Jul
27
Jul 28

Agriculture & Financial Mgmt 2-day course

JULY 27-28, 2017

8:00am - 4:00pm

 

L. Douglas Wilder Building

Virginia State University Campus

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/rnv6xqG0luTgfg5k1

 

Designed especially for small, limited-resource and veteran berry farmers or those who are interested in business and production related specifically to berry growing, this six-part Agribusiness Production & Financial Management course will allow you to:

 

• Find resources to help boost farm profitability and income.

 

• Offer hands-on training to assist you in developing valuable skills in financial management, crop production and marketing specifically for berry production.

 

Find out what you need to know for tax planning, record-keeping and business development as well as strategies for reducing risk and connecting to available funding through state and federal agencies—all to help you grow and sustain a successful berry business.

 

The course builds on strong partnerships with USDA agencies, local banks and industry collaborators to develop an innovative, culturally sensitive, level appropriate, and practical research-based curriculum. Instructors include multidisciplinary staff from Virginia State University’s Colleges of Agriculture and Business, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Farm Credit officials and producers who have had success with our programs. 

 

Free and open to the public. Lunch is provided.

 

For more information, contact Mike Wooden (mwooden@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 (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.

Aug
5
9:00 am09:00

Seeds of Faith Farm Field Day

AUGUST 5, 2017
9:00am - 12:00pm

Seeds of Faith Farm
605 Tip Lane
Brookneal, VA  24528

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/Lw5sR5n8lfVYL50q2

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program agents Cassidy Williams and Tammy Holler be your hosts at the Field Day to welcome participants and introduce representatives from USDA, Extension and Virginia state agencies. Presentations include information about programs and resources available to Virginia small and beginning farmers.
                                                                                                             
Speakers include:

• Dr. Reza Rafie, Extension Specialist, Horticulture, Virginia State University
• Anthony Landrum, Campbell/Amherst/Appomattox, Community Economic Development
and Diane Lenoir-Giles, Public Relations/Outreach Specialist, USDA Farm Service Agency
• Laurette Tucker, USDA Rural Development
• Don Yancy, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
• Herman Ellison, USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service
• Jonathan Wooleridge, Conservation Specialist, Robert E. Lee Soil & Water Conservation District (Appomattox)
• Todd Scott, Campbell County Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Cassidy Williams (804-704-4033 / 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 (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.

Aug
8
6:00 pm18:00

Wildlife Habitat Workshop

Join us and learn how to create wildlife habitat on your property!

 

AUGUST 8, 2017

6:00pm - 8:00pm

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/BDgPlI75o0Rnvb472

 

Pittsylvania County Public Library, Chatham Branch

24 Military Drive, Chatham VA 24531

 

Hosted by:

Cassidy Williams, Small Farm Outreach Program agent, Virginia State University

Lorien Koontz, Private Lands Wildlife Biologist, Virginia DGIF, Virginia Tech Conservation Management Institute,

and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service 

Trenton Howell, Soil Conservationist, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service

Aug
15
9:00 am09:00

New & Beginning Farmer Workshop

AUGUST 15, 2017
9:00am - 11:00am

SURRY COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER
45 SCHOOL STREET, SURRY, VA 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

New and beginning farmers are invited to learn about the innovative loan products and initiatives from USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

USDA FSA’s programs are designed to serve traditionally underserved farmers and ranchers. For example, in its first full year of operation 80 percent of the Operating and Farm Ownership Microloans went to beginning farmers, the underserved, and military veterans.  Further, FSA is working to expand credit in areas where there are few lenders or where cultural or economic conditions limit the availability of credit.

You will meet a FSA Farm Loan Specialist as well as trained agricultural agents from VSU’s Small Farm Outreach Program (SFOP) who are available to assist you with instituting new production methods and help you develop accurate farm business plans. These agents conduct a variety educational workshops, training events and on-site demonstrations throughout the year that are designed specifically to benefit small and beginning farmers.

For more information call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or
contact SFOP Agent Alvin Adkins (aadkins@vsu.edu / 804-524-6966).

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 office at (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.


USDA is an equal opportunity employer, lender and provider.

Aug
17
8:00 am08:00

Industrial Hemp Field Day

Industrial Hemp Field Day August 17, 2017 8am - 12pm Guests are invited to remain until 3pm for informal discussion with presenters and exhibitors VSU RANDOLPH FARM 4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/IBHI0TZbA93uAF2N2 This first-of-its kind public event 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. Critical information will be shared on the challenges of growing industrial hemp, the available and potential markets for industrial hemp products, and crop processing feasibility to help farmers decide whether to consider growing the crop. _______________________ Agenda (subject to change prior to the event) (8am - 12pm) Coffee/Networking Welcome Industry Overview – Why Industrial Hemp? Markets for Industrial Hemp Products (fiber, seed) Industrial Hemp Research at VSU Industrial Hemp Plot Tour Exhibitor Engagement (12pm - 3pm) Opportunity for discussion with speakers and networking _________________________ What Is Industrial Hemp? Industrial hemp is a versatile crop that can be processed into different products with multiple uses. Its stalk can be used to produce biofuel, auto parts, paper, upholstery, fiber for cloth and other textile items, building materials, industrial products and different types of papers. Industrial hemp seeds can be used to produce animal feed and human food or serve as sources of oil for lotion and cosmetic products. VSU’s Role In Growing Industrial Hemp VSU is one of the higher learning institutions authorized to conduct industrial hemp research in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This came as a result of the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill Section 7606 by the U.S. Congress and the subsequent enactment of the Industrial Hemp Law by Virginia General Assembly in 2015.  VSU began conducting field research on industrial hemp in 2016. Researchers are currently evaluating industrial hemp varieties for seed, seed oil, and biofuel production adaptable to Virginia’s climate. Optimum planting dates and fertilizer needs for maximum industrial hemp seed and fiber yields are also being investigated.  The field trials are significant in evaluating the potential growth of industrial hemp in different parts of the state. But Virginia farmers also need information on the current and potential markets of industrial hemp products before they decide to grow the crop. Knowledge about processing facilities is also essential to determine the types of industrial hemp that should be grown. The decision to grow industrial hemp for its stalk, seed or both is influenced by the type and location of processing facilities. THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Founded in 1882, Virginia State University is one of Virginia’s two land-grant institutions and is located 20 minutes south of Richmond in the village of Ettrick. For more information or if you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Agricultural Research Station at lmorris@vsu.edu or (804) 524-5151 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five (5) days prior to the event. Virginia State University College of Agriculture Agricultural Research Station M.T. Carter Agricultural Research Center P.O. Box 9061 • Virginia State University, VA 23806 www.agriculture.vsu.edu • (804) 524-5151

Industrial Hemp Field Day
August 17, 2017
8am - 12pm

Guests are invited to remain until 3pm for informal discussion with presenters and exhibitors

VSU RANDOLPH FARM
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/IBHI0TZbA93uAF2N2

This first-of-its kind public event 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. Critical information will be shared on the challenges of growing industrial hemp, the available and potential markets for industrial hemp products, and crop processing feasibility to help farmers decide whether to consider growing the crop.

_______________________

Agenda
(subject to change prior to the event)

(8am - 12pm)

Coffee/Networking
Welcome
Industry Overview – Why Industrial Hemp?
Markets for Industrial Hemp Products (fiber, seed)
Industrial Hemp Research at VSU
Industrial Hemp Plot Tour
Exhibitor Engagement

(12pm - 3pm)

Opportunity for discussion with speakers and networking

_________________________

What Is Industrial Hemp?

Industrial hemp is a versatile crop that can be processed into different products with multiple uses. Its stalk can be used to produce biofuel, auto parts, paper, upholstery, fiber for cloth and other textile items, building materials, industrial products and different types of papers. Industrial hemp seeds can be used to produce animal feed and human food or serve as sources of oil for lotion and cosmetic products.

VSU’s Role In Growing Industrial Hemp

VSU is one of the higher learning institutions authorized to conduct industrial hemp research in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This came as a result of the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill Section 7606 by the U.S. Congress and the subsequent enactment of the Industrial Hemp Law by Virginia General Assembly in 2015. 

VSU began conducting field research on industrial hemp in 2016. Researchers are currently evaluating industrial hemp varieties for seed, seed oil, and biofuel production adaptable to Virginia’s climate. Optimum planting dates and fertilizer needs for maximum industrial hemp seed and fiber yields are also being investigated. 

The field trials are significant in evaluating the potential growth of industrial hemp in different parts of the state. But Virginia farmers also need information on the current and potential markets of industrial hemp products before they decide to grow the crop. Knowledge about processing facilities is also essential to determine the types of industrial hemp that should be grown. The decision to grow industrial hemp for its stalk, seed or both is influenced by the type and location of processing facilities.

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Founded in 1882, Virginia State University is one of Virginia’s two land-grant institutions and is located 20 minutes south of Richmond in the village of Ettrick.

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

Virginia State University College of Agriculture Agricultural Research Station
M.T. Carter Agricultural Research Center
P.O. Box 9061 • Virginia State University, VA 23806
www.agriculture.vsu.edu • (804) 524-5151


Jul
21
9:00 am09:00

Cut Flowers Workshop with Lisa Zeigler

JULY 21, 2017
9:00am - 2:00pm

Eastern Shore Barrier Island Center
7295 Young St., Machipongo, VA 23405

THIS EVENT HAS REACHED CAPACITY AND REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

Free Two-Part Workshop & Complimentary Lunch

GROWING CUT FLOWERS FOR PROFIT

FUELING THE ORGANIC FLOWER GARDEN

 

Join us for this special free presentation by nationally renowned cut-flower gardening expert Lisa Ziegler.

LEARN THE SECRETS OF SUCCESSFUL FLOWER GARDENING:

* Get started with low investment
* Who is buying cut flowers
* Added value crop for vegetable growers
* Soil blocking: English seed-starting method
* Garden without chemicals
* What flowers to grow
* Improve soil health
* Warm- and cool-season plants

Lisa Mason Ziegler is a cut-flower farmer, author, and nationally recognized speaker. Lisa has been farming since 1998; her urban three-acre farm produces thousands of stems of flowers each week in season. She has sold her flowers to Colonial Williamsburg, florists, supermarkets, through her CSA programs, and at farmer’s markets. Lisa’s books, DVDs and programs incorporate her simple methods that inspire and delight. Bonus: Lisa’s own “Gardener’s Workshop” tools, seeds and supplies for sale during the event!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Susan Cheek (804-720-5539 / scheek@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 (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.

Jul
20
10:00 am10:00

NRCS Strikeforce, Lunenburg County

JULY 21, 2017
9:00am – 12:00pm

WILLOWLAND FARM
841 Potts Springs Rd. • Dundas, VA

Join VSU Small Farm Outreach Program and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service representatives for a USDA StrikeForce Workshop                                  

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), Rural Development (RD), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), and Virginia State University (VSU) have teamed up to develop strategies for increasing awareness of and participation in USDA programs. The agencies have identified joint goals and areas where programs/services interface to promote economic development in targeted areas.

Strike Force workshops are designed to help farmers improve production and provide financial incentives for environmental practices, finance new markets facility, and increase sources and access for locally grown agricultural products.

Jul
20
9:00 am09:00

Small Engine Storage, Maintenance & Repair Workshop

JULY 20, 2017

9:00am - 4:00pm

 

Ag Engineering Building

VSU Campus

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/Dk8fMaczzUQ7nkhJ2

 

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 (804) 892-4612; 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 (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.

Jul
18
6:00 pm18:00

Community Gardens at Salvation Army

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JULY 18, 2017

6:00pm- 8:00pm

 

Petersburg Salvation Army

1228 S. West St., Petersburg, VA 23803

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/Ny32aGZIquB33vY22

 

Join us for a twilight tour of the community gardens at the Petersburg Salvation Army.

 

THIS EDUCATIONAL DEMONSTRATION IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Susan Cheek (804-720-5539 / scheek@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 (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.

Jul
13
6:00 pm18:00

Community Gardens at Friendship Memorial

JULY 13, 2017

6:00pm - 8:00pm

 

Friendship Memorial Baptist Church

1901 Hicks Road, N. Chesterfield VA

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/7MkwLfvJ6O6IqA6A3

 

Join us for a twilight tour of the community gardens with agriculture specialists, small farm agents and members of the community garden to discuss:

 

Irrigation and deer management practices

 

Vegetable growing methods and varieties in-ground and raised beds

 

Produce stand to raise funds for the community garden 

 

Produce harvested from the garden is donated to a local food bank and others in the area who are in need.

 

THIS EDUCATIONAL DEMONSTRATION IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Susan Cheek (804-720-5539 / scheek@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 (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.

Jul
6
5:00 pm17:00

Cover Crop & Vegetables at Abbott Farm

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension and VSU Small Farm Outreach for an evening tour and demonstration of cover crops in a vegetable growing system! 

 

JULY 6, 2017

5:00 - 7:00 pm

 

Abbott Farms • 1064 Patti Road • Rocky Mount, VA

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/3hDA3flXFoHK00SU2

 

Light refreshments will be provided – Please dress to be outside

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Cassidy Williams (804-704-4033 / 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 (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.

Jul
6
1:00 pm13:00

Floral Arrangement & Design at Vogue Flowers

JULY 6, 2017

1:00 - 4:00 pm

 

Vogue Flowers 

1114 N. Boulevard • Richmond, Virginia

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/jF4FRFhEQwfPNKiD3

LIMITED TO 30 REGISTRANTS.

 

Learn the basics of floral arrangement and design in this hands-on workshop with an instructor at Vogue Flowers, a local family owned florist that has been serving the Greater Richmond Virginia area for over 31 years. Vogue Flowers is the only florist in Richmond that grows some of its flowers locally on its family farm. Attendees will take home their arrangement at the end of the workshop. 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Susan Cheek (804-720-5539 / scheek@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 (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.

Jul
5
Jul 7

Fish School

JULY 5, 6 & 7, 2017 VSU RANDOLPH FARM 4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA $10 per person/per day. Payable by cash or check to “Virginia State University” upon arrival for day(s) attending. REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/hsXK140cQvbX5QBW2 Preliminary Agenda JULY 5 • Introductions: Goal of Fish School • Species and Marketing: HACCP and Best Management Practices • Aquaculture Nutrition • Water Quality and Fish Health Hands-On Group Activities include: Pond Side Feeding and Research, Catfish Fingerling Transport, Pond and Cage Stocking, Catfish Pond Seining, Harvest and Handling, and Water Quality Testing JULY 6   • Farm Pond Management • Freshwater Shrimp • Cage Culture Hands-On Group Activities include: Sample Shrimp Population, Water Quality Testing, Cage Construction, Pond Shrimp Growth Evaluation, Shrimp Transport and Stocking, Processing/HACCP, Tour of Processing Facility, Taste Test: Sample Fish and Freshwater Shrimp JULY 7 • Greenhouse Production Systems/Aquaponics and Tour • Sampling fish populations • Over-Wintering Solar Power Energy Unit • ABCs of RAS (Recirculating Aquaculture Systems):  Hands-On Group Activities include: Aquaponics Unit Construction—Greenhouse Limited-Scale Recirculation For more information or to request specific topics that can be included during Fish School, contact Dr. Brian Nerrie at (804) 524-5903 or email bnerrie@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 Aquaculture Program office at (804) 524-5496 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.


JULY 5, 6 & 7, 2017
VSU RANDOLPH FARM
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

$10 per person/per day. Payable by cash or check to “Virginia State University” upon arrival for day(s) attending.

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/hsXK140cQvbX5QBW2

Preliminary Agenda

JULY 5

• Introductions: Goal of Fish School
• Species and Marketing: HACCP and Best Management Practices
• Aquaculture Nutrition
• Water Quality and Fish Health
Hands-On Group Activities include: Pond Side Feeding and Research, Catfish Fingerling Transport, Pond and Cage Stocking, Catfish Pond Seining, Harvest and Handling, and Water Quality Testing

JULY 6  

• Farm Pond Management
• Freshwater Shrimp
• Cage Culture
Hands-On Group Activities include: Sample Shrimp Population, Water Quality Testing, Cage Construction, Pond Shrimp Growth Evaluation, Shrimp Transport and Stocking, Processing/HACCP, Tour of Processing Facility, Taste Test: Sample Fish and Freshwater Shrimp

JULY 7

• Greenhouse Production Systems/Aquaponics and Tour
• Sampling fish populations
• Over-Wintering Solar Power Energy Unit
• ABCs of RAS (Recirculating Aquaculture Systems): 
Hands-On Group Activities include: Aquaponics Unit Construction—Greenhouse Limited-Scale Recirculation

For more information or to request specific topics that can be included during Fish School, contact Dr. Brian Nerrie at (804) 524-5903 or email bnerrie@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 Aquaculture Program office at (804) 524-5496 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Jun
29
6:00 pm18:00

Diversified Farming Operation Tour

JUNE 29, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Elda Gardens
328 Courtney School Rd
Midland, VA 22728 (Fauquier County) 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/SvfNDO3jrVsfNRg73

Visit this family-owned farm to see a wide range of activities from herb and vegetable production to honey, cheese and pork production. They also grow a variety of flowers for fresh and dried arrangements. Susan Cheek, VSU Extension Agent from Virginia State University’s Small Farm Outreach Program, will be on hand to lead the workshop.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Susan Cheek (804-720-5539 / scheek@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626. 

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) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Jun
28
9:00 am09:00

Small Ruminant Fecal Egg Counts

JUNE 28, 2017
9:00am - 12:00pm
VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

SPACE IS LIMITED.

REGISTER ONLINE AT: https://goo.gl/forms/9VMg7ohHD4eph7zA2

Fecal egg counts are done to determine the worm load in animals and it has many uses in a parasite control program. They can be used to estimate the parasite load in an animal, show the level of pasture infestation, determine effectiveness of dewormers, and evaluate parasite resistance in animals. 

VSU’s Small Ruminant Specialist Dahlia O’Brien will review:

  • Small Ruminant Parasites
  • What is a FEC and what can we use it for
  • Determining dewormer resistance using FEC
  • Limitations of FEC
  • Training on how to conduct FEC

Registration fee of $10 per person* should be paid upon arrival at the workshop by cash or check.

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

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 (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.

*Includes refreshments and workshop supplies. Children 12 and under are free with an accompanying adult.

Jun
21
9:30 am09:30

USDA NRCS STRIKEFORCE COUNTY WORKSHOP SERIES (Charlotte County)

June 21, 2017 | Charlotte County

5:30PM - 7:30PM
at Goldman Farm

Small Farm Outreach Agents and representatives from USDA agencies including the Natural Resource and Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host a local demonstration workshop that provides information on available NRCS programs and opportunities as well as a variety on-site educational demonstrations on topics including drip irrigation, high tunnel production, no-till vs. conventional farming, and pasture grazing.

REGISTER NOW: https://goo.gl/forms/wNB0mnHqLgAg23c02

For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-5626 or Small Farm Agents Grace Summers (gsummers@vsu.edu / 804-712-0093) or Clinton Carty (ccarty@vsu.edu / 804-481-0425)

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) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Jun
1
9:00 am09:00

Small Ruminant FAMACHA® Certification

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JUNE 1
9:00am - 12:00pm
VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

SPACE IS LIMITED.

REGISTER ONLINE AT: https://goo.gl/forms/fzl0Cr9ccZo6NS9z1

Despite opportunities for success in sheep and goat production, parasite control and anthelmintic resistance are major problems faced by producers. 

This approved FAMACHA® training workshop emphasizes the use of multiple techniques, such as pasture management and strategic deworming, for the effective control of internal parasites. This is important to assist producers in prolonging the efficacy of chemical dewormers on their farms. 

VSU’s Small Ruminant Specialist Dahlia O’Brien will review:

  • Small Ruminant Parasites
  • Dewormers and dewormer resistance
  • Alternative Strategies for Parasite Control
  • Five Point Check
  • How and when to use FAMACHA® scores (including hands-on training)

This workshop is supported by the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control, an organization that has developed research-based practices for controlling internal parasites on farms. With the exception of veterinarians and other qualified animal health professionals, you must take an approved training in order to get certified in the FAMACHA® system and receive a FAMACHA® card.

Registration fee of $20 per person* should be paid upon arrival at the workshop by cash or check.

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

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 (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.

*Includes lunch, notebook and FAMACHA card. Children 12 and under are free with an accompanying adult.

May
25
9:00 am09:00

Raised Bed Gardening

Raised Bed Gardening MAY 25, 2017 9am - 12pm Tricycle Garden RVA Urban Farm 901 Bainbridge St Richmond, VA 23223 REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/KzW3gDH6XsH4CE3I2 For anyone interested in learning more about how to have a successful raised bed garden including tips on planning your garden area, constructing a raised bed garden, soil testing and fertility management, water management, plant and seed selection and more. Join Dr. Leonard Githinji (Sustainable and Urban Agriculture Specialist, Virginia State University / Virginia Cooperative Extension) and Ms. Amy Wildermann (Urban Farm Manager, Tricycle Gardens), for presentations and discussions on how to start your own raised bed garden or improve your existing one. Free and open to the public.  Participation is limited. Please contact the VSU Cooperative Extension office of Agriculture & Natural Resources at (804) 524-5960 or email mklein@vsu.edu for more information. 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 VSU Cooperative Extension office of Agriculture & Natural Resources office at (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.

Raised Bed Gardening
MAY 25, 2017
9am - 12pm

Tricycle Garden RVA Urban Farm
901 Bainbridge St
Richmond, VA 23223

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/KzW3gDH6XsH4CE3I2

For anyone interested in learning more about how to have a successful raised bed garden including tips on planning your garden area, constructing a raised bed garden, soil testing and fertility management, water management, plant and seed selection and more.

Join Dr. Leonard Githinji (Sustainable and Urban Agriculture Specialist, Virginia State University / Virginia Cooperative Extension) and Ms. Amy Wildermann (Urban Farm Manager, Tricycle Gardens), for presentations and discussions on how to start your own raised bed garden or improve your existing one.

Free and open to the public. 

Participation is limited.

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

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 VSU Cooperative Extension office of Agriculture & Natural Resources office at (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.

May
23
1:00 pm13:00

Farm Transition & Estate Planning Workshop

May 23

1:00pm - 4:00pm

St John Baptist Church
Woodford, VA

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/iKpfIbQlxZUnrZTV2

This workshop will provide information and guidance on the decisions you can make today to help you plan and achieve financial and personal goals for the future!

The USDA estimates that 70% of U.S. farmland will change hands in the next twenty years. If a farm or ranch family business has not adequately planned for changes in ownership, it is more likely to go out of business, be absorbed into ever-larger farming neighbors, or be converted to non-farm uses. In these scenarios, impacts of farm entry and exit on rural communities, the environment, and the national economy can be significant.

This workshop is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 or email SFOP Agent Michael Carter (mcarter@vsu.edu)

May
18
9:00 am09:00

Start a Sheep and Goat Meat Enterprise

MAY 18, 2017
9:00am - 12:00pm
VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/B5dhw3kCyoOVtjGn1

Are you interested in raising your own sheep or goats? 
Join us at Virginia State University for a class on starting out with small ruminants.  

Sheep and goats can be raised to provide meat, milk, and fiber.  They can also be raised for 4-H projects, clearing brush from an area or simply as pets.  Whatever your interest, this class covers all the basics you need to start your enterprise.  

VSU’s Small Ruminant Specialist Dahlia O’Brien will review the basics of:

  • Breed selection
  • Housing, supplies/equipment, fencing
  • Feeding and watering needs
  • Breeding and genetics 
  • Health and internal parasites
  • Marketing and economics
  • Hands-on activities including hoof trimming, body condition scoring, correct drenching techniques etc. 


Registration fee of $10 per person* should be paid upon arrival at the workshop by cash or check.

Please contact the Small Ruminant Program office at 804) 524-5960 or email mklein@vsu.edu for more information.

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 (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.

*Includes refreshments and workshop supplies. Children 12 and under are free with an accompanying adult.

May
18
9:00 am09:00

Grant Writing Workshop (VSU)

MAY 18

L. Douglas Wilder Building, Virginia State University

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/vdWeGuZYEYYwN1TV2

 

ALL WORKSHOPS ARE HELD 9:00am - 12:00pm

This introductory workshop will help you become familiar with how to find, prepare and write a grant proposal to help provide financial resources for your project. Topics include:

• Review of USDA and Southern SARE Grant Programs

• Where to Find Grant Announcements

• How to Read and Understand the Call for Proposal (CFP) Guidelines

• Match Your Project with Potential Grant Sources

• Develop Your Project Narrative, Objectives, Outcomes and Budget

• What to Expect Once Your Proposal Has Been Submitted

For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-5626 or Michael Wooden (mwooden@vsu.edu / (804) 691-3263.

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) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

May
17
5:30 pm17:30

USDA NRCS STRIKEFORCE COUNTY WORKSHOP SERIES (Greensville)

May 17, 2017 | Greensville County

5:30PM - 7:30PM
Pitts Farm, Skippers, VA

Small Farm Outreach Agents and representatives from USDA agencies including the Natural Resource and Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host a local demonstration workshop that provides information on available NRCS programs and opportunities as well as a variety on-site educational demonstrations on topics including drip irrigation, high tunnel production, no-till vs. conventional farming, and pasture grazing.

REGISTER NOW: https://goo.gl/forms/QnMcGA9fwOIHWIbS2

For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-5626 or Small Farm Agents Grace Summers (gsummers@vsu.edu / 804-712-0093) or Clinton Carty (ccarty@vsu.edu / 804-481-0425)

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) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

May
17
8:00 am08:00

Quickbooks Workshop

  • Virginia State University

May 17, 2017

8:00am-12:00pm

Virginia State University

Singleton Hall • Room 304

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/VJAdebcfoK3CP4Ay2

 

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.

Space is Limited. For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-5626 or Michael Wooden (mwooden@vsu.edu / (804) 691-3263).

May
9
9:00 am09:00

USDA Programs Information Session

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May 9, 2017
9:00am - 1:00 pm

Lake County Advanced Knowledge Center
118 East Danville Street, South Hill, VA


REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/jgHqMZwB2ofsfRli1

Many services exist on the federal, state and local level to assist small farmers and ranchers. However, often those who are new to farming and ranching are lost in a maze of government alphabet soup as they try to access these services. This workshop is designed to help small farmers learn how to take advantage of these valuable programs and provide them with critical information vital to the success of their farming or ranching enterprise. 

For more information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 or contact Small Farm Agent Marilyn Estes (mestes@vsu.edu / (804) 481-0485).

Apr
27
1:30 pm13:30

Fish Cage Building Workshop

  • Randolph Farm

APRIL 27, 2017

1:30pm - 5:00pm

VSU’s Randolph Farm Pavilion

4415 River Road, Ettrick, VA

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/2D9hnrr8HzYtsYpm2

Space is Limited for this Workshop.

 

Learn to Raise Fish in Cages

This workshop is designed for anyone with a farm pond who is interested raising fish in cages for profit or personal consumption. Participants will learn the basics of cage aquaculture and construct a fish cage.  Cage-building materials will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring leather gloves, tin snips, a tape measure, cutting pliers and protective goggles.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. David Crosby. VSU fish health specialist, at (804) 712-3771 or email dcrosby@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 Aquaculture Program office at (804) 524-5496 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Apr
26
1:00 pm13:00

Organic Farming Workshop

  • Crickets Cove
Organic Farming Workshop at Crickets Cove Farm

Organic Farming Workshop at Crickets Cove Farm

April 26, 2017

1:00pm-3:30pm

Crickets Cove Farm

919 Gilbert Lane, Victoria, VA 23974

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/00fY6m78OnyBYhqZ2

This workshop will cover procedures and costs needed to become organic certified. Discussions will include soil management, marketing and record keeping. A walking tour of the farm will follow.

Crickets Cove Farm Website: http://www.cricketscove.net/

Apr
20
9:00 am09:00

Blueberry Field Walk

APRIL 20, 2017
9:00am - 11:00AM

Randolph Farm
Virginia State University
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/p1UXtjR6bq8oj0Pn1

Blueberry is the fastest growing berry crop in many states including North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Market demand for blueberry continues to grow, and profit potential for growing locally grown blueberry is considerable. One major issue for blueberry growers is the planting of the new blueberry cultivars (varieties) that are becoming available with superior fruit size, taste, color, and pest and disease tolerance. 

At VSU’s Randolph Farm a collection of 45 different blueberry cultivars are under study. All are different in terms of cluster density, productivity, plant structure, bush size, vigor, etc. This is an opportunity to see these cultivars and decide which one may be suitable for your future blueberry production.

For more information, contact the 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 the Agriculture & Natural Resources Office at (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.

Apr
20
Apr 21

Agribusiness Production & Financial Management Course (Melfa)

Eastern Shore Community College
29300 Lankford Hwy, Melfa, VA 23410

Course is Limited to 20 Registered Attendees
REGISTER ONLINE AT: https://goo.gl/forms/NqrRID0qAv80e4V33

CLASSES BEGIN AT 8:00 AM EACH DAY
Lunch is provided.

$50 COURSE FEE includes all course materials.
Fees are payable on the day of arrival at the course location by cash or check made payable to "Virginia State University."

Designed especially for limited-resource and veteran farmers, the six-part Agribusiness Production & Financial Management course will allow you to:

• Meet the mandatory USDA/FSA financial and production management borrower training requirements.
• Find resources to help boost farm profitability and income for farm families and local communities.
• Offer hands-on training to farmers and assist them in developing valuable skills in financial management and crop production.

Find out what you need to know for tax planning, record-keeping and marketing as well as strategies for reducing risk and connecting to available funding through state and federal agencies—all designed to help you grow and sustain a successful farm business.

The Agribusiness Production and Financial Management course builds on strong partnerships with USDA agencies, local banks and industry collaborators to develop an innovative, culturally sensitive, level appropriate, and practical research-based curriculum. Instructors include multidisciplinary staff from Virginia State University’s Colleges of Agriculture and Business, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Farm Credit officials and producers who have had success with our programs. Completion of the course may offer CE credit. Contact Michael Carter (mcarter@vsu.edu) for eligibility requirements or additional information.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Michael Carter (mcarter@vsu.edu) or Mike Wooden (mwooden@vsu.edu)
Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University

PLEASE NOTE: Classes with less than five (5) registered attendees may be canceled by the instructor. Registered attendees will be notified of changes or cancellations seven (7) days prior to the course start date, and pre-paid registration will be refunded in full.

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) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Apr
19
9:45 am09:45

Mattawoman Creek Farm Tour

April 19, 2017

9:45am - 12:00pm

Mattawoman Creek Farms LLC

Eastville VA 23347

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/E3ehWSFOt7z8VCrk1

 

Rick and Janice Felker are owners of Mattawoman Creek Farm on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

• 100% certified organic produce

• Year round production, includingtraditional and heirloom vegetable varieties

• Participating in local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

 

For more information about Mattawoman Creek Farms, visit their website at https://www.mattawomancreekfarms.com/

Apr
12
9:00 am09:00

Cut-Flowers Workshop

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APRIL 12, 2017
Cut Flowers Workshops

Brent and Becky’s Bulbs
7900 Daffodil Lane Gloucester, VA

MORNING & AFTERNOON SESSIONS

MORNING SESSION (9am-12pm)

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/a1eAtPkx3xtifbPD2

Hear from Brent and Becky Heath and Jay and Denise Hutchins, experienced business owners and cut-flower experts. From their 28-acre farm in Gloucester, VA, they operate as flower bulb suppliers, garden writers, photographers, lecturers, consultants and educators. The property includes 8+ acres of educational, Chesapeake Bay friendly gardens. 

Each session will include demonstrations for harvesting and handling as well as in-field bouquet-making. 

Space is Limited. Register today!

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) 524-5626 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Apr
11
9:00 am09:00

Grant Writing Workshop (Martinsville, VA)

APRIL 11

Martinsville, VA

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/CokoAGCBQUM0RHlv1

 

MAY 18

L. Douglas Wilder Building, Virginia State University

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/vdWeGuZYEYYwN1TV2

 

ALL WORKSHOPS ARE HELD 9:00am - 12:00pm

This introductory workshop will help you become familiar with how to find, prepare and write a grant proposal to help provide financial resources for your project. Topics include:

• Review of USDA and Southern SARE Grant Programs

• Where to Find Grant Announcements

• How to Read and Understand the Call for Proposal (CFP) Guidelines

• Match Your Project with Potential Grant Sources

• Develop Your Project Narrative, Objectives, Outcomes and Budget

• What to Expect Once Your Proposal Has Been Submitted

For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-5626 or Michael Wooden (mwooden@vsu.edu / (804) 691-3263.

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) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Apr
4
5:30 pm17:30

USDA NRCS STRIKEFORCE COUNTY WORKSHOP SERIES (Halifax)

April 4, 2017 | Halifax County

THIS EVENT WAS PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 11

5:30PM - 7:30PM
at Clark Farm

Each month from January-June, Small Farm Outreach Agents and representatives from USDA Natural Resource and Conservation Service (NRCS) will host a local demonstration workshop that provides information on available NRCS programs and opportunities as well as a variety on-site educational demonstrations on topics including drip irrigation, high tunnel production, no-till vs. conventional farming, and pasture grazing.

REGISTER NOW: https://goo.gl/forms/diyT4E85QXPcb0TY2

For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-5626 or Small Farm Agents Grace Summers (gsummers@vsu.edu / 804-712-0093).

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) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Mar
31
1:00 pm13:00

Forestry/Agroforestry

  • Caroline County Community Center

MARCH 31

Caroline County Community Center

17202  Richmond Turnpike Milford VA

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/XxPf0kW5eUh1OcUI2

Learn more about how to maintain and improve the health, diversity and productivity of your forested land. Topics include:

• Managing Forest Land for Vegetation

• Restoring Ecosystems

• Reducing Hazards

• Improving Forest Health

• Conducting a Timber Cruise

For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-5626.

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) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.