Jan
26
9:00 AM09:00

STEAM Fest 2019

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STEAM Fest 2019: for K-12 Students & Parents

limited to 300 students

Saturday, January 26, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 12 PM

Virginia State University

Free and open to the public, but limited to the first 300 students

Join us for three fun-filled hours that will spark your children’s interest in learning about science, technology, engineering, agriculture and math!

Focus: K-12 students and their parents will participate in hands-on activities and experiments, and design and build products. Youth will explore science and experience technology in new ways.

Ignite your children’s inner scientist, technologist or mathematician in an action-packed half-day they’ll never forget!

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 4-H Program office at jbrown@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5964 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Maurice Smith at mdsmith@vsu.edu or call Jessica Harris at (804) 524-5964.

Please download the following forms and email the completed copies to jbrown@vsu.edu, or bring the completed forms to the event.

4-H Enrollment Form  |  Code of Conduct4-H Health History Report

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Dec
7
9:00 AM09:00

The Real Dirt on Dirt: A Workshop on Soil & Health

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The Real Dirt on Dirt: A Workshop on Soil & Health

for Virginia farmers, foodies and families

Friday, December 7, 2018 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

L.Douglas Wilder Building, Virginia State University

$25 per person (includes catered lunch)

Focus: The promise & the practical of soil restoration, with special emphasis on the microbial links between soil, plant, and human health.

Featuring: Case Studies & Discussions with Local Farmers / Experts Authors David Montgomery & Anne Biklé. David is a professor of geology at University of Washington and a 2008 MacArthur Fellowship (“genius grant”) recipient. Anne Biklé is a biologist and environmental planner. Learn more about them at www.dig2grow.com.

REGISTER BY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30!

Go to https://tinyurl.com/realdirt18 or call (540) 432-6029 ext.109

Find at this link info on paying $25 fee for registration and buffet lunch.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Cyndi Marston at 540-432-6029 ext. 109 during business hours (8am-5pm) to discuss accommodations at least 5 days prior to the event.


This workshop is associated with the 2018 Farm to Table Conference on Dec. 5 & 6 in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. For more on the Conference, visit http://conference.virginiafarmtotable.org or call (540) 432-6029 ext. 109

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Dec
6
9:00 AM09:00

Beginning Farmer Whole Farm Planning

Whole Farm Planning workshop

Beginning Farmer: Whole Farm Planning

DECEMBER 6, 2018
9AM - 12PM

The Carver Center
9432 N James Madison Hwy • Rapidan, VA 

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, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact small farm agent  Susan Cheek, (804) 720-5539, scheek@vsu.edu.

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

 

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Dec
5
1:00 PM13:00

Alternative Ways to Improve Soil Health

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Alternative Ways to Improve Soil Health

DECEMBER 5, 2018
1PM-3PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

Tammy Holler, Nutrient Management specialist and VSU Small Farm Outreach Agent, will present information on techniques farmers can use to improve soil health and increase crop productivity.

Topics include: 

  • using cover crops, compost and manures as alternative ways to improve soil health;

  • selecting the best cover crops;

  • timing for cover crop planting; and

  • new management practices for a synergistic approach to planting that will improve crop production and soil health.

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

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

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Nov
15
1:00 PM13:00

Rabbits: Pasture Raised Commercial Production

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Rabbits: Pasture Raised Commercial Production

NOVEMBER 15, 2018
1PM - 4PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA


Get practical information about the benefits of including a commercial rabbit production as part of your farm operation.

TOPICS & PRESENTERS INCLUDE

  • Virginia Laws for Processing and Selling Rabbit Meat. (Dr. Rachel Perez-Baum, DVM, MPH, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Offices of Meat & Poultry Services)

  • Raising Rabbits From Farm to Restaurant. A look at barn, cage and processing unit construction, USDA regulations and marketing. (Kelly Strickland, Chesapeake Green Farms)

  • VSU Pasture Raised Commercial Rabbits. Discussion of growth, nutrition and utilizing a nutrient management plan to effectively manage waste as a cost-effective, organic soil amendment in the garden and on the farm. (Tammy Holler, Nutrient Management Specialist, VSU Small Farm Outreach Program)


For information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact small farm agent and nutrient management specialist Tammy Holler (tholler@vsu.edu, (804) 229-2730)

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 at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.




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Nov
12
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

November 12, 2018
9AM - 12PM

GW Carver Agricultural 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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Nov
8
9:00 AM09:00

Beginning Farmer Whole Farm Planning

VSU Whole Farm Planning

Beginning Farmer: Whole Farm Planning

NOVEMBER 8, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd • Halifax, VA

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, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact small farm agent  Susan Cheek, (804) 720-5539, scheek@vsu.edu.

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office (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
8
9:00 AM09:00

Beginning Computer Training

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Beginning Computer Training

NOVEMBER 8, 2018
9AM - 12PM

GW Carver Agricultural Center
9432 James Madison Hwy • Rapidan, VA
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LIMITED TO 10 PARTICIPANTS.

Small Farmers are invited to join the Beginning Computer Training workshop to learn computer skills that are beneficial for use at home and in farm business operations. 

Designed especially for those with little prior computer experience, participants will be introduced to computers operating systems, using a mouse, how to create, save and manage documents and images, creating an email address and sending email, navigating the Internet safely and effectively, and more.

LIMITED TO 10 PARTICIPANTS.

For more information, contact VSU Small Farm Outreach agent Susan Cheek (scheek@vsu.edu / (804) 720-5539) or call 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 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
7
5:30 PM17:30

Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

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Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

NOVEMBER 7, 2018
5:30PM - 8PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Road • Halifax, VA


Are you preparing to meet the new Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Produce Safety rule standards? Have you heard about Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)?  Maybe you’ve heard that they can get buyers to notice your products and improve your access to the marketplace—but you need more information to know if it can work for you.

Learn about requirements for USDA GAP certification, plan and prepare for a GAP audit, and get important information about what you can do to implement food-safety measures on your farm. 

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

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 at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.



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Nov
7
1:00 PM13:00

Taking the Mystery Out of Becoming Certified Organic

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Taking the Mystery Out of Becoming Certified Organic

NOVEMBER 7, 2018
1PM - 3:30PM

Advanced Learning Center
118 E. Danville St • South Hill, VA

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program will host this workshop featuring speaker Marianne Cicala, owner of Crickets Cove Farm  in Victoria, Virginia. Cricket’s Cove is USDA-certified organic and is a certified Biodynamic® farm, the first in Virginia to receive this status.  Cicala is a Permaculture  designer whose farm work “celebrates the magic that happens when we partner with the rhythms of nature and deliberately work in concert with our surroundings.”

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

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 

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Nov
2
to Nov 3

Small Farm Outreach Annual Conference

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Small Farm Outreach Program Annual Conference

NOVEMBER 2 - 3, 2018

Institute for Advanced Learning & Research
150 Slayton Ave • Danville, VA

$30 PER PERSON
Children 12 and under free

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

 

Conference Schedule and Details

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3

7:30 AM - REGISTATION OPEN / BREAKFAST
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the conference 

8:30 AM - CONCURRENT SESSIONS

  • High Tunnels

  • Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition

  • Beekeeping

  • Drone Technology

  • Introduction to USDA GAP Certification

  • Rabbit Grazing Field Study


10:30 AM - NETWORKING & INFORMATION SESSIONS

  • Small Farm Outreach Program Advisory Board

  • USDA Experience

  • New, Beginning & Military Veteran Farmers & Ranchers

  • Alternative Farming

  • Organic Farming

  • Marketing 


11:45 AM - BREAK
Visit our Vendors and Exhibitors

12:15 PM - LUNCHEON & AWARDS PROGRAM

Buffet luncheon featuring Keynote Presenter Glyen Holmes, New North Florida Cooperative

AWARDS

  • USDA Minority Farmer of the Year

  • VSU Small Farmer of the Year

  • VSU SFOP Volunteer of the Year

  • VSU SFOP Agent of the Year

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2

8:30 AM - REGISTRATION OPENS
9:00 AM - WELCOME

William Crutchfield, Director
VSU Small Farm Outreach Program


10:00 AM  - CONCURRENT SESSIONS

  • Small Ruminants

  • Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Marketing & Development

  • Mushrooms

  • Designing a Farm Insurance Program to Meet Your Needs

  • Value-Added Production

  • Soil Health


11:15 AM - BREAK
Visit our Vendors and Exhibitors 

12:00 PM - BUS TOURS DEPART
Board buses for tours. Boxed lunches will be provided.
NOTE: Attendees will select their tour on arrival at the conference.

  • TOUR 1: Piedmont Progressive Farmers Group

  • TOUR 2: Certified Organic Farm and Aquaculture Farm

  • TOUR 3: Container Garden, Beef Cattle Farm, and Springfield Distillery


5:00 PM - BUS TOURS RETURN
Dinner on your own.


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FEATURED SPEAKER
GLYEN HOLMES

Glyen Holmes is the founder of the New North Florida Cooperative (NNFC), an organization whose goal is to bring small farmers together with local schools in order to provide healthy meals for students, and to give farmers a viable market for their products.



FRIDAY AFTERNOON BUS TOURS

TOUR 1: Porte’Lu Farm and GEH Farm

  • On a beautiful, sunny day back in 1943, Porter and Lucille Graves became landowners in the beautiful rolling hills of Caswell County. The family of five raised tobacco, a milk cow, hogs, chickens, turkeys, vegetables, and in 1950 purchased five hereford cows. In 2010, Michael Graves returned to the farm, raising vegetables in a high tunnel as well as beginning a chicken and egg production operation. With the help of four other farmers, he organized Piedmont Progressive Farmers Group. In 2018, Michael began raising hops and lavender and installed beehives.

  • GEH Farm is a family-owned farm featuring a variety of crop, high tunnel and livestock production.

TOUR 2: Pine Knot Farms and Taylor Fish Farm

  • Pine Knot Farms is a certified organic farm located twelve miles north of Hillsborough, NC, and is 100 years old. Stanley Hughes is a third generation African-American farmer known as one of the first in the state to grow certified organic tobacco. He is also known as a progressive farmer, one who has recovered from changes in the tobacco industry and stood up to competition from corporate farms. Farm production includes organic tobacco, pasture raised hogs and chickens, and organic produce.

  •  Taylor Fish Farm provides great tasting and responsibly farmed tilapia to consumers. Their state-of-the art facility is located in Cedar Grove, NC and is one of only a few sustainable aquaculture operations in the United States. Livestock management practices are conducted through hay production and rotating pastures for our beef cattle. With a strong kinship within the local community, Taylor Fish Farm is sensitive to their neighbors and the environment..

TOUR 3: Jimmy Woods Farm, Clark Farm and Springfield Distillery

  • Visit the farm of Jimmy Woods for an in-depth look at container gardening practices.

  • Clark Farm is a family-owned farm raising Angus beef cattle.

  • In 2010 Kelly and James Gordon started the search to find a home in the Virginia countryside with historical significance and southern charm. They decided to put roots down in Halifax County because of the area’s historical past, and they found everything they were looking for when they discovered Springfield. In 2016 they opened Springfield Distillery, a modern facility for production with a tasting room located in an historic log cabin. Grain is sourced from local growers and the corn used for their traditional corn whiskey grows right across the road from the distillery.  On completion of the mashing process the spent mash is returned to the farm where the corn was grown and provides a tasty treat for the local cows.

Conference Exhibitors

  • AgrAbility

  • Dc3sixty Aerial Imaging 

  • Farm Bureau

  • Farm Credit

  • Grant Massie

  • Southern SARE

  • USDA 

  • Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

  • Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity

  • Virginia Employment Commission 

  • VSU Small Farm Outreach Program (Training & Technical Assistance Information / Small Farm Resource Center / New, Beginning & Veteran Farmer and Ranchers)

  • Mark Winn Insurance

Hotel Reservations

Attendees who need overnight accommodations are responsible for reserving their own hotel room/s.

Search for overnight accommodations near Danville, VA


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
31
8:30 AM08:30

Fall Gardening Workshop

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Fall Gardening Workshop

OCTOBER 31, 2018
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

VSU RANDOLPH FARM
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

$20 per person.
Lunch is included.

For this workshop, participants will learn about:

• Plant nutrient management
• Urban soils and their management
• Growing of strawberries, caneberries and blueberries
• Best vegetable gardening practices
• Gardening of cool-season crops
• Season extension using low tunnels

The workshop will culminate in hands-on exercises at the Urban Agriculture Research Demonstration Site.

Presenters include:

Leonard Githinji

Mark Reiter

Jayesh Samtani

Chris Mullins

Ramon Arancibia

Greg Evanylo

Workshop Presentations

Fall Fruits in Urban Gardens - Jayesh Samtani, Ph.D., Small Fruit Production Specialist, Virginia Polytechnic institute and State University

Cool-Season Crops Vegetable Production - Leonard J.M. Githinji, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Sustainable and Urban Agriculture, Virginia State University

Good Gardening Practices - Chris Mullins, Virginia State University

Soil and Plant Nutrient Management - Mark S. Reiter, Ph.D., Soils and Nutrient Management Specialist

Row covers in vegetables, beyond season extension - Ramón A. Arancibia, Eastern Shore AREC, Virginia Tech

Urban Soils: Assessment and Management - Greg Evanylo, Plant and Environmental Sciences


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 Sustainable & Urban Agriculture Program office at 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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Oct
30
5:30 PM17:30

Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

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Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

OCTOBER 30, 2018
5:30PM - 8PM

Southern Virginia Food Hub
100 Danville Street • South Hill, VA


Are you preparing to meet the new Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Produce Safety rule standards? Have you heard about Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)?  Maybe you’ve heard that they can get buyers to notice your products and improve your access to the marketplace—but you need more information to know if it can work for you.

Learn about requirements for USDA GAP certification, plan and prepare for a GAP audit, and get important information about what you can do to implement food-safety measures on your farm. 

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

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 at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.



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Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

Small Engine Disassembly and Reassembly

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Small Engine Disassembly and Reassembly

OCTOBER 27, 2018
10AM - 3PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd • Halifax, 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. During the workshop, participants will disassemble and reassemble a four-cycle engine.

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

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

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 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
27
9:00 AM09:00

Maple Syrup: Value-Added Production

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Maple Syrup: Value Added Production

OCTOBER 27, 2018
9AM - 3PM

Browntown Farm
255 Browntown Rd • Warfield, VA

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 30 REGISTRANTS

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

For more information, contact VSU Small Farm Outreach agent Derrick Cladd (dcladd@vsu.edu / (804) 892-4489) or call 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 at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.


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Oct
24
5:30 PM17:30

Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

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Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

OCTOBER 24, 2018
5:30PM - 8PM

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


Are you preparing to meet the new Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Produce Safety rule standards? Have you heard about Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)?  Maybe you’ve heard that they can get buyers to notice your products and improve your access to the marketplace—but you need more information to know if it can work for you.

Learn about requirements for USDA GAP certification, plan and prepare for a GAP audit, and get important information about what you can do to implement food-safety measures on your farm. 

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


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 at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.



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Oct
22
9:00 AM09:00

Beginning Computer Training

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Beginning Computer Training

OCTOBER 22, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Rappahannock Community College, Warsaw Campus
52 Campus Dr
Warsaw, VA

LIMITED TO 10 PARTICIPANTS.

Small Farmers are invited to join the Beginning Computer Training workshop to learn computer skills that are beneficial for use at home and in farm business operations. 

Designed especially for those with little prior computer experience, participants will be introduced to computers operating systems, using a mouse, how to create, save and manage documents and images, creating an email address and sending email, navigating the Internet safely and effectively, and more.

LIMITED TO 10 PARTICIPANTS.

For more information, contact VSU Small Farm Outreach agent Tracy Porter (tporter@vsu.edu / (804) 481-2556) or call 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 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
18
9:00 AM09:00

Farm and Farm Equipment Safety

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Farm and Farm Equipment Safety

OCTOBER 18, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd • Halifax, VA

Each year more than 300 commercial tractor related deaths occur. Almost half of these are caused by overturns. Many are caused by PTOs not being shielded or shut down properly. Other causes include vehicle collisions, hitting overhead objects such as tree limbs, being crushed during repairs,  or being burned during re-fueling.

This workshop will review a variety of practices to help you remain safe on the farm including how to be knowledgeable about the tractor and use it safely and properly, conduct pre-operational safety checks, and special precautions necessary for operating equipment on rough terrain and slopes. Use of personal protective equipment also will be reviewed.

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


THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


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
18
8:00 AM08:00

Ginger / Turmeric Field Day

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Ginger & Turmeric Field Day

OCTOBER 18, 2018
8AM - 4PM

VSU RANDOLPH FARM
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

$25 per person.
Students/Children under 12 attend free.

VENDORS/EXHIBITORS who are interested in displaying products or services related to this event, please use this link.

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

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

This educational event will include presentations, demonstrations and a field visit.

8:00 AM - REGISTRATION OPENS
 
8:30 AM - WELCOME
Dr. Ray McKinnie, Dean and 1890 Extension Administrator, Virginia State University College of Agriculture

  • Ginger and Turmeric 101: Production, Disease Management, and Results from a Preliminary Post-Harvest Study at Virginia State University, presented by Dr. Reza Rafie (Extension Specialist), Dr. Toktam Taghavi (Agricultural Research Station), and Dr. Zelalem Mersha (Agricultural Research Station) 


9:30 AM  - GROWER PRESENTATIONS
Experiences with Growing and Marketing Ginger and Turmeric

  • Bill Cox, Casselmonte Farm

  • Richard Harisson, Farm at Red Hill

  • Michael Clark, Planet Earth Diversified 


11:00 AM - FIELD VISIT
Ginger and Turmeric Harvesting, Washing and Packing Demonstrations, 
presented by Chris Mullins and Dr. Reza Rafie (VSU Cooperative Extension)

12:00 PM - LUNCH

1:00 PM - NETWORKING

Visit our Vendors and Exhibitors 
 
2:00 PM - HEALTH BENEFITS OF GINGER & TURMERIC

  • Turmeric/Curcumin: Working to Strengthen the “Barrier” to Disease Development, presented by Dr. Shobha Ghosh, VCU Medical School

  • Anti-Breast Cancer Effects of Turmeric, presented by Dr. Young Ju, Virginia Tech  

  • The Effects of Health Information on the Acceptability of a Functional Beverage Containing Fresh Turmeric, presented by Dr. Carlin Rafie and Azin Pourkhalili, Virginia Tech

  • Antioxidation and Anti-Obesity Properties of Ginger, presented by Dr. Rafat Siddiqui, Agricultural Research Station, VSU 


3:00 PM - PANEL DISCUSSION
Value-Added Products

  • Dr. Theresa Nartea, Extension Specialist, VSU

  • Michael Clark, Planet Earth Diversified

  • Jackie & Paul Anctil, Sans Soucy Vineyards

  • Donnie Montgomery, Homestead Creamery

  • Brian Nelson, Hardywood Craft Brewery


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Horticulture Program office at 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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Oct
17
8:00 AM08:00

Aquaculture Field Day

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AQUACULTURE FIELD DAY

Beginning at 8:30 am

VSU Randolph Farm

4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

 

$25 per person, includes lunch featuring farm-raised catfish*

Aquaculture is one of the most rapidly expanding forms of agriculture nationwide, and one that is projected to grow due to increasing market demand for healthy, locally produced foods. The Aquaculture Field Day offers participants the opportunity to learn about pond aquaculture and aquaponic production in Virginia from the VSU College of Agriculture. Please join us to discuss current best practices and other innovative programs in these areas, and network with new and experienced growers. 

Visit multiple stations during the day that feature pond production of catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill and freshwater shrimp. In addition, pond cage culture and aeration systems will be presented. Indoor stations will include aquaponics, tilapia production, tilapia hatchery and a small aquaculture product taste testing.

The event will be held rain or shine. Many portions of the program will be held indoors. In the case of inclement weather, additional accommodations will be made to ensure the comfort and safety of our guests.

Registration is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on registration payment. New online payment options are now available. Walk-in registration is still available at this time, but once paid registrations reach capacity, we regret that walk-ins will not be permitted into the event.

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*Registration is payable by cash or check on the day of the event. 

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 Cooperative Extension Aquaculture Program office at (804) 524-5496 / (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
15
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

October 15, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd
Halifax, VA

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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


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

 

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Oct
11
9:00 AM09:00

CANCELLED: Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

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Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED

OCTOBER 11, 2018
9AM-12PM

King and Queen County Library
396 Newton Rd • St Stephens VA

Tax preparation season is here again.

Designed for tax professionals, accountants, farmers or anyone who will be preparing 2018 income tax returns for farmers and farm owners. Important information on farm-related tax topics will be presented by a CPA and tax expert including steps to filing farm taxes, completing the IRS Schedule F, updates on changes to farm tax laws, and how farmers may benefit from filing farm tax forms. Stay up-to-date with new tax regulations and requirements that may impact Virginia farm businesses.

For more information, contact VSU Small Farm Outreach agent Vernon Heath (vheath@vsu.edu, 804-829-5675) or call 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 at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Oct
10
5:30 PM17:30

Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

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Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

OCTOBER 10, 2018
5:30PM - 8PM

GW Carver Agricultural Center
9432 James Madison Hwy • Rapidan, VA
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Are you preparing to meet the new Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Produce Safety rule standards? Have you heard about Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)?  Maybe you’ve heard that they can get buyers to notice your products and improve your access to the marketplace—but you need more information to know if it can work for you.

Learn about requirements for USDA GAP certification, plan and prepare for a GAP audit, and get important information about what you can do to implement food-safety measures on your farm. 

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

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 at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.



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Oct
10
9:00 AM09:00

Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

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Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

OCTOBER 10, 2018
9AM-12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd • Halifax, VA

Tax preparation season is here again.

Designed for tax professionals, accountants, farmers or anyone who will be preparing 2018 income tax returns for farmers and farm owners. Important information on farm-related tax topics will be presented by a CPA and tax expert including steps to filing farm taxes, completing the IRS Schedule F, updates on changes to farm tax laws, and how farmers may benefit from filing farm tax forms. Stay up-to-date with new tax regulations and requirements that may impact Virginia farm businesses.

For more information, contact VSU Small Farm Outreach agent Vernon Heath (vheath@vsu.edu, 804-829-5675) or call 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 at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Oct
9
9:00 AM09:00

Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

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Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

OCTOBER 9, 2018
9AM-12PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Rd • Petersburg, VA

Tax preparation season is here again.

Designed for tax professionals, accountants, farmers or anyone who will be preparing 2018 income tax returns for farmers and farm owners. Important information on farm-related tax topics will be presented by a CPA and tax expert including steps to filing farm taxes, completing the IRS Schedule F, updates on changes to farm tax laws, and how farmers may benefit from filing farm tax forms. Stay up-to-date with new tax regulations and requirements that may impact Virginia farm businesses.

For more information, contact VSU Small Farm Outreach agent Vernon Heath (vheath@vsu.edu, 804-829-5675) or call 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 at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Sep
25
5:00 PM17:00

Alternative Ways to Improve Soil Health

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Alternative Ways to Improve Soil Health

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018
5PM-8PM

GW Carver Agricultural Center
9432 James Madison Hwy • Rapidan, VA

Tammy Holler, Nutrient Management specialist and VSU Small Farm Outreach Agent, will present information on techniques farmers can use to improve soil health and increase crop productivity.

Topics include: 

  • using cover crops, compost and manures as alternative ways to improve soil health;

  • selecting the best cover crops;

  • timing for cover crop planting; and

  • new management practices for a synergistic approach to planting that will improve crop production and soil health.

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

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

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Sep
25
1:00 PM13:00

Soul-Collage® Technique to Guide your Small Farm Vision

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Soul-Collage® Technique to Guide your Small Farm Vision

Hands-On Marketing Workshop for Small Farm Businesses

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018
1PM-3PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

Free Project Supplies Provided to Registered Participants Only

Feel free to bring your own pictures, favorite magazines, and scrapbooking supplies, if desired.

Has another year passed without you realizing your farm business vision?  Are you stuck in a rut? Do you feel you are not reaching your potential due to an unclear vision of what you want to do with your small farm business?  Then, this hands-on Soul Collage®class is for you! In this class, you will be guided on a collaging journey to cut and paste your farm vision to inspire you to make your small farm business dreams a reality in 2019!

Participants will be welcomed by hosts Dr. Theresa Nartea, Extension specialist in agribusiness and marketing, and Vernon Heath, VSU Small Farm Outreach Program to begin the workshop.

An overview of Soul Collage® Technique and workshop activities will be led by Dr. Shawne Bryant, Certified Soul Collage® Facilitator

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

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

 

 

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Sep
24
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

September 24, 2018
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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Sep
22
5:00 PM17:00

Small Engine Storage, Maintenance & Repair

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Small Engine Storage, Maintenance & Repair

SEPTEMBER 22, 2018
1PM - 5PM

Russell County Career and Technical Center
304 Career Technical Dr. • Lebanon , VA 24266

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

BRING ALONG YOUR OWN PROJECT FOR REPAIR!

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

For information, contact Michael Carter Sr. at (804) 481-1163 or mcarter@vsu.edu or call  the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

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


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

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Sep
21
9:00 AM09:00

Small Ruminant Field Day

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Small Ruminant Field Day

SEPTEMBER 21, 2018
9AM - 3PM

VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

REGISTRATION: $10 per person includes lunch.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: 
Dr. Niki Whitley, animal science Extension specialist, Fort Valley State University, Georgia

Dr. Whitley has worked with goats and sheep for 20 years at the University of Missouri, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and North Carolina A&T State University. She earned her Ph.D. in animal physiology from Mississippi State University. 

ADDITIONAL PRESENTATIONS:

  • Dr. Michelle Corley will discuss using stinging nettle for deworming.
  • Dr. Eunice Ndegwa will discuss maintaining gut health in pre-weaned kids and lambs.
  • Dr. O’Brien and Amanda Miller, VSU’s herd manager, will conduct hands-on sessions on vaccinations, proper drenching techniques, FAMACHA scoring, body condition scoring and maintaining hoof health.

Goat and lamb products will be available for sampling.

For information, contact the Small Ruminant Program office at (804) 524-5960 or email mklein@vsu.edu.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Ruminant Program office at mklein@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5960 / 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
20
9:00 AM09:00

Forestry & Timber Management

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Forestry & Timber Management

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd • Halifax, VA

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program will host this program presented by Jason Fisher, Central Region Extension Agent in Agriculture and Natural Resources. Jason works to promote sustainable forest and natural resources management research and techniques to landowners, loggers, professional foresters, and educators.

Fisher will present information about key items landowners need to consider for forest regeneration after harvesting including: tree selection for species that will do best on your property; the differences between establishing pine and hardwood forest stands and the cost/revenue considerations for tree selection. He  will also lead a tree identification session during the morning.

For more information, contact Small Farm Agent Cliff Somerville (csomerville@vsu.edu / 804-892-4617) or call 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 at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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