Learn about the farming methods practiced by various organic and sustainable farmers in Virginia by participating in the 2013 Farm Tours sponsored by Virginia Association for Biological Farming. Each VABF Farm Tour is designed to be beneficial for farmers, aspiring farmers, interested landowners, educators and professionals, and anyone interested in working in organic or sustainable agriculture. Each tour will focus on a specific farm topic (or topics) as well as provide a farming system overview of that farm. Upcoming: VABF’s 2013 On-Farm Networking Events, Field Days, and Fall Farm Tours
Sunday, October 20, 1-4 pm: Vanguard Ranch
3427 Valentine Mill Road, Gordonsville, VA
Guided tours at 1:00 and 2:30.
Meat Goats, Value-Added, Mixed Vegetables
All events are $15 for VABF Members, $20 for Non-Members. AND – Membership sign up will be offered at half-price at each event. Join us for some on-farm learning and join VABF at the same time! *Note: Transportation is not provided for these tours. Please meet us at the farm. __________________________________________________
Past Events — 2012 Tour Locations:
Tour 1 - Mattawoman Creek Farms, Eastville, VA
Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 1:00 – 3:30 pm Topics – Winter vegetable production in unheated greenhouse and tunnel structures – Mechanical cultivation of vegetable crops on permanent raised beds. Mattawoman Creek Farms, located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, is a 44 acre vegetable, herb and fruit farm that is USDA certified organic. The farm is owned and operated by Rick and Janice Felker. Tour 2 - ALL-FARM ORGANICS, Louisa, VA Sunday, June 10, 2012 from 2:30 – 5:00
Rain Date the following Sunday, June 17. Topics – Commercial-scale composting and Organic grain production. William Hale has 20 years experience growing organic grains and for the past several years has been growing USDA certified organic cover crop and popcorn seed. He also has a commercial composting operation on his farm. William Hale can be contacted at email@example.com
or 434 981 6286. Tour 3 - Blenheim Organic Gardens, Washington’s Birthplace, VA
Sunday, October 7, 2012 from 1:30 – 4:00 Topic – Fall season vegetable production Blenheim Organic Gardens is a 20 acre certified organic farm on Virginia’s Northern Neck in Westmoreland County.