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February Garden Tips: Tips from a Master Gardener

by Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast F is for February and flats.  In early February, be sure you have all your seeds ordered and ready to start.  Indoors, start some lettuce, parsley, early brassicas, and the remainder of your bulb onions [...]

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Book Review: The Bio-integrated Farm

Reviewed by Pam Dawling, author of Sustainable Market Farming and weekly blogger on her website www.sustainablemarketfarming.com. by Shawn Jadrnicek This book was hidden in my "to read" pile for too long! The title doesn’t make it clear enough that this is an authoritative text on all kinds of water management on the farm: integrating ponds, [...]

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Agricultural Policy Updates: February 2018

by Mark Schonbeck Farm Bill 2018 Action It’s Farm Bill season, and there are a lot of good initiatives afoot.  Call your legislators on Capitol Hill and ask them to support the following key marker bills and programs: The Local Foods and Regional Market Supply (Local FARMS) Act – strengthens community food systems from farm [...]

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Recipe: Grass-fed Red Poll Steak with Georgia Green Collards, Squash Soup and Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Manhattan

By Anna Wills - brought to you by way of the VABF conference in January 2018! I always leave the VABF conference inspired by the awesome energy I get from spending time with so many walking the path of local, clean food in Virginia. What a treasure we have in board member Ira Wallace.  Her standing-room [...]

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Upcoming Workshops, Conferences and Events – April 2018

Our Farms, Our Future Conference: A Hands-On Vision for Sustainable Agriculture April 3-5, 2018 St. Louis Register now! Early bird discount ends Feb. 22 For Molly Rockamann, hands-on experiences for beginning farmers and curious consumers will be critical to ensuring a sound future for sustainable agriculture. At 15, Rockamann visited Mueller organic farm in her father’s hometown [...]

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Upcoming Workshops, Conferences and Events – March 2018

The South Atlantic Hops Conference March 2-3, 2018 in Blacksburg, VA. With beginner and advanced grower tracks, networking, and exhibits, this is an excellent opportunity for anyone currently or interested in growing hops. Registration and more information are available at www.hops.hort.vt.edu 9th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium Pollinator protection, biopesticide technology, and resistance management [...]

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Upcoming Workshops, Conferences and Events – February 2018

Women in Ag Conference Dover, DE February 8 & 9 Women across the region coming together to EDUCATE, ENGAGE, EMPOWER. February 9, 2018 will mark our 17th Annual MidAtlantic Women In Agriculture Regional Conference. The conference goals are to provide women involved in agriculture an opportunity to come together to learn about current issues and [...]

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Recipe: VABF-style Oven Roasted Sausages with Root Vegetables, Mushrooms, and Herbs

 by Anna Wills, Bramble Hollow Farm in Montvale, VA The versatility and simplicity of this recipe make it an easy meal to enjoy.  Not only are the ingredients easily prepared for the oven in about 10 minutes but the opportunities for substitution make this dish a great place to showcase your favorite seasonal vegetables.  In [...]

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January Gardening Tips: Garden Planners & Tools

by Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast The steadily growing stack of new seed catalogs are a reminder that now is good time to review your last year's garden and plan for the coming season.  This is also a good time to [...]

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Book Review: The Market Gardener, by Jean-Martin Fortier, New Society Publishers, 2014

Reviewed by Pam Dawling, author of Sustainable Market Farming and weekly blogger on her website www.sustainablemarketfarming.com. Jean-Martin Fortier is one of the rock stars of small-scale organic vegetable farming, and he has been a popular speaker at our VABF conferences.  His book, The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming, was published [...]

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