May
25
1:00 PM13:00

Small Engine Repair

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Small Engine Repair

MAY 25, 2019
1PM-5PM

Middleburg Agriculture Research and Extension Center
5527 Sullivan Mill Rd • Middleburg, 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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May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Lazy Bed Production at Fauquier Education Farm

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Lazy Bed Production

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Part of the 2019 workshop series for beginning farmers at Fauquier Education Farm.

MAY 30, 2019
6PM-8PM

Fauquier Education Farm
8428 Meetze Rd. • Warrenton, VA 


This workshop is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required.

A thick bed of hay or straw mulch can be one of your most valuable gardening tools. It will help suppress weeds, conserve moisture, increase your soil biodiversity and even add nutrients for future crops. Join us as we talk about using this simple gardening technique that anyone can use, no matter what size garden you have. 

Why fight weeds all summer long when you can keep your soil covered and happy? Enjoy your garden more and work less with this method. They don’t call it a Lazy Bed for nothing! 


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 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 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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Jun
4
8:00 AM08:00

Integrated Predator Management

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Integrated Predator Management

JUNE 4, 2019
8AM - 12:30PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

A diverse panel of speakers from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the USDA Wildlife Services Program will discuss the biology and management practices for wildlife species that affect agriculture in central Virginia.  Presentations will include information on geese, vultures, and feral swine; coyote and furbearer biology; bear management in Virginia; and livestock protection methods.

Participants will learn about state and federal permitting requirements for birds, including geese and vultures, and for mammals such as deer and bear.

Speakers will present information on the Cooperative Wildlife Damage Management Program administered the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and USDA, and the opportunities available under this program to protect livestock from predators such as coyotes.   

Presentations will be followed by field demonstrations of the tools and techniques that area producers can use to protect their livestock from local predators.

For more information, contact Small Farm Outreach agent Tracy Porter (804) 481-2566 / 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
6
9:00 AM09:00

Diversified and Sustainable Farm Production at Dayspring Farm

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Diversified & Sustainable Farm Production at Dayspring Farm

JUNE 6, 2019
9AM-11:30AM

Dayspring Farm
942 Buena Vista Rd
Cologne, VA

The financial risk of a small family farm can be reduced by diversifying production lines on your farm. Offering a variety of profitable agricultural products and other value-added products can increase revenue potential by extending your selling season and spreading the financial risk across several lines of production.

Join us for a tour of Dayspring Farm led by owner Charlie Maloney, who will discuss the diverse and sustainable production practices he uses in his operation, including: 
•    High Tunnel Production for extended season growing
•    Vegetable and small fruit crops for Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) 
•    Drip irrigation systems
•    Pest management in fields and high tunnels

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.

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

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Jun
6
1:00 PM13:00

Pond Management

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Pond Management

JUNE 6, 2019
1PM-4PM

Middleburg Agriculture Research and Extension Center
5527 Sullivan Mill Rd • Middleburg, 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 and Dr. Brian Nerrie, aquaculture specialist with VSU Cooperative Extension, will conduct our pond side program where they will discuss water quality, weeds and weed management, fish population management and alternate uses of farm ponds.

For more information, contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Michael Carter, Sr. at (804) 481-1163 or 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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Jun
10
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

Virginia New Small Farmer Orientation

Small Farmer Orientation

JUNE 10, 2019
9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
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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Jun
11
9:00 AM09:00

QuickBooks Training Workshop

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QuickBooks Training Workshop

JUNE 11, 2019
9AM-12PM

The Carver Center
9432 James Madison Hwy
Rapidan, 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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Jun
12
8:00 AM08:00

2019 VSU/USDA Field Day at The Carver Center

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2019 VSU/USDA Field Day at The Carver Center

JUNE 12, 2019
8AM - 12PM

The Carver Center
9432 James Madison Hwy • Rapidan, VA

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program will host this exciting opportunity for farmers to see a variety of crop production and field management practices, learn more about research, and connect with experts and agriculture leaders in Virginia. USDA representatives will be on hand to talk about their agency resources that are available to help small and beginning farmers.

REGISTRATION OPENS AT 7:30AM

Welcome from Virginia State University College of Agriculture and Cooperative Extension
•    Ronald Howell, Director of Operations Management

OPENING REMARKS BY SPECIAL GUESTS:
Jewel Bronaugh, Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture
James Tillman, USDA NRCS Southeast Regional Conservationist

Welcome from Culpeper County
•    John Egertson, County Administrator

USDA Exhibits & Demonstrations:
•    Farm Service Agency
•    Rural Development
•    National Agricultural Statistics Service
•    Food and Nutrition Service (SNAP Sign Up)
•    Natural Resources Conservation Service: Cover Crops and Beneficial Plantings Site

The Carver Center:
•    Master Gardener’s Organic Vegetable Plot
•    Beekeeper’s Association
•    Deer Fencing - Pace Fencing and Livestock

Virginia Department of Forestry

Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

...and MUCH more!

FIELD DAY IS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

EXHIBITS & DEMONSTRATIONS AT FIELD DAY:

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program & Cooperative Extension:
•    High Tunnel Production (Blueberry, Blackberry, Ginger, Turmeric)
•    Small Garden Plot for Easy-to-Grow Vegetables and Fruits
•    Commercial Rabbit Production
•    Nutrient Management and Weed Control with Cover Crops
•    Drone/UAV Demonstration
•    Hispanic Outreach
•    Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program
•    Farm Equipment 

VSU Agriculture Research:
•    Bean Varieties in the Field

BLACK FARMERS OF AMERICA:
From the Earth We Grow (Charles W. Ferguson, President & Eugene F. Triplett, Secretary)

Burnt Ends BBQ will be on hand for those who wish to purchase lunch at the Field Day. Discounts will be available for registered attendees!

For more information, 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
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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Jun
22
7:00 AM07:00

Local Foods, Farms and Health Festival

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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
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
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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Jul
15
to Jul 18

iLeadership Institute 2019

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The iLeadership Institute offers a week of fun, innovative, engaging and interactive sessions that will enhance the ability of 4-H youth to serve in local, district, state and national 4-H leadership roles. These include 4-H club leaders, camp counselors, members of 4-H Cabinet, State and National Congress, and as conference participants.

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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.

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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May
23
10:00 AM10:00

QuickBooks Training Workshop

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QuickBooks Training Workshop

MAY 23, 2019
10AM - 2PM

City of Suffolk Cooperative Extension Office
440 Market St • Suffolk 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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May
22
5:00 PM17:00

Seed Saving for Profit and Production

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Seed Saving for Profit and Production

MAY 22, 2019
5PM-7PM

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and Acorn Community Farm
1259 Indian Creek Rd • Mineral, VA

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



Preservation of seeds is one of the foundations of sustainable food production. Learn why seed saving matters and how GMO agriculture, consolidation in the seed industry, loss of genetic diversity, and  rapid decline in the number of active seed savers among black farmers affects your farm or garden. 

Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange author of Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast will present this workshop where you can learn the basics of seed saving, seed cleaning and seed production for your own farm and issues to consider when deciding whether selling seeds directly to gardeners or contracting for sales to independent seed companies both organic and non-organic will add to the bottom line on  your farm.

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


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





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May
21
4:00 PM16:00

Whole Farm Planning

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Whole Farm Planning

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
4PM - 7PM

The Carver Center
9432 James Madison Hwy
Rapidan, VA

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

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

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

Farmer Mentors Thomas and Anita Roberson 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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May
17
9:00 AM09:00

Poultry Processing

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Poultry Processing

MAY 17, 2019
9AM-12PM

Lillian Lee Farm
Aylett, VA

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

Join Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Tracy Porter to learn more about how to establish a profitable poultry processing farm operation.

This comprehensive workshop will begin with information to help you get started, including broiler variety selections and brooding set up, as well as options and equipment needed for feed and water in both pasture (with a mobile coop) and in a stationary coop to keep your flock healthy and safe from predators. Then, learn about available types of processing equipment, insurance options that can help manage risk, and ways that you can effectively market your business and products to consumers.

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


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




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May
14
6:00 PM18:00

Soil. It's Alive!

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Soil. It’s Alive!

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Part of the 2019 workshop series for beginning farmers at Fauquier Education Farm.

MAY 14, 2019
6PM-8PM

Fauquier Education Farm
8428 Meetze Rd. • Warrenton, VA 


This workshop is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required.

Explore the complex web of living organisms that can help make your garden soil much more productive. We will discuss the different types of organisms that are vital to good healthy soil and how you can be a better farmer by treating your soil as a living community.

We will be joined by Nancy Berlin from Prince William VCE and Thomas Bolles of Prince William SWCD. We will have guest worms, too! We also will take the time to look at how we build soil bio-diversity at the Fauquier Education Farm with methods you can use at home.


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 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 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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May
14
1:00 PM13:00

How to Create a Farm Logo and Brochure

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How to Create a Farm Logo and Brochure Using Microsoft Word

MAY 14, 2019
1PM - 3:30PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

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

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop equipped with MS Word to participate in the hands-on training that will be part of this workshop.

Small acreage farmers in Virginia may improve their market sales by building brand identity with a business logo and brochure. A business logo leaves a lasting impression on customers that give your operation a professional image. Agribusiness and Marketing Specialist Dr. Theresa Nartea will explain the importance of logo branding and discuss how to use your logo on product labels, clothing, car magnets, etc.

 After learning how to combine free clip art, shapes, and word art, participants will be able to create an attractive farm logo. Participants will also learn about adapting free MSWord brochure templates to develop a unique farm brochure to give to existing and potential customers.  

As a result of participating in a hands-on training, small farmers may benefit from increased profitability due to the ability to effectively promote their business with a logo and brochure.


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

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




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May
14
9:00 AM09:00

QuickBooks Training Workshop

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QuickBooks Training Workshop

Due to a scheduling conflict, this workshop has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Albemarle County Cooperative Extension Office
460 Stage Coach Rd • Charlottesville, 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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May
13
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

Virginia New Small Farmer Orientation

Small Farmer Orientation

MAY 13, 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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May
9
1:30 PM13:30

Cage Production Workshop: Building Fish Cages for Ponds

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Cage Production Workshop: Building Fish Cages for Ponds

May 9, 2019
1:30PM - 5PM

VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

Participants will learn the basics of cage aquaculture and construct a fish cage. Raising fish in cages can utilize a water resource that is not suitable for other aquaculture production techniques. Farm ponds are a good example where cage aquaculture is quite suited as a production means. 

Presented by David Crosby, Brian Nerrie, Louis Landesman

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  SPACE IS LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS.

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

If you have any questions, please contact David Crosby at dcrosby@vsu.edu or (804) 712-3771.


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


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May
8
2:00 PM14:00

The Emerald Ash Borer and Urban Wood

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The Emerald Ash Borer and Urban Wood

MAY 8, 2019
2PM-4:30PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

Presented by Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia Department of Forestry

To register call Extension Agent Jason Fisher, at (434) 220-9034 or email jasonf@vt.edu.

This workshop is free and open to the public.

Topics include:  

  • What is the Emerald Ash Borer? 

  • How do I manage my ash tree? 

  • How do I get cost-share assistance to treat my ash? 

  • What needs to be considered for ash removal? 

  • What is Urban Wood? 

  • What can I do with the wood from my ash tree? 

  • What tree species are optimal for replacing ash? 


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 Henrico Extension Office at 804-501-5160/TDD* during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120. 

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May
2
1:00 PM13:00

Growing and Selling Cut Flowers: Two Farm Tours

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Growing and Selling Cut Flowers: Two Farm Tours

MAY 2, 2019
1PM-5PM

Dug In Farms
155 Fleets Bay Rd., White Stone, VA

Windhaven Farm
1134 Syringa Rd., Topping VA

Parking is limited at the farms, so please plan to carpool if possible.

Travel in your own car to visit two flower farms in Eastern Virginia.

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Carolyn Quinn, owner of Dug In Farms, will lead the group on a tour with a focus on growing and marketing field-grown cut flowers. Dug in Farms operates an honor box veggie, flower & egg stand.

 
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Jenny and Paul Maloney own Wind Haven Farm located in Middlesex County, Va. Wind Haven Farm is a small-scale ecologically grown local flower farm that primarily wholesales to retail operations. They also provide flowers for casual weddings & events. In the six years since they started farming Paul and Jenny have increased their production acreage from 1.25 acres to nearly nine acres.

For more information, contact Small Farm Outreach Agent Susan Cheek at (804) 720-5539 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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May
1
5:30 PM17:30

Value-Added Production with Herbs

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Value-Added Production with Herbs

MAY 1, 2019
5:30PM - 7:30PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

Registration is $25 per person.

Space is limited.

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Taliah Muhammad, local herbalist and owner of Sister Taliah’s Naturals, will lead this interactive, two-hour workshop where participants will learn how to create their own value-added products.  They will also learn savvy techniques for identifying and marketing to their consumer with tips on product design, branding, website design, and social media marketing.

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


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


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May
1
9:00 AM09:00

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

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

NEW DATE! Wednesday, May 1, 2019

9AM - 12:30PM

The Makers Market at the Southern Virginia Food Hub
100 West Danville St.
South Hill, Virginia

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

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

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

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


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

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Apr
30
1:00 PM13:00

Farm Market Display 101

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Farm Market Display 101

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

1:00PM - 3:30PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion

4415 River Road

Petersburg, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

Use Simple Display Techniques for Increased Value and Farm Profitability

Learn how to improve your farm market display by investing in low cost display materials and effective chalkboard signage. 

Small farmers can gain confidence in their product display and handwriting skills and may benefit from learning and practicing market display, chalkboard lettering, and drawing techniques to use when preparing their farm market displays at farmers markets or other retail sales outlets. 

Dr. Theresa Nartea, VSU Agribusiness & Marketing Extension specialist will conduct this hands-on training to show how participants can improve market display and signage for their farm products to increase profit potential.

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


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

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Apr
29
1:00 PM13:00

High Tunnel Production at Dayspring Farm

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High Tunnel Production at Dayspring Farm

Monday, April 29, 2019

1PM - 4PM

Dayspring Farm

942 Buena Vista Rd

Cologne, Virginia

Charlie Maloney, owner of Dayspring Farm, will offer a tour of his farm, along with a discussion on the growing and management practices he uses for small fruit and vegetable production in high tunnels that includes drip irrigation, integrated pest management, USDA GAP requirements and more.

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

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

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Apr
26
9:00 AM09:00

Square Foot Vegetable Production

Square Foot Vegetable Production

Square Foot Vegetable Production

APRIL 26
9AM - 11:30AM

Pamunkey Tribal Center
1054 Pocahontas Trail • King William, VA

 Join Small Farm Agent Tracy Porter and Extension Agent Warner Orozco for a look at square foot vegetable production, especially for early spring vegetable varieties. 

Discussion will include:

  • Planting tips for direct sown seed or transplants

  • Overview of weed and pest management practices

  • Methods for increased production potential with drip irrigation systems, composting and pollinator-friendly plantings

Space is limited for this workshop.

 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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Apr
24
1:00 PM13:00

Raising Alpacas for Breeding Stock & Fiber

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Raising Alpacas for Breeding Stock & Fiber

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

1PM - 4PM

Littlebird Alpacas of River Ridge Farms
670 River Ridge Rd
Dillwyn, Virginia

Learn from farmer Mary Martinez-Rigo about the business and potential for raising alpacas on your farm. Alpacas are members of the Camelid family as are the vicuna, guanaco, llama and camel. Alpacas are raised for their fiber as well as seed stock.  The workshop will include information on breeding stock selection, dedicated husbandry and managed nutrition. 

At Littlebird Alpacas the herd is shorn annually. Participants will learn about shearing, harvesting of fiber as well as end product production.   

This workshop is sure to provide a new perspective on livestock and the rewards of small-scale farming!

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


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

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Apr
23
1:00 PM13:00

Small-scale Aquaponics Systems

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Small-scale Aquaponics Systems

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

1PM - 4PM

Ragsdale Community Center

20916 Old School Rd

McKenney, Virginia

Get Started With Small-Scale Aquaponics Production 

Aquaponics is the integration of growing plants and fish into one system. The workshop will cover the necessary information on how to do a small-scale aquaponics for hobbyists, schools and as an enterprise for a farm and 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 Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Vernon Heath at (804) 892-4518 or vheath@vsu.edu or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

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

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Apr
23
to Apr 25

4th Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit

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5641 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464

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

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

(Recommended to guarantee registration and your preferred bus tour)

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

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

Includes

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

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

  3. Free parking and wifi

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

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

We’re looking forward to you registering for the conference. Please remember you must make your room reservation separately from registering for the event.

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

Booking Link: https://tapestrycollection3.hilton.com/tc/founders-inn-and-spa

For more information, contact Dr. Leonard Githinji at ((804) 524-5482 or lgithinji@vsu.edu or call the Sustainable and Urban Agriculture Program office at 804) 524-5960.

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

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

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Apr
23
10:00 AM10:00

Seed Saving

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SEED SAVING

Preserving Genetic Diversity, Community Culture and Adding to Your Bottom Line

APRIL 23, 2019
10AM - 2PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Rd • Petersburg, VA

Registration is $10 per person, includes lunch


Preservation of seeds is one of the foundations of sustainable food production. Learn why seed saving matters and how GMO agriculture, consolidation in the seed industry, loss of genetic diversity, and  rapid decline in the number of active seed savers among black farmers affects your farm or garden. 

Then, learn the basics of seed saving, seed cleaning and seed production for your own farm and issues to consider when deciding whether selling seeds directly to gardeners or contracting for sales to independent seed companies both organic and non-organic will add to the bottom line on  your farm.

Workshop Presenters:

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

  • Irena Hollowell of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and The Grass Roots Seed Network

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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Apr
19
9:00 AM09:00

Beginning Beekeeping

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Beginning Beekeeping

Friday, April 19, 2019

9:00AM - 12:00PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion

4415 River Road

Petersburg, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

VDACS State Aparist Keith Tignor will provide classroom instruction on the following topics:

  • Colony Collapse Disorder

  • VDACS Pollinator Protection Plan 

  • Grants available for Beekeepers 

  • Beekeeper Equipment 

  • Beehive Components, Construction and Maintenance 


The classroom instruction will be followed by a demonstration of how to open, inspect and maintain a beehive.
Attendees must bring their own bee suit and wear long sleeves, pants and closed-toe shoes in order to participate in the hands-on demonstration with live hives.

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


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

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Apr
18
1:00 PM13:00

Soil Health and Nutrient Management for Spring Production

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Soil Health and Nutrient Management for Spring Production

This workshop has been cancelled.

Middleburg Agriculture and Research Extension Center
5527 Sullivan Rd
Middleburg, VA

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

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

  • Nutrient management in spring crop production

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

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

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


For more information, contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Susan Cheek at (804) 720-5539 or 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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Apr
18
10:00 AM10:00

Estate Planning & Land Transition

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Estate Planning & Land Transition

This workshop is being rescheduled for fall 2019.

10AM - 12PM

Loudoun County Extension Office

750 Miller Drive SE, Suite F-3

Leesburg, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

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

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

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

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

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

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Workshops support the USDA NIFA grant designed for “Outreach, Training, and Technical Assistance Project for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Beginning Farmers and Rancher in Virginia” Award Number 2017-70011-26861

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Apr
16
1:00 PM13:00

What Market Makes Cents?

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What Market Makes Cents?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

1:00PM - 3:30PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion

4415 River Road

Petersburg, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

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

Navigating Market Profitability with the FREE Veggie Compass Crop Budgeting Spreadsheet

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Apr
13
9:00 AM09:00

How to Build Raised Beds for High Tunnels

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How to Build Raised Beds for High Tunnels

Saturday, April 13, 2019

9AM - 3PM

VSU Agriculture Engineering Building

Myster Macklin Street

Virginia State University, Virginia

Registration is $25 per person and includes lunch. SPACE IS LIMITED (15)

Join us to learn how to plan and construct a raised bed for growing in a high tunnel

The workshop will include: 

  • Detailed drawings to help you design and construct a high tunnel raised bed 

  • List of building materials and estimated construction costs 

  • Instruction for adding a drip irrigation plan and system for the raised bed in a high tunnel 

One raised bed will be constructed during the workshop. At the end of the workshop, this bed will be raffled off for one attendee to take home!

VSU AG ENGINEERING BUILDING

Located on campus at Virginia State University, use this link to view and download a campus map.

The Ag Engineering Building is at Myster-Macklin Street (near bottom, left on the map.)

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

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Apr
12
9:00 AM09:00

Pasture Lambing Workshop

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Pasture Lambing Workshop

Friday, April 12, 2019 • 9AM - 4PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion

4415 River Road, Petersburg, VA

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, contact the VSU Small Ruminants Program office at 804) 524-5960.

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

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Apr
12
9:00 AM09:00

Diversified Farm Tour: Chesapeake Green Farms

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Diversified Farm Tour: Chesapeake Green Farms

THIS WORKSHOP IS BEING RESCHEDULED FOR FALL 2019

Chesapeake Green Farms

191 Bow Wood Drive

Heathsville, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

The financial risk of a small family farm can be reduced by diversifying production lines on your farm. Offering a variety of profitable agricultural products and other value-added products can increase revenue potential by extending your selling season and spreading the financial risk across several lines of production. 

Join us for this farm tour led by Kelly Strickland, owner of Chesapeake Green Farms, for a look at their diverse farm operations that include oyster production, high tunnel niche crops, meat rabbit production, and value-added products.

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


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

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Apr
11
9:00 AM09:00

Soil Health and Nutrient Management for Spring Production

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Soil Health and Nutrient Management for Spring Production

Thursday, April 11, 2019

9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center

2131 Mountain Road, Halifax, Virginia

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

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

  • Nutrient management in spring crop production

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

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

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


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

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

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Apr
10
5:30 PM17:30

USDA GAP Introduction, Packhouse and Traceback

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

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

Southern Virginia Food Hub

100 W. Danville St

South Hill, Virginia

USDA’s Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification is achieved through voluntary audits performed by USDA federal or state agency representatives that verify that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored as safely as possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards. 

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

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

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

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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



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