Session Schedule

The 2013 Session Schedule can be seen here, and is as follows:

Friday, February 8

9:30 am -12:45 pm     Conference Registration Open

10:00 -11:45am         Pre-Conference Options:

1. Organic Production of Rabbiteye and Southern Highbush Blueberries: Dr. Gerard Krewer, Extension Fruit Specialist – Retired, University of Georgia

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

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

11:00 am              Conference Trade Show Begins

11:45 am              Organic Foods Festival: Please bring a generous dish to share at our annual pot-luck.

1:00 pm                 Welcome and Announcements

Janet Aardema – Executive Director, Virginia Association for Biological Farming

Dr. Franklin Jackson – Associate Dean, Cooperative Extension, Virginia State University

1:00 pm                 Youth Program begins

1:15 pm                 Plenary Presentation: Using Mycorrhizae to Improve Soil Fertility and Plant Health: Tradd Cotter, Mushroom Mountain, Liberty, South Carolina

2:30 – 3:00 pm    Break and Trade Show

3:00 – 4:30 pm     Breakout Sessions

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

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

3. Pastured Pork: John Kiser, Meadow Green Farm, Sperryville, VA

4. Pruning and Cultural Care of Perennial Berry Crops: Charles O’Dell, Crow’s Nest Farm, Blacksburg, VA

4:30 – 5:00 pm     Break and Trade Show

5:00 pm                 Youth Program concludes for the day. Please pick up your child!

5:30 pm                 Dinner – Our evening meal will feature a delicious Virginia Food Feast

7:00 pm                 Tribute to Andy Hankins

7:30 pm                 Plenary Presentation:

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

9:00 pm                 Virginia Spirits: Wine and Beer Tasting (as well as non-alcoholic Virginia cider)

9:30 pm                 Film Presentations: American Meat, Queen of the Sun,Truck Farm, Farmageddon 

Saturday – February 9

7:00 am                 Breakfast on your own

8:30 am                 Youth program continues

8:30-10:00 am     Breakout Sessions

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

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

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

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

10:00- 10:30 am   Break and Trade Show

10:30-12:00 pm     Breakout Sessions

1.   Developing Sustainable Urban Agricultural Systems: Dr. Marcus Comer, Extension Specialist- Natural Resource Management, Virginia State University and Linda Marshall, Garden Manager, 31st Street Baptist Church, Richmond, VA

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

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

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

12:00                     Lunch

12:30 – 1:00 pm   Business Meeting – Virginia Association for Biological Farming

                                (during lunch)

1:30 – 3:00 pm    Breakout Sessions

1. 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

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

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

4Soil Fertility and Organic Amendments: A Balancing Act: Todd Shearin, Director, Municipal Environmental Services, Terra Renewal, Chester, Virginia

3:00 – 3:30            Trade Show remains open

3:30 pm                 Conference concludes.

Youth Program concludes. Please pick up your child!

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