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Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

Summertime High Tunnels at Fauquier Education Farm

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2018 Workshop Series
Summertime High Tunnel Production

JULY 18, 2018
6PM - 8PM

Fauquier Education Farm
8428 Meetze Road • Warrenton, VA

FREE TO ATTEND. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Many people are aware of the value of high tunnels for season extension in the spring and fall, but often are unaware that the mid-summer tropical heat in a high tunnel can create a big boost in production for certain crops. In this workshop we will discuss the best crops for high tunnels as well as the special challenges they might present. 

The 2018 Workshop Series at Fauquier Education Farm is in partnership with the VSU Small Farm Outreach Program’s Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program. Click here for more information on this program, or contact the Small Farm Outreach Office at (804) 524-3292.

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Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Branding: Not Just for the Herd

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Marketing Workshop
Branding; Not Just for the Herd

JULY 19, 2018
6PM - 8PM

South County Library
6303 Merriman Rd • Roanoke, VA

SPACE IS LIMITED.

Join Callie Taylor from The Herd Brand as she talks about creating a brand for your business. To find out more about Callie you can visit her website or follow her on social media: 

https://theherdbrand.com/ |@theherdbrand | Facebook: theherdbrand


For information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office (804) 524-3292 or contact Small FarmAgent CassidyShelton, 804-704-4033, cwilliams@vsu.edu.

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

 

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Jul
24
1:00 PM13:00

Generation NEXT Mini-Workshop

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Generation NEXT Mini-Workshops

JULY 24, 2018
1PM - 5PM

Southside Community College
109 Campus Dr • Alberta, VA

$10 per person (plus $5 for each additional family member) includes materials and refreshments

Download a printable registration form here

You value your forest and/or farmland for many reasons. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? Without breaking it up? 

The cost of not planning is “priceless” and future tax burdens may put your land’s ownership in jeopardy. If you don’t plan, the state has a plan for you. By researching and choosing what you want ahead of time, you can ensure your wishes are met and minimize the cost of professional advisors! Please join us for a hands-on workshop with free legal guidance from professionals experienced in intergenerational land transfer and landowner testimonials of estate planning steps & strategies they have used. 

Land may be your biggest asset. Make sure your actions support the family’s values.

 For more information, contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu 


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Jul
26
9:00 AM09:00

Industrial Hemp Field Day

JULY 26, 2018
9am - 3pm

VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

The 2018 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.

$10 PER PERSON, includes continental breakfast and boxed lunch.

Space is limited and confirmed by receipt of payment.

For more information, contact the Agricultural Research Station at (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 the Agricultural Research Station office manager, Laverne Morris at lmorris@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5151 / 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
1
9:00 AM09:00

Small Engine Storage, Maintenance & Repair

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SMALL ENGINE STORAGE, MAINTENANCE & REPAIR

AUGUST 1, 2018
9:00pm - 4:00pm

George Washington Carver Agricultural Research Center
9432 James Madison Hwy • Rapidan, Virginia

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

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

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 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
2
2:30 PM14:30

Generation NEXT Mini-Workshop

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Generation NEXT Mini-Workshops

AUGUST 2, 2018
2:30PM - 7PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd • Halifax, VA

$10 per person (plus $5 for each additional family member) includes materials and refreshments

Download a printable registration form here

You value your forest and/or farmland for many reasons. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? Without breaking it up? 

The cost of not planning is “priceless” and future tax burdens may put your land’s ownership in jeopardy. If you don’t plan, the state has a plan for you. By researching and choosing what you want ahead of time, you can ensure your wishes are met and minimize the cost of professional advisors! Please join us for a hands-on workshop with free legal guidance from professionals experienced in intergenerational land transfer and landowner testimonials of estate planning steps & strategies they have used. 

Land may be your biggest asset. Make sure your actions support the family’s values.

 For more information, contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.


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Aug
9
1:00 PM13:00

Generation NEXT Mini-Workshop

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Generation NEXT Mini-Workshops

AUGUST 9, 2018
1PM - 5PM

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

$10 per person (plus $5 for each additional family member) includes materials and refreshments

Download a printable registration form here

You value your forest and/or farmland for many reasons. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? Without breaking it up? 

The cost of not planning is “priceless” and future tax burdens may put your land’s ownership in jeopardy. If you don’t plan, the state has a plan for you. By researching and choosing what you want ahead of time, you can ensure your wishes are met and minimize the cost of professional advisors! Please join us for a hands-on workshop with free legal guidance from professionals experienced in intergenerational land transfer and landowner testimonials of estate planning steps & strategies they have used. 

Land may be your biggest asset. Make sure your actions support the family’s values.

 For more information, contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.


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Aug
21
1:00 PM13:00

Generation NEXT Mini-Workshop

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Generation NEXT Mini-Workshops

AUGUST 21, 2018
1PM - 5PM

Surry County Extension Office
45 School Street • Surry, VA

$10 per person (plus $5 for each additional family member) includes materials and refreshments

Download a printable registration form here

You value your forest and/or farmland for many reasons. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? Without breaking it up? 

The cost of not planning is “priceless” and future tax burdens may put your land’s ownership in jeopardy. If you don’t plan, the state has a plan for you. By researching and choosing what you want ahead of time, you can ensure your wishes are met and minimize the cost of professional advisors! Please join us for a hands-on workshop with free legal guidance from professionals experienced in intergenerational land transfer and landowner testimonials of estate planning steps & strategies they have used. 

Land may be your biggest asset. Make sure your actions support the family’s values.

 For more information, contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.


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Jul
17
1:00 PM13:00

Marketing Series: Exploring Cut Flower Sales

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Exploring Cut Flower Sales

JULY 17, 2018
1PM - 3PM

Vogue Flowers & Flora Max
1114 N. Boulevard • Richmond, VA

SPACE IS LIMITED.

Susan Cheek, Small Farm Outreach Program Agent, alongside Dr. Theresa Nartea, Extension specialist in marketing and agribusiness, will lead this onsite workshop to visit a wholesale and retail flower store and a floral supplies store to learn about how to package and sell cut flowers, as well as creative ideas on value added floral sales.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Vernon Heath, (vheath@vsu.edu or (804) 892-4518) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

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

Southside Sustainable Ag Bus Tour

Southside Sustainable Ag Bus Tour

JULY 17, 2018
9AM - 5PM

Depart from Southside Produce Auction
137 Vincent Store Road • Charlotte CH, VA

FARM STOPS TO BE DETERMINED.

Join us for a one-day bus tour of Southside area farms. Get a close look at farm operations and talk with farm owners and ag agents about of planting, growing and harvesting techniques, successful marketing strategies, and other production methods that farmers are using in Virginia’s Southside. 

Space is Limited.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
For more information contact Cliff Somerville (434) 572-6524 / csomerville@vsu.edu or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office 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
12
9:00 AM09:00

Introduction to QuickBooks®

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Introduction to Quickbooks

JULY 12, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Virginia State University
Singleton Hall, Room 304
VISITOR INFORMATION AT THIS LINK

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 Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Michael Carter Sr. at (804) 481-1163 or mcarter@vsu.edu.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (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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Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

High Tunnel Management, Maintenance & Production

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High Tunnel Management, Maintenance & Production

JULY 11, 2018
6PM - 8PM

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

Dr. Reza Rafie and Chris Mullins, horitculture specialists with Virginia Cooperative Extension at VSU, along with VSU’s Small Farm Outreach Agent Susan Cheek will discuss opportunities for using high tunnels to extend the growing season for profitable crops. Tour the high tunnels at Randolph Farm and learn more about:

• Starting seeds  

• Tips for extended season production

• Soil management, planting  

• High tunnel maintenance


For information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact Small Farm Agent  Susan Cheek, (804) 720-553, scheek@vsu.edu.

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

 

 

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Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

Totally Taters II at Fauquier Education Farm

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2018 Workshop Series
Totally Taters II

JULY 11, 2018
6PM - 8PM

Fauquier Education Farm
8428 Meetze Road • Warrenton, VA

FREE TO ATTEND. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Visit Fauquier Education Farm for Totally Taters, Part II. We will revisit our variety trial of 8 different potato varieties, and will be digging up some of each type to see how well each has produced for us this year. We’ll talk about pest control issues and how to control them, (this was a big problem at the Ed Farm this year) And we’ll discuss harvesting and storing this very important and tasty garden staple.

The 2018 Workshop Series at Fauquier Education Farm is in partnership with the VSU Small Farm Outreach Program’s Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program. Click here for more information on this program, or contact the Small Farm Outreach Office at (804) 524-3292.

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Jun
30
9:00 AM09:00

Maple Syrup Workshop

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Maple Syrup Workshop

JUNE 30, 2018
9AM - 3PM

2988 Mount Cross Road
Danville, VA

This is event is for small and 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 information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 or contact Small Farm Agent Cassidy Shelton, (804) 704-4033, cwilliams@vsu.edu.

 

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

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Jun
28
9:00 AM09:00

Introduction to QuickBooks®

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Introduction to Quickbooks

JUNE 28, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Virginia State University
Singleton Hall, Room 304
VISITOR INFORMATION AT THIS LINK

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 Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Michael Carter Sr. at (804) 481-1163 or mcarter@vsu.edu.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at smallfarm@vsu.edu or call (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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Jun
28
8:00 AM08:00

Community Gardens Mini Bus Tour

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Community Gardens Mini Bus Tour

JUNE 28, 2018
8AM - 12PM

Departs from VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

SPACE IS LIMITED.

Join Small Farm Outreach Agent Susan Cheek on a morning bus tour that includes visits to community gardens in the Tri-Cities area, including:

Petersburg Grows

Friendship Memorial Baptist Church

31st Street Baptist Church

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from community garden leaders and volunteers at these organizations to learn about objectives for production and distribution, managing pests, and fundraising strategies that help sustain these initiatives to serve their communities.

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Jun
26
10:00 AM10:00

Marketing Series: Exploring "Taste" & Specialty Crops

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Marketing Series: Exploring "Taste" & Specialty Crops

JUNE 26, 2018
10AM - 12PM

Casselmonte Farm, LLC
1405 Giles Bridge Rd • Powhatan, VA

Dr. Theresa Nartea, Extension specialist in marketing and agribusiness, will lead this onsite workshop at Casslemonte Farms in Powhatan. Owned and operated by Bill and India Cox, the farm is in its ninth year of bringing taste back to the table by producing heirloom vegetables and berries with a focus on nine principle products. 

ATTENDANCE IS FREE. SPACE IS LIMITED.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 
Contact Vernon Heath, (vheath@vsu.edu or (804) 892-4518) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office 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
10:00 AM10:00

Exploring Agritourism Marketing

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Marketing Series: Exploring Agritourism

June 12, 2018
10AM - 12PM

Lavendar Fields Herb Farm
11300 Winfrey Rd • Glen Allen, VA

Dr. Theresa Nartea, Extension specialist in marketing and agribusiness, will lead
this workshop to introduce participants to marketing opportunities in agritourism.

Free to attend. Space is limited.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Vernon Heath, (vheath@vsu.edu or (804) 892-4518) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office 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
18
10:00 AM10:00

Tree Identification with Cooperative Extension

TREE IDENTIFICATION
 

MAY 18, 2018
10AM - 3:30PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Road • Halifax, VA

Venture Outdoors with Virginia Cooperative Extension

Are you a new or existing forest landowner wishing to know more about your trees from tree identification to improvement techniques within your forest? VSU Small Farm Outreach Program will host Virginia Cooperative Extension for a one-day short course on management options for forestland in Southside Virginia.

This year the focus is on Tree Identification – Where it All Begins! Additional information will introduce topics related to forest health and an update on invasive plants and insects. Attendees will participate in a short field trip after lunch.

SPACE IS LIMITED. For additional program information details and online registration, visit www.forestupdate.frec.vt.edu and see “Events” or “Online Registration”. Contact Jason Fisher, Extension Agent ANR, Forestry and Natural Resources at (434) 476-2147 x3389 or jasonf@vt.edu for questions.

Cost is $20 per person, $30 per couple. Deadlines are 5 weekdays prior to each session. Lunch is provided and refunds only apply with an emergency.

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 Halifax Extension Office at (434) 476-2147 during business hours of 8:00a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

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May
15
10:00 AM10:00

Southside Sustainable Ag Farm Tour

Southside Sustainable Ag Farm Tour

MAY 15, 2018
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

SPACE IS LIMITED.

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program agents are partnering with local producers to conduct tours on their farms. Each tour is designed to provide information and education farm practices at the site as well as opportunities for networking and discussion.

TOUR AGENDA
• Willowland Farm, 841 Potts Springs Rd., Dundas, VA
• Lunch in South HIll, VA (Dutch treat) 
• Cabbage Farm, 1020 Airport Rd, Brodnax, VA
• Ari Elmaster, Lawrenceville, VA

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Small Farm Outreach Agent Marilyn Estes (mestes@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University, (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
15
10:00 AM10:00

Marketing Workshop: Exploring Retail Sales

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Exploring Retail Sales

May 15, 2018

10AM - 12PM
Ellwood Thompsons Local Food Market
4 N. Thompson St • Richmond, VA

SPACE IS LIMITED.

Dr. Theresa Nartea, Extension specialist in marketing and agribusiness, will lead this visit to a local food health market, juice bar, and café. Attendees will learn how to package and sell your farm products to this retailer.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Vernon Heath, (vheath@vsu.edu or (804) 892-4518) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office 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
15
9:00 AM09:00

Hops Research & Production Workshop

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Hops Research & Production

VSU Randolph Farm
4451 River Road • Petersburg, VA

This workshop will benefit beginning and established hop growers, as well as those interested in growing hops. The workshop will include a visit to the VSU hop yard. Speakers include: 

Dr. Laban Rutto, Alternative Crops Program, VSU Agricultural Research Station

For more information, contact Susan Cheek (804-720-5539 / scheek@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626..

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) 524-5626 /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
8
5:00 PM17:00

USDA: Small Farm Improvement, Growth & Opportunity

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Small Farm Improvement, Growth & Opportunity

MAY 8, 2018
5PM - 7PM

Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
One Partnership Circle (RM 230)
Abingdon, VA

Representatives from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia State University (VSU) have teamed up to develop strategies for increasing awareness of and participation in USDA programs.

This workshop is designed to help farmers improve production and provide financial incentives for environmental practices, finance new markets facility, and increase sources and access for locally grown agricultural products.

Presenters will share information about what their agencies have to offer those in farming.


For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or Small Farm Agent Cassidy Williams (cwilliams@vsu.edu / 804-704-4033) or Grace Summers (gsummers@vsu.edu / 804-712-0093).

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

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Apr
17
12:00 PM12:00

Exploring Online Sales & Food Hub

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Exploring Online Sales and Food Hub

APRIL 17, 2018
12PM - 2PM

Seasonal Roots
3413 Carlton St • Richmond, VA

SPACE IS LIMITED

Dr. Theresa Nartea, Extension specialist in marketing and agribusiness, will lead this workshop to introduce participants to an online subscription-based food market and how to package and sell farm products to this retailer.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Vernon Heath, (vheath@vsu.edu or (804) 892-4518) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

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

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Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

Small Engine Storage, Maintenance & Repair

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SMALL ENGINE STORAGE, MAINTENANCE & REPAIR

APRIL 14, 2018
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Orange County Extension Office
147 N. Madison Rd., Orange, Va.

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

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

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 at (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Apr
11
11:00 AM11:00

Organic Production at Crickets Cove Farm

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Organic Production at Crickets Cove Farm

APRIL 11, 2018
11AM - 3:30PM
Victoria, VA

Space is limited!

This workshop will cover procedures and costs needed to become organic certified. Discussions will include soil management, marketing and record keeping. A walking tour of the farm and a light lunch is included in this workshop.

About the Farm:
    We are a working, producing farm.  We take great pride in what we grow and what we offer to our community.  I have no desire to sell our goods outside of our area; I feel strongly that if growers simply fed their neighbors, so to speak, the current climate of hunger would diminish greatly.
    We are USDA Certified Organic and the 1st produce farm in Virginia to have earned Certified Biodynamic status.  Other than compost from our farm, there are NO additives to our soil, our crops or our harvest.  Utilizing permaculture & sustainable practices makes it possible to grow great bounty and food with exceptional flavor.   We also produce some items on our farm, like “Nectar” a local raw honey married with delicious produce & herbs from our farm and we often dry our fresh herbs for winter use.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or Agent Marilyn Estes (mestes@vsu.edu / 804-481-0485).

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

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Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Herbal Workshop at Stonehaus Farms

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Herbal Workshop At Stonehaus Farms

APRIL 7, 2018
10AM - 12PM

SPACE IS LIMITED.

The VSU Small Farm Outreach Program will host a workshop at Stonehaus Farms on how to use natural plants and herbs for a healthier lifestyle!

For information, contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Cassidy Shelton, (804) 704-4033 or cwilliams@vsu.edu or call the VSU 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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Mar
31
9:00 AM09:00

Small Engine Storage, Maintenance & Repair

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Small Engine Storage, Maintenance & Repair

MARCH 31, 2018
9:00am - 3:00pm

Middleburg Ag Research & Extension Center  
5527 Sullivan's Mill Rd.
Middleburg, VA 20117

SPACE IS LIMITED

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

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Michael Carter 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 at (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Mar
26
4:00 PM16:00

NEW DATE - Farmers Market Vendor Training

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Farmers Market Vendor Training

NEW DATE!
MARCH 26, 2018
4:00pm - 7:00pm

Danville Community Market
Community Room 629 Craghead Street
Danville, VA

AGENDA

March 12, 2018

4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

 

AGENDA

Welcome and Introductions
• Cassidy Williams Shelton, Small Farm Program

 Regulations and Food Safety
• Eric Bowen, Virginia Cooperative Extension

 Marketing/Clientele
• Kim Morgan, Ag Marketing Extension specialist and farmer

 Funding/Grants
• Julia Schlosser, VA FAIRS

Business Planning
• Rebekah Slabach, Virginia Cooperative Extension

6:00-6:35PM Dinner

Healthy Eating Action Team
• Emily Holder, The Health Collaborative

Community Food Assessment
• Kirsten Halverson, The Health Collaborative

Community Gardens

Closing Remarks
• Ken Porzio, Danville Community Market

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Mar
15
9:00 AM09:00

Basics of Apple Orchard Establishment

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Basics of Apple Orchard Establishment

MARCH 15, 2018
9:00am - 11:00am

L. Douglas Wilder Building, Room 300
Virginia State University

 

  • Tree Architecture
  • Scion and Rootstock Selection
  • Pollination
  • Planning for New Planting
  • Tree Density
  • Ordering and Receiving
  • Irrigation and Fertilzation
  • Floor Management
  • Common Diseases
  • What Not To Do

Dr. FNU Naveen Kumar is assistant professor of horticulture and Extension specialist at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). His research is trained on phosphorus phytoremediation, the rejuvenation of the fruit industry on the Eastern Shore, community horticulture and marine horticulture. Dr. Kumar earned a Ph.D. in plant physiology from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi, India, in 2006 and began his career as a lecturer of biochemistry at Amity University, Noida, Utter Pradesh, India. In 2008, he came to the states to serve as a post doctorate research associate in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences South West Florida Research and Education Center. He continued his work in Florida, having taught at Polk State College, Valencia College, Florida SouthWestern State College until 2016. Before leaving Florida, he served as a post doc research associate within the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center for two years. As a researcher, he has authored 21 refereed publications and a book chapter and several articles for popular trade magazines like Agriculture Today and Science Reporter.

In addition to rejuvenating the lost fruit industry on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, he is working to establish an apple orchard at UMES.

For information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 or email smallfarm@vsu.edu.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (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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Mar
7
1:00 PM13:00

Greenhouse and High Tunnel Production

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Greenhouse & High Tunnel Production

MARCH 7, 2018
1:00pm - 3:30pm

Moody's Farm • South Hill, VA

SPACE IS LIMITED.

Visit the farm of Andy Moody to hear information about farming practices for greenhouses and high tunnels, including:

  • Starting seeds
  • Growing plants in the greenhouse
  • Soil management, planting
  • Growing in high tunnels

 

FOR INFORMATION, call the small farm outreach program office AT (804) 524-3292 or contact small farm agent MARILYN ESTES (804) 481-0485 mestes@vsu.edu

The 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 (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Mar
7
9:00 AM09:00

Mushroom Production

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Mushroom Production

March 7, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm

L. Douglas Wilder Building (Room 300)
Virginia State University

$10 per person. Space is limited.

 

 

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms  

Learn how to grow several different types of specialty mushrooms using low-tech, low-cost methods in your garden or woodlot.  Discussions will include biology and ecology of fungi in agriculture, using mushrooms for personal and ecological health, and methods for cultivating shiitake, oyster, lion’s mane, reishi, and other mushrooms in wood, straw, and compost, harvesting, and marketing.   Hands-on mushroom log activity will prepare you to grow your own!  Opportunities for free mushroom spawn are available when you participate in our citizen science research!

Mark Jones is the owner and mycologist of Sharondale Mushroom Farm in Cismont, Va., which grows the highest quality certified organic mushrooms and organic mushroom spawn. Marcus Comer is a VSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Specialist.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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

This grant and workshop series, The Virginia Mushroom Project, is a collaborative effort between Sharondale Mushroom Farm and VSU Extension.

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 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

Farm Transition & Estate Planning

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Farm Transition & Estate Planning

FEBRUARY 24, 2018
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Orange County Extension Office
141 N. Madison Road • Orange, VA

The USDA estimates that 70% of U.S. farmland will change hands in the next twenty years. If a farm or ranch family business has not adequately planned for changes in ownership, it is more likely to go out of business, be absorbed into ever-larger farming neighbors, or be converted to non-farm uses. In these scenarios, impacts of farm entry and exit on rural communities, the environment, and the national economy can be significant.

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

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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 at (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Feb
21
9:00 AM09:00

Beekeeping for Beginners (5-Session Course)

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Beekeeping for Beginners

5-Session Course
BEGINNING FEBRUARY 21

PLEASE NOTE: Class times are 9:00am - 4:00pm for each session.

VSU RANDOLPH FARM
(Greenhouse Classroom)
4415 RIVER ROAD • PETERSBURG, VA

$20 fee for the series includes course materials and lunch for each session. Fee is payable upon arrival at the first session (February 7) by cash or check only, payable to "Virginia State University."

FOR INFORMATION

Contact Agent Grace Summers at (804) 721-0093, gsummers@vsu.edu, or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292. 

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Feb
17
9:00 AM09:00

Small Engine Repair

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FEBRUARY 17, 2018
9:00am - 3:00pm

Wedgewood Golf Center
2128 Mountain Road • Halifax, VA

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

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

BRING ALONG YOUR OWN PROJECT FOR REPAIR!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Agent Cliff Somerville at (434) 572-6524 or csomerville@vsu.edu or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

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Feb
16
9:00 AM09:00

High Tunnel Management, Maintenance & Production

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High Tunnel Management, Maintenance & Production

FEBRUARY 16, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm

VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

Speakers:

  • Chris Mullins, Extension Specialist, greenhouse, high tunnel and aquaponics
  • Dr. Reza Rafie, Extension Specialist, horticulture to discuss specialty crop production in high tunnels, especially new and niche crops

For more information, contact SFOP 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 (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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Feb
13
10:00 AM10:00

Smarter Farming — Using Drone/UAV Technology for Field Crop Management

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Smarter Farming — Using Drone/UAV Technology for Field Crop Management

February 13, 2018

INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED LEARNING & RESEARCH
DANVILLE, VA

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program is pleased to host a workshop with presentations by
Dr. Scott Lowman, IALR Chief Scientist, who will be speaking on “Future Potential of Precision Agriculture,” and Tim P.  Sexton, Nutrient Management Program Manager with Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation, who will discuss  “The Applications of NDVI.”

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Agent Cassidy Williams at (804) 704-4033, cwilliams@vsu.edu, or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

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

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Jan
31
to Feb 1

2018 Small Farm Cut-Flower Growers Conference

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JANUARY 31 – FEBRUARY 1, 2018

INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED LEARNING & RESEARCH
DANVILLE, VIRGINIA

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

Maps and Directions to the Conference Location

This special conference serves growers who are interested in beginning or improving cut-flower businesses. Conference sessions and speakers will be on hand to provide valuable education, demonstrations and helpful advice for industry practices. 


CONFERENCE AGENDA

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31

8:00am       Registration Opens              
10:00am     Welcome
10:15am       Keynote Speaker Lisa Ziegler, “Practices of a Pesticide-Free Farmer”

11:15am  Networking, Vendors & Exhibitors             

12:00pm    LUNCH

1:00pm      SESSION 1     

  • Marketing Panel Discussion (Barbara Lamborne, Mimo Davis Duschack, Dave Dowling)
  • Orchid Growing & Care (Art Chadwick)
  • Getting Started with Seed Starting (Lisa Ziegler)

2:00pm          BREAK                       

2:15pm          SESSION 2

  • Bulbs (Dave Dowling)
  • Floral Designs for Market (James DelPrince)
  • Growing Lavendar (Ellen Reynolds)

3:15pm          BREAK                       

3:30pm          SESSION 3

  • Growing Woody Varieties (Bob Wollam)
  • Orchid Growing & Care (Art Chadwick)
  • Flowers (Mimo Davis Duschack)

4:30pm          Networking, Vendors & Exhibitors                         

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1

8:00am           Breakfast
                        Keynote Speaker Mimo Davis Duschack, “Growing Flowers in High Tunnels”

9:15am           SESSION 1

  • Bulbs (Dave Dowling)
  • Floral Design (James DelPrince)
  • Cool Flowers, Beyond the Book! (Lisa Ziegler)

10:15am        Networking, Vendors & Exhibitors                         

11:00am        SESSION 2     

  • Growing Woody Varieties (Bob Wollam)
  • Lavendar (Ellen Reynolds)
  • Marketing Panel Discussion (Barbara Lamborne, Mimo Davis Duschack, Dave Dowling)

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

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


AREA HOTELS
Attendees are responsible for reserving overnight accommodations, if needed, during the conference. For your convenience, nearby hotels are listed below:

Hampton Inn Danville
2130 Riverside Dr, Danville, VA 24540
(434) 793-1111

Courtyard by Marriott Danville
2136 Riverside Dr, Danville, VA 24540
(434) 791-2661

Best Western Windsor Inn & Suites
1292 South Boston Rd, Danville, VA 24540
(434) 483-5000

Sleep Inn & Suites
1483 South Boston Rd, Danville, VA 24540
(434) 793-6090

Holiday Inn Express Danville
2121 Riverside Dr, Danville, VA 24540
(434) 793-4000


ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Karen “Mimo” Davis has been growing specialty cut flowers in Missouri since 1994. Her first farm was called WildThang located in Ashland, Missouri. Her current project is Urban Buds: City Grown Flowers, an acre urban specialty cut flower farm located in the south St Louis Dutchtown neighborhood. Season extension techniques feature prominently in the Urban Buds production, as does diversity of plant varieties grown, typically 70 different beauties annually. The flowers are sold at Tower Grove Farmers’ Market, wholesale to florists, and are used in Urban Buds wedding and event design. Mimo holds a graduate degree in horticulture from North Carolina A & T University. She is married to her farming partner Miranda Duschack, and together they have a son.

Barbara Lamborne owns Greenstone Fields in Loudoun County, Virginia. In her 12th year as a farmer, Barbara grows over 90 types of cut flowers using organic practices. She sells at two metro Washington, DC farmers markets, provides the flower share for two farms’ CSA programs, and has a wholesale, e-commerce sales channel for florists and designers. Barbara is a passionate advocate for the local flower movement, and is a past Board member of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers.

Ellen Reynolds is the owner of Beagle Ridge Herb Farm in Wythe County VA. Specializing in Lavender, she manufactures a line of bath and body products, available both wholesale and retail, as well as providing classes both at the farm and all over the country. Beagle Ridge has a retail shop, a plant sales area, 4 miles of trails, a 2-acre pond along with several acres of formal gardens. In addition, Flying Flowers, southwest VA's only native butterfly house and Serendipity, their new wedding venue are all on site. Since opening Beagle Ridge in 2001 she has hosted visitors from all 50 states and 26 foreign countries.

Lisa Mason Ziegler is a cut-flower farmer, author, and nationally recognized speaker on all-natural cut-flower gardening. Lisa has been farming since 1998; her urban three-acre farm produces thousands of stems of flowers each week in season. She sells her flowers to florist and through her member-only programs.
   Lisa is owner of The Gardener’s Workshop, an online store offering the gardening tools and supplies she uses in her own gardens. Lisa gathers experiences from day-to-day life on her farm, hosts on-farm workshops and travels about speaking and teaching on this good life of farming.

Dave Dowling grew cut flowers in Montgomery County, MD for 20 years. With field, high tunnel, and greenhouse production, his business, Farmhouse Flowers & Plants produced cut flowers year-round. Most of the flowers raised were sold at farmers markets, including two-year round markets in Kensington, MD and Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. Flowers were also sold direct to florists from Baltimore to Washington, DC through Capital Flower Growers, LLC, a cooperative formed with two other flower growers in 2013. He served as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers from 2002 through 2004, as President from 2006 through 2009, and again from2016 through 2018. Early in 2014, Dave closed his cut flower business and now works full time for Ednie Flower Bulbs, now a division of Fred C Gloeckner & Co, Inc. Living in northern New Jersey, he keeps busy as the inside product manager and sales rep/advisor to cut flower growers across the country.

Jim DelPrince is a Horticulture Specialist at the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center, Biloxi. He is a Laureate Member of the American Institute of Floral Designers and has published numerous articles and books on floral design and interior plant scaping design. His latest book, co-authored with Pat Scace, landscape designer with the Missouri Botanical Garden, titled Principles of Floral Design (Goodheart-Willcox), is used in high school, collegiate, and state floristry certification curricula throughout the US.
   On faculty with Mississippi State University since 1996, he has taught floral design to over 5,000 students and professional florists. At MSU Coastal, he has developed educational and research programs benefitting flower growers, florists and floral enthusiasts. 
   Dr. DelPrince delves into both the scientific and artistic world of flowers. He has held research fellowships at Winterthur, Wilmington, Delaware and the Smithsonian Institution on 19th century horticulture studies. As an artist, he was the solo floral designer in seven performances of “Concerto for Florist” with performances in Mississippi, California and Oregon. His historical floral design work has been featured at the New Orleans Museum of Art and the George Walter Vincent Smith Museum, Springfield, Massachusetts. DelPrince has delivered talks and written about the flowers of Tennessee Williams’ plays, and delivered an interactive talk at the Tennessee Williams in Europe Conference, The University of Nancy, France.

Chadwick & Son Orchids Inc was founded in 1989 by long time orchid hobbyist Art A. Chadwick, and his wife, Anne, of Wilmington, DE, and their son, Arthur E. Chadwick, who purchased 18 acres of farmland in rural Powhatan County and built the first redwood greenhouse. During the following year, another greenhouse was added. Before long, there were nine greenhouses and many devoted employees.
   The early success of the company can be traced to Art Sr., who had been growing orchids since 1945, and provided invaluable cultural and hybridizing experience. His many Cattleya hybrids adorn the pages of orchid magazines worldwide and he continues to be a regular feature writer for the American Orchid Society. Visitors enjoy the personalized tours of the greenhouses where they often bring friends and neighbors and "make a day of it". They are always amazed at the enormity of the boarding operation where more than 13,000 plants are currently being grown for customers. The sales area offers the largest selection of blooming orchid plants in the area, and our knowledgeable staff can answer the most challenging cultural questions.

Bob Wollam is the farm’s guiding light. He started growing cut flowers in 1988. With the gardening genes of his grandparents he’s turned these 11 acres into fields of beautiful varieties. He’s full of knowledge and great stories.
   Bob splits his time between the farm and Washington, DC, where he's resided for 28 years as a community activist, husband, and father. He is married to Anne Montgomery, a longtime friend. they were the first to be married in the farm’s new pavilion in 2015.
   Wollam Gardens is a cut flower farm located 60 miles west of Washington D.C., in the small village of Jeffersonton, Virginia. The farm's 11 acres grow a variety of unique perennials, annuals, trees, and shrubs. Flowers supply farmers' markets in the D.C. area, designers, specialty florists, and locally focused retailers. Wollam offers custom florals for weddings, special events, and styling. Wollam Gardens is a flower, events, and farm stay destination for weddings, workshops, festivals, yoga, and educational programs.

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