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Oct
18
9:00 AM09:00

Farm and Farm Equipment Safety

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Farm and Farm Equipment Safety

OCTOBER 18, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd • Halifax, VA

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

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

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


THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


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


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Oct
22
9:00 AM09:00

Beginning Computer Training

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Beginning Computer Training

OCTOBER 22, 2018
9AM - 12PM

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

LIMITED TO 10 PARTICIPANTS.

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

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

LIMITED TO 10 PARTICIPANTS.

For more information, contact VSU Small Farm Outreach agent Tracy Porter (tporter@vsu.edu / (804) 481-2556) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at 804-524-3292.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

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Oct
24
5:30 PM17:30

Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

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Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

OCTOBER 24, 2018
5:30PM - 8PM

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


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

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

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


THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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



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Oct
27
9:00 AM09:00

Maple Syrup: Value-Added Production

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Maple Syrup: Value Added Production

OCTOBER 27, 2018
9AM - 3PM

Browntown Farm
255 Browntown Rd • Warfield, VA

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 30 REGISTRANTS

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

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

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


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


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Oct
30
5:30 PM17:30

Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

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Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

OCTOBER 30, 2018
5:30PM - 8PM

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


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

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

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

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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



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Nov
2
to Nov 3

Small Farm Outreach Annual Conference

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Small Farm Outreach Program Annual Conference

Sustaining Small Farms in Today’s Economy

NOVEMBER 2 - 3, 2018

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

$30 PER PERSON
Children 12 and under free

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

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

 

Conference Schedule and Details

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3

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

8:30 AM - CONCURRENT SESSIONS

  • High Tunnels

  • Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition

  • Beekeeping

  • Drone Technology

  • Introduction to USDA GAP Certification

  • Rabbit Grazing


10:30 AM - NETWORKING & INFORMATION SESSIONS

  • Small Farm Outreach Program Advisory Board

  • USDA Experience

  • New, Beginning & Military Veteran Farmers & Ranchers

  • Alternative Farming

  • Organic Farming

  • Marketing 


11:45 AM - BREAK
Visit our Vendors and Exhibitors

12:15 PM - LUNCHEON & AWARDS PROGRAM

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

AWARDS

  • USDA Minority Farmer of the Year

  • VSU Small Farmer of the Year

  • VSU SFOP Volunteer of the Year

  • VSU SFOP Agent of the Year

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2

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

William Crutchfield, Director
VSU Small Farm Outreach Program


10:00 AM  - CONCURRENT SESSIONS

  • Small Ruminants

  • Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

  • Mushrooms

  • Small Farm Risk Management 101 (Farm Bureau)

  • Value-Added Production

  • Soil Health


11:15 AM - BREAK
Visit our Vendors and Exhibitors 

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

  • TOUR 1: Piedmont Progressive Farmers Group

  • TOUR 2: Certified Organic Farm and Aquaculture Farm

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


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


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FEATURED SPEAKER
GLYEN HOLMES

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



FRIDAY AFTERNOON BUS TOURS

TOUR 1: Porte’Lu Farm and GEH Farm

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

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

TOUR 2: Pine Knot Farms and Taylor Fish Farm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be Sure To Visit Our Conference Exhibitors

  • USDA 

  • Virginia Farm Bureau

  • Virginia Farm Credit

  • VSU Small Farm Outreach Program

  • SFOP New, Beginning and Military Veteran Farmers

  • Small Farm Resource Center

  • Mark Winn Insurance

  • Southern SARE

  • VDACS

Hotel Reservations

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

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


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Nov
7
5:30 PM17:30

Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

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Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

NOVEMBER 7, 2018
5:30PM - 8PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Road • Halifax, VA


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

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

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

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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



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Nov
8
9:00 AM09:00

Beginning Computer Training

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Beginning Computer Training

NOVEMBER 8, 2018
9AM - 12PM

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

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

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

LIMITED TO 10 PARTICIPANTS.

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

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

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Nov
12
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

November 12, 2018
9AM - 12PM

GW Carver Agricultural Center
9432 James Madison Hwy
Rapidan, VA

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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


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

 

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Oct
15
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

October 15, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd
Halifax, VA

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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


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

 

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Oct
11
9:00 AM09:00

CANCELLED: Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

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Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED

OCTOBER 11, 2018
9AM-12PM

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

Tax preparation season is here again.

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

For more information, contact VSU Small Farm Outreach agent Vernon Heath (vheath@vsu.edu, 804-829-5675) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at 804-524-3292.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

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Oct
10
5:30 PM17:30

Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

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Introduction to USDA's Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

OCTOBER 10, 2018
5:30PM - 8PM

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

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

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

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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



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Oct
10
9:00 AM09:00

Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

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Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

OCTOBER 10, 2018
9AM-12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd • Halifax, VA

Tax preparation season is here again.

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

For more information, contact VSU Small Farm Outreach agent Vernon Heath (vheath@vsu.edu, 804-829-5675) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at 804-524-3292.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

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Oct
9
9:00 AM09:00

Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

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Farm Income Tax Planning & Preparation

OCTOBER 9, 2018
9AM-12PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Rd • Petersburg, VA

Tax preparation season is here again.

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

For more information, contact VSU Small Farm Outreach agent Vernon Heath (vheath@vsu.edu, 804-829-5675) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at 804-524-3292.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

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Sep
25
5:00 PM17:00

Alternative Ways to Improve Soil Health

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Alternative Ways to Improve Soil Health

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018
5PM-8PM

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

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

Topics include: 

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

  • selecting the best cover crops;

  • timing for cover crop planting; and

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

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

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

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Sep
25
1:00 PM13:00

Soul-Collage® Technique to Guide your Small Farm Vision

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Soul-Collage® Technique to Guide your Small Farm Vision

Hands-On Marketing Workshop for Small Farm Businesses

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018
1PM-3PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

Free Project Supplies Provided to Registered Participants Only

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

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

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

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

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

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

 

 

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Sep
24
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

September 24, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd
Halifax, VA

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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


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

 

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Sep
20
9:00 AM09:00

Forestry & Timber Management

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Forestry & Timber Management

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd • Halifax, VA

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

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

For more information, contact Small Farm Agent Cliff Somerville (csomerville@vsu.edu / 804-892-4617) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

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Sep
12
1:00 PM13:00

CANCELLED: Beginning Farmer Whole Farm Planning

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Beginning Farmer: Whole Farm Planning

DUE TO WEATHER CONCERNS FROM HURRICANE FLORENCE, THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2018
1PM - 4PM

Accomac USDA FSA Office
22545 Center Parkway • Accomac, VA

SPACE IS LIMITED.

Join VSU’s Small Farm Outreach Agent Susan Cheek for this introductory course from the New, Beginning & U.S. Military Veteran Farmer and Rancher Program from VSU’s Small Farm Outreach Program.

Whole Farm Planning puts beginning farmers in a good position to maintain or improve profitability while enhancing their sustainability. Whole Farm Planning can also lead to protection and enhancement of the quality of soil, water, and other natural resources on and near the farm. More importantly, the planning process helps beginning farmers define long and short term goals. These goals can help you improve your chances of a better quality of life at home and in your community.

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

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 


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

 

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Sep
10
9:00 AM09:00

Small Farmer Orientation

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Small Farmer Orientation

September 10, 2018
9AM - 12PM

GW Carver Agricultural Center
9432 James Madison Hwy
Rapidan, VA

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

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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


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

 

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Sep
6
9:00 AM09:00

CANCELLED: Introduction to QuickBooks®

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Introduction to Quickbooks®

SORRY! THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

SEPTEMBER 6, 2018
9AM - 12PM

Human Resources Building
440 Market Street • Suffolk VA

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 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 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Sep
6
8:00 AM08:00

Introduction to QuickBooks®

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Introduction to Quickbooks®

SEPTEMBER 6, 2018
8AM - 12PM

Regional Center for Advanced Technology & Training
121 Slayton Ave • Danville, VA

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 Cassidy W. Shelton at 804-704-4033 or email 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 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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Aug
28
6:00 PM18:00

High Tunnel Management, Maintenance & Production

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High Tunnel Management, Maintenance & Production

AUGUST 28, 2018
6PM - 8PM

Hill Farm
Louisa, VA

Join VSU’s Small Farm Outreach Agent Susan Cheek along with Susan Hill, owner of Hill Farm, to learn about opportunities for using high tunnels to extend the growing season for profitable crops. Tour the high tunnels at Hill Farm and hear 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) 720-5539, scheek@vsu.edu.

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
25
6:00 PM18:00

Winter Squash Variety Trial at Fauquier Education Farm

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Winter Squash Variety Trial

AUGUST 25, 2018
6PM - 8PM

Fauquier Education Farm
8428 Meetze Road • Warrenton, VA

FREE TO ATTEND. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Take a look at the variety trials of 10 types of winter squash grown at the farm. See how well they have produced and discuss what does in to growing this popular fall crop.

Learn more about Fauquier Education Farm

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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Aug
24
4:00 PM16:00

High Tunnel Management, Maintenance & Production

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High Tunnel Management, Maintenance & Production

AUGUST 24, 2018
4PM - 6PM

Berry Hill Drip Irrigation
3744 US-58 • Buffalo Junction, VA

Dr. Reza Rafie and Chris Mullins, horiticulture 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 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) 720-5539, scheek@vsu.edu.

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
22
9:00 AM09:00

Farmer / Buyer "Meet Up"

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Farmer / Buyer "Meet Up"

AUGUST 22, 2018
9AM - 3PM

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

REGISTER ONLINE:

The Farmer / Buyer “Meet Up” provides an opportunty to connect growers to buyers in a networking session that can lead to sales relationships. Farmers are encouraged to bring photos of their farm, business cards, and a list of products and/or a price sheet. Wholesalers, chefs, restaurant owners, grocers, and food service directors should bring business cards as well as a list of products that they hope to source locally. There are no promises made and no contracts signed on-site; it’s a chance to open doors for future follow-up.

  • Farmer/Buyer networking opportunities throughout the day. 
  • Round table discussion from some of the top buyers in the state, who will share what they are looking for from farmers and answer questions. 
  • Presentation from Rural Development and a Harmonized GAP Introduction Workshop.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. LUNCH PROVIDED.

For more information, contact Michael Carter Jr. at (804) 633-9964 or micarter@vsu.edu or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

Sponsored by Rural Development, Small Farm Outreach Program and the Virginia Small Farm Resource Center.

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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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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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Aug
16
9:00 AM09:00

Military Veterans Farm Tour at GW Carver Agricultural Center

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Military Veterans Farm Tour at GW Carver Agricultural Center

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For new and beginning farmers who are military veterans interested in participating in the Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program with VSU Small Farm Outreach.

AUGUST 16, 2018
9AM - 12PM

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

This tour is free to attend; however, space is limited.

TO ATTEND:
Call James "Tony" Edwards at (804) 720-2588 or email jtedwards@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 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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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
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
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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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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Jul
25
9:00 AM09:00

Military Veterans Tour of Randolph Farm

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Military Veterans Tour of Randolph Farm

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For new and beginning farmers who are military veterans interested in participating in the Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program with VSU Small Farm Outreach.

JULY 25, 2018
9AM - 12PM

VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

This tour is free to attend; however, space is limited.

TO ATTEND:
Call James "Tony" Edwards at (804) 720-2588 or email jtedwards@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
19
6:00 PM18:00

Branding: Not Just for the Herd

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Marketing Workshop
Branding; Not Just for the Herd

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

South County Library
6303 Merriman Rd • Roanoke, VA

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
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
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
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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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