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Garden Tips For May: Weeding, Thinning and Sowing

by Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast When May comes around it’s time to start weeding and thinning. Thin your beets and carrots 2 weeks after they emerge to keep them growing vigorously. If you want to keep the weeds under [...]

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Book Review: The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast

By Ira Wallace Reviewed by Pam Dawling January 2014, 200 pages, $19.95. ISBN-13: 978-1-60469-371-3 This book is valuable firstly to new vegetable gardeners and those moving to the Southeast. Of course, experienced gardeners always want to learn from each other, so I encourage anyone growing food in our region, or its neighbors, to get a [...]

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Recipe: Arugula Salad with Strawberries and Asparagus

by Linsday Newsome The first signs of spring bring cravings for fresh greens and salads. From chickweed to lambs quarters to lettuce and kale, fresh greens provide our bodies with much needed nutrition and cleansing after the winter months. Asparagus crowns delight the senses as they rise to the spring sun from their winter dormancy. [...]

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Agricultural Policy: A Call for Immediate Action from National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), and Next Steps

by Mark Schonbeck We have a big problem in Washington, DC.  The House of Representatives is poised to vote on a 2018 Farm Bill that would harm family farmers and rural communities across the nation, and unravel decades of hard-won progress toward a sustainable agriculture and food system.  Among other failings, the House Farm Bill: [...]

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Recipe: Spring Frittata with Morels, Asparagus and Spring Greens

by Anna Wills Our calendars say we are four weeks into spring but we had snow flurries April 16 in Bedford County and the first spring purple asparagus has yet to poke from our asparagus beds. I’ve not done much mushroom hunting yet but I bet the morels will be a bit later than usual [...]

By | April 17th, 2018|VABF|Comments Off on Recipe: Spring Frittata with Morels, Asparagus and Spring Greens

Grower Survey – Biocontrol in Vegetables

Download the Survey - Veg Biocontrol Working Group Grower Survey Information about Being in a Research Study Clemson University Description of the Study and Your Part in It Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris is inviting you to take part in a research study. Dr. Schmidt-Jeffris is an assistant professor at Clemson University. The purpose of this research is [...]

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Agricultural Policy: Farm Bill Action Updates, Soil Health Webinar, SARE Grant Applications, 2018 Appropriations Bill

by Mark Schonbeck Farm Bill Action As congress returns from its two week Easter Recess, the 2018 Farm Bill process may unfold quickly.  As discussed in the March issue of this e-Newsletter, NSAC and other advocates have helped advance several Marker Bills in Congress that could strengthen working lands conservation, local food systems, beginning farmer [...]

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Garden Tips For April: Succession Planting, Seeds to Start, Ordering Sweet Potatoes & More

by Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast Early in April is a good time to harden off your cabbages, broccoli and other brassicas; transplant them by mid-month. They thrive with compost, a good organic mulch, and row cover against the frost.  [...]

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Book Review: Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers

by Lisa Kivirist Reviewed by Pam Dawling, author of Sustainable Market Farming and weekly blogger on her website www.sustainablemarketfarming.com. New Society Publishers, 2016, ISBN 978-0-86571-805-0. $24.95 Although women are not a minority, we are among the “traditionally under-served” as farmers, by the colleges, universities and government agencies supporting farmers. Lisa Kivirist is a national advocate for [...]

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VABF is Hiring: VABF Program Director

Job Title:  VABF Program Director We’re looking for someone with administrative experience and a relative knowledge of biological farming and gardening who can work 10-15 hours per week handling the administrative tasks for the organization. Most importantly, this position will also coordinate our Virginia Biological Farming Conference held every January and work closely with Directors, [...]

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