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Thursday pre-conference garden ecology workshop
Dr. Shawn Dash
Hampton University

This "naturalist in the Victorian sense," a biology professor at historic Hampton University, will help community gardeners better understand the ecology of their food gardens, and point to ways we can have healthier crops without harming Mother Earth.


Garden ecology:

We are all integrated pest managers

Pre-conference special workshop

Thursday, September 23, 1 PM - 4 PM

Dr. Shawn Dash is a popular college biology professor at historic Hampton University. He'll be leading a special pre-conference workshop on ecology in the garden on Thursday, September 23, from 1 PM to 4 PM. The price is included in registration, and individual tickets will also be available for those in the community.


 “I have been studying myrmecology (the science of ants) for over 20 years,” Dash explains on his fascinating website

“I am focused on understanding the role ants and other arthropods play in ecosystem form and function, especially in urban habitats.” 

As he puts it, he is “a naturalist in the Victorian sense,” also captivated by ornithology (birds), herpetology (lizards, frogs, and - yes - even snakes,) mammalogy, evolutionary biology, and the list goes. He has a passion for exciting people about science and nature.


Using the insights of ecology, every community gardener can become a better steward of the Earth. This is a workshop you won’t want to miss, and the perfect way to start our conference.

(Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a well-established and increasingly popular technique among commercial farmers and organic growers alike. It is based on careful observation, using  pesticides only when necessary, and carefully targeting the specific pest or problem to avoid unintended consequences.)

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