Jul
18
1:00 PM13:00

USDA Information Expo

USDA Information Expo at
George Washington Carver Agricultural Center

JULY 18, 2018
1PM - 3PM

George Washington Carver Agricultural Center
9432 James Madison Hwy • Rapidan, VA

Join us for an opportunity to learn about the resources available for Virginia farmers from USDA agencies at this information expo. Additional local, state and national groups will be on hand to share information and discuss their programs.

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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


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
18
6:00 PM18:00

Summertime High Tunnels at Fauquier Education Farm

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2018 Workshop Series
Summertime High Tunnel Production

JULY 18, 2018
6PM - 8PM

Fauquier Education Farm
8428 Meetze Road • Warrenton, VA

FREE TO ATTEND. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Many people are aware of the value of high tunnels for season extension in the spring and fall, but often are unaware that the mid-summer tropical heat in a high tunnel can create a big boost in production for certain crops. In this workshop we will discuss the best crops for high tunnels as well as the special challenges they might present. 

The 2018 Workshop Series at Fauquier Education Farm is in partnership with the VSU Small Farm Outreach Program’s Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program. Click here for more information on this program, or contact the Small Farm Outreach Office at (804) 524-3292.

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Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Branding: Not Just for the Herd

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Marketing Workshop
Branding; Not Just for the Herd

JULY 19, 2018
6PM - 8PM

South County Library
6303 Merriman Rd • Roanoke, VA

SPACE IS LIMITED.

Join Callie Taylor from The Herd Brand as she talks about creating a brand for your business. To find out more about Callie you can visit her website or follow her on social media: 

https://theherdbrand.com/ |@theherdbrand | Facebook: theherdbrand


For information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office (804) 524-3292 or contact Small FarmAgent CassidyShelton, 804-704-4033, cwilliams@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 (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
24
1:00 PM13:00

Generation NEXT Mini-Workshop

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Generation NEXT Mini-Workshops

JULY 24, 2018
1PM - 5PM

Southside Community College
109 Campus Dr • Alberta, VA

$10 per person (plus $5 for each additional family member) includes materials and refreshments

Download a printable registration form here

You value your forest and/or farmland for many reasons. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? Without breaking it up? 

The cost of not planning is “priceless” and future tax burdens may put your land’s ownership in jeopardy. If you don’t plan, the state has a plan for you. By researching and choosing what you want ahead of time, you can ensure your wishes are met and minimize the cost of professional advisors! Please join us for a hands-on workshop with free legal guidance from professionals experienced in intergenerational land transfer and landowner testimonials of estate planning steps & strategies they have used. 

Land may be your biggest asset. Make sure your actions support the family’s values.

 For more information, contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu 


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Jul
26
9:00 AM09:00

Industrial Hemp Field Day

JULY 26, 2018
9am - 3pm

VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

The 2018 Industrial Hemp Field Day will provide a forum for potential growers, researchers, marketing experts and industrial hemp product users to discuss the future of the crop in Virginia and neighboring states. Learn about the variety of products from industrial hemp, the challenges and opportunities for cultivating this crop, and an update on the legislation governing industrial hemp production in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

$10 PER PERSON, includes continental breakfast and boxed lunch.

Space is limited and confirmed by receipt of payment.

For more information, contact the Agricultural Research Station at (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 the Agricultural Research Station office manager, Laverne Morris at lmorris@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5151 / 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
26
1:00 PM13:00

Hands-On Technology Training for Your Small Farm Businesses

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LEARN TO BUILD A CUSTOM WEBSITE WITH WIX.COM

JULY 26, 2018
1PM - 3:30PM

Danville Community College
COMPUTER LAB
1008 S Main Street • Danville, VA 

SPACE IS LIMITED.

Join Dr. Theresa Nartea, Marketing & Agribusiness Specialist, and VSU Small Farm Outreach Agent Cassidy Shelton for an introduction to Wix.com, an online tool to create custom web pages that can help you use technology to connect with customers, tell your story, and expand your market.

FOR INFORMATION, call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 or contact Small Farm Agent Cassidy Shelton, (804) 704-4033 or cwilliams@vsu.edu

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (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
26
6:00 PM18:00

Farmscaping at Fauquier Education Farm

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2018 Workshop Series
Farmscaping

JULY 26, 2018
6PM - 8PM

Fauquier Education Farm
8428 Meetze Road • Warrenton, VA

FREE TO ATTEND. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Farmscaping is a simple technique of creating a healthy, balanced environment in our garden spaces that will encourage and hold a host of beneficial insects that can help discourage the pest, and make your garden more beautiful too. We’ll have a guest speaker, Celia Vuocolo, from the Piedmont Environmental Council, on hand to talk about supporting native pollinators, and to help you learn how you can help nature work for you. 

The 2018 Workshop Series at Fauquier Education Farm is in partnership with the VSU Small Farm Outreach Program’s Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program. Click here for more information on this program, or contact the Small Farm Outreach Office at (804) 524-3292.

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Aug
1
9:00 AM09:00

Small Engine Storage, Maintenance & Repair

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SMALL ENGINE STORAGE, MAINTENANCE & REPAIR

AUGUST 1, 2018
9:00pm - 4:00pm

George Washington Carver Agricultural Research Center
9432 James Madison Hwy • Rapidan, Virginia

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

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Roland Terrell at (804) 892-4612 or rterrell@vsu.edu or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at 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
2
2:30 PM14:30

Generation NEXT Mini-Workshop

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Generation NEXT Mini-Workshops

AUGUST 2, 2018
2:30PM - 7PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd • Halifax, VA

$10 per person (plus $5 for each additional family member) includes materials and refreshments

Download a printable registration form here

You value your forest and/or farmland for many reasons. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? Without breaking it up? 

The cost of not planning is “priceless” and future tax burdens may put your land’s ownership in jeopardy. If you don’t plan, the state has a plan for you. By researching and choosing what you want ahead of time, you can ensure your wishes are met and minimize the cost of professional advisors! Please join us for a hands-on workshop with free legal guidance from professionals experienced in intergenerational land transfer and landowner testimonials of estate planning steps & strategies they have used. 

Land may be your biggest asset. Make sure your actions support the family’s values.

 For more information, contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.


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Aug
9
1:00 PM13:00

Generation NEXT Mini-Workshop

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Generation NEXT Mini-Workshops

AUGUST 9, 2018
1PM - 5PM

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

$10 per person (plus $5 for each additional family member) includes materials and refreshments

Download a printable registration form here

You value your forest and/or farmland for many reasons. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? Without breaking it up? 

The cost of not planning is “priceless” and future tax burdens may put your land’s ownership in jeopardy. If you don’t plan, the state has a plan for you. By researching and choosing what you want ahead of time, you can ensure your wishes are met and minimize the cost of professional advisors! Please join us for a hands-on workshop with free legal guidance from professionals experienced in intergenerational land transfer and landowner testimonials of estate planning steps & strategies they have used. 

Land may be your biggest asset. Make sure your actions support the family’s values.

 For more information, contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.


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Aug
21
1:00 PM13:00

Generation NEXT Mini-Workshop

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Generation NEXT Mini-Workshops

AUGUST 21, 2018
1PM - 5PM

Surry County Extension Office
45 School Street • Surry, VA

$10 per person (plus $5 for each additional family member) includes materials and refreshments

Download a printable registration form here

You value your forest and/or farmland for many reasons. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? Without breaking it up? 

The cost of not planning is “priceless” and future tax burdens may put your land’s ownership in jeopardy. If you don’t plan, the state has a plan for you. By researching and choosing what you want ahead of time, you can ensure your wishes are met and minimize the cost of professional advisors! Please join us for a hands-on workshop with free legal guidance from professionals experienced in intergenerational land transfer and landowner testimonials of estate planning steps & strategies they have used. 

Land may be your biggest asset. Make sure your actions support the family’s values.

 For more information, contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.


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Oct
18
8:00 AM08:00

Ginger & Turmeric Field Day

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October 18, 2018

8:00am - 12:00pm

VSU RANDOLPH FARM
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

REGISTRATION OPENING SOON

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

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

This educational event will include classroom presentations, a grower panel discussion, a culinary demonstration, and a field visit.

More details on the Field Day Agenda will be available soon.

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

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Jul
17
1:00 PM13:00

Marketing Series: Exploring Cut Flower Sales

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Exploring Cut Flower Sales

JULY 17, 2018
1PM - 3PM

Vogue Flowers & Flora Max
1114 N. Boulevard • Richmond, VA

SPACE IS LIMITED.

Susan Cheek, Small Farm Outreach Program Agent, alongside Dr. Theresa Nartea, Extension specialist in marketing and agribusiness, will lead this onsite workshop to visit a wholesale and retail flower store and a floral supplies store to learn about how to package and sell cut flowers, as well as creative ideas on value added floral sales.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Vernon Heath, (vheath@vsu.edu or (804) 892-4518) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

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

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Jul
17
9:00 AM09:00

Southside Sustainable Ag Bus Tour

Southside Sustainable Ag Bus Tour

JULY 17, 2018
9AM - 5PM

Depart from Southside Produce Auction
137 Vincent Store Road • Charlotte CH, VA

FARM STOPS TO BE DETERMINED.

Join us for a one-day bus tour of Southside area farms. Get a close look at farm operations and talk with farm owners and ag agents about of planting, growing and harvesting techniques, successful marketing strategies, and other production methods that farmers are using in Virginia’s Southside. 

Space is Limited.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
For more information contact Cliff Somerville (434) 572-6524 / csomerville@vsu.edu or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office 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
12
9:00 AM09:00

Introduction to QuickBooks®

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Introduction to Quickbooks

JULY 12, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Virginia State University
Singleton Hall, Room 304
VISITOR INFORMATION AT THIS LINK

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 Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Michael Carter Sr. at (804) 481-1163 or mcarter@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 /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
11
6:00 PM18:00

High Tunnel Management, Maintenance & Production

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High Tunnel Management, Maintenance & Production

JULY 11, 2018
6PM - 8PM

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

Dr. Reza Rafie and Chris Mullins, horitculture specialists with Virginia Cooperative Extension at VSU, along with VSU’s Small Farm Outreach Agent Susan Cheek will discuss opportunities for using high tunnels to extend the growing season for profitable crops. Tour the high tunnels at Randolph Farm and learn more about:

• Starting seeds  

• Tips for extended season production

• Soil management, planting  

• High tunnel maintenance


For information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact Small Farm Agent  Susan Cheek, (804) 720-553, scheek@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 (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
6:00 PM18:00

Totally Taters II at Fauquier Education Farm

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2018 Workshop Series
Totally Taters II

JULY 11, 2018
6PM - 8PM

Fauquier Education Farm
8428 Meetze Road • Warrenton, VA

FREE TO ATTEND. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Visit Fauquier Education Farm for Totally Taters, Part II. We will revisit our variety trial of 8 different potato varieties, and will be digging up some of each type to see how well each has produced for us this year. We’ll talk about pest control issues and how to control them, (this was a big problem at the Ed Farm this year) And we’ll discuss harvesting and storing this very important and tasty garden staple.

The 2018 Workshop Series at Fauquier Education Farm is in partnership with the VSU Small Farm Outreach Program’s Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program. Click here for more information on this program, or contact the Small Farm Outreach Office at (804) 524-3292.

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Jul
9
to Jul 10

2018 Fish School

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Fish School

JULY 9 & 10
BEGINNING AT 8AM DAILY

VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

$25 per person, lunch included. Payable by cash or check to “Virginia State University” upon arrival.

Two Days of Instruction and Hands-On Activities

• Introductions: Goal of Fish School
• Species and Marketing: HACCP and Best Management Practices
• Aquaculture Nutrition
• Water Quality and Fish Health
• Farm Pond Management
• Freshwater Shrimp
• Cage Culture
• Greenhouse Production Systems/Aquaponics and Tour
• Sampling fish populations
• Over-Wintering Solar Power Energy Unit
• ABCs of RAS (Recirculating Aquaculture Systems)

Hands-On Group Activities include: 

• Pond Side Feeding and Research
• Catfish Fingerling Transport
• Pond and Cage Stocking
• Catfish Pond Seining
• Harvest and Handling
• Water Quality Testing
• Sample Shrimp Population
• Largemouth Bass Culture
• Cage Construction
• Pond Shrimp Growth Evaluation
• Shrimp Transport and Stocking, Processing/HACCP
• Tour of Processing Facility
• Taste Test: Sample Fish and Freshwater Shrimp
• Aquaponics Unit Construction—Greenhouse Limited-Scale Recirculation

Participants should wear comfortable/old clothing and footwear suitable for getting wet.


For more information or to request specific topics that can be included during Fish School, contact Brian Nerrie at (804) 524-5903 / bnerrie@vsu.edu or Debra B. Jones at (804) 524-5496 / 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 (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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Jun
30
9:00 AM09:00

Maple Syrup Workshop

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Maple Syrup Workshop

JUNE 30, 2018
9AM - 3PM

2988 Mount Cross Road
Danville, VA

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


For information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 or contact Small Farm Agent Cassidy Shelton, (804) 704-4033, cwilliams@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 (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
28
9:00 AM09:00

Introduction to QuickBooks®

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Introduction to Quickbooks

JUNE 28, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Virginia State University
Singleton Hall, Room 304
VISITOR INFORMATION AT THIS LINK

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 Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Michael Carter Sr. at (804) 481-1163 or mcarter@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 /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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Jun
28
8:00 AM08:00

Community Gardens Mini Bus Tour

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Community Gardens Mini Bus Tour

JUNE 28, 2018
8AM - 12PM

Departs from VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

SPACE IS LIMITED.

Join Small Farm Outreach Agent Susan Cheek on a morning bus tour that includes visits to community gardens in the Tri-Cities area, including:

Petersburg Grows

Friendship Memorial Baptist Church

31st Street Baptist Church

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from community garden leaders and volunteers at these organizations to learn about objectives for production and distribution, managing pests, and fundraising strategies that help sustain these initiatives to serve their communities.

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Jun
26
6:30 PM18:30

Gardening for Life: Backyard Orchards

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June 26 • 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Appomattox Regional Library

209 E. Cawson Street, Hopewell, VA

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

Workshops include:

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

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

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

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Jun
26
10:00 AM10:00

Marketing Series: Exploring "Taste" & Specialty Crops

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Marketing Series: Exploring "Taste" & Specialty Crops

JUNE 26, 2018
10AM - 12PM

Casselmonte Farm, LLC
1405 Giles Bridge Rd • Powhatan, VA

Dr. Theresa Nartea, Extension specialist in marketing and agribusiness, will lead this onsite workshop at Casslemonte Farms in Powhatan. Owned and operated by Bill and India Cox, the farm is in its ninth year of bringing taste back to the table by producing heirloom vegetables and berries with a focus on nine principle products. 

ATTENDANCE IS FREE. SPACE IS LIMITED.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 
Contact Vernon Heath, (vheath@vsu.edu or (804) 892-4518) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.


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

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Jun
26
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Brandon Farms

2018 Farm Tour Series

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Jun
26
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Ashby Farm (Windy Ridge Farm)

2018 Farm Tour Series

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Jun
25
6:00 PM18:00

Pond Water Quality

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Pond Water Quality

JUNE 25, 2018
6PM - 8PM

Edmund's Park • South Boston, VA

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

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

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

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Jun
19
6:30 PM18:30

Gardening for Life: Gardening in Small Spaces

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June 19 • 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Appomattox Regional Library

209 E. Cawson Street, Hopewell, VA

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

Workshops include:

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

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

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

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Jun
19
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Brandon Farms

2018 Farm Tour Series

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

Weed Management on Your Pond

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Weed Management on Your Pond

JUNE 18, 2018
6PM - 8PM

Edmund's Park • South Boston, VA

Bring your weeds to have them identified!

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

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

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Jun
15
to Jun 16

Agribusiness & Financial Management Course

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Agribusiness Production & Financial Management

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

King & Queen Library • St. Stephens, VA

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

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

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

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

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


FARM TOURS FOR AGRIBUSINESS & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Jun
14
1:00 PM13:00

Fish Cage Building

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Fish Cage Building

JUNE 14, 2018
1PM - 5PM

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

Learn from specialists and staff with the VSU Aquaculture Program at this workshop designed for anyone with a farm pond who is interested raising fish
in cages for profit or personal consumption.

Participants will learn the basics of cage aquaculture and construct a fish cage. 

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

Cage-building materials will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring leather gloves, tin snips, a tape measure, cutting pliers and protective goggles.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


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

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Jun
12
6:30 PM18:30

Gardening for Life: Unlocking the Secrets of Soil

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June 12 • 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Appomattox Regional Library

209 E. Cawson Street, Hopewell, VA

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

Workshops include:

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

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

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

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Jun
12
10:00 AM10:00

Exploring Agritourism Marketing

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Marketing Series: Exploring Agritourism

June 12, 2018
10AM - 12PM

Lavendar Fields Herb Farm
11300 Winfrey Rd • Glen Allen, VA

Dr. Theresa Nartea, Extension specialist in marketing and agribusiness, will lead
this workshop to introduce participants to marketing opportunities in agritourism.

Free to attend. Space is limited.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Vernon Heath, (vheath@vsu.edu or (804) 892-4518) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.


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

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Jun
11
6:00 PM18:00

Pond Building: Construction & Maintenance

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Pond Building: Construction & Maintenance

JUNE 11, 2018
6PM - 8PM

Halifax County Ag Marketing Center
Scottsburg, VA

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

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

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Jun
7
8:00 AM08:00

VSU/USDA Field Day at Randolph Farm

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VSU/USDA Field Day at Randolph Farm

JUNE 7, 2018
8AM - 1PM

VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

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

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

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

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

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

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May
30
10:00 AM10:00

Financial and Business Planning Workshop

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Financial and Business Planning

MAY 30, 2018
10AM - 1PM

Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex
Chatham, VA

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

Lunch will be provided.

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

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May
25
6:00 PM18:00

Tour Fauquier Education Farm

2018 Farm Tour Series

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

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

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

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

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

 

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May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Tree Identification with Cooperative Extension

TREE IDENTIFICATION
 

MAY 18, 2018
10AM - 3:30PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Road • Halifax, VA

Venture Outdoors with Virginia Cooperative Extension

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

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

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

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

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Halifax Extension Office at (434) 476-2147 during business hours of 8:00a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

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May
17
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Ashby Farm (Windy Ridge Farm)

2018 Farm Tour Series

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

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

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

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

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

 

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May
17
9:00 AM09:00

Integrated Pest Management Field Day - POSTPONED

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DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE WORKSHOP HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

TRICYCLE
901 Bainbridge Street • Richmond, VA

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

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

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

Lunch will be provided

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

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

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May
15
10:00 AM10:00

Southside Sustainable Ag Farm Tour

Southside Sustainable Ag Farm Tour

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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

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

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Small Farm Outreach Agent Marilyn Estes (mestes@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University, (804) 524-3292.

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

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May
15
10:00 AM10:00

Marketing Workshop: Exploring Retail Sales

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Exploring Retail Sales

May 15, 2018

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Vernon Heath, (vheath@vsu.edu or (804) 892-4518) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

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

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