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 and is a contributor to Mother Earth News Fair Online.


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Summer Planting for an Abundant Fall and Winter Harvest

A bountiful fall and winter plan starts in the heat of summer. Learn how to plan, create, and produce garden bounty all year. This workshop focuses on the all-season garden tasks in summer, including extensive summer succession plantings as well as when and how to plant crops in summer for a fall and winter harvest.
Organic Gardening Keynote

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Texas, Saturday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage

How to Grow Perennial Onions, Leeks and Other Unusual Alliums

Join Ira Wallace and learn about wonderful alliums. Most kitchen gardens contain at least one row of onions, usually planted in the spring. Less well-known are the perennial onions, including multiplying onions, shallots, and bulbing leeks. Stop by to see these tasty perennials and learn how to add these easy alliums to your garden.
Organic Gardening

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

Grow More, Work Less: Expert Tips for Your Vegetable Garden

Simple tips and techniques for adding self-sowing annual, perennial, and biennial vegetables to your garden. Learn how to save time and money in your edible landscape, permaculture beds, or any vegetable garden.
Organic Gardening

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Texas, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Organic Gardening 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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