Ira Wallace

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello


Ira is the author of Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast, a master gardener, and worker-owner of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. She serves on the boards of Organic Seed Alliance and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming.

Ira is speaking in Texas, North Carolina and is a contributor to Mother Earth News Fair Online.


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Seed Saving: Preserving genetic diversity, community culture, and your bottom line

Seed preservation is foundational to sustainable food production. Learn about the importance of seed saving and production, as well as considerations for your bottom line. We will discuss the work of Ujamaa Collective fighting for consolidation in the seed industry and the loss of genetic diversity and knowledge.

Speaking At:

North Carolina, Saturday 9:00-12:30 p.m., Half-Day Workshops

Growing Great Garlic and Perennial Onions

Learn about heirloom garlic and perennial onion varieties, from planting to cultivation and harvesting at home. Ira Wallace covers soil preparation, weed control, and disease prevention, as well as curing and storage requirements. Add these culinary essentials to your garden!
Organic Gardening Real Foods

Speaking At:

Texas, Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Organic Gardening Stage

Extending the Harvest: Creating a Four-Season Garden

Learn how to plan, create, and produce garden bounty all year. This workshop focuses on the all-season garden, including in-depth succession planting, planting summer crops for a fall garden, and fruit planting for late winter.
Organic Gardening Keynote

Speaking At:

Texas, Saturday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage

Exploring the Heirloom Collards Project

In 2016, Seed Savers Exchange in collaboration with Ira Wallace at Southern Exposure Seed Exchange requested over 60 varieties from the USDA to trial at Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm in Decorah, Iowa. These varieties were collected by Edward H. Davis and John T. Morgan from seed savers across the Southeast, mostly in North and South Carolina. Walk with Ira Wallace at Acorn Community Farm as she discusses these varieties that were identified as rare heirlooms and the intention to regenerate them and share the seed with seed savers across the country. Only fragments of the full story of these varieties were collected by Edward H. Davis and John T. Morgan. It is a priority of this project to revisit the original seed savers and learn about these collards’ rich culinary and seed saving histories.
Organic Gardening Hands On

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Beyond the Basics: Growing Common and Uncommon Greens for Exciting Salads, Braising Greens, and More All Year

Salad greens are some of the most satisfying plants a gardener can grow. What else can you sow a little of in a bare patch and start harvesting just four weeks later? If you've mastered the basic greens (such as romaine, leaf lettuces, and spinach) and you're looking for something a little different, or if your salad patch looks a little peaked in mid-summer, Ira Wallace has a few adventurous ideas for you as well as tips, varieties, and timing to keep the ordinary greens coming. Learn about year-round lettuce growing and 10 out-of-the-ordinary greens to try this year, including some that bridge the mid-summer gap between the cool, prolific spring and fall, as well as others that carry you into the hardy winter salad season.
Organic Gardening Real Foods

Speaking At:

Texas, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Organic Gardening Stage

“Ask Mother” Q&A

Get your questions ready to "Ask Mother!" Mother Earth News is proud to offer a space for you to ask questions and get answers. Ira is ready to answer your questions on a variety of topics.

Speaking At:

North Carolina, Sunday 3:00-3:30 p.m., Mother Earth News