Welcome to the Virginia Association for Biological Farming!
VABF’s mission is to educate about, advocate for, and promote organic and biological farming and gardening. Read More
VABF Seeks Conference Coordinator
We are looking for a part time Conference Coordinator to manage our annual winter conference. Could that be you? Details Here.
USDA Launches First-Ever Local Foods Survey
The Local Food Marketing Practices Survey will ask producers for information on their production and local marketing of foods during the 2015 calendar year. Producers who receive the 2015 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey from NASS are strongly encouraged to respond. Farmers and ranchers can fill out the survey online via a secure website, www.agcounts.usda.gov, or return their form by mail.
For more information about the 2015 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov
Opportunities & Actions
Job openings at these VABF Member farms and businesses:
VABF Conference Coordinator
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)
Plenty! Farm is hiring a Farm Manager (Floyd)
Policy actions for organic farmers, gardeners and consumers
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.
Co-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.
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
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.