Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Upcoming events

Greetings all,
 Below is an great collection of upcoming events in the central Virginia bioregion!  Folks can sign up for the email 
here.  Send us announcements to: Click here to view this email as a webpage. And check out the BRPN on Facebook here.  
Christine, Terry, Emily and the BRPN team  

Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference
Strengthening Your Foodshed, Protecting Our Watersheds
Dec 2nd - 4th in Weyers Cave

The conference will feature engaging and inspirational speakers with broad experience and knowledge of food, farming and pressing environment issues including Dr. Dennis Keeney of Keeney Place and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, 2014 James Beard Leadership Award Winner — Ms. Karen Washington of Rise and Root Farm and nationally recognized “Queen of Urban Gardening”, Dr. Chuck Benbrook of Measure to Manage and Benbrook Consulting Services, Mr. Robin Morris, Executive Director of Mad River Food Hub and Ms. Ellen Polishuk of Potomac Vegetable Farms.

***New this year will be a full day pre-conference tour of local farms and agribusinesses on Wednesday, December 2nd. This chartered tour will offer insight to the successes and challenges by local farms and agribusinesses that are stepping outside the traditional box. Join us for an informational and fun experience!

We hope you plan to attend to network, learn and grow Virginia’s farm-to-table movement in your community and watershed!

City Schoolyard Garden hiring for Program Coordinator
City Schoolyard Garden (CSG) is excited to launch a job search for a new Program Coordinator position. The Program Coordinator is primarily responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of the CSG Elementary School Program and integration with other CSG program, organizational and community goals. The Program Coordinator’s core functions include:
        Coordination of Elementary School Garden Program - support the work of our six, on-the-ground Garden Coordinator Consultants at each of the Elementary schools and facilitate cross-school experiential garden programming.
        Facilitate the Harvest of the Month Program - work with volunteers and partners to implement and expand our Harvest of the Month Program which provides fresh, locally-sourced snacks and supporting garden lessons to elementary school students and partners. 
        Coordinate Volunteer Engagement - coordinate the dynamic volunteer program that supports each of our seven gardens.
        Capacity Building Activities - in partnership with CSG staff, build organizational and program capacity through evaluation, strategic planning, partner outreach and other related activities.
A more detailed job description and information on how to apply can be found on our website at the CSG Program Coordinator Job Description.

Allegheny Mountain Institute Farm Manager

Allegheny Mountain Institute is seeking a qualified, Jill or Jack-of-all to
fulfill the position of its Farm Manager. An ideal candidate will have a keen
interest in food systems and building community, and the strengths and skills
needed to take both our farm and our programming to the next level. AMI is a
team of food-crazed, passionate individuals who know that the “dirty work” is
the backbone in building a healthier food culture for all, and we are looking
for a like-minded steward to join us as we work, eat, and grow together to
carry out AMI’s mission.

Executive Director

Allegheny Mountain Institute is seeking a qualified, food and farm savvy
leader to fulfill the position of its Executive Director. A commitment to
building sustainable food systems and community are key components of the
Allegheny Mountain Institute, and an ideal candidate will have not only an
interest in these areas, but the passion and drive to dig deep and lead our
organization as it works toward building a healthier food culture in our

To apply: 

To access full job descriptions, which include more detailed application
instructions, please visit: and click on
the "Join Our Team" tab at the top of the page.

You may also access these materials by sending an inquiry to AMI at:

Pygmy dwarf cross goat free to a non-nibbling home.  Junior is a black and brown, approximately 2 feet high weathered goat looking for a few home.  He's pretty easy to handle and not aggressive to people or goats, seems friendly and curious about my horse.  He's free to anyone looking for weed control, but he's not for eating!  He stays in the fence and also stakes out, easiest to lead around of the group.
Local delivery possible, but his friends are leaving on Dec 5th so he's got to find a new home by then.
Please email with interest or questions.

Living Earth School
Leather Working Workshop~ choose from several options!
Make your own Moccasin style leather shoes
Make a leather satchel, backpack or messenger bag
~December 12-13                    
~No prior experience necessary
~Customize your very own hand crafted work of art!
1. backpack: before Dec 1st $235, after Dec 1st $260
2. smaller bags and moccasins: before Dec 1st $175, after Dec 1st $200.
(extra materials will be charged at $5 per sq foot if the amount of leather is over 2 square feet)

Beauty and function combine in this amazing workshop offering! Choose your own style and materials, and craftsman Peter Yencken will give you detailed instruction and guidance to create your own durable and comfortable bag. A popular option is a leather backpack. Peter designed this style to be the perfect size for airline travel or as an overnight bag. Made from oiled vegetable tanned cow leather. Other options are a leather couriers bag, perfect for laptops or books, or a smaller day bag.

Come join master crafter Peter Yenken to craft your own leather shoe that fits your foot perfectly. Imagine how amazing it would feel to walk in a hand crafted shoe made exactly for you, by! Create a pair of shoes that allows the feet to function properly, as a foundation for balance and shock absorption. Join the barefoot minimalist craze- your back, hips, and knees with thank you!  This class would be a great holiday gift to yourself or a loved one!

The last Charlottesville Tracking Club of the season is the Sunday after Thanksgiving from 1-4pm!
In addition, come on out to a free, hands-on Intro to Wildlife Tracking activity and lecture beforehand less than a half mile away from 10:30am to noon. This Intro is followed an hour later by the Charlottesville Tracking Club. Feel free to bring a lunch or to grab one in the hour between these events.
Check out the details here:

From our friends at Transition Cville
Friday 12/4 Evolution Glass Opening Reception
5-7:30pm at 1740 Broadway St.
A beneficiary from a TomTom Crowdfunding event, Evolution Glass is now ready to manufacture innovative countertops and tables of exceptional quality using 100% recycled bottle glass. Their mission is to transform waste glass and bring beauty into homes while taking care of our planet at the same time.  Come out for music, drinks and even live acrobatics!

Saturday 12/5 Earlysville Art & Crafts Show
9am-3pm at the Earlysville Fire Dept., Reas Ford Rd.
Each year they present a diverse & unique array of handcrafted items and art designed and created by area artisans. They'lll have approximately 30 vendors set up in the Fire House Banquet Room where you will merrily work on your holiday lists, gifts and personal collections!  A food truck, Mouth Wide Open, will be parked and ready to serve both breakfast and lunch so bring your appetite as well as your shopping lists.

Saturday 12/5 Free Union Artisans Open House
10am-5pm at Free Union Country School, 4220 Free Union Rd.
Come by for a relaxing cozy shopping experience with a wonderful selection of fine artisan made gifts created by 10 local artists.  Pottery, baskets, textiles, jewelry, wood bowls, leatherwork, stained glass, floorcloths, photography, fine stationary, and more!   Free Admission and tasty refreshments. Plenty of free parking.

Saturday 12/5 Primitive & Survival Skills Workshop
10am-2pm at the Scheier Natural Area
Learn how to make cordage, friction fire, shelter and other skills needed to survive in the wild.  Hot chocolate by the fire ring will be provided to participants. Sponsored by the Rivanna Conservation Society.  Free.

Saturday 12/5 Holiday Party for Environmentalists
6:30pm at TJMC Unitarian Universalist Church, 717 Rugby Rd.
Calling all environmentalists!  Come gather together to share food and festivities, and meet some of the dynamic organizations around town.  Bring some food to share, along with your own dinnerware. Green Grannies will sing!  For more info., contact Johanna at or 293-5000.

Sunday 12/6 Casa Alma Open House
2-4pm at 911 Nassau St.
Come check out this unique urban garden and hospitality compound.  This is an informal time for tours, Q&A, conversation and light refreshments.

Monday 12/7 Craft Cville
6-8pm at The Bridge PAI, 209 Monticello Rd.
Join in for craft night and get to know some of the members of your craft community. Bring your latest craft project and get together to share what everyone is working on.  Light snacks and beverages will be provided.  Please feel free to bring your own snacks or drinks. Free.

Tuesday 12/8 or Wednesday 12/9 Cville TimeBank Orientation
5:30pm at Northside Library, or 12/9 6pm at Main Street Market, 418 W. Main St.
Everyone has something to give, and the TimeBank is a way to trade services and build community at the same time.  Potential members set up a profile on the member portal, and attend an orientation prior to having their timebank account authorized by coordinators.  Once your account is authorized, you can begin browsing current offers and requests – and post your own! 

Saturday 12/12 Holiday Giftie Class
6-8pm at The Elderberry, 1917 Commonwealth Dr.
Want to make and give herbal gifts for loved ones for the holidays? Sign up for a session and get the space, support, materials and ideas to make 1 of each (for a total of 4 gifts) of the following categories of gifts: hand creams, bath salts/oils, salves, bath teas. Space is limited so register early! Free herbal tea and snacks provided. Handmade gifts are a thoughtful way to say “I care!” $30 includes materials.

Saturday 12/12 - Sunday 12/13 Shoe Making Class
9am-5pm at Living Earth School, Afton
Imagine how amazing it would feel to walk in a hand crafted shoe made exactly for you, by . . . you!  Come join master crafter Peter Yenken to craft your own leather moccasin style shoes that fit your foot perfectly.  $175 if you register by Dec. 1.

Simplify the Holidays
Want your holidays wrapped in more meaning - and less stuff?  Check out these tips from The Center for A New American Dream:


From our friends at VABF

Virginia Biological Farming Conference
Smith Mountain Lake near Roanoke
January 29 - 30, 2016

Join us for Virginia’s premier gathering of farmers, gardeners and supporters as the Virginia Association for Biological Farming and Virginia State University collaborate to bring you knowledgeable speakers, informative sessions, amazing local food and wonderful networking opportunities! More Info Here.

Early Member Registration is Open Until Dec 10th
Become a member and save on conference fees
Save on conference fees by registering before December 10th via Eventbrite
W.E. Skelton 4-H Conference Center
at Smith Mountain Lake in Wirtz, VA

The Skelton Conference Center is along the shores of Smith Mountain Lake. It is very up-to-date and comfortable, but rustic compared to some luxurious hotels. It is remarkably modern by "camp" standards. (There are few TV’s on site, but WIFI is available). Beautiful architecturally, the facilities are bright, heated, with full plumbing and very clean.  As always, our conference food will be locally and biologically grown. We are working with the camp chefs to make ‘locally grown’ the centerpiece of the menu. Supply the conference with your food.

Register Now for Pre-Conference Workshops
Thursday, January 28th
        Steve Groff: Making Cover Crops Pay
        Roz Creasy, Rowen White & Ira Wallace: Seed Savers Exchange 40th Anniversary Seed School
        Purple Mountain: Hand Tools and Mechanized Equipment for Small Farms
        Jim Adkins: Slow Poultry Strategy Seminar

More Virginia Farm & Food Events
Update By Mark Schonbeck

Read Mark's full article here.

GMO Labeling Hoax
Tell your Senators QR Codes are NOT a viable substitute for GE food labeling

You shouldn't need a smart phone to know what's in your food. More info on the labeling crisis aka the "Dark Act". Contact your Virginia Senators about the need for mandatory labeling. Their votes are crucial. 'Recommended' language to be attached to the mandatory ingredient label:  "This product may contain ingredients derived from genetically engineered crops or animals/organisms".  Consumers/citizens have a right to know. Take a moment as you prepare your Thanksgiving feast and email Senators Kaine and Warner. We can win this. 


Positions available at Riverstone Organic Farm (Floyd)
Field Manager for the 2016-17 seasons

This is a full-time position beginning February 1st 2016. A 2 year minimum commitment. 4 weeks of leave time, food share, housing option available. Salary: $22k/year. Send Your Resume to Visit for more info about the position and the farm.

15 Acres for Lease in King William for Sustainable Agriculture
Modest or alternative lease terms considered

Approximately 15 acres of tillable land in King William County, VA (approximately 20 minutes northeast of Mechanicsville, 30 minutes east of Ashland and 45 minutes northeast of Richmond) available for lease for sustainable agriculture uses. Land was farmed conventionally for 30+ years with corn and soybeans, but has lain fallow for 2 years. Modest or alternative lease terms (including barter and creative partnerships) considered. Please send inquiries to Carolina Lugo.

Organic Farming Grants Program Accepting Research Proposals
The deadline for proposals is February 8, 2016

The Organic Farming Research Foundation grants program is currently accepting research proposals. In particular, OFRF encourages farmers, ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans, and Extension personnel to consider applying. OFRF was founded over 25 years ago with the mission to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. To date, they have granted over $3 million for 326 research projects, ranging from developing GMO resistant corn to creating organic tools to fight pests and disease. All research results are freely available at To submit a proposal, visit

$350 Million to Protect Wetlands, Grasslands and Farmland
USDA announced the availability of $350 million in fiscal year (FY) 2016 for long-term easements to protect wetlands, grasslands, and farm and ranch land. The funding is available through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), which the 2014 Farm Bill created by combining the Wetland Reserve Program, Grasslands Reserve Program, and Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program. More Information Here.

Sacred Plant Traditions classes
Phyllis Light
April 29  - May 1
Mental Health & Methylation, Understanding Weight Loss, Autoimmune Challenges and more

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Upcoming events

1.   Looking for a permaculture designer?  Check out these local firms:

Dialogue + Design Associates is a multi-disciplinary, public-interest design firm based in Charlottesville, Virginia. We work with clients to develop permaculture plans for urban, rural, or community sites, leading to increased self-reliance, resilience, beauty and regeneration of the land and its inhabitants.  Learn more at:

C’ville Foodscapes is a worker-owned edible landscaping cooperative that transforms lawns into beautiful, abundant, low-maintenance, edible oases in and around Charlottesville, Virginia. More info at:

Many other folks have shared their designer services (and free to share your info) at the BRPN Facebook page:

Regenerative Earthworks Practicum with Darren Doherty
Wednesday-Saturday 11/11-11/15
Farfields Farm, Afton Virginia $425 through Oct. 18th, $475 through Nov 9th.
Join us for 5 days of Regenerative Earthworks with one of the world's foremost broad-acre farm designers, Darren Doherty. The Practicum will include siting and building a ridge pond, building farm roads for water catchment, calculating and managing waterflow across a site, and managing for soil building through a combination of earthworks and Holistic Management.  Find out more at

Saturdays 10/17 & 10/31 Designing Your Permaculture Homestead
9am-Noon, IX Art Park and Farfields Farm, 10/17 & 10/31 in Charlottesville
Respectively, Sliding Scale $8-25
Join Ben Kessler of CVille Foodscapes, and the management team at Farfields Farm, as we learn how to design the Permaculture Homestead of your dreams. In Session 1 at IX, we'll build the theoretical framework for design. We'll familiarize ourselves with Mother Nature's own pattern language, building the confidence to use that language in our own homes and livelihoods. In session two, we'll go out to Farfields Farm and study 'Plants in the Permaculture Homestead.' We'll see the vegetable gardens, medicine gardens and useful/medicinal plant nursery there, and we'll learn to create the conditions for healthy plants to happen.  RSVP at

3. From our friends at Transition Cville

Saturday 10/10 Organic Orchard Planning and Fruit Tasting
9am-4pm at 912 Woodfolk Dr.
All-day intensive workshop featuring Michael McConkey of Edible Landscaping and Alexis Zeigler from Living Energy Farm.  Have you ever tasted jujubes, muscadines, persimmons, homegrown pomegranates, filberts, homegrown almonds? Here's your chance to taste these and other fruits, and to learn how to grow your own organic orchard as well!  $50.  Contact: Debbie Piesen,, 540-205-0433 to register.

Saturday 10/10 Solar Design Build
9am-4pm at Heartmoor Farm Wood Shop
This workshop introduces you to basic design, theory and methods to maximize the solar potential in your home, office or barn. Morning meeting will include lectures and a slideshow to show how to use passive design for home
heating, cooling and day lighting. The afternoon will cover the basics of photovoltaics for home power. The course will expand your understanding of how to use the sun’s energy to brighten your life, heat your living spaces and
water and set yourself for off-grid power.  $130.  Register at PVCC

Monday 10/12 Water Bath Canning Intro Class
9am-3pm at the County Extension Office, 460 Stagecoach Rd.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to can your own food at home? Do you love gardening but not know what to do with all of your excess produce after a productive growing season? Then this class is perfect for you! They will be covering the basics of water bath canning and the food safety education that accompanies safe canning procedures.  During the class you will have the chance to create your own jars of jam and home-made salsa to bring home with you. To register or learn more about this class, please call your local Cooperative Extension Office at: 872-4580.  $20.

Monday 10/12 Transition Skill Share:  Drum Circle 101
7-8:30pm at the EcoVillage, 480 E. Rio Rd.
When villagers hear the drum’s call they know it is time for the community to gather.  Music is an international language that is created only through conversation and cooperation.  Come gather with Transition Charlottesville Albemarle for an evening of community drumming around the bonfire led by local African drum teacher Kevin Munro.  Learn basic rhythms to keep the circle going strong.  No experience is needed.  If you have a drum or shaker bring it along, additional instruments will be on hand for those who don’t have their own.  Please RSVP Transition Charlottesville so we know how many instruments to have on hand. Join the event on Facebook:

Wednesday 10/14 Ecosystem Gardening
7:30-9:30pm at Ivy Creek Natural Area
Devin Floyd, founder and director of the Center for Urban Habitats, will offer an ecological perspective of sustainable native plant gardening and landscaping. Sponsored by the Jefferson Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society.  More info. at

Thursday 10/22 Local Food Hub Community Food Awards
5:30pm at the Local Food Hub Warehouse in Ivy
Save the date for the Local Food Hub's annual Community Food Awards, an event to recognize farmers, businesses, and community partners for their commitment to local food, healthy communities, and Virginia agriculture. Following the ceremony, there will be a community meal, bonfire, s’mores, and a fun photo booth. To RSVP, email This event is free of charge. 

Saturday 10/24 Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms
9am-noon at Sharondale Farm, Cismont
Learn how to grow several different types of mushrooms using low-tech, low-cost methods in your garden or woodlot.  Get hands-on experience inoculating logs for mushroom cultivation.   Discussions will include biology and ecology of fungi, using mushrooms for personal and ecological health, and methods for cultivating shiitake, oyster, lion’s mane, reishi, and other mushrooms in wood, straw, and compost.  $75.  More info. at

Volunteers Needed for the Bi-Annual Bike & Pedestrian Count
While there is abundant data on the traffic patterns of cars and trucks, transportation officials have limited information on bicycle and pedestrian trips. Consequently, there is greater difficulty with justifying funding for Bike/Ped projects and uncertainty on where to focus the limited local, state and federal resources that are available.  You can help:  200 volunteer hours are needed to cover the 10 locations and 4 dates.  More info. here:

Transition Streets US Crowd-Funding Campaign
Only 43% of Americans know most or all of their neighbors by name!  It's time to meet your neighbors and change the world, and Transition Streets can help.  Check out this one minute video and consider supporting the national effort:

Book Club Starting:  "A Sand County Almanac"
"A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There" is a 1949 non-fiction book by American ecologist, forester, and environmentalist Aldo Leopold.  Wild Virginia will be hosting this book discussion on Thursday, October 22 at 7pm at David Sellers and Bette Dzamba’s house in Charlottesville.  For directions, email  More info. at

Composting, Companion Planting and Permaculture

Sunday, Oct. 11th, 1-3pm
Public Works Administration Building
941 Fir Street, Wayne Hills District, Waynesboro, VA

Join Black Bear Composting, C'ville Foodscapes, and Waynesboro Public Works for a workshop on composting, companion planting and permaculture.  

While on site, take a tour of the composting, planting, and stormwater management efforts of Waynesboro Public Works.

FREE!  More information at

Edible Landscaping - Annual Persimmon Festival

Saturday, Oct. 31st - 9am-5pm Afton, VA

Asian & Native Persimmons are a great addition to anyone's home garden, and Edible Landscaping has an extensive collection!  
Stop by for lectures, tours, and fruit tastings, ask questions, and maybe even buy some plants!

More info at

6. From our friends at Cville Foodscapes
UACC Friendship Court Community Orchard & Native Plant Sanctuary Update

Last week marked the last official UACC volunteer day of the season. Since April, we've worked with Todd, Jennifer, and dozens of UACC volunteers to dig trenches, haul gravel, sort stone, and build beautiful dry-stack stone terraces. We are immensely grateful to internationally-renowned master stone mason Elizabeth Nisos and her partner, Tracy Carver, for all their guidance and encouragement.

The Center for Urban Habitats is already observing a resurgence in native wildlife among the plants installed in the spring (pictured above).

Over the next few months, we'll continue work on the upper terrace walls and prepare the ground for Spring plantings of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, honeyberries, and bush cherries. If you have an hour or two to spare and would like to lend a hand, contact Farmer Todd at 434-989-0150 or

We'd also like to share that UACC is raising funds for its 10th growing season! Thousands of pounds of healthy veggies, a new orchard, living wage jobs, safe garden space for kids -- if you support all that, please consider making a donation to keep this community effort going strong.

If you'd like to learn more about UACC, check out their website or the recent series by WTJU.

Cider Week:  
Hill and Holler Food Truck Takeover to benefit UACC

Sunday, Nov. 15th
Adventure Farm
Earlysville, VA

This year's annual Hill & Holler Cider Week event features three acclaimed chefs taking over local food trucks with their own culinary creations, accompanying cider and cidermakers from four Virginia Cideries.

Proceeds benefit the Urban Agricultural Collective of Charlottesville. 

Lessons from the Mountain
2015 Allegheny Mountain Institute
Capstone Presentations
October 14th at 6:30 pm
Staunton Public Library

Growing food isn’t the only thing that has kept Allegheny Mountain Institute Farm Fellows busy during their farm site residency in Highland County!  Graduating AMI Farm Fellows will present their Capstone Projects and reflect back on the 2015 learning and growing season at the AMI farm. Light refreshments will be served.

Presentation topics include:

Ecological Pest Management on the AMI Farm with Nick Wittkofski

Creating a Wildcrafted Apothecary: Syncing with the Seasons with Anna Minsky, Anna Tracht, and Sarah Merfeld

Community Cohesiveness via the Dinner Table with Katie Gilman

From our friends at the VA Association for Biological Farming
Southern SARE Calls for Proposals for Producer Grants and On-Farm Research Grants - there is still time to apply for this funding opportunity!
Application deadline Friday November 13 at 5:00 pm

The USDA Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program has released calls for proposals for two of its regular grant programs.  Producer Grants are offered to farmers or farmer groups to address production problems related to sustainable agriculture, and to reduce the financial risk of trying new sustainable tools and techniques in crop or livestock production.  Producer grants can range up to $10,000 for an individual farmer or $15,000 for a group, On-farm Research Grants are offered to Extension, University, or NGO agricultural professionals working with farmers to conduct on-farm research.  On-farm Research Grants can fund projects up to two years duration, with a maximum award of $15,000.

See attached Word documents for more on these two funding opportunities. The documents include links to the full Call for Proposals and application instructions. 

Whole Farm Business Management and Planning Workshop
OCTOBER 22, 2015
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
8320 Ruthville Road • Providence Forge, VA
To view our Flier download the PDF
Use this Link to Register:
Presented by the Beginning Farmer Program, Virginia State University Small Farm Outreach, and the Farm Credit Knowledge Center, this workshop is free and open to the public.
Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required.
Lunch is provided. Please register by October 16, 2015.
FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact Jim Hankins ( or call (804) 892-4492.

Grow Your Soil - Hands-on, Intensive Workshop
October 23-25 - Gladstone, VA

Do your plants need a boost?  Want more quaity and flavor - and more yield with less weeds and disease - naturally?
Simple Soil Solutions is offering a three-day workshop to help you achieve these through building soil life and soil health.  Fall is the best time to start to build soil. Learn how to balance your land to make your next growing season your best yet!  Come learn how you can grow lush, healthy and nutritious plants - biologically, with no chemicals, in the Grow Your Soil - Hands-on, Intensive Workshop!

Reserve your spot now for $497.  Five special discounts are available for students, teams, educators, and non-profits.  To register, or to learn more, visit .

Sustainable Agriculture Conference of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
November 6-8 - Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Durham, NC

30th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Workshop with 68 excellent breakout workshops, 13 hands on intensives, 5 tours, great food, great people, and more ...
For more in depth information and registration, visit

Small Farms:  Surviving and Thriving in the 21st Century
November 12-13 - Williamsburg, VA

Virginia State University's Small Farm Outreach program will hold its 13th Annual Small Farm Outreach Family Conference in Williamsburg, VA on November 12 and 13, 2015.  Save the Date.  Registration will open a little later this fall at The event is FREE and will include a pre-conference tour to Clif Slade's farm, which has transitioned from conventional "big tractor" corn and soy to two acres of organic vegetables and heirloom seed production.

Growers' Academy
Christiansburg, VA -  January 19-March 1, 2016,  Tuesdays, 6:00 to 9:00 pm

In partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Coalition, the Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center is offering the 2016 Growers Academy in Christiansburg, VA. The course is designed to help new and transitioning agricultural businesses succeed. The series focuses on whole farm business planning and low-input crop production.

Topics include:
         Introduction to Whole Farm Planning
        Business and Finance
        Enterprise Budgets and Financial Services
        Soil and Pest Management
        Marketing Your Business
        Crops and Crop Planning 

The Farm Credit Knowledge Center is committed to sharing knowledge and resources to individuals interested in agriculture. Their generous scholarship lowers the fee to $200 for each person who wishes to participate. Register Today!  Visit

Location: Montgomery County Government Center Classroom , 755 Roanoke Street / Suite 2, Christiansburg, VA 24073

For more information, please contact Josh Nease at / 540-553-2311 or Erin Burcham at / 540-330-7722