Jan
26
9:00 AM09:00

STEAM Fest 2019

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STEAM Fest 2019: for K-12 Students & Parents

limited to 300 students

Saturday, January 26, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 12 PM

Virginia State University

Free and open to the public, but limited to the first 300 students

Join us for three fun-filled hours that will spark your children’s interest in learning about science, technology, engineering, agriculture and math!

Focus: K-12 students and their parents will participate in hands-on activities and experiments, and design and build products. Youth will explore science and experience technology in new ways.

Ignite your children’s inner scientist, technologist or mathematician in an action-packed half-day they’ll never forget!

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 4-H Program office at jbrown@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5964 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Maurice Smith at mdsmith@vsu.edu or call Jessica Harris at (804) 524-5964.

Please download the following forms and email the completed copies to jbrown@vsu.edu, or bring the completed forms to the event.

4-H Enrollment Form  |  Code of Conduct4-H Health History Report

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Jan
28
12:00 PM12:00

CANCELLED - Farm Labor Placement Program Overview

USDA Farm Labor Placement Program

Farm Labor Placement Program Overview

Get help finding workers for your farm operation!

THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE RESCHEDULED

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Ragsdale Community Center
20916 Old School Rd
McKenney, VA

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Representatives from the Virginia Employment Commission will provide information on pertinent labor laws, migrant housing regulations and answer your questions about the services that are available from Virginia Employment Commission and how to use their Farm Labor Placement Program. Learn more about VEC’s major services that are available to farmer owners who need to recruit and hire workers, including.

  • Virginia Workforce Connection, a self-service recruitment tool for applicants in your surrounding area.

  • Department of Agriculture and Labor’s Agricultural Recruitment Systems, for applicants from Virginia and other states.

  • H-2A temporary agricultural program for nonimmigrant foreign workers to perform agricultural labor on a seasonal basis


USDA Agency Resources:

  • Anthony Howell with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide information about technical and financial assistance available from NRCS to help farmers, ranchers and forest managers. Common technical assistance includes: resource assessment, practice design and resource monitoring. 

  • David Holloway with Farm Service Agency (FSA) will provide information and answer questions about the variety of programs and resources that are available to support Virginia farmers.


THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office (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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Jan
31
9:00 AM09:00

U.S Small Business Administration Lender Roundtable for Small Farmers

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U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Lender Roundtable for Small Farmers

Thursday, January 31, 2019
9AM - 12PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road, Petersburg, VA

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program will host a roundtable discussion with representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (Richmond Office), Farm Credit, Farm Bureau, USDA Rural Development and others! Don’t miss this opportunity to talk with lending experts!

This event is free and open to the public.

Discussions will include information on lending options, grants, and incentive programs available from key agricultural lenders. Roundtable participants will also share advice and answer questions.

For more information, contact Michael Carter Jr. at (804) 691-0490 or micarter@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 (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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Feb
7
10:00 AM10:00

Rosa's Farm Field Day (Hispanic Outreach)

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Rosa’s Farm Field Day (Hispanic Outreach)

Thursday, February 7, 2019

10AM - 12PM

Mechanicsville, VA

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

Hispanic Outreach Program

Todos los programas de asistencia, y talleres educativos se ofrecen en Español. Para mayor información puede comunicarse con Mery Caldwell, Coordinadora en Español (804) 481-0425, o con Leonel Castillo, Agente especializado, (804) 731-0230.


Subscribe to be notified by email about all of our upcoming events.

For more information about this workshop, contact Small Farm Outreach Program’s Hispanic Outreach Coordinator Mery Caldwell at mcaldwell@vsu.edu or call (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 (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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Feb
11
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

Virginia New Small Farmer Orientation

Small Farmer Orientation

Monday, February 11, 2019
9AM - 12PM

The Carver Center
9432 James Madison Hwy
Rapidan, VA

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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


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

 

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Feb
11
5:30 PM17:30

USDA GAP Introduction & Field Harvest And Water Quality Testing

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Introduction to USDA GAP Certification, Field Harvest and Water Quality Testing

Monday, February 11, 2019

5:30PM - 8:00PM

The Carver Center

9432 North James Madison Hwy, Rapidan, VA

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

USDA’s Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification is achieved through voluntary audits performed by USDA federal or state agency representatives that verify that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored as safely as possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards. Farmers who are interested in applying for GAP certification can learn about requirements and regulations as part of the introductory training by VSU Small Farm Agent Leonel Castillo.

Michael Carter Jr., Virginia Small Farm Resource Center Coordinator, will take a look at details related to two areas: field harvest and water quality. GAP for field harvest includes practices for sanitation and transportation in the field, in containers and on the truck. Water quality practices cover a variety of areas including wells, irrigation systems and the potential for direct or non-point source contaminants to water sources.

For more information, contact Michael Carter Jr. at (804) 691-0490; micarter@vsu.edu or Leonel Castillo, Hispanic Outreach Agent at  (804) 731-0230;  lcastillo@vsu.edu, or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

For information, contact Small Farm Resource Center coordinator Michael Carter, Jr. (micarter@vsu.edu, (804) 691-0490) 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 (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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Feb
13
5:30 PM17:30

USDA GAP Introduction & Field Harvest and Water Quality Testing

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USDA GAP Introduction & Field Harvest and Water Quality Testing

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

5:30PM - 8PM

VSU Randolph Farm

4415 River Road, Petersburg, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

USDA’s Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification is achieved through voluntary audits performed by USDA federal or state agency representatives that verify that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored as safely as possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards. Farmers who are interested in applying for GAP certification can learn about requirements and regulations as part of the introductory training by VSU Small Farm Agent Leonel Castillo.

Michael Carter Jr., Virginia Small Farm Resource Center Coordinator, will take a look at details related to two areas: field harvest and water quality. GAP for field harvest includes practices for sanitation and transportation in the field, in containers and on the truck. Water quality practices cover a variety of areas including wells, irrigation systems and the potential for direct or non-point source contaminants to water sources.

For more information, contact Michael Carter Jr. at (804) 691-0490; micarter@vsu.edu or Leonel Castillo, Hispanic Outreach Agent at  (804) 731-0230;  lcastillo@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 (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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Feb
18
9:00 AM09:00

Whole Farm Planning

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Whole Farm Planning

Monday, February 18, 2019

9AM - 12PM

Greensville Cooperative Extension Office

105 Oak Street, Emporia, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public. Space is limited.

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

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

For information, contact Small Farm Agents Derrick Cladd, (804)  892-4489; dcladd@vsu.edu, 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 (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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Workshops support the USDA NIFA grant designed for “Outreach, Training, and Technical Assistance Project for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Beginning Farmers and Rancher in Virginia” Award Number 2017-70011-26861

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Feb
20
10:00 AM10:00

Silvopasture Production

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Silvopasture Production

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

10AM - 1PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion

4415 River Road

Petersburg, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

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Silvopasture combines trees, forage plants and livestock together as an integrated, intensively-managed system. Forest landowners and livestock producers can benefit from introducing silvopasture production on their land. 

Silvopasture has several advantages over timber and pasture alone, including production for both trees and livestock, improvements in soil, underbrush control, and creation of wildlife habitat.

Join VSU Extension Specialists Dr. Jerry Bettis (Forestry) and Dr. Dahlia O’Brien (Small Ruminants) to learn more about silvopasture and the opportunities that are available to help you get started.

For more information, contact VSU Small Farm Outreach Agent Vernon Heath ( vheath@vsu.edu / (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 (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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Feb
20
3:00 PM15:00

Whole Farm Planning

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Whole Farm Planning

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

3PM - 6PM

The Carver Center

9432 N James Madison Hwy., Rapidan, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public. Space is limited.

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

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

For information, contact Small Farm Agents Derrick Cladd, (804)  892-4489; dcladd@vsu.edu, 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 (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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Workshops support the USDA NIFA grant designed for “Outreach, Training, and Technical Assistance Project for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Beginning Farmers and Rancher in Virginia” Award Number 2017-70011-26861

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Feb
20
5:30 PM17:30

USDA GAP Introduction & Field Harvest and Water Quality Testing

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USDA GAP Introduction & Field Harvest and Water Quality Testing

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

5:30PM - 8PM

Southern Virginia Food Hub

100 E Danville St., South Hill, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

USDA’s Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification is achieved through voluntary audits performed by USDA federal or state agency representatives that verify that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored as safely as possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards. Farmers who are interested in applying for GAP certification can learn about requirements and regulations as part of the introductory training by VSU Small Farm Agent Leonel Castillo.

Michael Carter Jr., Virginia Small Farm Resource Center Coordinator, will take a look at details related to two areas: field harvest and water quality. GAP for field harvest includes practices for sanitation and transportation in the field, in containers and on the truck. Water quality practices cover a variety of areas including wells, irrigation systems and the potential for direct or non-point source contaminants to water sources.

For more information, contact Michael Carter Jr. at (804) 691-0490 or micarter@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 (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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Feb
21
9:00 AM09:00

Soil Health and Nutrient Management for Spring Production

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Soil Health and Nutrient Management for Spring Production

Thursday, February 21, 2019

9AM - 12PM

King and Queen Library

396 Newtown Rd., St. Stephens Church, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public. Space is limited.

VSU Nutrient Management Specialist Tammy Holler and Dwight Forrester with USDA NRCS will discuss practices to help you increase your chances for success with spring crop production, including: 

  • Nutrient management in spring crop production

  • The importance of soil sampling and understanding the results. A demonstration of the the proper method of taking and preparing a soil sample for shipment will be conducted if time permits.

  • Water management (irrigation) and using tensiometers to avoid under- or over-watering

  • Benefits of cover crops to soil erosion and fertility, and NRCS programs available to improve soil and water quality.


For more information, contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Tracy Porter at (804) 481-2566 or tporter@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 (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.

Sponsored by Three Rivers Soil & Water Conservation District (serving the counties of Essex, King & Queen and King William) and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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Feb
21
9:00 AM09:00

Basic Computer Training for Farmers

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Basic Computer Training for Farmers

Thursday, February 21, 2019

9AM - 12PM

Advanced Learning Center

118 E. Danville St

South Hill, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public. Space is limited.

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Small Farmers are invited to join the Beginning Computer Training workshop to learn computer skills that are beneficial for use at home and in farm business operations. 

Designed especially for those with little prior computer experience, participants will be introduced to computers operating systems, using a mouse, how to create, save and manage documents and images, creating an email address and sending email, navigating the Internet safely and effectively, and more.

LIMITED TO 10 PARTICIPANTS.

For more information, contact VSU Small Farm Outreach Agent Derrick Cladd ( dcladd@vsu.edu / (804) 892-4489) 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 (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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Feb
27
9:00 AM09:00

How to Build a Chicken Tractor (Mobile Coop)

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How to Build a Chicken Tractor (Mobile Coop)

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

9AM - 12PM

VSU Ag Engineering Bldg, Main Campus

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

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A portable chicken tractor or mobile coop is a lightweight structure that can be moved easily from one part of your yard or field to another. Due to its size and portability, mobile coops are ideal for those who are raising smaller flocks, and there are several benefits to using a mobile coop either as primary housing for your chickens or along with your stationary coop, including:

  • REDUCED FEED COSTS The ability to move your coop to new areas with grass, worms and insects can reduce your feed costs.

  • IMPROVED TASTE Nutrient content and flavor of both eggs and meat are increased when chickens are feed a diverse diet that includes vegetation, insects and worms.

  • REDUCED LABOR Foraging chickens will keep grass and weeds low, reduce your mosquito and biting gnat populations in your yard, and you do not have to clean out manure in your mobile coop.

  • SOIL IMPROVEMENT Chicken manure is an excellent natural fertilizer that provides potassium, nitrogen, phosphorus, and micro nutrients to your soil.  Chicken manure increases soil organic matter, promotes soil microbe biodiversity and can improve soil structure and moisture holding capacity.

  • REDUCE FINANCIAL RISK A mobile coop protects against flock loss due to ground and air predators and reduces flock stress which can help prevent illnesses.


Join Small Farm Agent Tracy Porter at this hands-on workshop to show participants how to select, design and construct an easy-to-build, low-cost chicken tractor. Proper and safe use of equipment and tools used for coop construction will be covered during the workshop. Participants will also receive a material list for supplies to purchase and build their own chicken tractor. This is a scalable design that you can make as large or as small to fit your needs.

For more information, contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Tracy Porter at (804) 481-2566 or tporter@vsu.edu or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

VSU AG ENGINEERING BUILDING
Located on campus at Virginia State University, use this link to view and download a campus map.
The Ag Engineering Building is at Myster-Macklin Street (near bottom, left on the map.)


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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Feb
28
1:00 PM13:00

Introduction to Drip Irrigation for Small Farms/High Tunnels

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Introduction to Drip Irrigation for Small Farms/High Tunnels

Thursday, February 28, 2019

1PM - 4PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion

4415 River Rd., Petersburg, VA

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.


REGISTRATION OPEN SOON

Registration will open for this event 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled date.

Sign up to be notified by email when registration is open for all upcoming events.

For more information, contact Mojdeh Karimi at mkarimi@vsu.edu or (804) 691-0542, 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 (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
5
1:00 PM13:00

Learning to Make Your Farm Website (Part One)

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Learning to Make Your Farm Website (Part One)

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

1PM - 4PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion

4415 River Rd., Petersburg, VA

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

Space is limited.


REGISTRATION OPEN SOON

Registration will open for this event 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled date.

Sign up to be notified by email when registration is open for all upcoming events.

For more information, contact Vernon Heath at vheath@vt.edu, (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 (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
7
9:00 AM09:00

Direct Marketing for Hispanic Farmers

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Direct Marketing for Hispanic Farmers

Thursday, March 7, 2019

9AM - 11AM

Richmond, VA

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.


REGISTRATION OPEN SOON

Registration will open for this event 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled date.

Sign up to be notified by email when registration is open for all upcoming events.

For more information, contact Mery Caldwell (mcaldwell@vsu.edu, (804) 481-0425) 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 (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
13
to Mar 14

2019 Cut Flower Growers Conference

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2019 Cut Flower Growers Conference

March 13-14, 2019

Fredericksburg, VA

The 2019 Cut Flower Growers Conference, hosted by the VSU Small Farm Outreach Program, will bring together new and experienced growers, buyers, vendors and exhibitors, and representatives from government agencies to help you learn how to improve the production and marketability of a cut flower farm business.

Registration will open in early February 2019.

Sign up to be notified by email when registration is open for all upcoming events.

Conference Registration is $150 per person and does not include overnight accommodations.

VENDORS/EXHIBITORS: A limited number of spaces are available for interested exhibitors. Contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 to request 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 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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Mar
21
8:00 AM08:00

11th Annual Virginia Berry Production & Marketing Conference

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11th Annual Virginia Berry Production & Marketing Conference

11th Annual Virginia Berry Production & Marketing Conference

Thursday, March 21, 2019

8AM - 4PM

Virginia State University

The 11th Annual Virginia Berry Production & Marketing Conference will provide experienced and beginner Virginia berry growers with the latest research and information about the production and marketing of berry crops; including blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries.

Registration will open in February 2019.

Sign up to be notified by email when registration is open for all upcoming events.

Conference Registration is $20 per person and includes lunch.

For more information, contact Dr. Reza Rafie at (804) 524-5840 or arafie@vsu.edu or call the Small Fruits and Vegetables 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 (mklein@vsu.edu) or call (804) 524-5960 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Apr
23
to Apr 25

4th Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit

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4th Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit

4th Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit

April 23-25, 2019

Virginia Beach, Virginia

The Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit brings together more than 100 urban farmers, gardeners, foodies, ag-tivists, policy makers and government leaders for three days of networking and learning about one of agriculture’s fastest growing sectors.

Registration will open in soon.

Sign up to be notified by email when registration is open for all upcoming events.

For more information, contact Dr. Leonard Githinji at ((804) 524-5482 or lgithinji@vsu.edu or call the Sustainable and 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 (mklein@vsu.edu) or call (804) 524-5960 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Jan
14
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

Virginia New Small Farmer Orientation

Small Farmer Orientation

Monday, January 14, 2019
9AM - 12PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road
Petersburg, VA

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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


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

 

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Dec
7
9:00 AM09:00

The Real Dirt on Dirt: A Workshop on Soil & Health

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The Real Dirt on Dirt: A Workshop on Soil & Health

for Virginia farmers, foodies and families

Friday, December 7, 2018 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

L.Douglas Wilder Building, Virginia State University

$25 per person (includes catered lunch)

Focus: The promise & the practical of soil restoration, with special emphasis on the microbial links between soil, plant, and human health.

Featuring: Case Studies & Discussions with Local Farmers / Experts Authors David Montgomery & Anne Biklé. David is a professor of geology at University of Washington and a 2008 MacArthur Fellowship (“genius grant”) recipient. Anne Biklé is a biologist and environmental planner. Learn more about them at www.dig2grow.com.

REGISTER BY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30!

Go to https://tinyurl.com/realdirt18 or call (540) 432-6029 ext.109

Find at this link info on paying $25 fee for registration and buffet lunch.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Cyndi Marston at 540-432-6029 ext. 109 during business hours (8am-5pm) to discuss accommodations at least 5 days prior to the event.


This workshop is associated with the 2018 Farm to Table Conference on Dec. 5 & 6 in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. For more on the Conference, visit http://conference.virginiafarmtotable.org or call (540) 432-6029 ext. 109

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Dec
6
9:00 AM09:00

Beginning Farmer Whole Farm Planning

Whole Farm Planning workshop

Beginning Farmer: Whole Farm Planning

DECEMBER 6, 2018
9AM - 12PM

The Carver Center
9432 N James Madison Hwy • Rapidan, VA 

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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

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

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

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

 

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Dec
5
1:00 PM13:00

Alternative Ways to Improve Soil Health

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Alternative Ways to Improve Soil Health

DECEMBER 5, 2018
1PM-3PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

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

Topics include: 

  • using cover crops, compost and manures as alternative ways to improve soil health;

  • selecting the best cover crops;

  • timing for cover crop planting; and

  • new management practices for a synergistic approach to planting that will improve crop production and soil health.

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

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

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Nov
15
1:00 PM13:00

Rabbits: Pasture Raised Commercial Production

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Rabbits: Pasture Raised Commercial Production

NOVEMBER 15, 2018
1PM - 4PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA


Get practical information about the benefits of including a commercial rabbit production as part of your farm operation.

TOPICS & PRESENTERS INCLUDE

  • Virginia Laws for Processing and Selling Rabbit Meat. (Dr. Rachel Perez-Baum, DVM, MPH, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Offices of Meat & Poultry Services)

  • Raising Rabbits From Farm to Restaurant. A look at barn, cage and processing unit construction, USDA regulations and marketing. (Kelly Strickland, Chesapeake Green Farms)

  • VSU Pasture Raised Commercial Rabbits. Discussion of growth, nutrition and utilizing a nutrient management plan to effectively manage waste as a cost-effective, organic soil amendment in the garden and on the farm. (Tammy Holler, Nutrient Management Specialist, VSU Small Farm Outreach Program)


For information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact small farm agent and nutrient management specialist Tammy Holler (tholler@vsu.edu, (804) 229-2730)

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 




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




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Nov
12
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

November 12, 2018
9AM - 12PM

GW Carver Agricultural Center
9432 James Madison Hwy
Rapidan, VA

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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


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

 

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Nov
8
9:00 AM09:00

Beginning Farmer Whole Farm Planning

VSU Whole Farm Planning

Beginning Farmer: Whole Farm Planning

NOVEMBER 8, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd • Halifax, VA

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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

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

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

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

 

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Nov
8
9:00 AM09:00

Beginning Computer Training

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Beginning Computer Training

NOVEMBER 8, 2018
9AM - 12PM

GW Carver Agricultural Center
9432 James Madison Hwy • Rapidan, VA
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LIMITED TO 10 PARTICIPANTS.

Small Farmers are invited to join the Beginning Computer Training workshop to learn computer skills that are beneficial for use at home and in farm business operations. 

Designed especially for those with little prior computer experience, participants will be introduced to computers operating systems, using a mouse, how to create, save and manage documents and images, creating an email address and sending email, navigating the Internet safely and effectively, and more.

LIMITED TO 10 PARTICIPANTS.

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

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

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Nov
7
5:30 PM17:30

Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

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Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

NOVEMBER 7, 2018
5:30PM - 8PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Road • Halifax, VA


Are you preparing to meet the new Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Produce Safety rule standards? Have you heard about Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)?  Maybe you’ve heard that they can get buyers to notice your products and improve your access to the marketplace—but you need more information to know if it can work for you.

Learn about requirements for USDA GAP certification, plan and prepare for a GAP audit, and get important information about what you can do to implement food-safety measures on your farm. 

For information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact Small Farm Resource Center coordinator Michael Carter, Jr. (micarter@vsu.edu / 804-691-0490).

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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



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Nov
7
1:00 PM13:00

Taking the Mystery Out of Becoming Certified Organic

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Taking the Mystery Out of Becoming Certified Organic

NOVEMBER 7, 2018
1PM - 3:30PM

Advanced Learning Center
118 E. Danville St • South Hill, VA

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program will host this workshop featuring speaker Marianne Cicala, owner of Crickets Cove Farm  in Victoria, Virginia. Cricket’s Cove is USDA-certified organic and is a certified Biodynamic® farm, the first in Virginia to receive this status.  Cicala is a Permaculture  designer whose farm work “celebrates the magic that happens when we partner with the rhythms of nature and deliberately work in concert with our surroundings.”

For information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Marilyn Estes (mestes@vsu.edu / (804) 481-0485).

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 

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Nov
2
to Nov 3

Small Farm Outreach Annual Conference

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Small Farm Outreach Program Annual Conference

NOVEMBER 2 - 3, 2018

Institute for Advanced Learning & Research
150 Slayton Ave • Danville, VA

$30 PER PERSON
Children 12 and under free

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

 

Conference Schedule and Details

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3

7:30 AM - REGISTATION OPEN / BREAKFAST
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the conference 

8:30 AM - CONCURRENT SESSIONS

  • High Tunnels

  • Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition

  • Beekeeping

  • Drone Technology

  • Introduction to USDA GAP Certification

  • Rabbit Grazing Field Study


10:30 AM - NETWORKING & INFORMATION SESSIONS

  • Small Farm Outreach Program Advisory Board

  • USDA Experience

  • New, Beginning & Military Veteran Farmers & Ranchers

  • Alternative Farming

  • Organic Farming

  • Marketing 


11:45 AM - BREAK
Visit our Vendors and Exhibitors

12:15 PM - LUNCHEON & AWARDS PROGRAM

Buffet luncheon featuring Keynote Presenter Glyen Holmes, New North Florida Cooperative

AWARDS

  • USDA Minority Farmer of the Year

  • VSU Small Farmer of the Year

  • VSU SFOP Volunteer of the Year

  • VSU SFOP Agent of the Year

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2

8:30 AM - REGISTRATION OPENS
9:00 AM - WELCOME

William Crutchfield, Director
VSU Small Farm Outreach Program


10:00 AM  - CONCURRENT SESSIONS

  • Small Ruminants

  • Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Marketing & Development

  • Mushrooms

  • Designing a Farm Insurance Program to Meet Your Needs

  • Value-Added Production

  • Soil Health


11:15 AM - BREAK
Visit our Vendors and Exhibitors 

12:00 PM - BUS TOURS DEPART
Board buses for tours. Boxed lunches will be provided.
NOTE: Attendees will select their tour on arrival at the conference.

  • TOUR 1: Piedmont Progressive Farmers Group

  • TOUR 2: Certified Organic Farm and Aquaculture Farm

  • TOUR 3: Container Garden, Beef Cattle Farm, and Springfield Distillery


5:00 PM - BUS TOURS RETURN
Dinner on your own.


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FEATURED SPEAKER
GLYEN HOLMES

Glyen Holmes is the founder of the New North Florida Cooperative (NNFC), an organization whose goal is to bring small farmers together with local schools in order to provide healthy meals for students, and to give farmers a viable market for their products.



FRIDAY AFTERNOON BUS TOURS

TOUR 1: Porte’Lu Farm and GEH Farm

  • On a beautiful, sunny day back in 1943, Porter and Lucille Graves became landowners in the beautiful rolling hills of Caswell County. The family of five raised tobacco, a milk cow, hogs, chickens, turkeys, vegetables, and in 1950 purchased five hereford cows. In 2010, Michael Graves returned to the farm, raising vegetables in a high tunnel as well as beginning a chicken and egg production operation. With the help of four other farmers, he organized Piedmont Progressive Farmers Group. In 2018, Michael began raising hops and lavender and installed beehives.

  • GEH Farm is a family-owned farm featuring a variety of crop, high tunnel and livestock production.

TOUR 2: Pine Knot Farms and Taylor Fish Farm

  • Pine Knot Farms is a certified organic farm located twelve miles north of Hillsborough, NC, and is 100 years old. Stanley Hughes is a third generation African-American farmer known as one of the first in the state to grow certified organic tobacco. He is also known as a progressive farmer, one who has recovered from changes in the tobacco industry and stood up to competition from corporate farms. Farm production includes organic tobacco, pasture raised hogs and chickens, and organic produce.

  •  Taylor Fish Farm provides great tasting and responsibly farmed tilapia to consumers. Their state-of-the art facility is located in Cedar Grove, NC and is one of only a few sustainable aquaculture operations in the United States. Livestock management practices are conducted through hay production and rotating pastures for our beef cattle. With a strong kinship within the local community, Taylor Fish Farm is sensitive to their neighbors and the environment..

TOUR 3: Jimmy Woods Farm, Clark Farm and Springfield Distillery

  • Visit the farm of Jimmy Woods for an in-depth look at container gardening practices.

  • Clark Farm is a family-owned farm raising Angus beef cattle.

  • In 2010 Kelly and James Gordon started the search to find a home in the Virginia countryside with historical significance and southern charm. They decided to put roots down in Halifax County because of the area’s historical past, and they found everything they were looking for when they discovered Springfield. In 2016 they opened Springfield Distillery, a modern facility for production with a tasting room located in an historic log cabin. Grain is sourced from local growers and the corn used for their traditional corn whiskey grows right across the road from the distillery.  On completion of the mashing process the spent mash is returned to the farm where the corn was grown and provides a tasty treat for the local cows.

Conference Exhibitors

  • AgrAbility

  • Dc3sixty Aerial Imaging 

  • Farm Bureau

  • Farm Credit

  • Grant Massie

  • Southern SARE

  • USDA 

  • Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

  • Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity

  • Virginia Employment Commission 

  • VSU Small Farm Outreach Program (Training & Technical Assistance Information / Small Farm Resource Center / New, Beginning & Veteran Farmer and Ranchers)

  • Mark Winn Insurance

Hotel Reservations

Attendees who need overnight accommodations are responsible for reserving their own hotel room/s.

Search for overnight accommodations near Danville, VA


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


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Oct
31
8:30 AM08:30

Fall Gardening Workshop

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Fall Gardening Workshop

OCTOBER 31, 2018
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

VSU RANDOLPH FARM
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

$20 per person.
Lunch is included.

For this workshop, participants will learn about:

• Plant nutrient management
• Urban soils and their management
• Growing of strawberries, caneberries and blueberries
• Best vegetable gardening practices
• Gardening of cool-season crops
• Season extension using low tunnels

The workshop will culminate in hands-on exercises at the Urban Agriculture Research Demonstration Site.

Presenters include:

Leonard Githinji

Mark Reiter

Jayesh Samtani

Chris Mullins

Ramon Arancibia

Greg Evanylo

Workshop Presentations

Fall Fruits in Urban Gardens - Jayesh Samtani, Ph.D., Small Fruit Production Specialist, Virginia Polytechnic institute and State University

Cool-Season Crops Vegetable Production - Leonard J.M. Githinji, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Sustainable and Urban Agriculture, Virginia State University

Good Gardening Practices - Chris Mullins, Virginia State University

Soil and Plant Nutrient Management - Mark S. Reiter, Ph.D., Soils and Nutrient Management Specialist

Row covers in vegetables, beyond season extension - Ramón A. Arancibia, Eastern Shore AREC, Virginia Tech

Urban Soils: Assessment and Management - Greg Evanylo, Plant and Environmental Sciences


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 Sustainable & Urban Agriculture Program office at mklein@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5960 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Oct
30
5:30 PM17:30

Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

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Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

OCTOBER 30, 2018
5:30PM - 8PM

Southern Virginia Food Hub
100 Danville Street • South Hill, VA


Are you preparing to meet the new Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Produce Safety rule standards? Have you heard about Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)?  Maybe you’ve heard that they can get buyers to notice your products and improve your access to the marketplace—but you need more information to know if it can work for you.

Learn about requirements for USDA GAP certification, plan and prepare for a GAP audit, and get important information about what you can do to implement food-safety measures on your farm. 

For information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact Small Farm Resource Center coordinator Michael Carter, Jr. (micarter@vsu.edu / 804-691-0490).

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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



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Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

Small Engine Disassembly and Reassembly

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Small Engine Disassembly and Reassembly

OCTOBER 27, 2018
10AM - 3PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd • Halifax, VA

Four-cycle engines are found on many types of equipment used by farmers including mowers, tillers, chain saws, ATVs and more! Knowing how to maintain and repair small engines can save you time and money. This workshop will help you understand how a small engine works, common problems that occur, and how to fix them. During the workshop, participants will disassemble and reassemble a four-cycle engine.

Participants should bring their own basic toolkit that includes a ratchet and socket set.

For information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact small farm agent Cliff Somerville (csomerville@vsu.edu / 804-892-4581).

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

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Oct
27
9:00 AM09:00

Maple Syrup: Value-Added Production

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Maple Syrup: Value Added Production

OCTOBER 27, 2018
9AM - 3PM

Browntown Farm
255 Browntown Rd • Warfield, VA

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 30 REGISTRANTS

This workshop is for small and new/beginning farmers who are interested in supplementing their income with value-added products. Attendees will learn how to harvest sap from various species of trees such as maple, black walnut, and more. This will be a hands-on training with experts from the Virginia Dept. of Forestry, H2O Syrup Supply Company, and Mat Cabral syrup expert.

For more information, contact VSU Small Farm Outreach agent Derrick Cladd (dcladd@vsu.edu / (804) 892-4489) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at 804-524-3292.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


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


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Oct
24
5:30 PM17:30

Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

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Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

OCTOBER 24, 2018
5:30PM - 8PM

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


Are you preparing to meet the new Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Produce Safety rule standards? Have you heard about Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)?  Maybe you’ve heard that they can get buyers to notice your products and improve your access to the marketplace—but you need more information to know if it can work for you.

Learn about requirements for USDA GAP certification, plan and prepare for a GAP audit, and get important information about what you can do to implement food-safety measures on your farm. 

For information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact Small Farm Resource Center coordinator Michael Carter, Jr. (micarter@vsu.edu / 804-691-0490).


THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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



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Oct
22
9:00 AM09:00

Beginning Computer Training

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Beginning Computer Training

OCTOBER 22, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Rappahannock Community College, Warsaw Campus
52 Campus Dr
Warsaw, VA

LIMITED TO 10 PARTICIPANTS.

Small Farmers are invited to join the Beginning Computer Training workshop to learn computer skills that are beneficial for use at home and in farm business operations. 

Designed especially for those with little prior computer experience, participants will be introduced to computers operating systems, using a mouse, how to create, save and manage documents and images, creating an email address and sending email, navigating the Internet safely and effectively, and more.

LIMITED TO 10 PARTICIPANTS.

For more information, contact VSU Small Farm Outreach agent Tracy Porter (tporter@vsu.edu / (804) 481-2556) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at 804-524-3292.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

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Oct
18
9:00 AM09:00

Farm and Farm Equipment Safety

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Farm and Farm Equipment Safety

OCTOBER 18, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd • Halifax, VA

Each year more than 300 commercial tractor related deaths occur. Almost half of these are caused by overturns. Many are caused by PTOs not being shielded or shut down properly. Other causes include vehicle collisions, hitting overhead objects such as tree limbs, being crushed during repairs,  or being burned during re-fueling.

This workshop will review a variety of practices to help you remain safe on the farm including how to be knowledgeable about the tractor and use it safely and properly, conduct pre-operational safety checks, and special precautions necessary for operating equipment on rough terrain and slopes. Use of personal protective equipment also will be reviewed.

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


THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


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


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Oct
18
8:00 AM08:00

Ginger / Turmeric Field Day

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Ginger & Turmeric Field Day

OCTOBER 18, 2018
8AM - 4PM

VSU RANDOLPH FARM
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

  • Bill Cox, Casselmonte Farm

  • Richard Harisson, Farm at Red Hill

  • Michael Clark, Planet Earth Diversified 


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

12:00 PM - LUNCH

1:00 PM - NETWORKING

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

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

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

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

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


3:00 PM - PANEL DISCUSSION
Value-Added Products

  • Dr. Theresa Nartea, Extension Specialist, VSU

  • Michael Clark, Planet Earth Diversified

  • Jackie & Paul Anctil, Sans Soucy Vineyards

  • Donnie Montgomery, Homestead Creamery

  • Brian Nelson, Hardywood Craft Brewery


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

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Oct
17
8:00 AM08:00

Aquaculture Field Day

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AQUACULTURE FIELD DAY

Beginning at 8:30 am

VSU Randolph Farm

4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

 

$25 per person, includes lunch featuring farm-raised catfish*

Aquaculture is one of the most rapidly expanding forms of agriculture nationwide, and one that is projected to grow due to increasing market demand for healthy, locally produced foods. The Aquaculture Field Day offers participants the opportunity to learn about pond aquaculture and aquaponic production in Virginia from the VSU College of Agriculture. Please join us to discuss current best practices and other innovative programs in these areas, and network with new and experienced growers. 

Visit multiple stations during the day that feature pond production of catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill and freshwater shrimp. In addition, pond cage culture and aeration systems will be presented. Indoor stations will include aquaponics, tilapia production, tilapia hatchery and a small aquaculture product taste testing.

The event will be held rain or shine. Many portions of the program will be held indoors. In the case of inclement weather, additional accommodations will be made to ensure the comfort and safety of our guests.

Registration is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on registration payment. New online payment options are now available. Walk-in registration is still available at this time, but once paid registrations reach capacity, we regret that walk-ins will not be permitted into the event.

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*Registration is payable by cash or check on the day of the event. 

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 Cooperative Extension Aquaculture Program office at (804) 524-5496 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Oct
15
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

October 15, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd
Halifax, VA

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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


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

 

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Oct
11
9:00 AM09:00

CANCELLED: Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

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Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED

OCTOBER 11, 2018
9AM-12PM

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

Tax preparation season is here again.

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

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

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

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Oct
10
5:30 PM17:30

Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

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Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

OCTOBER 10, 2018
5:30PM - 8PM

GW Carver Agricultural Center
9432 James Madison Hwy • Rapidan, VA
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Are you preparing to meet the new Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Produce Safety rule standards? Have you heard about Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)?  Maybe you’ve heard that they can get buyers to notice your products and improve your access to the marketplace—but you need more information to know if it can work for you.

Learn about requirements for USDA GAP certification, plan and prepare for a GAP audit, and get important information about what you can do to implement food-safety measures on your farm. 

For information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact Small Farm Resource Center coordinator Michael Carter, Jr. (micarter@vsu.edu / 804-691-0490).

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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



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Oct
10
9:00 AM09:00

Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

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Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

OCTOBER 10, 2018
9AM-12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd • Halifax, VA

Tax preparation season is here again.

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

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

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

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Oct
9
9:00 AM09:00

Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

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Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

OCTOBER 9, 2018
9AM-12PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Rd • Petersburg, VA

Tax preparation season is here again.

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

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

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

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Sep
25
5:00 PM17:00

Alternative Ways to Improve Soil Health

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Alternative Ways to Improve Soil Health

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018
5PM-8PM

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

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

Topics include: 

  • using cover crops, compost and manures as alternative ways to improve soil health;

  • selecting the best cover crops;

  • timing for cover crop planting; and

  • new management practices for a synergistic approach to planting that will improve crop production and soil health.

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

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

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Sep
25
1:00 PM13:00

Soul-Collage® Technique to Guide your Small Farm Vision

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Soul-Collage® Technique to Guide your Small Farm Vision

Hands-On Marketing Workshop for Small Farm Businesses

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018
1PM-3PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

Free Project Supplies Provided to Registered Participants Only

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

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

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

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

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

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

 

 

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Sep
24
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

September 24, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd
Halifax, VA

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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


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

 

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Sep
22
5:00 PM17:00

Small Engine Storage, Maintenance & Repair

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Small Engine Storage, Maintenance & Repair

SEPTEMBER 22, 2018
1PM - 5PM

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

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

BRING ALONG YOUR OWN PROJECT FOR REPAIR!

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

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

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


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

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Sep
21
9:00 AM09:00

Small Ruminant Field Day

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Small Ruminant Field Day

SEPTEMBER 21, 2018
9AM - 3PM

VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

REGISTRATION: $10 per person includes lunch.

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

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

ADDITIONAL PRESENTATIONS:

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

Goat and lamb products will be available for sampling.

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


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

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