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Sep
4
9:00 AM09:00

Cover Crops for Soil Improvement

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Cover Crops for Soil Improvement

SEPTEMBER 4, 2019
9AM - 12PM

King and Queen Branch Library
396 Newtown Rd • St Stephens Church, VA

USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Services (NRCS) describes planting cover crops for “the potential to provide multiple benefits in a cropping system. Cover crops prevent erosion, improve soil’s physical and biological properties, supply nutrients, suppress weeds, improve the availability of soil water, and break pest cycles along with various other benefits. The species of cover crop selected along with its management determine the benefits and returns.” VSU Small Farm Outreach Program Nutrient Management Specialist Tammy Holler and Dwight Forrester with USDA NRCS will discuss the steps to take and ways that you can work to improve soil for crop production. Topics will include:

  • Understanding soil characteristics

  • How to take a soil test and interpret soil test results

  • NRCS programs for landowners, especially nutrient management and water quality programs

  • The role of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and SWCD programs 

  • Fall cover crops that you can consider to improve your soil


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

Sponsored by Three Rivers Soil & Water Conservation District (serving the counties of Essex, King & Queen and King William) and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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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 (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
12
10:00 AM10:00

Heritage Poultry

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Heritage Poultry

SEPTEMBER 12, 2019
10AM-12PM

Charlotte County Extension Office
133 Legrande Avenue • Charlotte Court House, VA

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

Brent Wills, President of Virginia Association for Biological Farming, will present this workshop hosted by VSU Small Farm Outreach Program. The workshop will provide comprehensive information for farmers who are currently raising poultry or considering starting a heritage breed poultry enterprise. 

Learn the definition and types of heritage breeds and more about the advantages and disadvantages of raising heritage breeds. Wills will also provide a comparison of commercial, heritage breed and hybrid poultry for meat production and discuss poultry profits to explore the potential financial advantages of raising heritage breeds for meat or eggs. Niche marketing strategies for heritage breed poultry will be discussed as well as how you can improve soil with a poultry operation.

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


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



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Sep
14
10:00 AM10:00

Growing and Marketing Ethnic Vegetables

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Growing and Marketing Ethnic Vegetables

SEPTEMBER 14
10AM-12PM

Bates Farm
13450 Stonewall Jackson Rd • Woodford, VA

Increasing demand for ethnic food offers small farmers tremendous opportunities to diversify their food production systems to appeal to immigrants, particularly African (West and East African), Caribbean, Asian (Indian and Chinese) and Hispanic populations. Small Farm Resource Center coordinator and chief grower for Carter Farms Michael Carter Jr. will lead this workshop to show small farmers how to grow and market specific crops that appeal to these customers.

While some ethnic vegetables are quite unique and exotic, other ethnic crops can include familiar vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, and squash that are known by different names by varying cultural communities. Growing specific crops and varieties for ethnic groups can open markets for new and exciting vegetables to grow and sell. Farmers who understand their communities’ demographics and which vegetables are in demand can consider diversifying vegetable crops to increase their customer base and improve profits.

For more information, contact Michael Carter, Jr. at (804) 691-0490 / micarter@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
18
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farm Enterprise Training

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Small Farm Enterprise Training

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Risk Management and Marketing for Success 

SEPTEMBER 18, 2019
9AM-4PM

King and Queen Branch Library
396 Newtown Rd • St. Stephens Church, VA

Registration is free and open to the public. Space is limited.
A sponsored lunch will be provided to registered participants.

Small Farm Enterprise Training includes the following sessions:*

MORNING

  • First Steps: Farm Registration and Licensing

  • Market Opportunities and Considerations (identifying potential markets and local points of sale)

  • Introduction to Costs, Budgeting and Recordkeeping (estimating and lowering costs, creating a budget, understanding price volatility and cash flow)

  • Conducting Market Research (identifying your competitors, your customers and alternative markets)


LUNCH (Vendor & Resource Fair)

AFTERNOON

  • Getting Your Personal Finances in Order (separating business and household finances, credit considerations)

  • Legal and Safety Considerations (food safety, worker regulations, pesticide training)

  • Risk Management (crop, farm and liability insurance)

  • Panel Q&A

  • Vendor & Resource Fair


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

*Training sessions are subject to change prior to the workshop date.


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
18
10:00 AM10:00

How to Sell Your Timber

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How to Sell Your Timber

SEPTEMBER 18, 2019
10AM-12PM

Cooperative Extension Office
177 Morton Lane • Appomattox, VA

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

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

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

For more information, contact Leonard Elam at (804) 894-3095 / lelam@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
18
6:00 PM18:00

Cut Flower Farm Tour, Bouquets and Market Prep

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Cut Flower Farm Tour, Bouquets and Market Prep

SEPTEMBER 18, 2019
6PM-8PM

Botanical Bites and Provisions LLC
4738 Massaponax Church Rd • Fredericksburg, VA

Botanical Bites & Provisions, LLC, is a small, 10-acre, family-owned farm and business located just outside of Fredericksburg, Virginia in Spotsylvania County. Thomas and Anita Roberson, owners of Botanical Bites and Provisions, grow and market a variety of cut flowers and other products at their farm. VSU Small Farm Outreach Program will host the workshop presented by the Robersons to include instructions and demonstrations for making bouquets that include planning your bouquet, selecting and arranging flowers, bouquet-making supplies you will need, and more.

A comprehensive discussion for preparing your cut flowers for display and sales at a farmers’ market will follow. Learn basics for harvesting, storage and transportation as well as pricing your flowers for the market. A checklist of items you will need for your farmers’ market display will be provided to make your set up go smoothly.

Participants will also be able to tour the farm fields and high tunnel operation.

For more information, contact Susan Cheek at (804) 720-5539r / scheek@vsu.edu or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.


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



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Oct
21
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

OCTOBER 21, 2019
9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd
Halifax, VA

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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


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

 

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Nov
18
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

NOVEMBER 18, 2019
9AM - 12PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road
Petersburg, VA

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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


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

 

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Aug
21
9:00 AM09:00

USDA Programs Information Session

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USDA Programs Information Session

AUGUST 21, 2019
9AM-1PM

Charlotte County Extension Office
133 LeGrand Ave
Charlotte Court House, VA

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

Additional resources, programs and funding opportunities that are available from USDA will be presented, including the Rural Development Renewable Energy for America (REAP) grant and loan guarantee program, Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program, and Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG).

If you are interested in implementing conservation practices that reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) program may be available to help you meet your goals .

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

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


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






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Aug
20
12:00 PM12:00

QuickBooks Training Workshop

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QuickBooks Training Workshop

AUGUST 20, 2019
12PM-4PM

45 School Street
Surry, VA

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

Training does not include Quickbooks software or licenses for participants.

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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Aug
15
9:00 AM09:00

Forest Management After Harvest

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Forest Management After Harvest

AUGUST 15, 2019
9AM-12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd • Halifax, VA

VSU Small Farm Outreach will host a workshop presented by Dr. Jerry Bettis, VSU Forestry Specialist with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, to offer landowners an overview of the options they can consider for land management after a timber harvest. Featured topics include:

  • USDA NRCS and FSA Cost Share Programs

  • Planning for Regeneration & Reseeding

  • Conservation Easements


For more 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. 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 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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Aug
12
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

AUGUST 12, 2019
9AM - 12PM

The Carver Center
9432 James Madison Hwy
Rapidan, VA

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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


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

 

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Aug
7
9:00 AM09:00

USDA Programs Information Session

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USDA Programs Information Session

AUGUST 7, 2019
9AM-12PM

King and Queen Branch Library
396 Newtown Rd
St Stephens Church, VA

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

Additional resources, programs and funding opportunities that are available from USDA will be presented, including the Rural Development Renewable Energy for America (REAP) grant and loan guarantee program, Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program, and Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG).

If you are interested in implementing conservation practices that reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) program may be available to help you meet your goals .

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

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


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






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Aug
6
10:00 AM10:00

QuickBooks Training Workshop

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QuickBooks Training Workshop

AUGUST 6, 2019
10AM-2PM

105 Oak Street
Emporia, VA

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

Training does not include Quickbooks software or licenses for participants.

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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Jul
29
9:00 AM09:00

Sample and Control of Varroa Mite and Hive Beetle

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Sample and Control of Varroa Mite and Hive Beetle

JULY 29, 2019
9AM-12:30PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

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

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

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

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



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



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Jul
25
9:00 AM09:00

Melon and Squash Production at Chapel Creek Produce Farm

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Melon and Squash Production at Chapel Creek Produce Farm

THE WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED

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

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

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


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


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Jul
17
10:00 AM10:00

Small-scale Aquaponics Systems

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Small-scale Aquaponics Systems

JULY 17, 2019
10AM-3PM

The Carver Center
9432 James Madison Hwy • Rapidan, VA

Get Started With Small-Scale Aquaponics Production 

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


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

  • Overview of aquaponics

  • System design considerations for aquaponics

  • Plants for aquaponics

  • Fish for aquaponics 

  • Water quality and fish health

  • Marketing


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


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

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Jul
17
8:30 AM08:30

Horticulture Growing Media Facility Tour

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Horticulture Growing Media Facility Tour

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

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

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

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


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

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Jul
16
9:00 AM09:00

Southside Sustainable Ag Tour

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Southside Sustainable Agriculture Farm Tours

JULY 16, 2019
9AM-4PM

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

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

Tours include the following stops:

Tiver Farm

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


Clark Farm

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


Chandler Farm

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


Powell Farm

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



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

This workshop is free and open to the public.



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



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Jul
15
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

JULY 15, 2019
9AM - 12PM

Charlotte County Extension Office
133 LeGrande Ave
Charlotte Courthouse, VA

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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


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

 

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Jul
9
9:00 AM09:00

Pond Management

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Pond Management

JULY 9, 2019
9AM-12PM

Matthews State Forest
106 Forestry Lane • Galax, VA

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

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

Contact for more information:

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

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

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


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

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Jul
1
10:00 AM10:00

Seaside Hops Field Day

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Seaside Hops Field Day

JULY 1, 2019
10AM-3PM

Seaside Hops
14304 Seaside Rd • Machipongo, VA

This event has been cancelled.

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

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

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


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


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





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Jun
26
10:00 AM10:00

Farm Tour at Browntown Farms

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MENTOR FARMERS
Farm Tour at Browntown Farms

JUNE 26, 2019
10AM-12PM

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

Browntown Farms
255 Browntown Rd • Warfield VA

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


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


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Jun
26
9:00 AM09:00

Melon and Pepper Production at Riverside Produce Farm

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Melon and Pepper Production at Riverside Produce Farm

JUNE 26, 2019
9AM-11:30AM

Riverside Produce Farm • King William, VA

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


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


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





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Jun
25
1:00 PM13:00

Small Engine Repair

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Small Engine Repair

JUNE 25, 2019
1PM-5PM

The Carver Center
9432 James Madison Hwy
Rapidan, VA

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

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


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


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

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Jun
22
7:00 AM07:00

Local Foods, Farms and Health Festival

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1st Annual Local Foods, Farms & Health Festival

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

JUNE 22, 2019
7AM - 8PM

5224 Southpoint Plaza Way • Fredericksburg, VA

This event is free and open to the public.

FEATURING

  • Farmers Market 

  • Cooking Demonstration

  • Fitness Dancing 

  • Health Checks

  • Bounce House

  • Music by The Synergy Band

  • VSU Mobile Computer Lab

  • Orleans Bistro and Grill  (in the parking lot)

  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Scholarship Presentations

  • Promotion of businesses and community organizations


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

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Jun
19
9:00 AM09:00

Farm Tour at Slade Farm

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Farm Tour at Slade Farm

JUNE 19, 2019
9AM-12PM

Slade Farm
1111 Mount Ray Dr • Surry, VA

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

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

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Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

USDA Information Session

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USDA Information Session

June 18, 2019
6PM-8PM

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

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

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

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



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



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Jun
15
1:00 PM13:00

Small Engine Repair

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Small Engine Repair

JUNE 15, 2019
1PM-5PM

The Carver Center
9432 James Madison Hwy
Rapidan, VA

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

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


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


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

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Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

Organic, No-Till Farming at Fauquier Education Farm

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Organic, No-Till Farming at Fauquier Education Farm

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Part of the 2019 workshop series for beginning farmers at Fauquier Education Farm.

MAY 30, 2019
6PM-8PM

Fauquier Education Farm
8428 Meetze Rd. • Warrenton, VA 


This workshop is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required.

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


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 /TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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

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Jun
12
8:00 AM08:00

2019 VSU/USDA Field Day at The Carver Center

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2019 VSU/USDA Field Day at The Carver Center

JUNE 12, 2019
8AM - 12PM

The Carver Center
9432 James Madison Hwy • Rapidan, VA

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program will host this exciting opportunity for farmers to see a variety of crop production and field management practices, learn more about research, and connect with experts and agriculture leaders in Virginia. USDA representatives will be on hand to talk about their agency resources that are available to help small and beginning farmers.

REGISTRATION OPENS AT 7:30AM

Welcome from Virginia State University College of Agriculture and Cooperative Extension
•    Ronald Howell, Director of Operations Management

OPENING REMARKS BY SPECIAL GUESTS:
Jewel Bronaugh, Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture
James Tillman, USDA NRCS Southeast Regional Conservationist

Welcome from Culpeper County
•    John Egertson, County Administrator

USDA Exhibits & Demonstrations:
•    Farm Service Agency
•    Rural Development
•    National Agricultural Statistics Service
•    Food and Nutrition Service (SNAP Sign Up)
•    Natural Resources Conservation Service: Cover Crops and Beneficial Plantings Site

The Carver Center:
•    Master Gardener’s Organic Vegetable Plot
•    Beekeeper’s Association
•    Deer Fencing - Pace Fencing and Livestock

Virginia Department of Forestry

Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

...and MUCH more!

FIELD DAY IS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

EXHIBITS & DEMONSTRATIONS AT FIELD DAY:

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program & Cooperative Extension:
•    High Tunnel Production (Blueberry, Blackberry, Ginger, Turmeric)
•    Small Garden Plot for Easy-to-Grow Vegetables and Fruits
•    Commercial Rabbit Production
•    Nutrient Management and Weed Control with Cover Crops
•    Drone/UAV Demonstration
•    Hispanic Outreach
•    Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program
•    Farm Equipment 

VSU Agriculture Research:
•    Bean Varieties in the Field

BLACK FARMERS OF AMERICA:
From the Earth We Grow (Charles W. Ferguson, President & Eugene F. Triplett, Secretary)

Burnt Ends BBQ will be on hand for those who wish to purchase lunch at the Field Day. Discounts will be available for registered attendees!

For more information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.


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

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Jun
11
9:00 AM09:00

QuickBooks Training Workshop

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QuickBooks Training Workshop

JUNE 11, 2019
9AM-12PM

The Carver Center
9432 James Madison Hwy
Rapidan, VA

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

Training does not include Quickbooks software or licenses for participants.

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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Jun
10
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

Virginia New Small Farmer Orientation

Small Farmer Orientation

JUNE 10, 2019
9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
Halifax, VA

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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


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

 

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Jun
6
1:00 PM13:00

Pond Management

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Pond Management

JUNE 6, 2019
1PM-4PM

Middleburg Agriculture Research and Extension Center
5527 Sullivan Mill Rd • Middleburg, VA

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

Dr. David Crosby, VSU’s Fish Health Specialist and former President, Virginia Academy of Science and Dr. Brian Nerrie, aquaculture specialist with VSU Cooperative Extension, will conduct our pond side program where they will discuss water quality, weeds and weed management, fish population management and alternate uses of farm ponds.

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

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

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Jun
6
9:00 AM09:00

Diversified and Sustainable Farm Production at Dayspring Farm

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Diversified & Sustainable Farm Production at Dayspring Farm

JUNE 6, 2019
9AM-11:30AM

Dayspring Farm
942 Buena Vista Rd
Cologne, VA

The financial risk of a small family farm can be reduced by diversifying production lines on your farm. Offering a variety of profitable agricultural products and other value-added products can increase revenue potential by extending your selling season and spreading the financial risk across several lines of production.

Join us for a tour of Dayspring Farm led by owner Charlie Maloney, who will discuss the diverse and sustainable production practices he uses in his operation, including: 
•    High Tunnel Production for extended season growing
•    Vegetable and small fruit crops for Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) 
•    Drip irrigation systems
•    Pest management in fields and high tunnels

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

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

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Jun
4
8:00 AM08:00

Integrated Predator Management

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Integrated Predator Management

JUNE 4, 2019
8AM - 12:30PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

A diverse panel of speakers from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the USDA Wildlife Services Program will discuss the biology and management practices for wildlife species that affect agriculture in central Virginia.  Presentations will include information on geese, vultures, and feral swine; coyote and furbearer biology; bear management in Virginia; and livestock protection methods.

Participants will learn about state and federal permitting requirements for birds, including geese and vultures, and for mammals such as deer and bear.

Speakers will present information on the Cooperative Wildlife Damage Management Program administered the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and USDA, and the opportunities available under this program to protect livestock from predators such as coyotes.   

Presentations will be followed by field demonstrations of the tools and techniques that area producers can use to protect their livestock from local predators.

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


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


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May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Lazy Bed Production at Fauquier Education Farm

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Lazy Bed Production

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Part of the 2019 workshop series for beginning farmers at Fauquier Education Farm.

MAY 30, 2019
6PM-8PM

Fauquier Education Farm
8428 Meetze Rd. • Warrenton, VA 


This workshop is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required.

A thick bed of hay or straw mulch can be one of your most valuable gardening tools. It will help suppress weeds, conserve moisture, increase your soil biodiversity and even add nutrients for future crops. Join us as we talk about using this simple gardening technique that anyone can use, no matter what size garden you have. 

Why fight weeds all summer long when you can keep your soil covered and happy? Enjoy your garden more and work less with this method. They don’t call it a Lazy Bed for nothing! 


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 /TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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

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May
25
1:00 PM13:00

Small Engine Repair

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Small Engine Repair

MAY 25, 2019
1PM-5PM

Middleburg Agriculture Research and Extension Center
5527 Sullivan Mill Rd • Middleburg, VA

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

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


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


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

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