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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Jul
25
9:00 AM09:00

Melon and Squash Production at Chapel Creek Produce Farm

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Melon and Squash Production at Chapel Creek Produce Farm

JULY 25, 2019
9AM-11:30AM

Chapel Creek Produce Farm
7192 Newtown Rd
Saint Stephens Church, VA


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

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

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


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


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Jul
29
9:00 AM09:00

Sample and Control of Varroa Mite and Hive Beetle

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Sample and Control of Varroa Mite and Hive Beetle

JULY 29, 2019
9AM-12:30PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

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

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

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

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



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



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Aug
5
10:00 AM10:00

QuickBooks Training Workshop

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QuickBooks Training Workshop

AUGUST 5, 2019
10AM-2PM

106 Oak Street (Oaks)
Emporia, VA

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

Training does not include Quickbooks software or licenses for participants.

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


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

Stay on top of your expenses
Enter and pay bills from vendors, and download your bank and credit card transactions directly into QuickBooks.

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

For more information, contact Derrick Cladd at (804) 892-4489 or dcladd@vsu.edu or call  the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.


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

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

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Aug
12
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

AUGUST 12, 2019
9AM - 12PM

The Carver Center
9432 James Madison Hwy
Rapidan, VA

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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


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

 

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Aug
12
12:00 PM12:00

QuickBooks Training Workshop

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QuickBooks Training Workshop

AUGUST 12, 2019
12PM-4PM

45 School Street
Surry, VA

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

Training does not include Quickbooks software or licenses for participants.

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


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

Stay on top of your expenses
Enter and pay bills from vendors, and download your bank and credit card transactions directly into QuickBooks.

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

For more information, contact Derrick Cladd at (804) 892-4489 or dcladd@vsu.edu or call  the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.


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

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

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Aug
28
8:00 AM08:00

Ag Fest 2019

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VSU AgFest: SHOWCASING INNOVATION IN VIRGINIA’s FOOD PRODUCTION

August 28, 2019 • 8AM - 1PM

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

$10 per person; pre-registration is required.

Adults • Middle & High School Students

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

Demonstrations and exhibits will showcase what’s new in

  • Aquaculture  

  • Goat & Sheep Management

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

  • Sustainable & Urban Agriculture

  • Hydroponic, Aquaponic & High Tunnel Crop Production

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

  • 4-Year College Degrees in Agriculture

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

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

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Sep
9
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

SEPTEMBER 9, 2019
9AM - 12PM

Floyd County Extension Office
209 Fox Street NW
Floyd, VA

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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


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

 

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Oct
21
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

OCTOBER 21, 2019
9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd
Halifax, VA

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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


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

 

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Nov
18
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

NOVEMBER 18, 2019
9AM - 12PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road
Petersburg, VA

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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


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

 

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Jul
17
10:00 AM10:00

Small-scale Aquaponics Systems

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Small-scale Aquaponics Systems

JULY 17, 2019
10AM-3PM

The Carver Center
9432 James Madison Hwy • Rapidan, VA

Get Started With Small-Scale Aquaponics Production 

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


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

  • Overview of aquaponics

  • System design considerations for aquaponics

  • Plants for aquaponics

  • Fish for aquaponics 

  • Water quality and fish health

  • Marketing


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


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

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Jul
17
8:30 AM08:30

Horticulture Growing Media Facility Tour

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Horticulture Growing Media Facility Tour

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

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

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

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


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

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Jul
16
9:00 AM09:00

Southside Sustainable Ag Tour

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Southside Sustainable Agriculture Farm Tours

JULY 16, 2019
9AM-4PM

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

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

Tours include the following stops:

Tiver Farm

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


Clark Farm

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


Chandler Farm

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


Powell Farm

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



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

This workshop is free and open to the public.



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



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Jul
15
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

JULY 15, 2019
9AM - 12PM

Charlotte County Extension Office
133 LeGrande Ave
Charlotte Courthouse, VA

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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


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

 

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Jul
11
to Jul 12

2019 Fish School

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2019 Fish School

July 11-12, 2019
8AM - 4PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

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

PRESENTERS

  • Dr. Brian Nerrie

  • Dr. David Crosby

  • Chris Mullins

  • Dr. Louis Landesman

  • Steve Urick, VT Hampton AREC

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

For more information contact Debra B. Jones at (804) 524-5496 or dbjones@vsu.edu.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Debra B. Jones at dbjones@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5496 /TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Jul
9
9:00 AM09:00

Pond Management

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Pond Management

JULY 9, 2019
9AM-12PM

Matthews State Forest
106 Forestry Lane • Galax, VA

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

Dr. David Crosby, VSU’s Fish Health Specialist and former President, Virginia Academy of Science, will conduct a pond side program where he will discuss water quality, weeds, weed management, fish population management and alternate uses of farm ponds.

Contact for more information:

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

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

  • VSU Small Farm Outreach Program office: (804) 524-3292


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

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Jul
1
10:00 AM10:00

Seaside Hops Field Day

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Seaside Hops Field Day

JULY 1, 2019
10AM-3PM

Seaside Hops
14304 Seaside Rd • Machipongo, VA

This event has been cancelled.

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

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

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


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


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





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Jun
26
10:00 AM10:00

Farm Tour at Browntown Farms

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MENTOR FARMERS
Farm Tour at Browntown Farms

JUNE 26, 2019
10AM-12PM

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

Browntown Farms
255 Browntown Rd • Warfield VA

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


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


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Jun
26
9:00 AM09:00

Melon and Pepper Production at Riverside Produce Farm

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Melon and Pepper Production at Riverside Produce Farm

JUNE 26, 2019
9AM-11:30AM

Riverside Produce Farm • King William, VA

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


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


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





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Jun
25
1:00 PM13:00

Small Engine Repair

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Small Engine Repair

JUNE 25, 2019
1PM-5PM

The Carver Center
9432 James Madison Hwy
Rapidan, VA

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

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


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


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

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Jun
22
7:00 AM07:00

Local Foods, Farms and Health Festival

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

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

JUNE 22, 2019
7AM - 8PM

5224 Southpoint Plaza Way • Fredericksburg, VA

This event is free and open to the public.

FEATURING

  • Farmers Market 

  • Cooking Demonstration

  • Fitness Dancing 

  • Health Checks

  • Bounce House

  • Music by The Synergy Band

  • VSU Mobile Computer Lab

  • Orleans Bistro and Grill  (in the parking lot)

  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Scholarship Presentations

  • Promotion of businesses and community organizations


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

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Jun
19
9:00 AM09:00

Farm Tour at Slade Farm

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Farm Tour at Slade Farm

JUNE 19, 2019
9AM-12PM

Slade Farm
1111 Mount Ray Dr • Surry, VA

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

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

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Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

USDA Information Session

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USDA Information Session

June 18, 2019
6PM-8PM

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

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

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

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



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



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Jun
15
1:00 PM13:00

Small Engine Repair

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Small Engine Repair

JUNE 15, 2019
1PM-5PM

The Carver Center
9432 James Madison Hwy
Rapidan, VA

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

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


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


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

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Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

Organic, No-Till Farming at Fauquier Education Farm

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Organic, No-Till Farming at Fauquier Education Farm

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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.

No-Till cultivation techniques can greatly improve soil health and crop yield but most mainstream no-till systems are heavily dependent on using Roundup. Join us as we showcase our no-till demonstrations that are completely free of herbicides. This has become an important cultivation system at the Education Farm because it works! Protect downstream water resources, increase crop yields, build long term soil health and save labor, what’s not to like about that! Plus you can even support pollinators and other beneficial insects. Come see for yourself and we will explain our system in detail.  


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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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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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
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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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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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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