s Selected Seeds and have a chance to try them. Eliot will demonstrate his famous soil blocking technique and discuss how and why this method of planting has been so successful. He will share his strategies for planning the growing season and offer invaluable insight on season-extending techniques. The workshop will end with a tool auction, giving participants an opportunity to leave with an autographed tool from Eliot’s signature collection.
All lecture participants will leave with a special coupon for Johnny’s online store.
Eliot Coleman has more than 50 years’ experience in all aspects of organic farming, including field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of cattle and sheep, and range poultry. During his careers as a commercial market gardener, the director of agricultural research projects, and as a teacher and lecturer on organic gardening, he studied, practiced and perfected his craft.
Eliot has written extensively on the subject of organic agriculture since 1975, including chapters in scientific books and the foreword to Keeping Food Fresh: Old World Techniques and Recipes by the gardeners and farmers of Terre Vivant. He is the author of The New Organic Grower, Four Season Harvest, and The Winter Harvest Handbook.
He has conducted study tours of organic farms, market gardens, orchards and vineyards in Europe and has successfully combined European ideas with his own to develop and popularize a complete system of tools and equipment for organic vegetable growers. He shares that expertise through his lectures and writings and has served as a tool consultant to a number of companies. He presently consults and designs tools for Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
Eliot and his wife, Barbara Damrosch, operate a commercial year-round market garden at Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine.