Sep
18
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farm Enterprise Training

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Small Farm Enterprise Training

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Risk Management and Marketing for Success 

SEPTEMBER 18, 2019
9AM-4PM

King and Queen Branch Library
396 Newtown Rd • St. Stephens Church, VA

Registration is free and open to the public. Space is limited.
A sponsored lunch will be provided to registered participants.

Small Farm Enterprise Training includes the following sessions:*

MORNING

  • First Steps: Farm Registration and Licensing

  • Market Opportunities and Considerations (identifying potential markets and local points of sale)

  • Introduction to Costs, Budgeting and Recordkeeping (estimating and lowering costs, creating a budget, understanding price volatility and cash flow)

  • Conducting Market Research (identifying your competitors, your customers and alternative markets)


LUNCH (Vendor & Resource Fair)

AFTERNOON

  • Getting Your Personal Finances in Order (separating business and household finances, credit considerations)

  • Legal and Safety Considerations (food safety, worker regulations, pesticide training)

  • Risk Management (crop, farm and liability insurance)

  • Panel Q&A

  • Vendor & Resource Fair


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

*Training sessions are subject to change prior to the workshop date.


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

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Sep
18
10:00 AM10:00

How to Sell Your Timber

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How to Sell Your Timber

SEPTEMBER 18, 2019
10AM-12PM

Cooperative Extension Office
177 Morton Lane • Appomattox, VA

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 Leonard Elam at (804) 894-3095 / lelam@vsu.edu or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

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


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


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Sep
18
6:00 PM18:00

Cut Flower Farm Tour, Bouquets and Market Prep

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Cut Flower Farm Tour, Bouquets and Market Prep

SEPTEMBER 18, 2019
6PM-8PM

Botanical Bites and Provisions LLC
4738 Massaponax Church Rd • Fredericksburg, VA

Botanical Bites & Provisions, LLC, is a small, 10-acre, family-owned farm and business located just outside of Fredericksburg, Virginia in Spotsylvania County. Thomas and Anita Roberson, owners of Botanical Bites and Provisions, grow and market a variety of cut flowers and other products at their farm. VSU Small Farm Outreach Program will host the workshop presented by the Robersons to include instructions and demonstrations for making bouquets that include planning your bouquet, selecting and arranging flowers, bouquet-making supplies you will need, and more.

A comprehensive discussion for preparing your cut flowers for display and sales at a farmers’ market will follow. Learn basics for harvesting, storage and transportation as well as pricing your flowers for the market. A checklist of items you will need for your farmers’ market display will be provided to make your set up go smoothly.

Participants will also be able to tour the farm fields and high tunnel operation.

For more information, contact Susan Cheek at (804) 720-5539r / 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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Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

Food Preservation 101

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Food Preservation 101

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2019
6PM-8PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

Michelle McKenzie with Virginia Food Works, will present this workshop for farmers who are interested in creating value-added products using commercial canning in preserving food for resale. She will provide information about the basics of food preservation as well as services, support and resources that are available from the cannery.

Topics in this workshop include:
• A checklist of necessary steps required to process foods for retail sale
• FDA and VDACS label requirements
• Scaling recipes for bulk production
• Testing of product pH
• Sourcing of raw ingredients
• Selecting containers

Virginia Food Works is a non-profit organization that works with existing and prospective producers of value-added foods, providing expertise and guidance on the steps involved from product development to final production. They offer contract packing (“co-packing”) services, specializing in the creation of value-added foods from locally grown ingredients.

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.

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


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

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Sep
26
9:00 AM09:00

Whole Farm Planning

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Whole Farm Planning

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
9AM-12PM

Cooperative Extension Office
100 Dominion Dr • Farmville, VA

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

Join VSU’s Small Farm Outreach Agents Susan Cheek and Derrick Cladd and Cooperative Extension Agent Katy Overby for this introductory course from the New, Beginning & U.S. Military Veteran Farmer and Rancher Program offered by 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.

Farmer Mentors will share their experience in creating and sustaining their own farm operation and answer questions from participants.

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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Sep
27
9:00 AM09:00

Let’s Grow Apples Together

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Let’s Grow Apples Together

SEPTEMBER 27, 2019
9AM - 1PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

$20 per person, includes lunch. Space is limited.

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program is pleased to host a workshop for farmers who have established orchards or are interested in learning more about starting and maintaining an apple orchard.

Presented by Dr. FNU Naveen Kumar, assistant professor of horticulture and Extension specialist at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), this hands-on workshop includes:

  • Tree Architecture

  • Role of Pollenizer

  • Fertigation

  • Common Disease in Apples

  • Trellis in Dwarf Apple

  • Demonstration and Training for Apple Tree T-budding

  • PLUS! Day neutral strawberry cultivation under low tunnels


ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Dr Kumar's research is trained on phosphorus phytoremediation, the rejuvenation of the fruit industry on the Eastern Shore, community horticulture and marine horticulture. Dr. Kumar earned a Ph.D. in plant physiology from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi, India, in 2006 and began his career as a lecturer of biochemistry at Amity University, Noida, Utter Pradesh, India. In 2008, he came to the states to serve as a post doctorate research associate in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences South West Florida Research and Education Center. He continued his work in Florida, having taught at Polk State College, Valencia College, Florida SouthWestern State College until 2016. Before leaving Florida, he served as a post doc research associate within the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center for two years. As a researcher, he has authored 21 refereed publications and a book chapter and several articles for popular trade magazines like Agriculture Today and Science Reporter. In addition to rejuvenating the lost fruit industry on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, he is working to establish an apple orchard at UMES.

For more information, contact Leonard Elam at (804) 894-3095 / 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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Sep
28
9:00 AM09:00

Estate Planning and Land Transition

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Estate Planning & Land Transition

SEPTEMBER 28, 2019
9AM-12PM

Cooperative Extension Office, King George
10087 Kings Hwy • King George, VA

This workshop is free and open to the public.

Don’t wait to begin planning for the future generation! 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. 

Ebonie Alexander, Executive Director, Black Family Land Trust, Inc. (BFLT), will present this workshop that will help you understand the options and guidance for the decisions you can make today that will help you achieve personal and financial goals for the future of your farm.  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 more information, contact Small Farm Agent Michael Carter Sr. (804) 481-1163 / mcarter@vsu.edu or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.


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



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Oct
21
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

OCTOBER 21, 2019
9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd
Halifax, VA

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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


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

 

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Oct
24
to Oct 26

ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Small Farm Outreach

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Small Farm Outreach Program Annual Conference

OCTOBER 24 - 26 2019
Hilton Garden Inn • Suffolk, VA

Join Virginia farmers, landowners and agriculture professionals for an opportunity to hear about available resources, smart business strategies, and successful production practices—especially for those new and beginning farmers who want to learn more about what it takes to farm profitability and sustainability.

$75 per person includes meals, refreshments and bus tours at the conference.

RESERVE YOUR ROOM

Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront is set on a six-acre park on the banks of the Nansemond River and is conveniently located near Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth. The hotel in Suffolk, Virginia is only 25 minutes from Norfolk International Airport.

A discounted rate ($94/night) is available for registered attendees at the conference. Check your registration confirmation email to receive the Group Code.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN EXHIBITOR OR SPONSOR?

Contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 or email smallfarm@vsu.edu for details or use this link.


Conference Agenda

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24

Conference Welcome
Registration Desk Open; Continental Breakfast

SPECIAL FOCUS: MANAGING RISK

Includes the following sessions:

MORNING:

How to Start a New Business or Strengthen Your Existing Business
Step-by-step consideration of legal, tax, insurance, accounting, business planning, and funding topics (access to credit) that you need to address to successfully start a business. Are you really ready?

AFTERNOON:

Farm Bill Update

Risks in Agriculture
Get information on crop Insurance and other programs that can help you manage risks that are specifically related to farm businesses.

Our Awards Luncheon will take place on Thursday.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25

Registration Desk Open; Continental Breakfast

MORNING:

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Forrest Pritchard, a seventh generation farmer and New York Times bestselling author. Forrest’s latest book is Start Your Farm, co-written with Ellen Polishuk, a comprehensive handbook for beginning or transitioning to economically viable sustainable agriculture.

AFTERNOON:

Choose from three bus tours available for the afternoon. Tours include a boxed lunch.

BUS TOUR

Peanuts: Harvest Equipment to Final Products

Amadas Industries Amadas Industries is the world's leading manufacturer of advanced harvest systems for peanuts. For over 50 years, Amadas has worked diligently to advance the technology of specialty agricultural and industrial equipment.  In early 1963, a successful partnership was formed between Oliver K. Hobbs and J. Carlie Adams. The partnership combined engineering, manufacturing, and marketing expertise to produce a new generation of peanut harvesting and processing machinery. During the decades that followed, new products were added to meet the needs of the marketplace. Today Amadas Industries produces equipment in Suffolk, VA, Albany, GA and Cordoba, Argentina. 

Amadas Industries' current product lines include pull-type and self-propelled peanut combines, peanut diggers, Reel Rain® irrigators, cotton stalk puller/choppers, round cotton module handlers, long reach mowers, and a line of industrial equipment for both the horticultural and recycling industries. In a joint venture with John Deere, Amadas developed the world’s largest and highest capacity self-propelled peanut combine.

The tour will also include a second stop to tour AmadasTrailer Building Facility.

BUS TOUR

Agritourism and Hemp

Lilley Farms  Farming in Virginia for just over 100 years.  Three brothers and their families farm what is today Lilley Farms, a 1270 acre farming operation, including 1000 acres of grain (corn, wheat, and soybeans), 270 acres of trees and shrubs grown for sale to landscape contractors and re-wholesale nurseries throughout the east coast, they have also carved out niche markets in strawberries and fall agritainment (pumpkins and corn maze), farming on the urban fringe in Suffolk and Chesapeake.

Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center In the words of Dinwiddie Farmer, Billy Bain “The Tidewater AREC is an integral part of Virginia’s agriculture. Without this team of researchers, Virginia farmers would be at a loss for new information and updates. I hosted the Virginia Ag Expo at my farm in Dinwiddie County in 2008 and 2016. Due to the intense participation of experts from the AREC, both of these events were a success, providing updates to our growers across the state.”                                                                        

  • DISCIPLINES include hemp, cotton, peanut, and soybean agronomy, plant pathology of vegetables and row crops, row crop entomology, plant physiology, swine reproductive physiology and management, and plant parasitic nematode management

  • INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES include drones for precision spraying and to assess plant stress, variable rate and micro-irrigation for row crops, and teralytic soil probes to measure soil parameters real time                                               

  • FACILITIES include a 465-acre farm, 228-person auditorium, 34 buildings, including a new pesticide storage and disposal facility

  • INDUSTRY PARTNERS include peanut, cotton, corn, soybean, and small grain associations, swine industry, agricultural chemical, seed, and fertilizer industries

BUS TOUR

Green Industry and Living the $1 per Sq Ft Model Bus Tour

Bennett’s Creek Nursery is wholesale grower of container plants and a distributor of landscape materials in SE Virginia and NE North Carolina. Bennett’s Creek Nursery operates landscape distribution centers serving wholesale customers in four locations: three throughout the greater Hampton Roads Metro Area and one in the Northeastern Coastal Area of North Carolina. The business is also the exclusive grower of the Blooming & Beautiful plant line.

Slade Farms After working with both Virginia Tech in various roles and Virginia State University in various roles, all centered around making farms profitable, Cliff Slade now finds himself living the dream in Surry County. Farming Slade Farms full time, Cliff grows traditional crops with success, has found a great market for organic sweet potato transplants, utilizes high tunnel and open ground production models, and has ventured into growing industrial hemp for the CBD market for the first time in 2019. While at VSU, Cliff fathered the 43560 project, proving to all that the potential is there for a grower to make $1 or more per sq. foot of land!


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26

Full breakfast served beginning at 8am.

EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP SESSIONS

Choose from a variety of sessions taking place during the morning, including:

  • Soil Health & Nutrient Management

  • Marketing

  • Farmer Stress and Suicide Prevention

  • Farmer/Veteran Programs

  • High Tunnel Management, Maintenance and Production

  • GAP Certification and Organic Farming Practices

Conference concludes at 12PM.


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For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 or email smallfarm@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 at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of
8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.



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Nov
18
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

NOVEMBER 18, 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
9:30 AM09:30

All Worms, All Day - Delmarva Small Ruminant Conference

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All WORMS, ALL DAY

December 7, 2019 • 9:30AM - 3:30PM

Lincoln Memorial University CVM Teaching Center

203 DeBusk Farm Drive, Ewing, VA 24248

$50 per adult, $30 ages 14-18

The all-day conference will focus exclusively on gastrointestinal parasites, which are problematic on most small ruminant farms. The program will seek to educate stakeholders on the most up-to-date methods and recommendations for controlling parasites. It will include general sessions and a separate program for older youth. All youth registrants MUST be accompanied by a registered adult.

All speakers in the adult program are members of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC). They include Dr. Dahlia O’Brien, Virginia State University; Dr. Kwame Matthews, Delaware State University; Dr. Nelson Escobar, University of Maryland Eastern Shore; Susan Schoenian, University of Maryland; and Dr. Niki Whitley, Fort Valley State University. Youth instructor will be Chantel Wilson (4H-STEAM Specialist).

The program is a collaborative effort among Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Cooperative Extension. Collaborators also include Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine Faculty members (Drs. Gilbert Patterson, Gerry Roberson, and Philippa Gibbons). The 2019 Conference organizers include Dahlia O’Brien and Amy Fannon with VCE.

Agenda

ADULT PROGRAM
8 AM-9 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9 AM-9:15 AM: Welcome and Overview of LMU’s Veterinary Medicine Program

9:15 AM-10:00 AM: Biology, species, life cycles, symptoms (Dahlia)

10 AM-10:45 AM: Pasture management (Whitley)

10:45 AM-11 AM: AM Break

11 AM-noon: Treatments -- drugs, natural, TST (Susan)

Noon-1 PM: LUNCH (lamb and goat)

1 PM-1:45 PM: Genetics (Kwame)

1:45 PM-2:30 PM: Integrated parasite management (Nelson)

2:30 PM-2:45 PM: PM Break

2:45 PM-3:30 PM: Ask the experts (panel of speakers and LMU veterinarians)

YOUTH PROGRAM
8 AM-9 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9 AM-9:15 AM: Welcome and Overview of LMU’s Veterinary Medicine Program

9:15 AM-10:45 AM: Worms/parasites: vocabulary ice breaker; Grass, goats and uninvited guests (Wilson, agents and LMU vet students)

10:45 AM-11 AM: AM Break

11 AM-noon: Grass, goats and uninvited guests (Wilson, agents and LMU vet students)

Noon-1 PM: LUNCH (lamb and goat)

1 PM-2:30 PM: Got guts? Anatomy of the ruminant stomach (LMU faculty and students); Worm JEOPARDY

2:30 PM-2:45 PM: PM Break

2:45 PM-3:30 PM: Ask the experts (panel of speakers and LMU veterinarians)


For more information, contact Mollie Klein at (804) 524-5960 or 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 Mollie Klein at (804) 524-5960 /TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Sep
14
12:30 PM12:30

Growing and Marketing Ethnic Vegetables

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Growing and Marketing Ethnic Vegetables

SEPTEMBER 14
NEW TIME! 12:30M-3PM

Bates Farm
13450 Stonewall Jackson Rd • Woodford, VA

Increasing demand for ethnic food offers small farmers tremendous opportunities to diversify their food production systems to appeal to immigrants, particularly African (West and East African), Caribbean, Asian (Indian and Chinese) and Hispanic populations. Small Farm Resource Center coordinator and chief grower for Carter Farms Michael Carter Jr. will lead this workshop to show small farmers how to grow and market specific crops that appeal to these customers.

While some ethnic vegetables are quite unique and exotic, other ethnic crops can include familiar vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, and squash that are known by different names by varying cultural communities. Growing specific crops and varieties for ethnic groups can open markets for new and exciting vegetables to grow and sell. Farmers who understand their communities’ demographics and which vegetables are in demand can consider diversifying vegetable crops to increase their customer base and improve profits.

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

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


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


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Sep
12
10:00 AM10:00

Heritage Poultry

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SEPTEMBER 12, 2019
10AM-12PM

Charlotte County Extension Office
133 Legrande Avenue • Charlotte Court House, VA

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

Brent Wills, President of Virginia Association for Biological Farming, will present this workshop hosted by VSU Small Farm Outreach Program. The workshop will provide comprehensive information for farmers who are currently raising poultry or considering starting a heritage breed poultry enterprise. 

Learn the definition and types of heritage breeds and more about the advantages and disadvantages of raising heritage breeds. Wills will also provide a comparison of commercial, heritage breed and hybrid poultry for meat production and discuss poultry profits to explore the potential financial advantages of raising heritage breeds for meat or eggs. Niche marketing strategies for heritage breed poultry will be discussed as well as how you can improve soil with a poultry operation.

For more information, contact Leonard Elam at (804) 894-3095 / 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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Sep
6
9:00 AM09:00

Pawpaw Production & Marketing Workshop

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Pawpaw Production & Marketing Workshop

September 6 • 9AM - 3PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion

4415 River Road, Petersburg, VA

Registration: $20. Pre-registration is required and boxed lunches are provided.

Pawpaw is a fruit that looks similar to a mango, but with black easy-to-remove seeds amid a pale yellow, sweet, custardy, spoonable flesh that tastes like a combination of mango and banana. The fruit is usually eaten raw, but is also commonly used in baked desserts, smoothies and ice cream. Pawpaw fruit is grown on small deciduous trees native to eastern North America and is the largest edible fruit indigenous to the U.S. Though the fruit was once popular among early Americans like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, it became obscured over time, and is now enjoying a resurgence in popularity as the locavore food movement grows.

Native to the Eastern United States, pawpaw is becoming a popular fruit with market potential among farmers. In this workshop, you will learn how to grow and market pawpaw fruit. Samples of different cultivars will be provided.

Mr. Neal Peterson, the nationally known pawpaw plant breeder, will be the keynote speaker, presenting on basic pawpaw production. He will be joined by additional speakers who will share their experiences growing this tasty fruit.

Paw Paw Taste Test - VCE at VSU with Dr. Rafie

From the Ground Up - Virginia paw paws

A limited number of exhibition spaces are available at the workshop on a first come, first serve basis. The exhibition fee is $50 and includes two six-foot tables and two chairs. Table skirting and access to electricity will not be provided. One complimentary registration is provided per exhibit space. Exhibition setup will begin at 7 a.m.


AGENDA:

8:00 am - Registration

9:00 am - Welcome, Dr. Ray McKinnie, Dean, VSU College of Agriculture

9:10 am - Pawpaw 101–Basics of growing and marketing pawpaw, Neal Peterson, pawpaw breeder and former PawPaw Foundation president 

10:00 am - Small scale pawpaw commercial production - do’s and don’ts, Susan Owens, The Lilly Patch Farm, North Carolina

11:00 am - Field visit - visiting the VSU pawpaw cultivars demonstration plot, Neal Peterson, and Reza Rafie

12:00 pm - Lunch and networking

1:15 pm - Marketing Pawpaw, Dr. Theresa Nartea

1:30 pm - Pawpaw production in Virginia, Barbara Rosholt, pawpaw grower, Louisa, VA

2:00pm - Pawpaw tasting – fruits from different cultivars will be provided for the participants to taste

2:30 pm - Adjourn


For more information, please contact the Small Fruits & Vegetables Program at mklein@vsu.edu/804-524-5960.
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Mollie Klein at mklein@vsu.edu/804-524-5960/TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Sep
4
9:00 AM09:00

Cover Crops for Soil Improvement

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Cover Crops for Soil Improvement

SEPTEMBER 4, 2019
9AM - 12PM

King and Queen Branch Library
396 Newtown Rd • St Stephens Church, VA

USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Services (NRCS) describes planting cover crops for “the potential to provide multiple benefits in a cropping system. Cover crops prevent erosion, improve soil’s physical and biological properties, supply nutrients, suppress weeds, improve the availability of soil water, and break pest cycles along with various other benefits. The species of cover crop selected along with its management determine the benefits and returns.” VSU Small Farm Outreach Program Nutrient Management Specialist Tammy Holler and Dwight Forrester with USDA NRCS will discuss the steps to take and ways that you can work to improve soil for crop production. Topics will include:

  • Understanding soil characteristics

  • How to take a soil test and interpret soil test results

  • NRCS programs for landowners, especially nutrient management and water quality programs

  • The role of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and SWCD programs 

  • Fall cover crops that you can consider to improve your soil


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.

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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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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Aug
29
9:00 AM09:00

Seed Saving: Field Day at Browntown Farms

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Seed Saving: Field Day at Browntown Farms

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AUGUST 29, 2019
9AM-11:30AM

Browntown Farms
255 Browntown Rd • Warfield, VA


VSU Small Farm Outreach Program and Browntown Farms will host a field day to get a closer look at the experience and practice of seed saving from Herbert Brown, owner of Browntown Farms in Warfield, VA. This field day  will be beneficial to anyone interested in learning about seed saving techniques and the goals of the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.

WITH PRESENTATION BY

Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange author of Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast

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

For more information, contact 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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Aug
28
8:00 AM08:00

Ag Fest 2019

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VSU AgFest: SHOWCASING INNOVATION IN VIRGINIA’s FOOD PRODUCTION

August 28, 2019 • 8AM - 1PM

VSU Randolph Farm • 4415 River Road, Petersburg, Va.

$10 per person; pre-registration is required.

Adults • Middle & High School Students

AgFest will showcase the diversity, complexity and challenges of Virginia’s agriculture industry and the innovative solutions VSU’s agricultural researchers, Cooperative Extension specialists and teaching faculty have developed to ensure the industry’s growth and safety.

Demonstrations and exhibits will showcase what’s new in

  • Aquaculture  

  • Goat & Sheep Management

  • Niche Crops (like hops, hemp, berries, ginger and turmeric)

  • Sustainable & Urban Agriculture

  • Hydroponic, Aquaponic & High Tunnel Crop Production

  • 4-H Youth Programs for Middle & High School-Aged Youth

  • 4-Year College Degrees in Agriculture

AgFest will not only show current and aspiring agriculturists how far the industry has come but also where it’s headed and how to be successful in it.

If you have any questions about this event or are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Debra B. Jones at dbjones@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5496 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Aug
21
9:00 AM09:00

USDA Programs Information Session

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USDA Programs Information Session

AUGUST 21, 2019
9AM-1PM

Charlotte County Extension Office
133 LeGrand Ave
Charlotte Court House, VA

Learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply for USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) direct or guaranteed loans and grants. Beginning, minority and veteran farmers can get help to prepare applications for farm ownership and operating loans and find out how to obtain the required borrower training.

Additional resources, programs and funding opportunities that are available from USDA will be presented, including the Rural Development Renewable Energy for America (REAP) grant and loan guarantee program, Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program, and Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG).

If you are interested in implementing conservation practices that reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) program may be available to help you meet your goals .

For more information, contact Small Farm Agent Leonard Elam at (804) 894-3095 or lelam@vsu.edu or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

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


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






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Aug
20
12:00 PM12:00

QuickBooks Training Workshop

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QuickBooks Training Workshop

AUGUST 20, 2019
12PM-4PM

45 School Street
Surry, VA

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

Training does not include Quickbooks software or licenses for participants.

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.

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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Aug
15
9:00 AM09:00

Forest Management After Harvest

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Forest Management After Harvest

AUGUST 15, 2019
9AM-12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd • Halifax, VA

VSU Small Farm Outreach will host a workshop presented by Dr. Jerry Bettis, VSU Forestry Specialist with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, to offer landowners an overview of the options they can consider for land management after a timber harvest. Featured topics include:

  • USDA NRCS and FSA Cost Share Programs

  • Planning for Regeneration & Reseeding

  • Conservation Easements


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

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


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


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Aug
14
9:00 AM09:00

Food As A Business Workshop

Hosted by Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Food Works

Hosted by Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Food Works

Food as a Business Workshop

August 14, 2019 • 9AM - 5PM

Prince Edward Co. VCE Office

100 Dominion Dr., Farmville, VA 23901

The purpose of the "Food as a Business" Workshop is to help new and potentially new agribusinesses, to develop the beginnings of a business plan and provide the resources for their "next steps". This program helps prepare agribusinesses for long term success and profitability. The workshop will cover topics such as pricing your product, connecting to community resources, keys to marketing your product, food safety and regulatory overviews, and developing the beginnings of your business plan.  

The fee for the workshop is $25.  Five dollars of the registration is non-refundable.  Refunds will be given in the amount of $20 if requested before August 16, 2019. NO refunds after August 16, 2019.  Refund requests must be sent to Becky Gartner, Extension Agent at rebes13@vt.edu.

For more information contact:   Becky Gartner at (540)727-3435 ext 344 or rebes13@vt.edu

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Aug
12
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

AUGUST 12, 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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Aug
7
9:00 AM09:00

USDA Programs Information Session

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USDA Programs Information Session

AUGUST 7, 2019
9AM-12PM

King and Queen Branch Library
396 Newtown Rd
St Stephens Church, VA

Learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply for USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) direct or guaranteed loans and grants. Beginning, minority and veteran farmers can get help to prepare applications for farm ownership and operating loans and find out how to obtain the required borrower training.

Additional resources, programs and funding opportunities that are available from USDA will be presented, including the Rural Development Renewable Energy for America (REAP) grant and loan guarantee program, Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program, and Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG).

If you are interested in implementing conservation practices that reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) program may be available to help you meet your goals .

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

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


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






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Aug
6
10:00 AM10:00

QuickBooks Training Workshop

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QuickBooks Training Workshop

AUGUST 6, 2019
10AM-2PM

105 Oak Street
Emporia, VA

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

Training does not include Quickbooks software or licenses for participants.

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.

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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Jul
29
9:00 AM09:00

Sample and Control of Varroa Mite and Hive Beetle

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Sample and Control of Varroa Mite and Hive Beetle

JULY 29, 2019
9AM-12:30PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program will host this workshop on pest identification and control for beekeepers. Keith Tignor, VDACS State Apiarist will provide a lecture on the life cycle of the Varroa Mite and the Small Hive Beetle, how to sample, and various integrated pest management strategies to control these pests. Following the lecture, we will move out to the bee hives on the farm and Keith will demonstrate how to inspect a hive to identify, sample and control these pests.

Attendees must wear light-color clothes, closed toe shoes, wear no perfume, and bring their own bee suit.

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

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



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



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Jul
25
9:00 AM09:00

Melon and Squash Production at Chapel Creek Produce Farm

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Melon and Squash Production at Chapel Creek Produce Farm

THE WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED

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VSU Small Farm Outreach Program will host a workshop on melon and squash production at Chapel Creek Produce Farm. Beginning farmer Charlie Gray, owner of Chapel Creek Produce, will discuss field production techniques, pest management, cover cropping, GAP certification, and marketing strategies he uses to manage financial risk for squash and melon production.

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

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


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


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Industrial Hemp Field Day
Jul
25
8:00 AM08:00

Industrial Hemp Field Day

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The 2019 Industrial Hemp Field Day will provide a forum for potential growers, researchers, marketing experts and industrial hemp product users to discuss the future of the crop in Virginia and neighboring states. Learn about the variety of products from industrial hemp, the challenges and opportunities for cultivating this crop, and an update on the legislation governing industrial hemp production in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

For more information, please visit www.ext.vsu.edu/industrial-hemp

$50 per person for the first 100 registered. $65 per person afterward. Registration includes lunch and is limited to the first 400 registrants.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

For more information, contact Laverne Morris at lmorris@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5151.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Laverne Morris at lmorris@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5151 /TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Jul
17
10:00 AM10:00

Small-scale Aquaponics Systems

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Small-scale Aquaponics Systems

JULY 17, 2019
10AM-3PM

The Carver Center
9432 James Madison Hwy • Rapidan, VA

Get Started With Small-Scale Aquaponics Production 

Aquaponics is the integration of growing plants and fish into one system. Find out how to begin small-scale aquaponics systems for hobbyists, schools, and as an enterprise for a farm or urban setting. A small-scale aquaponics unit will be demonstrated as part of the workshop.


Dr. David Crosby, Dr. Brian Nerrie, Chris Mullins and Jimmy Mullins with VSU Extension in areas of aquaculture, horticulture and aquaponics will present information related to the following topics:

  • Overview of aquaponics

  • System design considerations for aquaponics

  • Plants for aquaponics

  • Fish for aquaponics 

  • Water quality and fish health

  • Marketing


For more information, contact Roland Terrell at (804) 892-4612 or rterrell@vsu.edu or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office (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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Jul
17
8:30 AM08:30

Horticulture Growing Media Facility Tour

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Horticulture Growing Media Facility Tour

JULY 17, 2019
7:30AM (departure from VSU Randolph Farm) NOTE: This is a change.
Return to VSU Randolph Farm at approximately 12:30PM

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Join VSU Small Farm Outreach Program for a tour of the Premier Tech facility in Mattaponi, Virginia, where the company develops specially formulated products tailored for everything from ornamental, edible, and medicinal plants to field and specialized crops.

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

This workshop is free and open to the public. Space is limited to (30) registered attendees.


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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Jul
16
9:00 AM09:00

Southside Sustainable Ag Tour

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Southside Sustainable Agriculture Farm Tours

JULY 16, 2019
9AM-4PM

Departing from Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd • Halifax, VA

Join us for a one-day tour of Southside area farms for a close look at four operations that including discussions of planting, growing and harvesting techniques, successful marketing strategies, and other methods that farmers are using in Virginia’s Southside.

Tours include the following stops:

Tiver Farm

  • Farm owner Bill Tiver produces 11 acres in mixed vegetables, including seven acres of sweet corn. Tiver will share how he operates without hired labor using planting, record keeping and other strategies for efficiency.


Clark Farm

  • Container crops are featured at this farm where owner Jimmy Clark is growing nearly 20 different crops in more than 150 containers.


Chandler Farm

  • Mark Chandler will lead the group through the farm’s greenhouse and high tunnel. Chandler will also discuss his pond and commercial aquaculture operation.


Powell Farm

  • High tunnels and livestock production are featured at the Powell Farm where owner Tony Powell and his two young daughters pursue the family business. At 10 years old, the girls are already being recognized with awards for the information they present on their farm and fields.



For more information call Clif Sommerville (434) 572-6524, (csomerville@vsu.edu) or contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

This workshop is free and open to the public.



If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office (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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Jul
15
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

JULY 15, 2019
9AM - 12PM

Charlotte County Extension Office
133 LeGrande Ave
Charlotte Courthouse, 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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Jul
11
to Jul 12

2019 Fish School

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2019 Fish School

July 11-12, 2019
8AM - 4PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

Over two days, participants will receive formal instruction and complete hands-on activities. They will learn about farmed species and marketing, aquaculture nutrition, water quality and fish health, farm pond management, cage culture, greenhouse aquaponics, freshwater shrimp and other fish species, and recirculating aquaculture systems using tilapia.

PRESENTERS

  • Dr. Brian Nerrie

  • Dr. David Crosby

  • Chris Mullins

  • Dr. Louis Landesman

  • Steve Urick, VT Hampton AREC

Registration: $40 per person. Registration includes lunch and is limited to the first 75 registrants.
Wear comfortable/old clothing and footwear suitable for getting wet.

For more information contact Debra B. Jones at (804) 524-5496 or dbjones@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 Debra B. Jones at dbjones@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5496 /TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Jul
9
9:00 AM09:00

Pond Management

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Pond Management

JULY 9, 2019
9AM-12PM

Matthews State Forest
106 Forestry Lane • Galax, VA

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, will conduct a pond side program where he will discuss water quality, weeds, weed management, fish population management and alternate uses of farm ponds.

Contact for more information:

  • SFOP Agent Marshay Privott: (804) 895-0227 or mprivott@vsu.edu

  • Steve Pottorff, Carroll County Extension Agent: (276) 730-3113 or pottorff@vt.edu

  • VSU Small Farm Outreach Program office: (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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Jul
1
10:00 AM10:00

Seaside Hops Field Day

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Seaside Hops Field Day

JULY 1, 2019
10AM-3PM

Seaside Hops
14304 Seaside Rd • Machipongo, VA

This event has been cancelled.

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program will host a hops field day at Seaside Hops in Northampton County on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Mr. Dixon Leatherbury, owner of Seaside Hops, is a hops grower and current Chair of the Old Dominion Hops Cooperative (ODHC). He has also designed and fabricated a number of innovative implements including a hops harvester. 

Field day participants will visit the hop yard and learn about the opportunities and challenges of growing hops. They will also get an update on on-farm research conducted by VSU Agricultural Research at Seaside Hops and see some of the equipment in use at the hop yard


For more information, contact 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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Jun
26
10:00 AM10:00

Farm Tour at Browntown Farms

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MENTOR FARMERS
Farm Tour at Browntown Farms

JUNE 26, 2019
10AM-12PM

This farm tour is for Small Farm Outreach New & Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program Mentor Farmers.

Browntown Farms
255 Browntown Rd • Warfield VA

For more information, contact SFOP Agent Derrick Cladd (dcladd@vsu.edu or (804) 892-4489)


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


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Jun
26
9:00 AM09:00

Melon and Pepper Production at Riverside Produce Farm

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Melon and Pepper Production at Riverside Produce Farm

JUNE 26, 2019
9AM-11:30AM

Riverside Produce Farm • King William, VA

Luke Hallman, owner of Riverside Produce Farm, will lead the tour to show how he grows watermelon, cantaloupe, canary melons and a variety of heirloom peppers under plastic mulch with drip irrigation. Hallman will talk about how he established and maintains his own beehives to pollinate his gardens and discuss practices for integrated pest management. He will also share information about his experience with USDA FSA loans that are available for beginning farmers.


For more information, contact 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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Jun
25
1:00 PM13:00

Small Engine Repair

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Small Engine Repair

JUNE 25, 2019
1PM-5PM

The Carver Center
9432 James Madison Hwy
Rapidan, VA

Four-cycle engines are found on many types of equipment used by farmers including mowers, tillers, chain saws, ATVs and more! Knowing how to maintain and repair small engines can save you time and money. This workshop will help you understand how a small engine works, common problems that occur, and how to fix them. Information on safety and risk management issues related to small engine repair will also be included. as part of this hands-on workshop.

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


For more information, contact Small Farm Agents Michael Carter Sr. (mcarter@vsu.edu / (804) 481-1163), Roland Terrell (rterrell@vsu.edu / (804) 892-4612), or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.


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

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Jun
22
7:00 AM07:00

Local Foods, Farms and Health Festival

  • 5224 Southpoint Plaza Way Fredericksburg, VA, 22407 (map)
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1st Annual Local Foods, Farms & Health Festival

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Brought to you by the Minority Outreach Network (MON), VSU Small Farm Outreach Program, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Rho Zeta Sigma Chapter

JUNE 22, 2019
7AM - 8PM

5224 Southpoint Plaza Way • Fredericksburg, VA

This event is free and open to the public.

FEATURING

  • Farmers Market 

  • Cooking Demonstration

  • Fitness Dancing 

  • Health Checks

  • Bounce House

  • Music by The Synergy Band

  • VSU Mobile Computer Lab

  • Orleans Bistro and Grill  (in the parking lot)

  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Scholarship Presentations

  • Promotion of businesses and community organizations


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

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Jun
19
9:00 AM09:00

Farm Tour at Slade Farm

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Farm Tour at Slade Farm

JUNE 19, 2019
9AM-12PM

Slade Farm
1111 Mount Ray Dr • Surry, VA

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program will host a farm tour at Slade Farm in Surry, Virginia. Clifton Slade is a third generation farmer who focuses on intensive, organic gardening methods for crop and seed production.  The farm tour will feature a look at the recently planted hemp field at the farm.

This farm tour is free and open to the public. Space is limited, and registration is required.

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Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

USDA Information Session

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USDA Information Session

June 18, 2019
6PM-8PM

Old Dominion Agricultural Complex
19783 US-29 • Chatham, VA

Learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply for USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) direct or guaranteed loans and grants from USDA. Beginning, minority and veteran farmers can get help to prepare applications for farm ownership and operating loans and obtain the required borrower training. 

Find out about the resources and current grants that are available from USDA, including the Rural Development Renewable Energy for America (REAP) grant and loan guarantee program, Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program, and Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs are also available to help you implement conservation practices that reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters.

A multidisciplinary team from Virginia State University’s Small Farm Outreach Program, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and USDA agencies ensures that our financial and business management programs are innovative, culturally sensitive, level appropriate and practical for small-scale farm operations. The VSU Small Farm Outreach Program is an approved USDA FSA Borrower Training Vendor.



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



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Jun
15
1:00 PM13:00

Small Engine Repair

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Small Engine Repair

JUNE 15, 2019
1PM-5PM

The Carver Center
9432 James Madison Hwy
Rapidan, VA

Four-cycle engines are found on many types of equipment used by farmers including mowers, tillers, chain saws, ATVs and more! Knowing how to maintain and repair small engines can save you time and money. This workshop will help you understand how a small engine works, common problems that occur, and how to fix them. Information on safety and risk management issues related to small engine repair will also be included. as part of this hands-on workshop.

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


For more information, contact Small Farm Agents Michael Carter Sr. (mcarter@vsu.edu / (804) 481-1163), Roland Terrell (rterrell@vsu.edu / (804) 892-4612), or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.


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

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