Each module is organized at the introductory to intermediate stage of farming knowledge and experience. At the end of each module, additional resources and Virginia service provider contact information are available to help continue the farm planning process. The curriculum was developed by Virginia Tech, and is being offered as part of Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
Established farmers and Virginia service providers will participate in each of the six weekly programs, offering their own experience, feedback, encouragement and expertise to participants.
Students will have reading and homework assignments each week, including homework to be completed prior to the first session on 10/22.
Two farm tours are planned
as part of the Farm School experience. On Sunday, November 11th
(rain or shine), we will tour Shalom Farms
from 1:00-2:30 and Keenbell Farm
from 3:30-5:00pm. Students can participate in either or both tours, depending on their interests.
is a regional food security, community development project of United Methodist Urban Ministries of Richmond (UMUMR). Shalom Farms, located near the James River in Goochland County, provides vegetable production for low-income, urban neighborhoods and FeedMore
. The tour’s focus will include cole crops, cover crops, crop rotations, weed and insect management practices, greenhouse production and soil management.
is a third generation located in western Hanover County, VA. The farm, established in 1951, produces great tasting Grass-Fed Beef, Pastured Pork, Free Range Chicken, and Eggs. All animals are raised beyond organic standards, on pasture and stress free. This tour’s focus will include information on basic animal husbandry, pasture management, fencing, shelter requirements, grazing rotations, feed, and manure management.
At the end of the six week program, students will have the opportunity to participate in a networking event that will bring farmers, consumers, chefs, farmers market vendors, store owners, and others together in an informal social setting. This event is scheduled for Sunday, December 2nd from 2:00-4:00pm
, and will be held at Midnight Brewery
in Rockville, Virginia (Goochland County, just a short drive west of Short Pump). The networking social is free as part of the Farm School program, and includes hors d’oeuvres and locally brewed beers.
Participation is limited to 30 students.
Full refunds offered up to seven days prior to the event. After 10/15/12, no refunds will be given.
For additional information on the VABF Farm School 2012 fall program, including SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
, contact Lisa Dearden, Program Manager, by email
or phone (804) 314-9141.