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Recipe: Store Some Summer Heat for Winter

by Kathy O'Hara It’s peach season, and although I’ve been warned that the peaches in Florida took a dive this year due to weird weather, they are coming in fast and thick in Blacksburg, VA, where I live.  They are good.  I like the small ones that come from a local orchard and are the [...]

By | August 8th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

Agricultural Research: What’s in it for Organic Farmers, Ranchers, Homesteaders, and Gardeners?

By Mark Schonbeck Agriculture is art and science, culture as well as technology.  We need skilled, innovative growers and researchers working together to develop sustainable farming, ranching, and food systems for the future.  The organic agriculture movement has included a strong research component since its inception, led by pioneers such as J. I. Rodale, Ehrenfried Pfeiffer [...]

By | August 8th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

Book Review: The Lean Farm: How to Minimize Waste, Increase Efficiency, and Maximize Value and Profits with Less Work

Reviewed by Pam Dawling Ben Hartman, Chelsea Green, August 2015. ISBN 978-1-60358-592-7. $29.95 When I heard of this book, I immediately wanted to read it, sensed that I needed to read it, that our farm would benefit from exploring the ideas in it. At the same time, I felt some awkwardness: I might be tempted [...]

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Garden Tips for late Summer: Harvest Daily and Sow Weekly for Fall and Winter

By Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, author of The Timber Press Gide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast We are well into the hot dry “Dog Days of Summer.” I hope all of your gardens are well mulched, regularly watered, and producing abundantly. If things are going well, you should be enjoying plenty [...]

By | August 8th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

Upcoming Workshops, Conferences and Events – September 2017

Promoting equity in local food systems through Cooperative Extension Wednesday, September 6, 12 - 1 pm Pacific Time/3 - 4 pm Eastern Time How can we apply equity and anti-racism principles to our food system work? In answer to this question, this webinar provides three examples from the Cooperative Extension System of efforts to promote [...]

By | August 8th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

Upcoming Conferences, Workshops and Events – August 2017

  How to Access Training & Support to Realize Your Farm Dreams - Webinar Tuesday August 1 1-2pm Chesapeake Foodshed Network When the siren song of a life in farming calls, as an aspiring farmer, you can feel both inspired and completely, utterly overwhelmed. Farming demands an unusual mix of craft, passion, and business savvy, [...]

By | July 14th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

T-Shirt Contest

Sharpen your pencils and get your creative juices flowing!  VABF needs a new design for our T-shirts and we are calling on all budding design artists to help.  There are no rules about who can join in the fun or their number of entries. The winner will receive a free ticket to the one of [...]

By | July 5th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

Sweet Potatoes 101 Part 1: How to Grow Sweet Potatoes from Slips And Enjoy the Green Leaves all Summer!

By Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and author of the Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast Sweet potatoes are a wonderful crop for your garden or farm. They are delicious and can be served in numerous ways, including eating the tender growing shoots and leaves raw or cooked. They are [...]

By | July 5th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

Upcoming Conferences, Workshops and Events – July 2017

NIFTI Webinar #15 Mainstreaming Beginning Farmers in Local Food Policy A collaboration of New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s National Incubator Farm Training Initiative and Community Food Projects Applicant and Grantee Technical Assistance Program, in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future's Food Policy Networks. July 12th, 2017 | 2:00-3:15 EST Register Here [...]

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SARE’s Revised How to Conduct Research on Your Farm or Ranch Now Available

Like all farmers, Harry Cope is an innovator who struggles to reduce costs while raising cattle and sheep on his Missouri farm. Cope wondered if forage production could be increased by planting a cover crop into standing corn for fall grazing. But establishing a cover crop is challenging when little sunlight reaches the soil surface. [...]

By | March 10th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments