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Small Farm Outreach Annual Conference


  • Institute for Advanced Learning and Research 150 Slayton Ave Danville, VA (map)
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Small Farm Outreach Program Annual Conference

Sustaining Small Farms in Today’s Economy

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.

ARE YOU ATTENDING AS VENDOR OR EXHIBITOR?
Contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 for more details.

 

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


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
9:30 AM - WELCOME

William Crutchfield, Director
VSU Small Farm Outreach Program


10:00 AM  - CONCURRENT SESSIONS

  • Small Ruminants

  • Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

  • Mushrooms

  • Small Farm Risk Management 101 (Farm Bureau)

  • 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.

Be Sure To Visit Our Conference Exhibitors

  • USDA 

  • Virginia Farm Bureau

  • Virginia Farm Credit

  • VSU Small Farm Outreach Program

  • SFOP New, Beginning and Military Veteran Farmers

  • Small Farm Resource Center

  • Mark Winn Insurance

  • Southern SARE

  • VDACS

Hotel Reservations

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

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If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at smallfarm@vsu.edu or 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.


Earlier Event: October 31
Fall Gardening Workshop