Saturday Apr 5 2014

CHP Open House - Cultivating Unusual Vegetables and Mushrooms

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Indoor & OutdoorIndoor & Outdoor
Allow at least 2 hoursAllow at least 2 hours
Tufton Farm (map)
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Reservations: Not required

See Saturday's OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE here!

Get inspired for the gardening year ahead with Ira Wallace, of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and author of the newly-released Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast.  During her talk “How to Grow Thomas Jefferson’s Most Unusual Vegetables,” Ira will discuss the best methods for home vegetable gardening in our area and will be available to sign her book afterwards. Also, learn ways to incorporate edible mushrooms into gardens, landscapes, and small farm designs to increase the health, resilience and vibrancy of our local community with mushroom expert Mark Jones of Sharondale Farms. Explore an inspiring display of historic plants in our preservation gardens; then find your favorites and more for sale in our nursery. Guided garden tours will take place, while knowledgeable nursery staff will be on hand to answer your gardening questions. FREE, no registration required; Tufton Farm, 9 am-3 pm.

Ira Wallace, author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast, is a Central Virginia Master Gardener and a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. She serves on the boards of Organic Seed Alliance, Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF) and the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA). She co-organizes the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello and speaks throughout the southeast. She blogs at and

Mark Jones operates Sharondale Farm, a small family mushroom farm near Charlottesville, Virginia. Mark develops low tech-high yield methods for incorporating mushrooms in perennial gardens and small farm designs. He grows mushrooms, mushroom spawn, and collects and propagates useful native mushroom strains. Mark teaches mushroom cultivation through workshops and farm conferences to encourage and empower people to grow their own fungal feasts. He can be reached by email:



Here's the schedule for the day:

10:00am -10:45am First garden tour-Peggy Cornett, Curator of Plants at Monticello

11:00am - 12:30pm Ira Wallace talk-“How to Grow Thomas Jefferson’s Most Unusual Vegetables”

11:00am - 1:00pm SALT lunch onsite

12:30pm Ira Wallace book signing: Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast

1:00-2:00pm Mark Jones of Sharondale Farms will talk about incorporating edible mushrooms into gardens, landscapes, and small farm designs

2:15pm - 3:00pm Garden with tour-Lily Fox-Bruguiere

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