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Recipes: Sunday Mornings

by Kathy O'Hara Does this happen to you?  You’ve got a crowd staying over for the holidays, everyone is starting to converge on the kitchen the morning after the big meal, and you want to feed the masses while enjoying their company and your own sanity.  Of course, you can do the bagel thing, or [...]

By | October 11th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

Agricultural/Research Policy – Policy Updates

by Mark Schonbeck The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and other advocacy groups are gearing up to campaign for sustainable and family farmer priorities the 2018 Farm Bill, on which the Agriculture Committees in both houses of Congress have initiated work.  A few promising “marker bills” intended to become part of the new Farm Bill [...]

By | October 11th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

Book Review: Weeds: In Defense of Nature’s Most Unloved Plants, by Richard Mabey. Ecco Paperbacks 2012

Reviewed by Pam Dawling, author of Sustainable Market Farming and weekly blogger on her website www.sustainablemarketfarming.com Richard Mabey has had a newer book published (The Cabaret of Plants) but I am behind the times, and another of his books, Weeds, has been my delightful summer reading. This is a lively book, full of strange tales, [...]

By | October 11th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

Upcoming Workshops, Conferences and Events – Decemeber 2017

Save the Date: Women in Agriculture Conference Saturday, December 9, 2017 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Abingdon, VA The goal of this conference is to bring together women in agriculture to learn, empower, and encourage. Women are the backbone of the family farm and help in multiple ways, often running their own operations. We encourage [...]

By | October 6th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

Garden Tips for Late Summer/Early Fall – What Garlic and Perennial Onions Do You Want to Plant This Fall?

By Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, author of The Timber Press Gide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast Types of Garlic Before you plant your garlic you need to decide which varieties to try. Luckily, in our part of the country, we can grow any of the three main types: Softneck, Hardneck, and Asiatic/Turban.  [...]

By | September 7th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

Recipes: Late Summer’s Harvest

by Kathy O’Hara Summer’s grip is relaxing as cooler nights and cloudy skies intrude, still I suspect that it will not let go easily. Can you feel the planet approaching the tip of its elliptical path?  Birds at my feeder are more insistent. Cicadas are silent. Seed pods are drooping.  I like to eat things [...]

By | September 7th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

Agricultural/Research Policy – Racial Equity and Sustainable Agriculture

by Mark Schonbeck The tragic events in Charlottesville on August 12 struck close to home for many of us.  We hold everyone affected by the violence and hatred in our prayers. Racial equity and social justice are essential aspects of a truly sustainable agriculture and food system, and have become integral tenets of the sustainable [...]

By | September 7th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

Book Review: High-Yield Vegetable Gardening: Grow More of What You Want in the Space You Have by Colin McCrate and Brad Halm, Storey Publishing, December 2015

Reviewed by Pam Dawling, author of Sustainable Market Farming and weekly blogger on her website www.sustainablemarketfarming.com This book is intended for home gardeners who value efficiency and productivity.  The authors, founders of the Seattle Urban Farm Company, explain techniques used by biointensive farmers and how to adapt these techniques for any size of garden.  This [...]

By | September 7th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

Upcoming Conferences, Workshops and Events – November 2017

NIFTI National Field School & ISED Pre-Conference for Refugee Serving Farm Projects November 7-10th, 2017 Asilomar Hotel and Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA More information on ticket options and the event is available on the registration page. Come explore, learn, connect and unwind with fellow Incubator Farm Project staff from across the country. This year will include: [...]

By | September 7th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

Upcoming Conferences, Workshops and Events – October 2017

Please join us for a day at beautiful Wollam Gardens to network with fellow farmers and food producers and hear from staff members from FRESHFARM, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), and the USDA on the programs and opportunities available to help direct marketers! The event will include a FREE lunch and tour of Wollam Gardens led by farmer and owner Bob [...]

By | August 25th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments