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!
Evening documentary in the on-site theater. All are welcome!
7:30AM Registration opens
9:00AM Sessions Start
3:30PM Last Session Ends
Opportunities & Actions in Agriculture
Job openings at these VABF Member farms and businesses:
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
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.