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
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
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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May
1
9:00 AM09:00

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

Southern Virginia Makers Market

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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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
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
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
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
14
9:00 AM09:00

QuickBooks Training Workshop

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QuickBooks Training Workshop

MARY 14, 2019
9AM - 12PM

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
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
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
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.

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
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
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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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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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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Apr
9
11:00 AM11:00

National Diabetes Prevention Program Information Session

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National Diabetes Prevention Program Information Session

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 • 11AM - 12PM

L. Douglas Wilder Building, Room 300

314 Carter Woodson Dr.

Virginia State University, Virginia 23806

Do You Have Prediabetes and Need to Make a Change? Don’t Do it Alone! Join the National Diabetes Prevention Program.

1 out of 3 American adults has prediabetes. If you have prediabetes, it’s time to take charge of your health. The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) can help you make lasting changes to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes. Enroll in the year-long DPP and get the support you need. 

In the program you will receive: 

  • A trained lifestyle coach to guide and encourage you

  • The skills you need to lose weight, be more physically active, and manage stress

  • Support from other participants with the same goals as you

  • Tips about healthy eating and increasing physical activity

The session is presented by Debra S. Jones, M.P.H., Human Health Specialist.

For more information, contact Crystal Johnson at (804) 524-5966 or crjohnson@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 call (804) 524-5966 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Apr
9
6:00 AM06:00

Beltsville Agricultural Research Center Bus Tour

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 Beltsville Agricultural Research Center Bus Tour

APRIL 9, 2019
6AM - 5PM

$25 per person
includes bus transportation, breakfast and lunch

Seats are limited.

AGENDA

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

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

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

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

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

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

2:00 PM Depart from Beltsville Agricultural Research Center 

3:30 PM Arrive at Spotsylvania Towne Center, Fredericksburg 

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


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


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

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Apr
8
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

Virginia New Small Farmer Orientation

Small Farmer Orientation

Monday, April 8, 2019
9AM - 12PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion

4415 River Road

Petersburg, VA

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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


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

 

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Apr
3
9:00 AM09:00

U.S Small Business Administration Lender Roundtable for Small Farmers

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U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Lender Roundtable for Small Farmers

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

9AM - 12PM

Loudoun County Extension Office

750 Miller Dr SE, Suite F3

Leesburg, Virginia

This event is free and open to the public.

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program will host a roundtable discussion with representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (Richmond Office), Farm Credit, Farm Bureau, USDA Rural Development and others! Don’t miss this opportunity to hear and talk with lending experts!

Join us for information and discussions on lending options, grants, and incentive programs available from key agricultural lenders. Roundtable participants will also share advice and answer questions.

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


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

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Apr
2
1:00 PM13:00

What Market Makes Cents?

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What Market Makes Cents?

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

1:00PM - 3:30PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion

4415 River Road

Petersburg, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

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

Navigating Market Profitability with the FREE Veggie Compass Crop Budgeting Spreadsheet

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Apr
2
1:00 PM13:00

Whole Farm Planning

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Whole Farm Planning

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

1PM - 4PM

Loudoun County Extension Office

750 Miller Dr SE

Leesburg, Virginia

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

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

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

For information, contact Small Farm Agents Derrick Cladd, (804)  892-4489; dcladd@vsu.edu, Susan Cheek, (804) 720-5539; scheek@vsu.edu or call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292.

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

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

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Mar
29
9:00 AM09:00

Vegetable & Fruit Production at Dayspring Farm

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Vegetable & Fruit Production at Dayspring Farm

Friday, March 29, 2019

9AM - 11:30AM

Dayspring Farm

942 Buena Vista Rd

Cologne, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

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

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

  • Drip Irrigation

  • Pest Management

  • Weed Management & Mulching

  • High Tunnel Production

  •  Water Wheel Transplanter

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

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

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Mar
28
12:30 PM12:30

Pond Management

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Pond Management

Thursday, March 28, 2019

12:30PM - 4PM

124 Smith’s Crossing Lane

West Point, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

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

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

  • Please park in designated area only.

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

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

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

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Mar
28
9:00 AM09:00

U.S Small Business Administration Lender Roundtable for Small Farmers

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U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Lender Roundtable for Small Farmers

Thursday, March 28, 2019
9AM - 12PM

Southern Virginia Food Hub

100 West Danville St.

South Hill, Virginia

This event is free and open to the public.

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program will host a roundtable discussion with representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (Richmond Office), Farm Credit, Farm Bureau, USDA Rural Development and others! Don’t miss this opportunity to hear and talk with lending experts!

Join us for information and discussions on lending options, grants, and incentive programs available from key agricultural lenders. Roundtable participants will also share advice and answer questions.

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


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

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Mar
28
9:00 AM09:00

Pasture Lambing Workshop

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Pasture Lambing Workshop

Thursday, March 28, 2019 • 9AM - 4PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion

4415 River Road, Petersburg, VA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mar
27
5:30 PM17:30

USDA GAP Introduction, Packhouse and Traceback

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

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

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion

4415 River Road

Petersburg, Virginia

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

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

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

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

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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



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Mar
25
5:30 PM17:30

USDA GAP Introduction, Packhouse and Traceback

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

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

The Carver Center
9432 James Madison Hwy
Rapidan, VA

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

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

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

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

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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



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Mar
25
4:00 PM16:00

Farmers Market Vendor Training

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Farmers Market Vendor Training

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

Danville Community Market Community Room

629 Craghead Street
Danville, VA

Dinner will be provided.

Topics will Include:

  • Virginia Grown Program

  • Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

  • Vegetable GAP Certification

  • Marketing & Sales, Social Media Strategies

  • Health Benefits of Local Foods

  • Regional Demographics of Sales

Registration is required – by Friday, March 22nd.

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


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

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

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Mar
25
1:00 PM13:00

Farm Labor Placement Program Overview

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Farm Labor Placement Program Overview

Monday, March 25, 2019

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Ragsdale Community Center
20916 Old School Rd
McKenney, VA

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 

Representatives from the Virginia Employment Commission will provide information on pertinent labor laws, migrant housing regulations and answer your questions about the services that are available from Virginia Employment Commission and how to use their Farm Labor Placement Program. Learn more about VEC’s major services that are available to farmer owners who need to recruit and hire workers, including.

  • Virginia Workforce Connection, a self-service recruitment tool for applicants in your surrounding area.

  • Department of Agriculture and Labor’s Agricultural Recruitment Systems, for applicants from Virginia and other states.

  • H-2A temporary agricultural program for nonimmigrant foreign workers to perform agricultural labor on a seasonal basis

USDA Agency Resources:

  • Anthony Howell with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide information about technical and financial assistance available from NRCS to help farmers, ranchers and forest managers. Common technical assistance includes: resource assessment, practice design and resource monitoring. 

  • David Holloway with Farm Service Agency (FSA) will provide information and answer questions about the variety of programs and resources that are available to support Virginia farmers.

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


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

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Mar
22
9:00 AM09:00

Poultry Brooding

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Poultry Brooding

Friday, March 22, 2019

9AM -11:30AM

Lillian Lee Farm

3147 Dorrel Rd

Aylett, Virginia

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

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

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

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

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

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

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Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

How to Sell Your Timber

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How to Sell Your Timber

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

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

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

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

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

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


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



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