Mar
19
1:00 PM13:00

Learn to Build Your Farm Website for Free

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Learning to Build Your Farm Website for Free

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Tuesday, March 19, 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.


Small market farmers in Virginia may improve customer reach and retention, increase farm product and service awareness, and boost sales through the development and management of a farm website. 

In this hands-on class, small farm participants will learn how to make a free business website using the online web builder:  WIX.com.  WIX.com is an intuitive web software builder that has pre-made webpage templates made by professional graphic designers that small farmers can adapt to fit their needs which may include social media links, and online sales, surveys, customer emails, and much more! 

VSU Agribusiness & Marketing Extension specialist Dr. Theresa Nartea will instruct farmers in this hands-on training to help them increase their confidence in creating a business webpage, communicate with existing and potential customers online and explore ways to be profitable and manage business risk in a competitive marketplace.

Participants MUST bring a laptop computer WITH INTERNET ACCESS CAPABILITY to be able to fully participate in the hands-on training.

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
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, March 20, 2019

5:30PM - 8PM

Southern Virginia Food Hub

100 West 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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Mar
21
9:00 AM09:00

Farm Equipment & Chemical Safety

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Farm Equipment & Chemical Safety

Thursday, March 21, 2019

9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center

2131 Mountain Road

Halifax, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

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Agriculture safety should be a main concern to all who work or live on a farm, and everyone on the farm should understand the risks involved and follow proper safety procedures. Sometimes farmers and farm workers sustain injuries, illnesses, or experience a disability that impedes their capability to work, and these injuries not only impact the farmers, but also their families and even their community. 

Injuries to farmers and farm workers can occur during daily chores such as feeding, watering and managing farm livestock, when handling hazardous materials or chemicals, and while operating machinery. Understanding and following proper safety practices can help prevent Injuries, lost time due to an injury, additional medical costs, permanent impairments, and death.

Rebekah Slabach, Halifax County Extension Agent, and Cliff Somerville, VSU Small Farm Outreach Agent, will provide information related to the safe use of farm equipment and chemicals, including:

  • Operating Machinery

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Pesticide Safety

  • Lifting and Carrying


They will also provide additional resources to help you learn more about farm safety and answer questions about avoiding risk on your farm.

For more information, contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Cliff Somerville (csomerville@vsu.edu / (804) 892-4581 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
21
5:00 PM17:00

Agribusiness & Financial Planning

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Agribusiness & Financial Planning

Thursday, March 21, 2019

5PM - 7PM

The Carver Center

9432 N James Madison Hwy., Rapidan, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

Find out what you need to know about Basic Financial Record Keeping and Maintaining Your Financial Health in order to reduce financial risk and increase your peace mind – all designed to help you grow and sustain a successful farm business. 

Dr. Larry Connaster, financial management specialist with VSU Cooperative Extension will lead this workshop to help you understand: 

  • Basic principles of recording keeping 

  • What goes on a balance sheet 

  • How different transactions affect the balance sheet 

  • Basic principles of an Cash Flow Statement (income/expense statement) 

  • Liquidity 

  • How to calculate a debt-to-income ratio, and how it can help determine your “financial health” 


For more information, contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Leonel Castillo at (804) 731-0230 or 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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Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

How to Sell Your Timber

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How to Sell Your Timber

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

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

Timber sales can be complex, but forest landowners can make the most of this unique opportunity to generate revenue and achieve ownership goals. 

Dr. Jerry Bettis, forestry specialist with VSU Cooperative Extension, will discuss important considerations and tips for how to sell your timber, including how to find and select a professional consulting forester to provide you with a wide array of services . These fee-based services can include timber appraisal, harvest planning, timber sale coordination, financial planning for tax purposes and boundary marking.

Further information will be provided to help landowners understand how they can market their timber effectively to be sure that they can get the highest return for the sale of their timber.

For more information, contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Leonard Elam at (804) 894-3095 or lelam@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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Mar
22
9:00 AM09:00

Poultry Brooding

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Poultry Brooding

Friday, March 22, 2019

9AM -11:30AM

Lillian Lee Farm

3147 Dorrel Rd

Aylett, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

Attendees will learn proper brooding methods and techniques in order to reduce the financial loss of losing chicks during the brooding period.

Presentations from Tim Vaughn, owner of Lillian Lee Farm, and Tracy Porter, VSU Small Farm Outreach Agent, will include breed selection, brooder designs, preparing to receive chicks through the mail, feeding, watering and heat lamps.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to see an A-frame style mobile coop (chicken tractor) that can be moved easily by one person. Components and design of a solar-powered electrified poultry netting will also be shown.

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.

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Mar
25
1:00 PM13:00

Farm Labor Placement Program Overview

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Farm Labor Placement Program Overview

Monday, March 25, 2019

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Ragsdale Community Center
20916 Old School Rd
McKenney, VA

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 

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.

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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Mar
25
4:00 PM16:00

Farmers Market Vendor Training

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Farmers Market Vendor Training

Monday, March 25, 2019
4:00pm - 7:00pm

Danville Community Market Community Room

629 Craghead Street
Danville, VA

Dinner will be provided.

Topics will Include:

  • Virginia Grown Program

  • Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

  • Vegetable GAP Certification

  • Marketing & Sales, Social Media Strategies

  • Health Benefits of Local Foods

  • Regional Demographics of Sales

Registration is required – by Friday, March 22nd.

Contact Ken Porzio (Danville Community Market) at 434-797-8961


For more information, contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Cliff Somerville (csomerville@vsu.edu / (804) 892-4581 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
25
5:30 PM17:30

USDA GAP Introduction, Packhouse and Traceback

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USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Introduction, Packhouse and Traceback

Monday, March 25, 2019
5:30PM - 8PM

The Carver Center
9432 James Madison Hwy
Rapidan, VA

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. 

VSU Small Farm Agent Leonel Castillo will present an introduction to GAP for farmers who are interested in applying for GAP certification to learn about requirements and regulations.

Michael Carter, Jr., coordinator of the Virginia Small Farm Resource Center, will present information related to USDA GAP recommendations for packhouse and traceback practices. He will discuss the importance of maintaining buildings, fixtures and other physical facilities and their grounds in good condition to reduce the potential for microbial contamination of produce and for pest control. Mike will also provide information on traceback, the ability to track food items, including fresh produce, back to their source (growers, packers, etc.)

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

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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Mar
27
5:30 PM17:30

USDA GAP Introduction, Packhouse and Traceback

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USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Introduction, Packhouse and Traceback

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
5:30PM - 8PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion

4415 River Road

Petersburg, Virginia

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. 

VSU Small Farm Agent Leonel Castillo will present an introduction to GAP for farmers who are interested in applying for GAP certification to learn about requirements and regulations.

Michael Carter, Jr., coordinator of the Virginia Small Farm Resource Center, will present information related to USDA GAP recommendations for packhouse and traceback practices. He will discuss the importance of maintaining buildings, fixtures and other physical facilities and their grounds in good condition to reduce the potential for microbial contamination of produce and for pest control. Mike will also provide information on traceback, the ability to track food items, including fresh produce, back to their source (growers, packers, etc.)

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

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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Mar
28
9:00 AM09:00

Pasture Lambing Workshop

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Pasture Lambing Workshop

Thursday, March 28, 2019 • 9AM - 4PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion

4415 River Road, Petersburg, VA

$15 per person, includes lunch and workshop materials. Limited to 15 registrants to allow adequate hands-on exposure for participants. 

Hair sheep have been a growing segment of the U.S. sheep and small ruminant industry. They are well suited for sustainable, pasture-based production and are a good fit for novice producers.

Over the past 15 years Virginia State University has been managing and conducting research with a hair sheep flock of different breeds. The animals are managed in a low input, easy-care production system that includes lambing on pasture at different times of the year (April, December and July).

The day-long workshop introduces sheep producers to pasture lambing, and provides hands-on exposure to activities associated with lambing. The research flock at VSU consists of 100 Barbados Blackbelly and St. Croix ewes. Peak lambing activity is projected for the day of the workshop.

The workshop will be conducted by Dr. Dahlia O’Brien, Small Ruminant Extension Specialist and Dr. Stephan Wildeus, Research Professor - Small Ruminants

For more information, contact the VSU Small Ruminants 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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Mar
28
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, March 28, 2019
9AM - 12PM

Southern Virginia Food Hub

100 West Danville St.

South Hill, Virginia

This event is free and open to the public.

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 hear and talk with lending experts!

Join us for information and discussions 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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Mar
28
12:30 PM12:30

Pond Management

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Pond Management

Thursday, March 28, 2019

12:30PM - 4PM

124 Smith’s Crossing Lane

West Point, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

Landowner Megan Trible will host the workshop as Dr. David Crosby, VSU’s Fish Health Specialist and former President, Virginia Academy of Science conducts a pond-side program to discuss water quality, weeds and weed management, fish population management and alternate uses of farm ponds.

  • Event is rain or shine, please dress for the weather. Boots are recommended. 

  • Please park in designated area only.

  • A working lunch will be provided courtesy of Colonial Farm Credit.

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.

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Mar
29
9:00 AM09:00

Vegetable & Fruit Production at Dayspring Farm

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Vegetable & Fruit Production at Dayspring Farm

Friday, March 29, 2019

9AM - 11:30AM

Dayspring Farm

942 Buena Vista Rd

Cologne, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

Charlie Maloney, owner of Dayspring Farm, will offer a tour of his farm, along with a discussion on the production and marketing practices he uses in his farm operation, including:

  • Vegetable and Small Fruit Production for a Community-supported Agriculture (CSA) farm operation

  • Drip Irrigation

  • Pest Management

  • Weed Management & Mulching

  • High Tunnel Production

  •  Water Wheel Transplanter

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.

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Apr
2
1:00 PM13:00

Whole Farm Planning

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Whole Farm Planning

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

1PM - 4PM

Loudoun County Extension Office

750 Miller Dr SE

Leesburg, 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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Apr
2
1:00 PM13:00

What Market Makes Cents?

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What Market Makes Cents?

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

1:00PM - 3:30PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion

4415 River Road

Petersburg, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

Participants should bring a laptop computer equipped with Microsoft Excel to participate in the hands-on training session.

Navigating Market Profitability with the FREE Veggie Compass Crop Budgeting Spreadsheet

Small market farmers in Virginia may sell in different market outlets but may not be able to determine which of their markets is most profitable for their operation. 

Although many software programs are available to assist farmers in determining their most profitable market outlets, the majority are not free or have not been developed specifically for the unique record keeping challenges of small market farmers. To address this issue, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers at the Center for Integrated Agriculture Systems have developed the Veggie Compass (veggiecompass.com) an online profit management tool. 

In order to manage risk and improve the economic viability of their small farm, participants will become familiar with how to use Veggie Compass to assess market profitability of specific crops sold across different market outlets. 

Dr. Theresa Nartea, VSU Agribusiness & Marketing Extension specialist, will lead this hands-on training to show small farmers how they may benefit from understanding the types of recordkeeping necessary for profitable farm business operations. Participants will also learn how to use records to increase business profitability and mitigate risk in market outlet selection.

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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Apr
3
9:00 AM09:00

Local & Value-Added Products Inside the Maker's Market

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Local & Value-Added Products Inside the Maker's Market

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

9AM - 12:30PM

The Makers Market at the Southern Virginia Food Hub

100 West Danville St.

South Hill, Virginia

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

Tour the Maker’s Market at Southern Virginia Food Hub, a new operation projected to open in May 2019 with a mission to create “successful agribusinesses in our community while preserving the heritage of our family farms and local cuisine.” The Maker’s Market is designed to showcase products from more than 100 small farmers and food artisans, especially in Brunswick, Charlotte, Dinwiddie, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, and Nottoway counties.

Presenter Ann Taylor Wright, who has helped lead the development of the Southern Virginia Food Hum and Maker’s Market, will discuss the products and services of the Marker’s Market including, a local food grocery, classroom for farmer and community classes, inspected kitchen for rent, inspected dairy processing room for rent, coffee shop, and ready-to-eat take home meals. She will also provide information about the benefits of creating value-added products to eliminate waste and increase profits.

For more information, contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Marilyn Estes at (804) 481-0485 or mestes@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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Apr
3
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

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

9AM - 12PM

Loudoun County Extension Office

750 Miller Dr SE, Suite F3

Leesburg, Virginia

This event is free and open to the public.

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 hear and talk with lending experts!

Join us for information and discussions 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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Apr
8
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

Virginia New Small Farmer Orientation

Small Farmer Orientation

Monday, April 8, 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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Apr
9
6:00 AM06:00

Beltsville Agricultural Research Center Bus Tour

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 Beltsville Agricultural Research Center Bus Tour

APRIL 9, 2019
6AM - 5PM

$25 per person
includes bus transportation, breakfast and lunch

Seats are limited.

AGENDA

Board the bus from one of three locations (see below): 

6:15 AM Depart from (1) VSU Randolph Farm OR (2) The Carver Center 

7:50 AM Depart from (3) Spotsylvania Towne Centre, Fredericksburg 

9:30 AM Arrive at Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (Maryland) 

Tour the Beltsville Agriculture Research Center (BARC) laboratories, greenhouse and environmental facilities to learn about the wide variety of research projects that are conducted including fruit and vegetable improvement, cropping systems, plant disease agents, insect pests, genomics, environmental studies and human nutrition. 

See research related to livestock production at the Dairy area of BARC related to dairy cows as well as poultry, bees, goats and pigs. 

2:00 PM Depart from Beltsville Agricultural Research Center 

3:30 PM Arrive at Spotsylvania Towne Center, Fredericksburg 

5:00 PM Arrive at VSU Randolph Farm OR The Carver Center 


For information, contact Small Farm Outreach Agent Vernon Heath at (804) 892-4518, vheath@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
10
5:30 PM17:30

USDA GAP Introduction, Packhouse and Traceback

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USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Introduction, Packhouse and Traceback

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
5:30PM - 8PM

Southern Virginia Food Hub

100 W. Danville St

South Hill, Virginia

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. 

VSU Small Farm Agent Leonel Castillo will present an introduction to GAP for farmers who are interested in applying for GAP certification to learn about requirements and regulations.

Michael Carter, Jr., coordinator of the Virginia Small Farm Resource Center, will present information related to USDA GAP recommendations for packhouse and traceback practices. He will discuss the importance of maintaining buildings, fixtures and other physical facilities and their grounds in good condition to reduce the potential for microbial contamination of produce and for pest control. Mike will also provide information on traceback, the ability to track food items, including fresh produce, back to their source (growers, packers, etc.)

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

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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Apr
11
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, April 11, 2019

9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center

2131 Mountain Road, Halifax, Virginia

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

VSU Nutrient Management Specialist Tammy Holler 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 Cliff Somerville (804) 892-4581 / csomerville@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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Apr
18
10:00 AM10:00

Estate Planning & Land Transition

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Estate Planning & Land Transition

Thursday, April 18, 2019

10AM - 12PM

Loudoun County Extension Office

750 Miller Drive SE, Suite F-3

Leesburg, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

The USDA estimates that 70% of U.S. farmland will change hands in the next twenty years. If a farm or ranch family business has not adequately planned for changes in ownership, it is more likely to go out of business, be absorbed into ever-larger farming neighbors, or be converted to non-farm uses.

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

Presented by Ebonie Alexander, Executive Director, Black Family Land Trust, Inc. (BFLT).  The BFLT is a niche land trust and one of the nation’s only regional land trust dedicated to the preservation and protection of African-American and other historically underserved landowner’s land assets.

For information, contact Small Farm Agent 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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Apr
23
to Apr 25

4th Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit

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5641 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464

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.

For more information, please visit www.ext.vsu.edu/vuas-home

(Recommended to guarantee registration and your preferred bus tour)

(Your registration and bus tour preference will be confirmed once we receive your payment by mail.)

$150 per person (Registration is limited to the first 150 registrants)

Includes

  1. Two buffet lunches, two continental breakfast, a networking dinner reception, and continuous food and drink refreshments throughout much of the summit, prepared by an award-winning chef who features a menu sourcing the freshest meats, seafood, and seasonal fruits and vegetables from local and regional artisan providers

  2. Access to all presentations and exhibits Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

  3. Free parking and wifi

  4. One of the most advanced meeting and conference facilities in Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region

  5. Discounted room rates at the Founders Inn & Spa ($99/night. Discounted rated valid through March 24.)

  6.  Your choice of one of three educational bus tours*

We’re looking forward to you registering for the conference. Please remember your discounted room rate at the Founders Inn & Spa is not included in the event registration fee, and you must make your room reservation separately from registering for the event.

Or simply copy and paste the URL below into your browser to access the exclusive rates available for the VA Urban Agriculture Summit

Booking Link: https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/up/reservation/book.htm?inputModule=HOTEL&ctyhocn=ORFFIUP&spec_plan=VUAS&arrival=20190423&departure=20190426&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

Group Name: 2019 Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit 

NOTE: Discounted room rates are available three nights before the conference and three nights after (April 20-April 28, 2019).

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.

*Note: There is an extra $25 fee for the Chesapeake bus tour to cover the cost of tastings, tour and souvenir beer glass at Back Bay Farmhouse Brewing Company.

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Jun
5
9:00 AM09:00

QuickBooks Training Workshop

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QuickBooks Training Workshop

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

9AM - 12PM

Farmville Cooperative Extension Office

100 Dominion Drive

Farmville, Virginia

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

Training does not include Quickbooks software or licenses for participants.

This workshop has reached capacity and registration is now closed.

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


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

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

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

For more information, contact Derrick Cladd. at (804) 892-4489 or dcladd@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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Mar
18
10:00 AM10:00

Pond Management

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Pond Management

Monday, March 18, 2019

10AM - 12PM

Dinwiddie Farms

11672 Old Stage Rd,

Petersburg, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

Dr. David Crosby, VSU’s Fish Health Specialist and former President, Virginia Academy of Science and Dr. Brian Nerrie, aquaculture specialist with VSU Cooperative Extension, will conduct our pond side program where they will discuss water quality, weeds and weed management, fish population management and alternate uses of farm ponds.

For more information, contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Vernon Heath at (804) 892-4518 or vheath@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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Mar
16
3:00 PM15:00

Pastured Poultry

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Pastured Poultry

Saturday, March 16, 2019

3PM -6PM

Pamunkey Indian Reservation

1140 Pocahontas Trail

King William, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

THE PASTURED POULTRY WORKSHOP HAS REACHED CAPACITY AND REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

This workshop will demonstrate several methods to reduce the financial risk of losing birds due to ground and air predators.  Attendees will participate in constructing a low cost chicken tractor (mobile coop) as well as receive instruction on the components required to build and install your own solar powered electrified poultry netting.  Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive information on all aspects of raising pastured poultry. 

Presentations and demonstrations for this workshop will be led by Ethan Brown, tribal member, and Tracy Porter, VSU Small Farm Outreach Program Agent.

Attendees should plan to meet promptly at 2:45 PM at the Tribal Office.
Please bring your own leather gloves, eye protection and ear plugs. Dress for the weather—this is a rain or shine event held outdoors.

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.

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Mar
14
9:00 AM09:00

Estate Planning & Land Transition

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Estate Planning & Land Transition

Thursday, March 14, 2019

9AM - 12PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion

4415 River Road

Petersburg, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

The USDA estimates that 70% of U.S. farmland will change hands in the next twenty years. If a farm or ranch family business has not adequately planned for changes in ownership, it is more likely to go out of business, be absorbed into ever-larger farming neighbors, or be converted to non-farm uses.

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

Presented by Ebonie Alexander, Executive Director, Black Family Land Trust, Inc. (BFLT).  The BFLT is a niche land trust and one of the nation’s only regional land trust dedicated to the preservation and protection of African-American and other historically underserved landowner’s land assets.

For information, contact Small Farm Agent Derrick Cladd (804) 892-4489 / dcladd@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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Mar
13
10:00 AM10:00

Estate Planning & Land Transition

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Estate Planning & Land Transition

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

10AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center

2131 Mountain Road

Halifax, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

The USDA estimates that 70% of U.S. farmland will change hands in the next twenty years. If a farm or ranch family business has not adequately planned for changes in ownership, it is more likely to go out of business, be absorbed into ever-larger farming neighbors, or be converted to non-farm uses.

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

Presented by Ebonie Alexander, Executive Director, Black Family Land Trust, Inc. (BFLT).  The BFLT is a niche land trust and one of the nation’s only regional land trust dedicated to the preservation and protection of African-American and other historically underserved landowner’s land assets.

For information, contact Small Farm Agent Cliff Somerville, (804) 892-4581 / csomerville@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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Mar
13
to Mar 14

2019 Cut Flower Growers Conference

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2019 Cut Flower Growers Conference

March 13-14, 2019

Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center
2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA

GO BEYOND THE BOUQUET!

Explore new and exciting options for popular products and trending services for your cut-flower growing business! Hear from local and national buyers about how you can build a relationship that is beneficial for wholesale and retail markets. Learn about growing and marketing pollinator-beneficial plants and flowers, how you can add value and profit with herbs and medicinals—and much more!

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.

$150 per person

10% Discount for Groups of 3 or More

CONFERENCE AGENDA:

The agenda is subject to change prior to the conference.

MARCH 13, 2019 (DAY 1)

REGISTRATION OPENS AT NOON

1:00PM GENERAL SESSION

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Brent Heath (Brent and Becky’s Bulbs)
Brent will discuss the best bulbs for cut flowers selected for longevity of blooms, ease of harvest, and added value of fragrance.

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Brent Heath’s family has been growing bulbs since 1900 when his grandfather moved to eastern Virginia after falling in love with the Daffodil. Today, Brent stills loves daffodils, but his company, Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, offers much more! Their products include bulbs, seeds, perennials, plants, supplements, books, gifts—and is always growing! Brent and his wife Becky live and work on their 28-acre farm and gardens in Gloucester, VA where they work as flower bulb suppliers, garden writers, photographers, lecturers, consultants and educators.

 Brent and Becky have also developed 8+ acres of educational, Chesapeake Bay friendly gardens. These gardens show people how to utilize flower bulbs with annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs without spraying chemicals and to encourage others to treat the Bay watershed with the utmost respect. They continue to work to create an educational foundation where school groups, Master Gardeners and the general public can learn to incorporate these practices in their own gardens.

3:00PM Opportunity for Networking with Vendors & Exhibitors

3:30PM BUYER/GROWER PANEL DISCUSSION

Hear from local and national buyers about the items they are interested in purchasing for their customers. Find out how to connect with both wholesale and retail markets and build beneficial relationships for your business! A question/answer session will offer more opportunities for information and discussion.

Dinner on Your Own

There are plenty of convenient dining options near the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center. See a map of nearby restaurants here.


MARCH 14 (DAY 2)
8:00AM REGISTRATION OPEN

Includes Continental Breakfast

 900AM CONCURRENT SESSIONS

  • Floral Design and Foraging, Carolyn Helfrich, Carolyn Helfrich Floral & Landscape Design

  • Dave's Favorite Cut Flower Perennials, Dave Dowling, Fred C. Gloeckner & Company, Inc.

  • Herbalist History, Sister Taliah, Sister Taliah’s Naturals 

10:30AM BREAK

10:45AM CONCURRENT SESSIONS

  • Growing and Marketing High Tunnel & Field Grown Cut Flowers, Jenny and Paul Maloney, owners, Wind Haven Farm

  • Beneficial Wildlife Habitat and Wildflower CSA, Jane Corson-Lassiter, USDA NRCS District Conservationist, Accomac Field Office

  • Marketing Cut Flowers, Thomas & Anita Roberson, owners, Botanical Bites and Provisions LLC

 12:15PM LUNCH

Opportunity for Networking with Vendors & Exhibitors

1:00PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS

  • Growing and Marketing High Tunnel & Field Grown Cut Flowers, Jenny and Paul Maloney, owners, Wind Haven Farm

  • Floral Design and Foraging, Carolyn Helfrich, Carolyn Helfrich Floral & Landscape Design

  • Herbalist History, Sister Taliah, Sister Taliah’s Naturals 

2:30PM BREAK

2:45PM CLOSING SESSION

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dave Dowling, Fred C. Gloeckner & Company, Inc.

Cut Flower Potpourri: From a User to a Pusher
Dave will share his experiences and insights from twenty years of cut flower farming and five years as a sales rep and advisor to cut flower farmers.

David Dowling is the Cut Flower Specialist with Ednie Flower Bulbs, a division of Fred C. Gloeckner & Company. Based in New Jersey, Dave serves growers throughout the United States and Canada.


Conference Registration does not include overnight accommodations.

Hotels located within walking distance of the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center include:

Hampton Inn & Suites Fredericksburg at Celebrate Virginia
1080 Hospitality Lane
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
540.786.5530  |  122 Rooms

Hilton Garden Inn Fredericksburg
1060 Hospitality Lane
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
540.548.8822  |  148 Rooms

Homewood Suites by Hilton at Celebrate Virginia
1040 Hospitality Lane
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
540.786.9700  |  124  Rooms


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
12
9:00 AM09:00

Growing Truffles in Virginia

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Growing Truffles in Virginia

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

9AM - 12PM

11047 Settletown Place

Rixeyville, VA

Registration is $25. Space is limited (25).

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Join us in learning the basics of growing truffles in Virginia. Truffle cultivation is a very new industry in Virginia with significant potential.  This workshop is for the novice grower and enthusiast alike. If you simply want to know more about the elusive, delectable and valuable fungus, join us. We will introduce you to types of edible truffles, practical truffle farming basics for this specialty crop, the potential for you and agriculture in Virginia along with the foundation science and supporting resources.

For information, contact Michael Carter Jr., coordinator of the Virginia Small Farm Resource Center (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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Mar
11
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

Virginia New Small Farmer Orientation

Small Farmer Orientation

Monday, March 11, 2019
9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center

2131 Mountain Road

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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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
6
10:00 AM10:00

Basic Computer Training for Farmers

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Basic Computer Training for Farmers

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

10AM - 1PM

Greensville Cooperative Extension Office

105 Oak Street

Emporia, 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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Mar
6
9:00 AM09:00

Whole Farm Planning

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Whole Farm Planning

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

9AM - 11:30AM

King and Queen Library

396 Newtown Rd

St. Stephens Church, 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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Mar
5
1:00 PM13:00

Learn to Build Your Farm Website for Free

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Learning to Build Your Farm Website for Free

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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.

This workshop has reached capacity and registration is closed.
It is being offered again on
March 19.


Small market farmers in Virginia may improve customer reach and retention, increase farm product and service awareness, and boost sales through the development and management of a farm website. 

In this hands-on class, small farm participants will learn how to make a free business website using the online web builder:  WIX.com.  WIX.com is an intuitive web software builder that has pre-made webpage templates made by professional graphic designers that small farmers can adapt to fit their needs which may include social media links, and online sales, surveys, customer emails, and much more! 

VSU Agribusiness & Marketing Extension specialist Dr. Theresa Nartea will instruct farmers in this hands-on training to help them increase their confidence in creating a business webpage, communicate with existing and potential customers online and explore ways to be profitable and manage business risk in a competitive marketplace.

Participants MUST bring a laptop computer WITH INTERNET ACCESS CAPABILITY to be able to fully participate in the hands-on training.

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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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.

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Farmers can benefit from installing and using drip irrigation systems in fields and high tunnels to help them:

  • Improve crop development and yield

  • Reduce costs by using low-pressure or gravity-fed systems

  • Decrease fertilizer run-off

  • Control weed growth


Grace Summers, VSU Small Farm Outreach Program Agent, and Tammy Holler, Nutrient Management Specialist, will discuss different designs for drip irrigation systems for application in fields or in high tunnels. 

Participants will learn about factors to consider when planning the type and size of drip irrigation system to install on your farm. System operation and maintenance will be discussed along with water management practices for vegetable production. Participants will see a demonstration on how to install a simple drip irrigation system during the workshop.

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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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.

THIS EVENT HAS REACHED CAPACITY AND REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

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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
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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
25
3:00 PM15:00

Whole Farm Planning

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Whole Farm Planning

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25

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
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

Lake County Advanced Knowledge 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
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
20
5:30 PM17:30

RESCHEDULING: USDA GAP Introduction & Field Harvest and Water Quality Testing

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USDA GAP Introduction & Field Harvest and Water Quality Testing

Due to the threat of inclement weather, this workshop has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a future date.

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
20
3:00 PM15:00

RESCHEDULING: Whole Farm Planning

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Whole Farm Planning

DUE TO THE THREAT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25.

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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Feb
20
10:00 AM10:00

RESCHEDULING: Silvopasture Production

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Silvopasture Production

DUE TO THE FORECAST FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER CONDITIONS, THIS WORKSHSOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED.

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
19
8:00 AM08:00

RESCHEDULING Risk Management Symposium

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Risk Management Symposium

We are working with our partners and presenters to reschedule this symposium for a later date.
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For information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact Small Farm agent Tracy Porter, (804) 481-2566, tporter@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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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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Feb
14
to Feb 15

Smart Farming 2-Day Course

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Smart Farming

FEBRUARY 14 & 15, 2019

Lake County Advanced Knowledge Center
118 E. Danville St • South Hill, VA

$25 per person

This two-day course looks at the ways new technologies are being incorporated into machinery, equipment, and sensors for a wide variety of applications in agricultural production systems. Use of these rapidly developing technologies for collecting and analyzing data, advanced communication and artificial intelligence, and access to information via cloud computing are expected to increase productivity on farms as the industry incorporates precision agriculture, smart objects and robotics for crop and livestock production. We will also consider objectives that can be achieved through smart farming technologies and discuss ways that smart farming is applicable and scalable for smaller-sized operations.

Each session below includes a classroom presentation and may also include a demonstration or opportunity for participating in hands-on practice related to the topics.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14

1PM - 2PM • Registration & Welcome

2PM - 5PM • Internet of Things (IoT)


As physical objects are connected to computer-based systems, the data that they collect, store and analyze can offer intelligent guidance and solutions for farm operations. This session will introduce both familiar and new devices and programs that are being utilized by businesses in a variety of industries, including agriculture.

 Speaker: Xiaoliang Wang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Technology; Virginia State University

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15

9AM - 12:30PM • Logistics


Computer programs are designed to be the brains for smart farming technologies. Find out more about how logistics programs are designed to improve efficiency and operations, manage supply chains, and support nearly every part of a business to include employee management, customer service, financial management and more.

Speaker: Wei-bang Chen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Computer Science, Virginia State University

LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

2PM - 5PM• Unmanned Aerial Vehicles


There is growing use and potential for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), also known as drones, for farm operations. Drones can provide timely information that gives farmers a way to respond quickly and precisely to many issues, such as water use, fertilizer application and pest control. Information supplied from drone surveys can provide details about your land, including soils and drainage as well as assess the health of your crops or livestock. Drones can also be a safer, easier way to access areas that are difficult to reach.

Speakers: Tim P. Sexton, LPSS-CNMP, Nutrient Management Program Manager, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Soil and Water Conservation Division and a representative from Mechanical Engineering Unmanned Systems Lab, Virginia Tech


Contact Small Farm Outreach Agent Marilyn Estes (mestes@vsu.edu / (804) 481-0485) if you have any questions or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

FRIDAY LUNCH ON YOUR OWN.  
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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
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
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
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.

Rosa Nunez and Carlos Ordaz realized their dream of having their own farm. They are dedicated to planting vegetables and distributing them directly to the local markets. With much effort and help from programs like VSU Small Farm Outreach Program and USDA NRCS and FSA their dream came true.

We will take a tour of the farm and the production plant during the field day.

To attend the Field & Farm Tour, please call Mery Caldwell at (804) 481-0425.

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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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
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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