Barbara Pleasant


Storey Publishing


Barbara Pleasant has practiced organic vegetable gardening for 30 years in gardens large and small. The author of numerous books (including Homegrown Pantry, Starter Vegetable Gardens, and The Complete Compost Gardening Guide) Pleasant earned a Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association for writing the popular Gardening Know-How column in MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Pleasant lives in Floyd, Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers, and where she keeps a small flock of chickens. Books by this Speaker: Garden Stone, The complete Houseplant Survival Manual, The Complete Compost Gardening Guide, Starter Vegetable Gardens

Barbara will be speaking at the Maryland Fairs


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Your Most-Asked Questions About Composting Answered!

Award-winning garden writer and MOTHER EARTH NEWS contributor Barbara Pleasant shares the questions she hears most often from creative gardeners, who are constantly coming up with new ways to compost. Learn how you can tailor your practices to suit your garden and lifestyle while producing great compost, the most essential soil amendment for any type of garden.
Modern Homesteading Organic Gardening

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Maryland, Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Homestead Hustle Stage

Plant to Preserve

Wouldn’t it be great to eat from your garden every day of the year? Learn proven strategies for stocking your own homegrown pantry, from the ground up. Start by choosing easy-to-grow crops that store themselves, and then learn simple ways to preserve vegetables and fruits so they are welcome in the winter kitchen. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Contributing Editor Barbara Pleasant, award-winning author of Homegrown Pantry, shares dozens of tips and ideas to help you eat from your garden year-round.
Organic Gardening Real Foods

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Maryland, Saturday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Heirloom Gardener Stage