May
9
9:00 am09:00

USDA Programs Information Session

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

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


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

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

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

May
17
8:00 am08:00

Quickbooks Workshop

  • Virginia State University

May 17, 2017

8:00am-12:00pm

Virginia State University

Singleton Hall • Room 304

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

 

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

Create Invoices and Track Sales

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

Stay on Top of Your Expenses

Enter and pay bills from vendors, and download your bank and credit card transactions directly into QuickBooks.

Gain Insights Into Your Business

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

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

May
17
5:30 pm17:30

USDA NRCS STRIKEFORCE COUNTY WORKSHOP SERIES (Greensville)

May 17, 2017 | Greensville County

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

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

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

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

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

May
18
9:00 am09:00

Grant Writing Workshop (VSU)

MAY 18

L. Douglas Wilder Building, Virginia State University

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

 

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

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

• Review of USDA and Southern SARE Grant Programs

• Where to Find Grant Announcements

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

• Match Your Project with Potential Grant Sources

• Develop Your Project Narrative, Objectives, Outcomes and Budget

• What to Expect Once Your Proposal Has Been Submitted

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

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

May
18
9:00 am09:00

Start a Sheep and Goat Meat Enterprise

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

May
23
1:00 pm13:00

Farm Transition & Estate Planning Workshop

May 23

1:00pm - 4:00pm

St John Baptist Church
Woodford, VA

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

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

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

This workshop is free and open to the public.

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

Jun
21
9:30 am09:30

USDA NRCS STRIKEFORCE COUNTY WORKSHOP SERIES (Charlotte County)

June 21, 2017 | Charlotte County

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

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

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

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

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.


Apr
27
1:30 pm13:30

Fish Cage Building Workshop

  • Randolph Farm

APRIL 27, 2017

1:30pm - 5:00pm

VSU’s Randolph Farm Pavilion

4415 River Road, Ettrick, VA

 

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

Space is Limited for this Workshop.

 

Learn to Raise Fish in Cages

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

Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. David Crosby. VSU fish health specialist, at (804) 712-3771 or email dcrosby@vsu.edu.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Aquaculture Program office at (804) 524-5496 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Apr
26
1:00 pm13:00

Organic Farming Workshop

  • Crickets Cove
Organic Farming Workshop at Crickets Cove Farm

Organic Farming Workshop at Crickets Cove Farm

April 26, 2017

1:00pm-3:30pm

Crickets Cove Farm

919 Gilbert Lane, Victoria, VA 23974

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

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

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

Apr
20
9:00 am09:00

Blueberry Field Walk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr
20
Apr 21

Agribusiness Production & Financial Management Course (Melfa)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Apr
19
9:45 am09:45

Mattawoman Creek Farm Tour

April 19, 2017

9:45am - 12:00pm

Mattawoman Creek Farms LLC

Eastville VA 23347

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

 

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

• 100% certified organic produce

• Year round production, includingtraditional and heirloom vegetable varieties

• Participating in local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

 

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

Apr
12
9:00 am09:00

Cut-Flowers Workshop

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APRIL 12, 2017
Cut Flowers Workshops

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

MORNING & AFTERNOON SESSIONS

MORNING SESSION (9am-12pm)

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

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

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

Space is Limited. Register today!

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Apr
11
9:00 am09:00

Grant Writing Workshop (Martinsville, VA)

APRIL 11

Martinsville, VA

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

 

MAY 18

L. Douglas Wilder Building, Virginia State University

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

 

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

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

• Review of USDA and Southern SARE Grant Programs

• Where to Find Grant Announcements

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

• Match Your Project with Potential Grant Sources

• Develop Your Project Narrative, Objectives, Outcomes and Budget

• What to Expect Once Your Proposal Has Been Submitted

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

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Apr
4
5:30 pm17:30

USDA NRCS STRIKEFORCE COUNTY WORKSHOP SERIES (Halifax)

April 4, 2017 | Halifax County

THIS EVENT WAS PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 11

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

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

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

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

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Mar
31
1:00 pm13:00

Forestry/Agroforestry

  • Caroline County Community Center

MARCH 31

Caroline County Community Center

17202  Richmond Turnpike Milford VA

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

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

• Managing Forest Land for Vegetation

• Restoring Ecosystems

• Reducing Hazards

• Improving Forest Health

• Conducting a Timber Cruise

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

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Mar
30
12:00 pm12:00

Forestry/Agroforestry (South Boston)

  • Wedgewood Golf Center

MARCH 30

Wedgewood Golf Center

 2131 Mountain Rd, South Boston, VA

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/jANmr0Zp0rVpJ8aJ2

 

MARCH 31

Caroline County Community Center

17202  Richmond Turnpike Milford VA

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

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

• Managing Forest Land for Vegetation

• Restoring Ecosystems

• Reducing Hazards

• Improving Forest Health

• Conducting a Timber Cruise

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

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Mar
29
12:00 pm12:00

Forestry/Agroforestry (Orange County)

  • VA Cooperative Extension Office

MARCH 29

VA Cooperative Extension Office

146 Madison Rd.

Orange, VA

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/XDjRoCeJSVlJklRQ2

 

MARCH 30

Wedgewood Golf Center

 2131 Mountain Rd, South Boston, VA

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/jANmr0Zp0rVpJ8aJ2

 

MARCH 31

Caroline County Community Center

17202  Richmond Turnpike Milford VA

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

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

• Managing Forest Land for Vegetation

• Restoring Ecosystems

• Reducing Hazards

• Improving Forest Health

• Conducting a Timber Cruise

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

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Mar
28
9:30 am09:30

Cover Crops Demonstration (Cheriton, VA)

  • Bayview Community Center

March 28

Bayview Community Center

Cheriton, VA

9:30am - 12:00pm

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/vLCxs9SVIgibtbrj1

Join Small Farm Outreach Program agents for a discussion and demonstration of the use and potential advantages of cover crops for farming.

Vegetable production involves many practices that compromise soil health, and therefore limit productivity. Therefore, vegetable growers want to overcome these barriers to success with practices that maintain soil health. Farmers may use cover crops to achieve management goals that include:

• Suppressing weeds
• Protecting soil from rain or runoff
• Improving soil aggregate stability
• Reducing surface crusting
• Adding active organic matter to soil
• Breaking hardpan
• Fixing nitrogen
• Scavenging soil nitrogen
• Suppressing soil diseases and pests

For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 or Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Derrick Cladd (dcladd@vsu.edu / 919-235-7020.)

Mar
23
9:30 am09:30

Cover Crops Demonstration (Cologne, VA)

  • Dayspring Farm

March 23

Dayspring Farm, Cologne, VA

9:30am - 12:00 pm

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/M3HTIeDMYmkW5i9o1

Join Small Farm Outreach Program agents for a discussion and demonstration of the use and potential advantages of cover crops for farming.

Vegetable production involves many practices that compromise soil health, and therefore limit productivity. Therefore, vegetable growers want to overcome these barriers to success with practices that maintain soil health. Farmers may use cover crops to achieve management goals that include:

• Suppressing weeds
• Protecting soil from rain or runoff
• Improving soil aggregate stability
• Reducing surface crusting
• Adding active organic matter to soil
• Breaking hardpan
• Fixing nitrogen
• Scavenging soil nitrogen
• Suppressing soil diseases and pests

For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 or Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Derrick Cladd (dcladd@vsu.edu / 919-235-7020.)

Mar
23
Mar 24

Agribusiness Production & Financial Management Course (Warrenton)

Fauquier County Extension Office
24 Pelham Street, Warrenton, VA

Course is Limited to 20 Registered Attendees
REGISTER ONLINE AT: https://goo.gl/forms/EiJKqjXJ4O8ZnaIB2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Mar
22
1:00 pm13:00

Farm Transition & Estate Planning Workshop (Orange County)

March 22, 2017
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Orange County, VA
REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/LDV5ZcDciC5agyq53
 

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

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

This workshop is free and open to the public.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Mar
21
9:00 am09:00

USDA Programs: Information Session (Fauquier County)

March 21, 2017
9:00am - 1:00 pm
Fauquier County Extension Office
24 Pelham Street, Warrenton, VA
REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/y3xUdz9lfMLz9Byw2

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

For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 or Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Vernon Heath (vheath@vsu.edu, 804-829-5675.)

Mar
20
9:00 am09:00

USDA NRCS STRIKEFORCE COUNTY WORKSHOP SERIES (Surry County)

March 20, 2017 | Surry County

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
at Slade Farm

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

REGISTER NOW: https://goo.gl/forms/8H509QcEt1tRLZCH3

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

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Mar
17
9:30 am09:30

Marketing Your Produce (Machipongo, VA)

  • Barrier Island Center Machiapongo. VA

MARCH 17

9:30am - 12:00pm

Barrier Island Center

Machipongo, VA

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/FCV2qJyly7L3YAn03

For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-5626 or SFOP Agent Patrick Johnson (pbjohnson@vsu.edu / (804) 586-5280).

Join us for a presentation by marketing specialists and agents from Cooperative Extension on best practices for marketing, including

• Identifying your Market Strength

• Fitting your Market “Thumb Print” to the Best Market Type for You

• Finding Potential Market Outlets

• Pricing for Profit

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Mar
9
8:00 am08:00

9th Annual Berry Production & Marketing Conference

MARCH 9, 2017
8:00 am - 3:30 pm


Gateway Dining Hall
Virginia State University

$20 per person, payable by cash or check the day of event.
(Lunch is included.)

REGISTER ONLINE AT https://goo.gl/forms/zod9M3gMXOJMi4MB2

FEATURING
Berry Health, presented by Dr. Britt Burton, Director of the Center for Nutrition Research at Illinois Institute of Technology

OTHER TOPICS INCLUDE:
• Blackberry and Blueberry Weed Control (organic and conventional)
• A to Z of Blackberry Production
• Marketing Your Berries
• Raspberry Production
• Growing and Managing Blueberries
• Growers’ Round-Table Discussion

Mar
9
Mar 10

Agribusiness Production & Financial Management Course (Keysville)

Keysville Community College • 200 Daniel Road
Keysville, VA

Course is Limited to 20 Registered Attendees
REGISTER ONLINE AT: https://goo.gl/forms/4siLhJsULBP9tjky1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Mar
8
9:30 am09:30

Beginning Farmer Whole Farm Planning Workshop (Orange County)

March 8
9:30am - 1:00 pm
Public Works Building • Orange, VA

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/As4iTnvsIusVESQI3

This introductory workshop is designed for beginning farmers and ranchers to establish and sustain viable agricultural operations through whole farm planning programs.

Instructors from Virginia State University’s Small Farm Outreach Program include agents Derrick Cladd, Alvin Adkins and Patrick Johnson. Together, they are very familiar with most agricultural education opportunities across Virginia and can show new farmers where to get the help they need for any farming enterprise.

The Introduction to Whole Farm Planning workshop is free and open to the public.
Class size is limited, and participants must RSVP. No walk-ins will be allowed.

For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-5626 or Small Farm Agent Patrick Johnson (pbjohnson@vsu.edu / 804-586-8280).

Mar
7
9:00 am09:00

Grant Writing Workshop (Orange County)

MARCH 7

Cooperative Extension Building

Orange, VA

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/XxzmGJa9HIMigtom2

 

APRIL 11

Martinsville, VA

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

 

MAY 18

L. Douglas Wilder Building, Virginia State University

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

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

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

• Review of USDA and Southern SARE Grant Programs

• Where to Find Grant Announcements

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

• Match Your Project with Potential Grant Sources

• Develop Your Project Narrative, Objectives, Outcomes and Budget

• What to Expect Once Your Proposal Has Been Submitted

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

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Mar
2
1:00 pm13:00

Marketing Your Produce Workshop (Petersburg)

MARCH 2, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 pm

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

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/zhTPzdoKsDw8AdS52

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

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Mar
2
1:00 pm13:00

Farm to Market at Hill Farm (Louisa County)

MARCH 2
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Hill Farm
Louisa, VA
REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/I380Nqn3lCC4u47l1

Knowledge is the key to success in farming.   Growing a beautiful crop is only the beginning of the journey to profitability.   Understanding harvesting, packaging and advertising will take your farm business to the next level.

Susan will share her experiences with six years of produce production in Louisa County.  Videos, demonstrations and a tour of Hill Farm will help participants learn the art of marketing their crops.  

Limited to 15 participants.

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

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Mar
2
9:00 am09:00

Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation (Warsaw Campus)

March 2

Rappahannock Community College (Warsaw Campus)

REGISTER ONLINE by February 24, 2017: https://goo.gl/forms/KzhiwEmjhBffwSUr1

Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation plus USDA Rural Development Programs for Farmers

Tax preparation season is here again.

Designed for anyone who will be preparing 2016 income tax returns for farmers and farm owners. Important information on farm-related tax topics will be presented by a CPA and tax expert. Stay up-to-date with new tax regulations and requirements that may impact your farm business. In addition, you will learn about the application process for USDA Rural Development programs including Rural Energy for America and the Value Added Producer Grant.

ALL WORKSHOPS ARE 9:00 am - 4:00 PM
 
Register by phone at (804) 524-5626 or contact VSU SmallFarm Outreach agent Vernon Heath at vheath@vsu.edu or (804) 892-4518.

Feb
22
9:00 am09:00

USDA Program Information Sessions (Franklin County)

February 22
9:00am - 1:00pm

Paul D. Camp Community College
Franklin, VA

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/ECuI81f9yFAsIiqi1

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

For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 or Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Vernon Heath (vheath@vsu.edu, 804-829-5675.)

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Feb
15
9:00 am09:00

USDA NRCS STRIKEFORCE COUNTY WORKSHOP SERIES (Brunswick County)

February 15, 2017 | Brunswick County

9:00 AM - 12:00 pm
at Herbert Brown Farm

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