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Nothing is Impossible Keynote Address by Eliot Coleman

  • Nantucket Lighthouse School 1 Rugged Road Nantucket, MA 02554 (map)



Eliot Coleman, acclaimed organic farming expert, helped start the organic food movement with “The New Organic Grower” published over 30 years ago. He continues to lead the way, pushing the limits of the traditional harvest season. Following an introduction by Russell Morash of The Victory Garden and This Old House fame, in his keynote address, Coleman will make the case for why organic farming and gardening matters and how it has changed from the ‘70s to today. A passionate advocate for the revival of small-scale sustainable farming, Coleman will provide a practical model for supplying fresh, locally grown produce during the winter season, even in climates where conventional wisdom says it can't be done. Lastly, he will share how novice, small-scale backyard growers can begin to become more sustainable and less dependent on grocery stores. The talk will end with a book signing and a unique opportunity to ask Eliot your gardening questions.

All lecture participants will leave with a special coupon for Johnny’s online store.    

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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.