Welcome to the Virginia Association for Biological Farming!

Virginia Biological Farming Conference
Registration OPEN Now!

With 6 Pre-Conference Workshops, 35 Conference Sessions, and a diverse crowd of spectacular teachers, the 18th Annual Conference is shaping up to be our best yet.

We’re covering all the bases: from mushrooms to industrial hemp; from soil health to livestock butchery demos, and from marketing & business management to fruit, vegetable, & flower production.

Exhibitors!  Expose your business to a primed audience.  The conference brochure is mailed to HUNDREDS and emailed to THOUSANDS of farmers, gardeners, & consumers!  Early registration for attendees opens October 15 so become a sponsor NOW for maximum exposure! Learn more

We are excited to announce that this year’s farming conference will be held at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. This gorgeous and luxurious resort makes it possible for our participants to attend our educational conference while simultaneously enjoying a first-class vacation.

The Homestead offers many complimentary bonuses, including a hot tub and 2 heated pools (indoor & outdoor), hiking trails, hammocks on the lawn, and wifi in every guest room.

There are also 4 restaurants on site, plus a spa, a falconry, horse-back riding, skiing, and more!

Monday
Pre-conference Workshops
Evening documentary in the on-site theater. All are welcome!
Tuesday
7:30AM  Registration opens
8:00AM  Breakfast/Welcome
9:00AM  Sessions Start
6:00PM  Last Session Ends
6:30PM  Dinner
following dinner … Taste of Virginia social and documentary movies in on-site movie theater
Wednesday
7:30AM  Registration opens
8:00AM  Breakfast
9:00AM  Sessions Start
3:30PM  Last Session Ends

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Opportunities & Actions in Agriculture

Radical Roots Web 88Job openings at these VABF Member farms and businesses:
Listings Here

Radical Roots Farm (Keezletown)

Paradox Farm (Lexington)

Farmstead Ferments (Scottsville)

Manakintowne Specialty Growers & Virginia Growers (Powhatan)

Virginia Vegetable Company (Powhatan or Petersburg)

Brightwood Vineyard (Brightwood)

Policy actions for organic farmers, gardeners and consumers
Take Action

Resources

Organic-Transition-PlannerOrganic Transition: A business planner for farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs
from SARE

The Organic Transition Planner will walk you through the development of an actionable business transition plan tat is suitable for yourself, your management team or a lender.

While not a comprehensive guide to meeting certification requirements, the Organic Transition Planner will help you explore organic transition strategies and decide whether going organic makes sense for your farm or business.

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Co-Managing StewardshipCo-Managing Farm Stewardship with Food Safety GAPs and Conservation Practices
from Wild Farm Alliance

Mark Schonbeck highly recommends this new guidebook that explains how farmers can make their farms safer by reducing pathogen presence using conservation practices.

Statistics: Organic Farm Sales in Virginia

In 2014, Virginia had 167 organic farms producing $41.3 million in organic products. This includes both certified organic farms and farms exempt from certification. Of the organic farms identified in the 2014 Organic Survey, 139 were certified organic farms and 28 were exempt. Certified and exempt farms together accounted for 28,412 acres of organic production in 2014. More Data

Virginia farmers on soil healthNew Common Ground Films!

USDA-NRCS, Virginia Extension and VABF have teamed up with film makers Eleanor Goodrich and Aaron Port to tell the stories of diverse Virginia farmers who are focused on implementation of soil health management principles. Watch Here.

More Resources

VABF acknowledges and thanks its sponsors: