Sep
25
5:00 PM17:00

Alternative Ways to Improve Soil Health

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Alternative Ways to Improve Soil Health

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018
5PM-8PM

GW Carver Agricultural Center
9432 James Madison Hwy • Rapidan, VA

Tammy Holler, Nutrient Management specialist and VSU Small Farm Outreach Agent, will present information on techniques farmers can use to improve soil health and increase crop productivity.

Topics include: 

  • using cover crops, compost and manures as alternative ways to improve soil health; 
  • selecting the best cover crops; 
  • timing for cover crop planting; and 
  • new management practices for a synergistic approach to planting that will improve crop production and soil health.

For information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact small farm agent  Susan Cheek, (804) 720-5539, scheek@vsu.edu.

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Oct
9
9:00 AM09:00

Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

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Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

OCTOBER 9, 2018
9AM-12PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Rd • Petersburg, VA

Tax preparation season is here again.

Designed for tax professionals, accountants, farmers or anyone who will be preparing 2018 income tax returns for farmers and farm owners. Important information on farm-related tax topics will be presented by a CPA and tax expert including steps to filing farm taxes, completing the IRS Schedule F, updates on changes to farm tax laws, and how farmers may benefit from filing farm tax forms. Stay up-to-date with new tax regulations and requirements that may impact Virginia farm businesses.

For more information, contact VSU Small Farm Outreach agent Vernon Heath (vheath@vsu.edu, 804-829-5675) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at 804-524-3292.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Oct
10
9:00 AM09:00

Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

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Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

OCTOBER 10, 2018
9AM-12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd • Halifax, VA

Tax preparation season is here again.

Designed for tax professionals, accountants, farmers or anyone who will be preparing 2018 income tax returns for farmers and farm owners. Important information on farm-related tax topics will be presented by a CPA and tax expert including steps to filing farm taxes, completing the IRS Schedule F, updates on changes to farm tax laws, and how farmers may benefit from filing farm tax forms. Stay up-to-date with new tax regulations and requirements that may impact Virginia farm businesses.

For more information, contact VSU Small Farm Outreach agent Vernon Heath (vheath@vsu.edu, 804-829-5675) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at 804-524-3292.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Oct
11
9:00 AM09:00

Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

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Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

OCTOBER 11, 2018
9AM-12PM

King and Queen County Library
396 Newton Rd • St Stephens VA

Tax preparation season is here again.

Designed for tax professionals, accountants, farmers or anyone who will be preparing 2018 income tax returns for farmers and farm owners. Important information on farm-related tax topics will be presented by a CPA and tax expert including steps to filing farm taxes, completing the IRS Schedule F, updates on changes to farm tax laws, and how farmers may benefit from filing farm tax forms. Stay up-to-date with new tax regulations and requirements that may impact Virginia farm businesses.

For more information, contact VSU Small Farm Outreach agent Vernon Heath (vheath@vsu.edu, 804-829-5675) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at 804-524-3292.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Oct
15
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

October 15, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd
Halifax, VA

This half-day workshop introduces the available training programs, technical assistance and financial resources designed to support new and beginning farm operations.

SPACE IS LIMITED.

To attend, contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Vernon Heath at vheath@vsu.edu or (804) 892-4518.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

 

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Oct
18
8:00 AM08:00

Ginger & Turmeric Field Day

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Ginger & Turmeric Field Day

OCTOBER 18, 2018
8AM - 4PM

VSU RANDOLPH FARM
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

$25 per person.
Students/Children under 12 attend free.

VENDORS/EXHIBITORS who are interested in displaying products or services related to this event, please use this link.

Ginger and turmeric have been used widely throughout history in many different types of cuisines for their spice and flavor, and these spices may also provide a number of health benefits. 

Learn more about the production and marketing of ginger and turmeric and see how to harvest, clean and package these spice crops. 

This educational event will include presentations, demonstrations and a field visit.

8:00 AM - REGISTRATION OPENS
 
8:30 AM - WELCOME
Dr. Ray McKinnie, Dean and 1890 Extension Administrator, Virginia State University College of Agriculture

  • Ginger and Turmeric 101: Production, Disease Management, and Results from a Preliminary Post-Harvest Study at Virginia State University, presented by Dr. Reza Rafie (Extension Specialist), Dr. Toktam Taghavi (Agricultural Research Station), and Dr. Zelalem Mersha (Agricultural Research Station) 


9:30 AM  - GROWER PRESENTATIONS
Experiences with Growing and Marketing Ginger and Turmeric

  • Bill Cox, Casselmonte Farm

  • Richard Harisson, Farm at Red Hill

  • Michael Clark, Planet Earth Diversified 


11:00 AM - FIELD VISIT
Ginger and Turmeric Harvesting, Washing and Packing Demonstrations, 
presented by Chris Mullins and Dr. Reza Rafie (VSU Cooperative Extension)

12:00 PM - LUNCH

1:00 PM - NETWORKING

Visit our Vendors and Exhibitors 
 
2:00 PM - HEALTH BENEFITS OF GINGER & TURMERIC

  • Turmeric/Curcumin: Working to Strengthen the “Barrier” to Disease Development, presented by Dr. Shobha Ghosh, VCU Medical School

  • Anti-Breast Cancer Effects of Turmeric, presented by Dr. Young Ju, Virginia Tech  

  • The Effects of Health Information on the Acceptability of a Functional Beverage Containing Fresh Turmeric, presented by Dr. Carlin Rafie and Azin Pourkhalili, Virginia Tech

  • Antioxidation and Anti-Obesity Properties of Ginger, presented by Dr. Rafat Siddiqui, Agricultural Research Station, VSU 


3:00 PM - PANEL DISCUSSION
Value-Added Products

  • Dr. Theresa Nartea, Extension Specialist, VSU

  • Michael Clark, Planet Earth Diversified

  • Jackie & Paul Anctil, Sans Soucy Vineyards

  • Donnie Montgomery, Homestead Creamery


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Horticulture Program office at mklein@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5960 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Nov
12
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

November 12, 2018
9AM - 12PM

GW Carver Agricultural Center
9432 James Madison Hwy
Rapidan, VA

This half-day workshop introduces the available training programs, technical assistance and financial resources designed to support new and beginning farm operations.

SPACE IS LIMITED.

To attend, contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Vernon Heath at vheath@vsu.edu or (804) 892-4518.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

 

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Sep
25
1:00 PM13:00

Soul-Collage® Technique to Guide your Small Farm Vision

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Soul-Collage® Technique to Guide your Small Farm Vision

Hands-On Marketing Workshop for Small Farm Businesses

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018
1PM-3PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

Free Project Supplies Provided to Registered Participants Only

Feel free to bring your own pictures, favorite magazines, and scrapbooking supplies, if desired.

Has another year passed without you realizing your farm business vision?  Are you stuck in a rut? Do you feel you are not reaching your potential due to an unclear vision of what you want to do with your small farm business?  Then, this hands-on Soul Collage®class is for you! In this class, you will be guided on a collaging journey to cut and paste your farm vision to inspire you to make your small farm business dreams a reality in 2019!

Participants will be welcomed by hosts Dr. Theresa Nartea, Extension specialist in agribusiness and marketing, and Vernon Heath, VSU Small Farm Outreach Program to begin the workshop.

An overview of Soul Collage® Technique and workshop activities will be led by Dr. Shawne Bryant, Certified Soul Collage® Facilitator

For information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact small farm agent Vernon Heath, (804) 892-4518 or vheath@vsu.edu.

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

 

 

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Sep
24
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

September 24, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd
Halifax, VA

This half-day workshop introduces the available training programs, technical assistance and financial resources designed to support new and beginning farm operations.

SPACE IS LIMITED.

To attend, contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Vernon Heath at vheath@vsu.edu or (804) 892-4518.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

 

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Sep
22
5:00 PM17:00

Small Engine Storage, Maintenance & Repair

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Small Engine Storage, Maintenance & Repair

SEPTEMBER 22, 2018
1PM - 5PM

Russell County Career and Technical Center
304 Career Technical Dr. • Lebanon , VA 24266

Save time and money with these best practices to maintain and repair small engine farm equipment and keep it running year after year! 

BRING ALONG YOUR OWN PROJECT FOR REPAIR!

The Small Engine Storage, Maintenance & Repair Workshop is a free, hands-on training opportunity to  learn basic maintenance, simple repairs and equipment trouble-shooting tips from VSU Small Farm Outreach Program Agents. 

For information, contact Michael Carter Sr. at (804) 481-1163 or mcarter@vsu.edu or call  the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  SPACE IS LIMITED.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office (smallfarm@vsu.edu) or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Sep
21
9:00 AM09:00

Small Ruminant Field Day

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Small Ruminant Field Day

SEPTEMBER 21, 2018
9AM - 3PM

VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

REGISTRATION: $10 per person includes lunch.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: 
Dr. Niki Whitley, animal science Extension specialist, Fort Valley State University, Georgia

Dr. Whitley has worked with goats and sheep for 20 years at the University of Missouri, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and North Carolina A&T State University. She earned her Ph.D. in animal physiology from Mississippi State University. 

ADDITIONAL PRESENTATIONS:

  • Dr. Michelle Corley will discuss using stinging nettle for deworming.
  • Dr. Eunice Ndegwa will discuss maintaining gut health in pre-weaned kids and lambs.
  • Dr. O’Brien and Amanda Miller, VSU’s herd manager, will conduct hands-on sessions on vaccinations, proper drenching techniques, FAMACHA scoring, body condition scoring and maintaining hoof health.

Goat and lamb products will be available for sampling.

For information, contact the Small Ruminant Program office at (804) 524-5960 or email mklein@vsu.edu.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Ruminant Program office at mklein@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5960 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Sep
20
9:00 AM09:00

Forestry & Timber Management

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Forestry & Timber Management

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd • Halifax, VA

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program will host this program presented by Jason Fisher, Central Region Extension Agent in Agriculture and Natural Resources. Jason works to promote sustainable forest and natural resources management research and techniques to landowners, loggers, professional foresters, and educators.

Fisher will present information about key items landowners need to consider for forest regeneration after harvesting including: tree selection for species that will do best on your property; the differences between establishing pine and hardwood forest stands and the cost/revenue considerations for tree selection. He  will also lead a tree identification session during the morning.

For more information, contact Small Farm Agent Cliff Somerville (csomerville@vsu.edu / 804-892-4617) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Sep
12
1:00 PM13:00

CANCELLED: Beginning Farmer Whole Farm Planning

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Beginning Farmer: Whole Farm Planning

DUE TO WEATHER CONCERNS FROM HURRICANE FLORENCE, THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2018
1PM - 4PM

Accomac USDA FSA Office
22545 Center Parkway • Accomac, VA

SPACE IS LIMITED.

Join VSU’s Small Farm Outreach Agent Susan Cheek for this introductory course from the New, Beginning & U.S. Military Veteran Farmer and Rancher Program from VSU’s Small Farm Outreach Program.

Whole Farm Planning puts beginning farmers in a good position to maintain or improve profitability while enhancing their sustainability. Whole Farm Planning can also lead to protection and enhancement of the quality of soil, water, and other natural resources on and near the farm. More importantly, the planning process helps beginning farmers define long and short term goals. These goals can help you improve your chances of a better quality of life at home and in your community.

For information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact small farm agent  Susan Cheek, (804) 720-5539, scheek@vsu.edu.

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office (smallfarm@vsu.edu) or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

 

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Sep
10
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

September 10, 2018
9AM - 12PM

GW Carver Agricultural Center
9432 James Madison Hwy
Rapidan, VA

This half-day workshop introduces the available training programs, technical assistance and financial resources designed to support new and beginning farm operations.

SPACE IS LIMITED.

To attend, contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Vernon Heath at vheath@vsu.edu or (804) 892-4518.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

 

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Sep
6
9:00 AM09:00

CANCELLED: Introduction to QuickBooks®

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Introduction to Quickbooks®

SORRY! THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

SEPTEMBER 6, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Human Resources Building
440 Market Street • Suffolk VA

QuickBooks® is a software program that can help you do everyday financial tasks quickly.

Create invoices and track sales
Easily create invoices and sales receipts to keep track of who owes you money, what they bought, and when they paid you.

Stay on top of your expenses
Enter and pay bills from vendors, and download your bank and credit card transactions directly into QuickBooks.

Gain insights into your business
Drill down to see the details behind the numbers, and export your reports and all of your QuickBooks formatting to Excel.


For more information contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Michael Carter Sr. at (804) 481-1163 or mcarter@vsu.edu or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 /TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Sep
6
8:00 AM08:00

Introduction to QuickBooks®

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Introduction to Quickbooks®

SEPTEMBER 6, 2018
8AM - 12PM

Regional Center for Advanced Technology & Training
121 Slayton Ave • Danville, VA

QuickBooks® is a software program that can help you do everyday financial tasks quickly.

Create invoices and track sales
Easily create invoices and sales receipts to keep track of who owes you money, what they bought, and when they paid you.

Stay on top of your expenses
Enter and pay bills from vendors, and download your bank and credit card transactions directly into QuickBooks.

Gain insights into your business
Drill down to see the details behind the numbers, and export your reports and all of your QuickBooks formatting to Excel.


For more information contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Cassidy W. Shelton at 804-704-4033 or email cwilliams@vsu.edu or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 /TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Aug
28
6:00 PM18:00

High Tunnel Management, Maintenance & Production

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High Tunnel Management, Maintenance & Production

AUGUST 28, 2018
6PM - 8PM

Hill Farm
Louisa, VA

Join VSU’s Small Farm Outreach Agent Susan Cheek along with Susan Hill, owner of Hill Farm, to learn about opportunities for using high tunnels to extend the growing season for profitable crops. Tour the high tunnels at Hill Farm and hear more about:

• Starting seeds
• Tips for extended season production
• Soil management, planting
• High tunnel maintenance

For information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact small farm agent  Susan Cheek, (804) 720-5539, scheek@vsu.edu.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  SPACE IS LIMITED.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office (smallfarm@vsu.edu) or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

 

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Aug
25
6:00 PM18:00

Winter Squash Variety Trial at Fauquier Education Farm

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Winter Squash Variety Trial

AUGUST 25, 2018
6PM - 8PM

Fauquier Education Farm
8428 Meetze Road • Warrenton, VA

FREE TO ATTEND. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Take a look at the variety trials of 10 types of winter squash grown at the farm. See how well they have produced and discuss what does in to growing this popular fall crop.

Learn more about Fauquier Education Farm

The 2018 Workshop Series at Fauquier Education Farm is in partnership with the VSU Small Farm Outreach Program’s Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program. Click here for more information on this program, or contact the Small Farm Outreach Office at (804) 524-3292.

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Aug
24
4:00 PM16:00

High Tunnel Management, Maintenance & Production

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High Tunnel Management, Maintenance & Production

AUGUST 24, 2018
4PM - 6PM

Berry Hill Drip Irrigation
3744 US-58 • Buffalo Junction, VA

Dr. Reza Rafie and Chris Mullins, horiticulture specialists with Virginia Cooperative Extension at VSU, along with VSU’s Small Farm Outreach Agent Susan Cheek will discuss opportunities for using high tunnels to extend the growing season for profitable crops. Tour the high tunnels and learn more about:

• Starting seeds
• Tips for extended season production
• Soil management, planting
• High tunnel maintenance

For information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact small farm agent  Susan Cheek, (804) 720-5539, scheek@vsu.edu.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  SPACE IS LIMITED.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office (smallfarm@vsu.edu) or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

 

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Aug
22
9:00 AM09:00

Farmer / Buyer "Meet Up"

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Farmer / Buyer "Meet Up"

AUGUST 22, 2018
9AM - 3PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

REGISTER ONLINE:

The Farmer / Buyer “Meet Up” provides an opportunty to connect growers to buyers in a networking session that can lead to sales relationships. Farmers are encouraged to bring photos of their farm, business cards, and a list of products and/or a price sheet. Wholesalers, chefs, restaurant owners, grocers, and food service directors should bring business cards as well as a list of products that they hope to source locally. There are no promises made and no contracts signed on-site; it’s a chance to open doors for future follow-up.

  • Farmer/Buyer networking opportunities throughout the day. 
  • Round table discussion from some of the top buyers in the state, who will share what they are looking for from farmers and answer questions. 
  • Presentation from Rural Development and a Harmonized GAP Introduction Workshop.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. LUNCH PROVIDED.

For more information, contact Michael Carter Jr. at (804) 633-9964 or micarter@vsu.edu or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

Sponsored by Rural Development, Small Farm Outreach Program and the Virginia Small Farm Resource Center.

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If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office (smallfarm@vsu.edu) or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Aug
21
1:00 PM13:00

Generation NEXT Mini-Workshop

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Generation NEXT Mini-Workshops

AUGUST 21, 2018
1PM - 5PM

Surry County Extension Office
45 School Street • Surry, VA

$10 per person (plus $5 for each additional family member) includes materials and refreshments

Download a printable registration form here

You value your forest and/or farmland for many reasons. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? Without breaking it up? 

The cost of not planning is “priceless” and future tax burdens may put your land’s ownership in jeopardy. If you don’t plan, the state has a plan for you. By researching and choosing what you want ahead of time, you can ensure your wishes are met and minimize the cost of professional advisors! Please join us for a hands-on workshop with free legal guidance from professionals experienced in intergenerational land transfer and landowner testimonials of estate planning steps & strategies they have used. 

Land may be your biggest asset. Make sure your actions support the family’s values.

 For more information, contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.


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Aug
16
9:00 AM09:00

Military Veterans Farm Tour at GW Carver Agricultural Center

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Military Veterans Farm Tour at GW Carver Agricultural Center

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For new and beginning farmers who are military veterans interested in participating in the Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program with VSU Small Farm Outreach.

AUGUST 16, 2018
9AM - 12PM

GW Carver Agricultural Center
9432 N James Madison Hwy • Rapidan, VA

This tour is free to attend; however, space is limited.

TO ATTEND:
Call James "Tony" Edwards at (804) 720-2588 or email jtedwards@vsu.edu.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Aug
14
9:00 AM09:00

Sustainable Gardening Practices in High Tunnel Systems

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Sustainable Gardening Practices in High Tunnel Systems

AUGUST 14, 2018
9AM - 11:30AM

ACE Gardens
4247 Creighton Rd, Richmond, Virginia

AGENDA & PRESENTATIONS

9:00 AM
Registration & Welcome

9:30 AM

  • Principles of Sustainable Gardening, Dr. Leonard Githinji, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Sustainable and Urban Agriculture, Virginia State University


10:15 AM

  • High Tunnel Production, Dr. Reza Rafie, Professor and Extension Specialist, Horticulture, Virginia State University


11:00 AM

  • Environmental Control in High Tunnels, Chris Mullins, Extension Specialist, Greenhouse, Virginia State University
  • Tour of the Garden, Billie Brown, ACE Garden

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

For more information, contact the VSU Virginia Cooperative Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources office  at (804) 524-5960 or email mklein@vsu.edu


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact mklein@vsu.edu with the Cooperative Extension office, Agriculture & Natural Resources at VSU, or call (804) 524-5960  / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Aug
13
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

August 13, 2018
9AM - 12PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road
Petersburg, VA

This half-day workshop introduces the available training programs, technical assistance and financial resources designed to support new and beginning farm operations.

SPACE IS LIMITED.

To attend, contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Vernon Heath at vheath@vsu.edu or (804) 892-4518.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

 

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Aug
9
1:00 PM13:00

Generation NEXT Mini-Workshop

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Generation NEXT Mini-Workshops

AUGUST 9, 2018
1PM - 5PM

Prince Edward County Extension Office
100 Dominion Dr • Farmville, VA

$10 per person (plus $5 for each additional family member) includes materials and refreshments

Download a printable registration form here

You value your forest and/or farmland for many reasons. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? Without breaking it up? 

The cost of not planning is “priceless” and future tax burdens may put your land’s ownership in jeopardy. If you don’t plan, the state has a plan for you. By researching and choosing what you want ahead of time, you can ensure your wishes are met and minimize the cost of professional advisors! Please join us for a hands-on workshop with free legal guidance from professionals experienced in intergenerational land transfer and landowner testimonials of estate planning steps & strategies they have used. 

Land may be your biggest asset. Make sure your actions support the family’s values.

 For more information, contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.


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Aug
2
2:30 PM14:30

Generation NEXT Mini-Workshop

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Generation NEXT Mini-Workshops

AUGUST 2, 2018
2:30PM - 7PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd • Halifax, VA

$10 per person (plus $5 for each additional family member) includes materials and refreshments

Download a printable registration form here

You value your forest and/or farmland for many reasons. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? Without breaking it up? 

The cost of not planning is “priceless” and future tax burdens may put your land’s ownership in jeopardy. If you don’t plan, the state has a plan for you. By researching and choosing what you want ahead of time, you can ensure your wishes are met and minimize the cost of professional advisors! Please join us for a hands-on workshop with free legal guidance from professionals experienced in intergenerational land transfer and landowner testimonials of estate planning steps & strategies they have used. 

Land may be your biggest asset. Make sure your actions support the family’s values.

 For more information, contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.


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Aug
1
9:00 AM09:00

Small Engine Storage, Maintenance & Repair

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SMALL ENGINE STORAGE, MAINTENANCE & REPAIR

AUGUST 1, 2018
9:00pm - 4:00pm

George Washington Carver Agricultural Research Center
9432 James Madison Hwy • Rapidan, Virginia

Save time and money with these best practices to maintain and repair small engine farm equipment and keep it running year after year! 

The Small Engine Storage, Maintenance & Repair Workshop is a hands-on training opportunity for participants to learn basic maintenance, simple repairs and equipment trouble-shooting tips from VSU Small Farm Outreach Program Agents. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Roland Terrell at (804) 892-4612 or rterrell@vsu.edu or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Jul
26
6:00 PM18:00

Farmscaping at Fauquier Education Farm

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2018 Workshop Series
Farmscaping

JULY 26, 2018
6PM - 8PM

Fauquier Education Farm
8428 Meetze Road • Warrenton, VA

FREE TO ATTEND. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Farmscaping is a simple technique of creating a healthy, balanced environment in our garden spaces that will encourage and hold a host of beneficial insects that can help discourage the pest, and make your garden more beautiful too. We’ll have a guest speaker, Celia Vuocolo, from the Piedmont Environmental Council, on hand to talk about supporting native pollinators, and to help you learn how you can help nature work for you. 

The 2018 Workshop Series at Fauquier Education Farm is in partnership with the VSU Small Farm Outreach Program’s Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program. Click here for more information on this program, or contact the Small Farm Outreach Office at (804) 524-3292.

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Jul
26
1:00 PM13:00

Hands-On Technology Training for Your Small Farm Businesses

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LEARN TO BUILD A CUSTOM WEBSITE WITH WIX.COM

JULY 26, 2018
1PM - 3:30PM

Danville Community College
COMPUTER LAB
1008 S Main Street • Danville, VA 

SPACE IS LIMITED.

Join Dr. Theresa Nartea, Marketing & Agribusiness Specialist, and VSU Small Farm Outreach Agent Cassidy Shelton for an introduction to Wix.com, an online tool to create custom web pages that can help you use technology to connect with customers, tell your story, and expand your market.

FOR INFORMATION, call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 or contact Small Farm Agent Cassidy Shelton, (804) 704-4033 or cwilliams@vsu.edu

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Jul
26
9:00 AM09:00

Industrial Hemp Field Day

JULY 26, 2018
9am - 3pm

VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

The 2018 Industrial Hemp Field Day will provide a forum for potential growers, researchers, marketing experts and industrial hemp product users to discuss the future of the crop in Virginia and neighboring states. Learn about the variety of products from industrial hemp, the challenges and opportunities for cultivating this crop, and an update on the legislation governing industrial hemp production in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

$10 PER PERSON, includes continental breakfast and boxed lunch.

Space is limited and confirmed by receipt of payment.

For more information, contact the Agricultural Research Station at (804) 524-5151.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Agricultural Research Station office manager, Laverne Morris at lmorris@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5151 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.


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Jul
25
9:00 AM09:00

Military Veterans Tour of Randolph Farm

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Military Veterans Tour of Randolph Farm

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For new and beginning farmers who are military veterans interested in participating in the Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program with VSU Small Farm Outreach.

JULY 25, 2018
9AM - 12PM

VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

This tour is free to attend; however, space is limited.

TO ATTEND:
Call James "Tony" Edwards at (804) 720-2588 or email jtedwards@vsu.edu.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Jul
24
1:00 PM13:00

Generation NEXT Mini-Workshop

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Generation NEXT Mini-Workshops

JULY 24, 2018
1PM - 5PM

Southside Community College
109 Campus Dr • Alberta, VA

$10 per person (plus $5 for each additional family member) includes materials and refreshments

Download a printable registration form here

You value your forest and/or farmland for many reasons. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? Without breaking it up? 

The cost of not planning is “priceless” and future tax burdens may put your land’s ownership in jeopardy. If you don’t plan, the state has a plan for you. By researching and choosing what you want ahead of time, you can ensure your wishes are met and minimize the cost of professional advisors! Please join us for a hands-on workshop with free legal guidance from professionals experienced in intergenerational land transfer and landowner testimonials of estate planning steps & strategies they have used. 

Land may be your biggest asset. Make sure your actions support the family’s values.

 For more information, contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu 


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Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Branding: Not Just for the Herd

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Marketing Workshop
Branding; Not Just for the Herd

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

South County Library
6303 Merriman Rd • Roanoke, VA

Join Callie Taylor from The Herd Brand as she talks about creating a brand for your business. To find out more about Callie you can visit her website or follow her on social media: 

https://theherdbrand.com/ |@theherdbrand | Facebook: theherdbrand


For information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office (804) 524-3292 or contact Small FarmAgent CassidyShelton, 804-704-4033, cwilliams@vsu.edu.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

 

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