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Call for Abstracts

The Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit (VUAS) brings together more than 100 urban farmers, gardeners, foodies, ag-tivists, policy makers and government leaders for three days of networking and learning about one of agriculture’s fastest growing sectors.

The VUAS planning committee invites you to submit an abstract for an oral, poster, or panel presentation for the summit. The presentation is intended to highlight your work related to urban agriculture, including topics such as urban food systems, food deserts, food security, food safety, postharvest handling, food justice, urban environmental issues, and urban economic development.

Please send by email a brief abstract (maximum 200 words) related to your project, to Dr. Leonard Githinji at

Important Deadlines

  • Abstract Submissions: March 15, 2019

  • Notification of Acceptance Decision: April 1, 2019

  • Submission of the Final Abstract: April 15, 2019

Poster Presenters: If your abstract is accepted, plan to bring your printed poster at the registration desk by 10 a.m. on April 23, 2019. Also, arrange to bring either a foam board or corrugated cardboard to facilitate mounting your poster on an easel. The specifications are: 36” × 48”, either landscape or portrait format. Include project title, authors’ names, phone number, email address, institution name and location, and type of project: teaching, research or Extension/outreach.

Oral Presenters: If your abstract is accepted, plan to send your PowerPoint slides to by close of business on April 19, 2019, so they can be uploaded before the meeting.

Panel Presenters: If your abstract is accepted, plan to provide additional information about your panel, including the names of panelists and their brief bios, to by close of business on April 19, 2019.

Presenting authors are responsible for registration, travel, and hotel costs.

Conference registration is $150; lodging at the Founders Inn is $99 per night.

For more information about the conference or to register, visit:

We look forward to seeing you in Virginia Beach!

For questions, contact Dr. Leonard Githinji, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Sustainable and Urban Agriculture, Virginia State University, at (804) 524-5962 or or visit


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Mollie Klein ( or call (804) 524-5960 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.