May
25
6:00 PM18:00

Tour Fauquier Education Farm

2018 Farm Tour Series

Fauquier Education Farm in Warrenton, VA
MAY 25, 2018 • 6PM-8PM

NOTE: If you are currently registered for a Agribusiness Production & Financial Management Course, you may have already selected one of the tours from the 2018 Farm Tour Series to fulfill the course requirements.

Tour will highlight information on row crop covers, low tunnels, and plant protection.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Michael Carter (mcarter@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University, (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 / (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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May
30
10:00 AM10:00

Financial and Business Planning Workshop

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Financial and Business Planning

MAY 30, 2018
10AM - 1PM

Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex
Chatham, VA

Financial and business planning is a key part of a successful farm or agricultural business. Join us as representatives from Farm Credit of the Virginias and the Farm Credit Knowledge Center highlight some important steps and information and provide tools to help you use these tips on your own farm or in your own business. 

Lunch will be provided.

RSVP by May 24, 2018 by phone (540) 434-7035 or email Lauren Arbogast (LArbogast@fcvirginias.com)

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Jun
7
8:00 AM08:00

VSU/USDA Field Day at Randolph Farm

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VSU/USDA Field Day at Randolph Farm

JUNE 7, 2018
8AM - 1PM

VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

FOR SCHOOL OR GROUP REGISTRATIONS, PLEASE CONTACT THE SMALL FARM OUTREACH PROGRAM OFFICE, (804) 524-3292.

Randolph Farm will be open to the public for this exciting opportunity to learn about the latest trends, research, and proven techniques designed especially to help small, limited resource, urban and beginning farmers. USDA representatives will be on hand to explain how their agency resources can offer services and support for a wide variety of operations. This event is FREE and includes a light breakfast and boxed lunch. Highlights include:

  • Agriculture Showcase and Education Mobile Units from Maryland and Kentucky
  • USDA Resources for farm financing, risk management, advocacy and outreach
  • Rain Simulator demonstration from USDA Dept of Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Urban agriculture site demonstration
  • Berry production, management and marketing
  • New equipment, tools and technology demonstrations
  • Introduction to aquaculture practices and production
  • Hops research and production
  • High tunnel growing practices and specialty crops
  • Randolph Farm Nature Trail Educational Hikes

For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292.

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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 at smallfarm@vsu.edu or cal (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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Jun
11
6:00 PM18:00

Pond Building: Construction & Maintenance

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Pond Building: Construction & Maintenance

JUNE 11, 2018
6PM - 8PM

Halifax County Ag Marketing Center
Scottsburg, VA

For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or Small Farm Agent Cassidy Shelton (cwilliams@vsu.edu / 804-704-4033).

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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Jun
12
6:30 PM18:30

Gardening for Life: Unlocking the Secrets of Soil

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June 12 • 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Appomattox Regional Library

209 E. Cawson Street, Hopewell, VA

Join us for a three-part workshop series where you'll learn how to turn a small yard into a fruitful garden. This program will include classroom sessions and hands-on training/demonstrations. Classroom sessions will be held at Appomattox Regional Library, followed by the hands-on workshop at the Woodlawn Community Center, approximately 10 minutes from the library.

Workshops include:

  • Unlocking the Secret of Soils (June 12)
    Dr. Leonard Githinji, Virginia Cooperative Extension Specialist, Sustainable & Urban Agriculture, will share how to identify your yard's soil type and how to amend it to have beautiful and productive gardens.
  • Gardening in Small Spaces (June 19)
    If your yard gets full sun and you have access to a hose, you can grow more vegetables than you can probably eat. Join us to learn how to make the most of your space, which varieties do best in containers, and companion planting tips to keep maintenance to a minimum. We'll provide free containers and you'll take home some starter plants, too.
  • Backyard Orchards (June 26)
    Joel Koci, Virginia Cooperative Extension Associate Specialist, Urban Forestry, will share how apples, pears, plums, and blueberries can beautify your yard while providing fresh fruit. You'll learn which varieties do best in our soils and climate, which fruits need partners for pollination, and how to plant and prune your fruit trees to get them off to a good start.

Register for one or all three: http://www.cbf.org/events/virginia/gardening-for-life.html or contact Ann Jurczyk • ajurczyk@cbf.org • 804/258-1522

Weather permitting, hands-on activities will be held at Woodlawn Community Center 1100 Dinwiddie Avenue, Hopewell

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Jun
14
1:00 PM13:00

Fish Cage Building

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Fish Cage Building

JUNE 14, 2018
1PM - 5PM

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

Learn from specialists and staff with the VSU Aquaculture Program at this workshop 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. 

Presenters include Dr. David Crosby, Dr. Brian Nerrie and Dr. Louis Landesman.

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.


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 or email dbjones@vsu.edu during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Jun
15
to Jun 16

Agribusiness & Financial Management Course

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Agribusiness Production & Financial Management

JUNE 15 (1PM - 5PM) & JUNE 16 (9AM - 4PM)

King & Queen Library • St. Stephens, VA

$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.


FARM TOURS FOR AGRIBUSINESS & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

To complete the course, participants must attend (at least) one of the scheduled farm tours below. You will be able to select the tours that you will attend when you register.

June 19 (10AM-12PM)
Brandon Farm, Tappahannock, VA
Tour will highlight crop rotation with corn , winter wheat, and soybeans, along with best management practices BMP.

June 26 (10AM-12PM)
Brandon Farm, Tappahannock, VA
Tour will highlight crop rotation with corn , winter wheat, and soybeans, along with best management practices BMP.

June 26 (10AM-12PM)
Ashby Farm, Martinsville, VA
Tour will highlight vegetable and egg production. Specialty crops are rhubarb and purple sweet potatoes.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Michael Carter (mcarter@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University, (804) 524-3292

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) 524-3292 / (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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Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

Weed Management on Your Pond

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Weed Management on Your Pond

JUNE 18, 2018
6PM - 8PM

Edmund's Park • South Boston, VA

Bring your weeds to have them identified!

For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or Small Farm Agent Cassidy Shelton (cwilliams@vsu.edu / 804-704-4033).

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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Jun
19
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Brandon Farms

2018 Farm Tour Series

Brandon Farms
Dunnsville, VA
JUNE 19, 2018 • 10AM-12PM

NOTE: If you are currently registered for a Agribusiness Production & Financial Management Course, you may have already selected one of the tours from the 2018 Farm Tour Series to fulfill the course requirements.

Tour will highlight crop rotation with corn , winter wheat, and soybeans ,along with best management practices BMP

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Michael Carter (mcarter@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University, (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 / (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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Jun
19
6:30 PM18:30

Gardening for Life: Gardening in Small Spaces

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June 19 • 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Appomattox Regional Library

209 E. Cawson Street, Hopewell, VA

Join us for a three-part workshop series where you'll learn how to turn a small yard into a fruitful garden. This program will include classroom sessions and hands-on training/demonstrations. Classroom sessions will be held at Appomattox Regional Library, followed by the hands-on workshop at the Woodlawn Community Center, approximately 10 minutes from the library.

Workshops include:

  • Unlocking the Secret of Soils (June 12)
    Dr. Leonard Githinji, Virginia Cooperative Extension Specialist, Sustainable & Urban Agriculture, will share how to identify your yard's soil type and how to amend it to have beautiful and productive gardens.
  • Gardening in Small Spaces (June 19)
    If your yard gets full sun and you have access to a hose, you can grow more vegetables than you can probably eat. Join us to learn how to make the most of your space, which varieties do best in containers, and companion planting tips to keep maintenance to a minimum. We'll provide free containers and you'll take home some starter plants, too.
  • Backyard Orchards (June 26)
    Joel Koci, Virginia Cooperative Extension Associate Specialist, Urban Forestry, will share how apples, pears, plums, and blueberries can beautify your yard while providing fresh fruit. You'll learn which varieties do best in our soils and climate, which fruits need partners for pollination, and how to plant and prune your fruit trees to get them off to a good start.

Register for one or all three: http://www.cbf.org/events/virginia/gardening-for-life.html or contact Ann Jurczyk • ajurczyk@cbf.org • 804/258-1522

Weather permitting, hands-on activities will be held at Woodlawn Community Center 1100 Dinwiddie Avenue, Hopewell

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Jun
25
6:00 PM18:00

Pond Water Quality

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Pond Water Quality

JUNE 25, 2018
6PM - 8PM

Edmund's Park • South Boston, VA

With presentations by Dr. Brian Nerrie and David Crosby
Aquaculture Program, Virginia Cooperative Extension at VSU

For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or Small Farm Agent Cassidy Shelton (cwilliams@vsu.edu / 804-704-4033).

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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Jun
26
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Ashby Farm (Windy Ridge Farm)

2018 Farm Tour Series

Ashby (Windy Ridge) Farm
Martinsville, VA
JUNE 26, 2018 • 10AM-12PM

NOTE: If you are currently registered for a Agribusiness Production & Financial Management Course, you may have already selected one of the tours from the 2018 Farm Tour Series to fulfill the course requirements.

Tour will highlight vegetable and egg production. Specialty crops are rhubarb and purple sweet potatoes.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Michael Carter (mcarter@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University, (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 / (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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Jun
26
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Brandon Farms

2018 Farm Tour Series

Brandon Farms
Dunnsville, VA
JUNE 26, 2018 • 10AM-12PM

NOTE: If you are currently registered for a Agribusiness Production & Financial Management Course, you may have already selected one of the tours from the 2018 Farm Tour Series to fulfill the course requirements.

Tour will highlight crop rotation with corn , winter wheat, and soybeans, along with best management practices BMP

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Michael Carter (mcarter@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University, (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 / (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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Jun
26
6:30 PM18:30

Gardening for Life: Backyard Orchards

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June 26 • 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Appomattox Regional Library

209 E. Cawson Street, Hopewell, VA

Join us for a three-part workshop series where you'll learn how to turn a small yard into a fruitful garden. This program will include classroom sessions and hands-on training/demonstrations. Classroom sessions will be held at Appomattox Regional Library, followed by the hands-on workshop at the Woodlawn Community Center, approximately 10 minutes from the library.

Workshops include:

  • Unlocking the Secret of Soils (June 12)
    Dr. Leonard Githinji, Virginia Cooperative Extension Specialist, Sustainable & Urban Agriculture, will share how to identify your yard's soil type and how to amend it to have beautiful and productive gardens.
  • Gardening in Small Spaces (June 19)
    If your yard gets full sun and you have access to a hose, you can grow more vegetables than you can probably eat. Join us to learn how to make the most of your space, which varieties do best in containers, and companion planting tips to keep maintenance to a minimum. We'll provide free containers and you'll take home some starter plants, too.
  • Backyard Orchards (June 26)
    Joel Koci, Virginia Cooperative Extension Associate Specialist, Urban Forestry, will share how apples, pears, plums, and blueberries can beautify your yard while providing fresh fruit. You'll learn which varieties do best in our soils and climate, which fruits need partners for pollination, and how to plant and prune your fruit trees to get them off to a good start.

Register for one or all three: http://www.cbf.org/events/virginia/gardening-for-life.html or contact Ann Jurczyk • ajurczyk@cbf.org • 804/258-1522

Weather permitting, hands-on activities will be held at Woodlawn Community Center 1100 Dinwiddie Avenue, Hopewell

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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 LUNCH.

Check back in the spring for more information and to register. 

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Oct
17
to Oct 19

National Ginger & Turmeric Conference

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OCTOBER 17 - 19, 2018
RICHMOND, VA

The  conference will showcase the latest science and technology related to production, product development and health benefits. It will also feature information on effective marketing strategies.

This conference will bring together farmers, horticulture and health researchers, and industry experts to cultivate ideas and share new information. The 3-day meeting will consist of technical sessions, abstract presentations, keynote speakers and a “Ginger and Turmeric 101 Workshop” giving participants the latest scientific information and practical knowledge.

CURRENTLY ACCEPTING ABSTRACTS THROUGH JUNE 15, 2018.

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May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Tree Identification with Cooperative Extension

TREE IDENTIFICATION
 

MAY 18, 2018
10AM - 3:30PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Road • Halifax, VA

Venture Outdoors with Virginia Cooperative Extension

Are you a new or existing forest landowner wishing to know more about your trees from tree identification to improvement techniques within your forest? VSU Small Farm Outreach Program will host Virginia Cooperative Extension for a one-day short course on management options for forestland in Southside Virginia.

This year the focus is on Tree Identification – Where it All Begins! Additional information will introduce topics related to forest health and an update on invasive plants and insects. Attendees will participate in a short field trip after lunch.

SPACE IS LIMITED. For additional program information details and online registration, visit www.forestupdate.frec.vt.edu and see “Events” or “Online Registration”. Contact Jason Fisher, Extension Agent ANR, Forestry and Natural Resources at (434) 476-2147 x3389 or jasonf@vt.edu for questions.

Cost is $20 per person, $30 per couple. Deadlines are 5 weekdays prior to each session. Lunch is provided and refunds only apply with an emergency.

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 Halifax Extension Office at (434) 476-2147 during business hours of 8:00a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

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May
17
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Ashby Farm (Windy Ridge Farm)

2018 Farm Tour Series

Ashby (Windy Ridge) Farm
Martinsville, VA
MAY 17, 2018 • 10AM-12PM

NOTE: If you are currently registered for a Agribusiness Production & Financial Management Course, you may have already selected one of the tours from the 2018 Farm Tour Series to fulfill the course requirements.

Tour will highlight vegetable and egg production. Specialty crops are rhubarb and purple sweet potatoes.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Michael Carter (mcarter@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University, (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 / (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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May
17
9:00 AM09:00

Integrated Pest Management Field Day - POSTPONED

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DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE WORKSHOP HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

TRICYCLE
901 Bainbridge Street • Richmond, VA

Virginia State University and Tricycle invite you for a field day to discuss and learn more about Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices. The field day will include a tour and discussions of various IPM practices that are both ecologically and environmentally sustainable.

Integrated pest management (IPM) is a broad-based approach that integrates optimal practices for economic control of pests. It aims at suppressing pest populations below the economic injury level. Specific topics to be covered will include weed control practices, insect pest control strategies, and plant disease management.

Speakers: Dr. Leonard Githinji, Sustainable and Urban Agriculture Specialist at Virginia State University; Amy Wildermann, Urban Farm Manager, Tricycle; Dr. Doug Pfeiffer, Professor and Entomologist / IPM Specialist, Virginia Tech University; and Dr. Zelalem Mersha, Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology, Virginia State University

Lunch will be provided

For more information, contact VSU Agriculture & Natural Resources / Urban Agriculture program office at (804) 524-5960.

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 Program Extension office at mklein@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5960 /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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May
15
10:00 AM10:00

Southside Sustainable Ag Farm Tour

Southside Sustainable Ag Farm Tour

MAY 15, 2018
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

SPACE IS LIMITED.

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program agents are partnering with local producers to conduct tours on their farms. Each tour is designed to provide information and education farm practices at the site as well as opportunities for networking and discussion.

TOUR AGENDA
• Willowland Farm, 841 Potts Springs Rd., Dundas, VA
• Lunch in South HIll, VA (Dutch treat) 
• Cabbage Farm, 1020 Airport Rd, Brodnax, VA
• Ari Elmaster, Lawrenceville, VA

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Small Farm Outreach Agent Marilyn Estes (mestes@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University, (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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May
15
10:00 AM10:00

Marketing Workshop: Exploring Retail Sales

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Exploring Retail Sales

May 15, 2018

10AM - 12PM
Ellwood Thompsons Local Food Market
4 N. Thompson St • Richmond, VA

SPACE IS LIMITED.

Dr. Theresa Nartea, Extension specialist in marketing and agribusiness, will lead this visit to a local food health market, juice bar, and café. Attendees will learn how to package and sell your farm products to this retailer.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Vernon Heath, (vheath@vsu.edu or (804) 892-4518) 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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May
15
9:00 AM09:00

Hops Research & Production Workshop

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Hops Research & Production

VSU Randolph Farm
4451 River Road • Petersburg, VA

This workshop will benefit beginning and established hop growers, as well as those interested in growing hops. The workshop will include a visit to the VSU hop yard. Speakers include: 

Dr. Laban Rutto, Alternative Crops Program, VSU Agricultural Research Station

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 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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May
8
5:00 PM17:00

USDA: Small Farm Improvement, Growth & Opportunity

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Small Farm Improvement, Growth & Opportunity

MAY 8, 2018
5PM - 7PM

Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
One Partnership Circle (RM 230)
Abingdon, VA

Representatives from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia State University (VSU) have teamed up to develop strategies for increasing awareness of and participation in USDA programs.

This workshop is 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.

Presenters will share information about what their agencies have to offer those in farming.


For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or Small Farm Agent Cassidy Williams (cwilliams@vsu.edu / 804-704-4033) or 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 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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May
1
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Slade Farm.

2018 Farm Tour Series

Slade Farm in Surry, VA
MAY 1, 2018 • 10AM-12PM

NOTE: If you are currently registered for a Agribusiness Production & Financial Management Course, you may have already selected one of the tours from the 2018 Farm Tour Series to fulfill the course requirements.

Tour will highlight the uses of cover crops in preparation for planting.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Michael Carter (mcarter@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University, (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 / (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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Apr
27
6:00 PM18:00

Tour Fauquier Education Farm

2018 Farm Tour Series

Fauquier Education Farm in Warrenton, VA
APRIL 27, 2018 • 6PM-8PM

NOTE: If you are currently registered for a Agribusiness Production & Financial Management Course, you may have already selected one of the tours from the 2018 Farm Tour Series to fulfill the course requirements.

Tour will highlight information on high tunnels, low tunnels, cover crops, soil preparation, cold season and warm season crops.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Michael Carter (mcarter@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University, (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 / (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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Apr
25
8:30 AM08:30

Soil Management Workshop

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Soil Management Workshop

APRIL 25, 2018
8:30am - 2:30pm

Virginia State University
L Douglas Wilder Building

Presenters include Dr. Leonard Githinji, Dr. Greg Evanylo, and Dr. Mark Reiter

Join VSU's Sustainable & Urban Agriculture program and Virginia Cooperative Extension for a workshop to include:

EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATIONS
•    Sustainable soil management practices including soil water management
•    Soil fertility, including nutrient cycling
•    Composting & Vermiculture
•    Soil amendments

HANDS-ON EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
•    How to sample a soil for nutrient analysis
•    How to measure soil water for irrigation scheduling
•    How to construct compost piles with correct moisture and temperature thresholds


EVENT PRESENTATIONS

Soil Physical Properties and Water Management - Leonard Githinji, Ph.D., Urban Agriculture Specialist

Plant Nutrition/Nutrient ManagementMark Reiter, Ph.D., Soils and Nutrient Management Specialist

Composting, Vermiculture and Soil Amendments for Urban Agriculture - Greg Evanylo, Ph.D., School of Plant and Environmental Sciences


This event is free and open to the public.

For directions and a map of VSU Campus, click here.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact the VSU Cooperative Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources 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 Agriculture & Natural Resources program office at mklein@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5960 /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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20
to Apr 21

Agribusiness Production & Financial Management

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Agribusiness Production & Financial Management

APRIL 20-21, 2018
1PM - 7PM (April 20) and 9AM - 4PM (April 21)

750 Miller Dr SE • Leesburg, VA

$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.


FARM TOURS FOR AGRIBUSINESS & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

To complete the course, participants must attend (at least) one of the scheduled farm tours below. You will be able to select the tours that you will attend when you register.

April 3 (10AM-12PM)
Slade Farm, Surry County, VA
Tour will highlight the uses of cover crops in preparation for planting.

April 27 (6PM-8PM)
Fauquier Education Farm, Warrenton, VA
Tour will highlight information on high tunnels, low tunnels, cover crops, soil preparation, cold season and warm season crops.

May 1 (10AM-12PM)
Slade Farm, Surry County, VA
Tour will highlight sweet potato transplant production.

May 17 (10AM-12PM)
Ashby Farm, Martinsville, VA
Tour will highlight vegetable and egg production. specialty crops are rhubarb and purple sweet potatoes.

May 25 (6PM-8PM)
Fauquier Education Farm, Warrenton, VA
Tour will highlight information on row crop covers, low tunnels, and plant protection.

June 19 (10AM-12PM)
Brandon Farm, Tappahannock, VA
Tour will highlight crop rotation with corn , winter wheat, and soybeans, along with best management practices BMP.

June 26 (10AM-12PM)
Brandon Farm, Tappahannock, VA
Tour will highlight crop rotation with corn , winter wheat, and soybeans, along with best management practices BMP.

June 26 (10AM-12PM)
Ashby Farm, Martinsville, VA
Tour will highlight vegetable and egg production. Specialty crops are rhubarb and purple sweet potatoes.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Michael Carter (mcarter@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University, (804) 524-3292

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) 524-3292 / (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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Apr
18
9:00 AM09:00

Mushroom Production

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Mushroom Production

APRIL 18, 2018 (previously scheduled for March 21)
10am - 12pm

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Road • Halifax, VA

$10 per person, payable by cash or check only to "Virginia State University" upon arrival at the workshop.

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms  

Learn how to grow several different types of specialty mushrooms using low-tech, low-cost methods in your garden or woodlot.  Discussions will include biology and ecology of fungi in agriculture, using mushrooms for personal and ecological health, and methods for cultivating shiitake, oyster, lion’s mane, reishi, and other mushrooms in wood, straw, and compost, harvesting, and marketing.   Hands-on mushroom log activity will prepare you to grow your own!  Opportunities for free mushroom spawn are available when you participate in our citizen science research!

Mark Jones is the owner and mycologist of Sharondale Mushroom Farm in Cismont, Va., which grows the highest quality certified organic mushrooms and organic mushroom spawn. Marcus Comer is a VSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Specialist.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Small Farm Agent Cliff Somerville at (804) 892-4581, csomerville@vsu.edu, or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

This grant and workshop series, The Virginia Mushroom Project, is a collaborative effort between Sharondale Mushroom Farm and VSU Extension.

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) at (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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Apr
17
12:00 PM12:00

Exploring Online Sales & Food Hub

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Exploring Online Sales and Food Hub

APRIL 17, 2018
12PM - 2PM

Seasonal Roots
3413 Carlton St • Richmond, VA

SPACE IS LIMITED

Dr. Theresa Nartea, Extension specialist in marketing and agribusiness, will lead this workshop to introduce participants to an online subscription-based food market and how to package and sell farm products to this retailer.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Vernon Heath, (vheath@vsu.edu or (804) 892-4518) 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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Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

Small Engine Storage, Maintenance & Repair

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SMALL ENGINE STORAGE, MAINTENANCE & REPAIR

APRIL 14, 2018
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Orange County Extension Office
147 N. Madison Rd., Orange, Va.

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 (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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Apr
11
11:00 AM11:00

Organic Production at Crickets Cove Farm

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Organic Production at Crickets Cove Farm

APRIL 11, 2018
11AM - 3:30PM
Victoria, VA

Space is limited!

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 and a light lunch is included in this workshop.

About the Farm:
    We are a working, producing farm.  We take great pride in what we grow and what we offer to our community.  I have no desire to sell our goods outside of our area; I feel strongly that if growers simply fed their neighbors, so to speak, the current climate of hunger would diminish greatly.
    We are USDA Certified Organic and the 1st produce farm in Virginia to have earned Certified Biodynamic status.  Other than compost from our farm, there are NO additives to our soil, our crops or our harvest.  Utilizing permaculture & sustainable practices makes it possible to grow great bounty and food with exceptional flavor.   We also produce some items on our farm, like “Nectar” a local raw honey married with delicious produce & herbs from our farm and we often dry our fresh herbs for winter use.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or Agent Marilyn Estes (mestes@vsu.edu / 804-481-0485).

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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Apr
10
5:00 PM17:00

USDA: Small Farm Improvement, Growth & Opportunity

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Small Farm Improvement, Growth & Opportunity

APRIL 10, 2018
5PM - 7PM

Lee County Agricultural Center
32637 Main St.
Jonesville, Virginia 24263

Representatives from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia State University (VSU) have teamed up to develop strategies for increasing awareness of and participation in USDA programs.

This workshop is 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.

Presenters will share information about what their agencies have to offer those in farming.


For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or Small Farm Agent Cassidy Williams (cwilliams@vsu.edu / 804-704-4033) or 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 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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Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Herbal Workshop at Stonehaus Farms

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Herbal Workshop At Stonehaus Farms

APRIL 7, 2018
10AM - 12PM

SPACE IS LIMITED.

The VSU Small Farm Outreach Program will host a workshop at Stonehaus Farms on how to use natural plants and herbs for a healthier lifestyle!

For information, contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Cassidy Shelton, (804) 704-4033 or cwilliams@vsu.edu or call the VSU 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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6
to Apr 7

Agribusiness Production & Financial Management

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Agribusiness Production & Financial Management

APRIL 6-7, 2018
1PM - 7PM (April 6) and 9AM - 4PM (April 7)

L Douglas Wilder Building
Virginia State University

$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.


FARM TOURS FOR AGRIBUSINESS & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

To complete the course, participants must attend (at least) one of the scheduled farm tours below. You will be able to select the tours that you will attend when you register.

April 3 (10AM-12PM)
Slade Farm, Surry County, VA
Tour will highlight the uses of cover crops in preparation for planting.

April 27 (6PM-8PM)
Fauquier Education Farm, Warrenton, VA
Tour will highlight information on high tunnels, low tunnels, cover crops, soil preparation, cold season and warm season crops.

May 1 (10AM-12PM)
Slade Farm, Surry County, VA
Tour will highlight sweet potato transplant production.

May 17 (10AM-12PM)
Ashby Farm, Martinsville, VA
Tour will highlight vegetable and egg production. specialty crops are rhubarb and purple sweet potatoes.

May 25 (6PM-8PM)
Fauquier Education Farm, Warrenton, VA
Tour will highlight information on row crop covers, low tunnels, and plant protection.

June 19 (10AM-12PM)
Brandon Farm, Tappahannock, VA
Tour will highlight crop rotation with corn , winter wheat, and soybeans, along with best management practices BMP.

June 26 (10AM-12PM)
Brandon Farm, Tappahannock, VA
Tour will highlight crop rotation with corn , winter wheat, and soybeans, along with best management practices BMP.

June 26 (10AM-12PM)
Ashby Farm, Martinsville, VA
Tour will highlight vegetable and egg production. Specialty crops are rhubarb and purple sweet potatoes.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Michael Carter (mcarter@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University, (804) 524-3292

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) 524-3292 / (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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10:00 AM10:00

Tour Slade Farm

2018 Farm Tour Series

Slade Farm in Surry, VA
APRIL 3, 2018 • 10AM-12PM

NOTE: If you are currently registered for a Agribusiness Production & Financial Management Course, you may have already selected one of the tours from the 2018 Farm Tour Series to fulfill the course requirements.

Tour will highlight the uses of cover crops in preparation for planting

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Michael Carter (mcarter@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University, (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 / (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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Mar
31
9:00 AM09:00

Small Engine Storage, Maintenance & Repair

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Small Engine Storage, Maintenance & Repair

MARCH 31, 2018
9:00am - 3:00pm

Middleburg Ag Research & Extension Center  
5527 Sullivan's Mill Rd.
Middleburg, VA 20117

SPACE IS LIMITED

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 Michael Carter 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 (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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Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

Orchard Planting & Pruning Demonstration

Orchard Planting & Pruning Demonstration

MARCH 30, 2018
10AM - 12PM

Randolph Farm
Urban & Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Site
(near Randolph Farm Pavilion)

Joel Koci, Extension associate for urban forestry and Dr. Leonard Githinji, Extension specialist in urban and sustainable agriculture practices, will host a demonstration on proper tree planting / transplanting, care and pruning.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact the VSU Cooperative Extension office for Agriculture & Natural Resources at (804) 524-5960.

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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 Mollie Klein at mklein@vsu.edu or (804) 524-5626 /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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Mar
29
9:00 AM09:00

Gardening with Row Covers

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Gardening with Row Covers

MARCH 29, 2018
9AM - 2PM

L. Douglas Wilder Building (300)
Virginia State University

SPACE IS LIMITED.

Learn about the benefits of using low tunnels as protected systems for season-long production of vegetable crops in Virginia that can help to improve the sustainability of small and medium-sized growing operations. 

Farmers use intensive production systems such as mulches, floating row covers (spun-bonded fabric) as well as low tunnels and high tunnels to protect against cold temperatures and extend the production season of high value specialty crops. Row covers are used most often early in the spring and then removed after the risk of freezing has passed without taking advantage of the full benefits of the technology that may enhance vegetative growth, increase yield, and improve water and nutrient use efficiency. In addition, row covers can exclude insects from the crop and reduce the consequent pest-damage. 

Presenters for the program include Ramón A. Arancibia, Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center, and Dr. Leonard Githinji, Extension Specialist, Sustainable and Urban Agriculture, Virginia Cooperative Extension at VSU.


This workshop is partially sponsored by the Southern SARE Grant entitled “Integrating Row Covers Into Sustainable Production Systems to Strengthen the Sustainability of Specialty Crops Farmers and Urban Agriculture”, Project # LS16-268 and the Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University.

For more information, contact VSU Agriculture & Natural Resources / Urban Agriculture program office at (804) 524-5960.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Mollie Klein at mklein@vsu.edu or (804) 524-5626 /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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Mar
27
6:00 PM18:00

POSTPONED - Create a Wildlife Habitat

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How to Create Wildlife Habitat on Your Property

THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED

MARCH 27, 2018
6PM - 8PM

Patrick Henry Community College
Martinsville, VA

Hosted by:

  • Cassidy Shelton, 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

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Agent Cassidy Shelton at cwilliams@vsu.edu / (804) 704-4033 or the VSU Small Farm Outreach Program office smallfarm@vsu.edu / (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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Mar
27
10:00 AM10:00

How to Enhance and Interpret Drone Images

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How to Enhance and Interpret Drone Images

MARCH 27, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm

Southern Piedment AREC
Blackstone, VA 23824

Tim P. Sexton, LPSS-CNMP, Nutrient Management Program Manager, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Soil and Water Conservation Division, will discuss remote sensing from its first applications for agriculture in the late 1930’s to today.  He will provide information about when the use of drones is practical and when the use of more conventional methods of imagery is better suited for farming operations.  Additional discussion will cover timing flights for gathering information, early detection of disease and pests, and detecting plant deficiences through remote sensing.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Agent Tammy Holler at (804) 229-2730, tholler@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.

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Mar
26
4:00 PM16:00

NEW DATE - Farmers Market Vendor Training

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Farmers Market Vendor Training

NEW DATE!
MARCH 26, 2018
4:00pm - 7:00pm

Danville Community Market
Community Room 629 Craghead Street
Danville, VA

AGENDA

March 12, 2018

4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

 

AGENDA

Welcome and Introductions
• Cassidy Williams Shelton, Small Farm Program

 Regulations and Food Safety
• Eric Bowen, Virginia Cooperative Extension

 Marketing/Clientele
• Kim Morgan, Ag Marketing Extension specialist and farmer

 Funding/Grants
• Julia Schlosser, VA FAIRS

Business Planning
• Rebekah Slabach, Virginia Cooperative Extension

6:00-6:35PM Dinner

Healthy Eating Action Team
• Emily Holder, The Health Collaborative

Community Food Assessment
• Kirsten Halverson, The Health Collaborative

Community Gardens

Closing Remarks
• Ken Porzio, Danville Community Market

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Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

Timber Management

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Forestry & Timber Management

MARCH 24, 2018
1PM - 4PM

Orange County Extension Office
146 N. Madison Rd • Orange, VA

VSU Small Farm Outreach will host a workshop presented by Ed Furlow with the Virginia Department of Forestry to discuss how landowners can maintain and improve the health, diversity and productivity of their forested land. Topics include:

  • Managing Forest Land for Vegetation
  • Restoring Ecosystems
  • Reducing Hazards
  • Improving Forest Health
  • Conducting a Timber Cruise 

This workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Small Farm Agent Roland Terrell (rterrell@vsu.edu / 804-892-4617) 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 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Mar
21
9:00 AM09:00

POSTPONED - Gardening with Row Covers

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Gardening with Row Covers

MARCH 21, 2018 HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

NEW DATE! MARCH 29, 2018
9AM - 2PM

L. Douglas Wilder Building (300)
Virginia State University

SPACE IS LIMITED.

Learn about the benefits of using low tunnels as protected systems for season-long production of vegetable crops in Virginia that can help to improve the sustainability of small and medium-sized growing operations. 

Farmers use intensive production systems such as mulches, floating row covers (spun-bonded fabric) as well as low tunnels and high tunnels to protect against cold temperatures and extend the production season of high value specialty crops. Row covers are used most often early in the spring and then removed after the risk of freezing has passed without taking advantage of the full benefits of the technology that may enhance vegetative growth, increase yield, and improve water and nutrient use efficiency. In addition, row covers can exclude insects from the crop and reduce the consequent pest-damage. 

Presenters for the program include Ramón A. Arancibia, Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center, and Dr. Leonard Githinji, Extension Specialist, Sustainable and Urban Agriculture, Virginia Cooperative Extension at VSU.


This workshop is partially sponsored by the Southern SARE Grant entitled “Integrating Row Covers Into Sustainable Production Systems to Strengthen the Sustainability of Specialty Crops Farmers and Urban Agriculture”, Project # LS16-268 and the Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University.

For more information, contact VSU Agriculture & Natural Resources / Urban Agriculture program office at (804) 524-5960.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Mollie Klein at mklein@vsu.edu or (804) 524-5626 /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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Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

WEBINAR: Social Media for Your Farm Business

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Webinar: Using Social Media to Elevate Your Small Farm Business

MARCH 20, 2018
6PM - 7PM

Hosted by Cassidy Shelton, Small Farm Outreach Program Agent, Virginia State University, and presented by Erica Shambley, Digital Marketing Manager, College of Agriculture, Virginia State University.

DISCUSSION WILL INCLUDE:
• Identify Social Media Platforms You Should Be Using
• How to Set Up Your Business Page
• How and Where to Find Your Target Audience
• How to Engage With Your Audience
• Tips, Tricks & Best Practices for Customer Engagement and Your Own Time Management

https://webexmeeting.vsu.edu/orion/joinmeeting.do?ED=EL5Z7HZ1ssb3ozqKn8g9ww==&Rnd=0.4777198083300831

 
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Agent Cassidy Shelton at cwilliams@vsu.edu / (804) 704-4033 or the VSU Small Farm Outreach Program office smallfarm@vsu.edu / (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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Mar
20
10:00 AM10:00

Integrated Pest Management

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Integrated Pest Management

MARCH 20, 2018
10AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Road • Halifax, VA

Integrated pest management (IPM) is socially acceptable, environmentally responsible and economically practical crop protection. IPM is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties.

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program agents will host this program featuring a presentation by Susan Hill of Hill Farm in Louisa, VA on these eco-friendly pest management practices.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Small Farm Agent Susan Cheek at (804) 720-5539 or 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.

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Integrated Pest Management

  • 750 Miller Drive, Suite F3 Leesburg, VA (map)
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Understanding the IPM Tool Box

MARCH 19, 2018
10AM-12PM

750 Miller Drive, Suite F3
Leesburg, VA

SPACE IS LIMITED FOR THIS WORKSHOP.

IPM is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties.

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program agents will host this program featuring a presentation by Beth Sastre, Commercial Horticulturist, Loudoun Extension/VCE who will explain Conventional and Biorational IPM Pyramided Pest Control.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Small Farm Agent Susan Cheek at (804) 720-5539 or 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.

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