VABF

Virginia Association for Biological Farming

Conference Slides & Handouts

Click on the title of the session to see the Presentation slides or speaker’s handout. The documents are in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf).

Friday, February 8

Pre-Conference Options:

Organic Production of Rabbiteye and Southern Highbush Blueberries
Dr. Gerard Krewer, Extension Fruit Specialist – Retired, University of Georgia
http://www.harriettsblufffarm.com/

Finding Grazing’s True Profit by Using your Noggin
Troy Bishopp, Regional Grazing Specialist, Upper Susquehanna Coalition, Madison County, New York

Farm Planning for a Full Market Season: Planning Crop Successions for Better Farmers Market Sales
Tom Peterson, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Abingdon, VA

Plenary Presentation: Using Mycorrhizae to Improve Soil Fertility and Plant Health
Tradd Cotter, Mushroom Mountain, Liberty, South Carolina

3:00 – 4:30 pm Breakout Sessions:

Crop and Soil Management at Essex Farm
Mark and Kristin Kimball, Essex Farm, Essex, New York

Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardeners Guide to the Soil Food Web
Jeff Lowenfels, Plant a Row for the Hungry, Anchorage, Alaska

Pastured PorkJohn Kiser, Meadow Green Farm, Sperryville, VA

Animal Welfare Approved Certification and Food Labeling
Emily Lancaster, Animal Welfare Approved

Pruning and Cultural Care of Perennial Berry Crops
Charles O’Dell, Crow’s Nest Farm, Blacksburg, VA
– Requirements for Growing Blueberries in Warmer Areas of Virginia
Items to Consider for Growing Blackberries in Virginia
Tiftblue Blueberries at Springfield
Elderberry Growing Advice

Plenary Presentation: 

An Integrated System for Production of Poultry Enhanced Compost and Eggs without Purchased Feeds
Karl Hammer, Vermont Compost Company, Montpelier, Vermont

Film Presentations: American Meat, Queen of the SunTruck Farm, Farmageddon 

Saturday – February 9

8:30-10:00 am     Breakout Sessions

Mushroom Cultivation for Everyone, Beginner to Advanced Techniques
Tradd Cotter, Mushroom Mountain, Liberty, South Carolina

Organic Management of Pests in Summer Squash: Charlie Maloney, Dayspring Farm, Cologne, VA;
Mark Schonbeck, Sustainable Agriculture Consultant, Floyd, VA

Low-Input (No Input) Production of Beef Cattle: Part 1: Kit Pharo, Pharo Cattle Company, Cheyenne Wells, CO

Organic Farm Management, Business and Record Keeping
Mark Cain, Dripping Springs Gardens, Huntsville, Arkansas

10:30-12:00 pm Breakout Sessions

Developing Sustainable Urban Agricultural Systems
Dr. Marcus Comer, Extension Specialist- Natural Resource Management, Virginia State University

– Linda Marshall, Garden Manager, 31st Street Baptist Church, Richmond, VA

Low-Input (No Input) Production of Beef Cattle: Part 2
Kit Pharo, Pharo Cattle Company, Cheyenne Wells, CO

Improved Varieties of Pawpaws for Virginia
Neal Peterson, Peterson’s Pawpaws, Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia

Crop Rotations for Vegetables and Cover Crops
Pam Dawling, Twin Oaks Community, Louisa, VA

1:30 – 3:00 pm Breakout Sessions

Biological Control of Insects in Vegetable Crops
Chris Phillips for Dr. Tom Kuhar, Vegetable Entomology Specialist, Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Painter, Virginia

Biodynamic Beekeeping
Gunther Hauk, Spikenard Farm and Bee Sanctuary, Floyd, Virginia

Are Nuts in Your Future?
Dr. William Reid, Extension Nut Crop Specialist, Kansas State University

Soil Fertility and Organic Amendments: A Balancing Act
Todd Shearin, Director, Municipal Environmental Services, Terra Renewal, Chester, Virginia

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