27 04, 2016

Upcoming Workshops, Events & Opportunities in Virginia

By | April 27th, 2016|Events, Policy Issues, VABF|0 Comments

Opportunities USDA Grant Funding Available for Local Food Systems & Conservation Funding opportunities with deadline applications in May Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program – $26 million ($13m for LFPP, $13 for FMPP) to fund a wide spectrum of direct-to-consumer and local food marketing projects; applications due May 12. Details Regional Conservation Partnership Program – $260 million [...]

19 04, 2016

Help FDA develop reasonable, science-based rules regarding manure

By | April 19th, 2016|Policy Issues, VABF|0 Comments

Help FDA develop reasonable, science-based rules regarding manure by completing this Farmer Survey About this survey:  Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF) and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) are looking for information to better understand how farmers are using untreated or raw manure on their farms. We'’re asking for this now because the Food and [...]

23 03, 2016

Events, Workshops, Opportunities & More!

By | March 23rd, 2016|Events, Policy Issues, Tools, VABF|0 Comments

Our March eNews is packed with useful information for Virginia's organic and biological farmers and gardeners. It includes upcoming events, webinars and workshops, job and funding opportunities as well as downloadable resources. Get our eNews delivered to your inbox by signing up here. DARK Act Blocked in the Senate! Major Victory for Consumers Thank you to [...]

24 02, 2016

Urgent Action on DARK ACT Needed + Opportunities, Events & More

By | February 24th, 2016|Conference, Policy Issues, VABF|0 Comments

Updates & Opportunities The DARK Act is Back! URGENT: Phone your Senators NOW about the need for GMO Labeling and to vote against the “Dark Act” “Dark Act” Basics: If passed, the “Dark Act” will prohibit requiring any labeling of GMO products. We encourage you to vote AGAINST the “Dark Act”. Generally VABF has encouraged required labeling [...]

24 01, 2016

Conference Updates and Reminders

By | January 24th, 2016|Conference, VABF|0 Comments

Conference Updates and RemindersWe’re looking forward to seeing you at the Virginia Biological Farming Conference next weekend!  The weather and roads are predicted to be excellent! Location and DirectionsW.E. Skelton 4-H Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake775 Hermitage Road, Wirtz, VA 24184  540-721-2759Map & Directions:  Free Van Ride from VSU to Conference!Free van seats traveling from VSU [...]

18 01, 2016

Regular Registration Extended for 2016 Conference!

By | January 18th, 2016|Conference|0 Comments

Regular Registration Rates Extended 1 Week! The conference is less than 2 weeks away! We are extending our regular registration rates to January 21st. Take advantage of this $50 savings by registering this week: We're enjoying a good bit of press interest in our event. Listen out for coverage on NPR's Morning Edition Monday and Fox TV on [...]

19 12, 2015

2016 VABF Conference Speakers & Schedule

By | December 19th, 2015|Conference, VABF|0 Comments

We hope you're planning to join us for the 17th Annual Virginia Biological Farming Conference! Our plenary speakers will be activist John Boyd, Secretary of Agriculture Todd Haymore and New York Times' best-selling farmer-author Forrest Pritchard. See our Pre-Conference Workshops and Schedule of Concurrent Sessions below ... and register today. . Schedule of Concurrent Sessions Smith Mountain Lake (near [...]

25 11, 2015

November eNews: Conference, Events, Policy & Opportunities

By | November 25th, 2015|Conference, Events, Policy Issues, VABF|0 Comments

Below are some brief updates from our November eNews. If you would like to receive VABF's monthly eNews, you may sign up here. Virginia Biological Farming Conference Smith Mountain Lake near Roanoke January 29 - 30, 2016 Join us for Virginia’s premier gathering of farmers, gardeners and supporters as the Virginia Association for Biological Farming and Virginia State [...]

23 11, 2015

Conservation: Policy Bytes from NSAC

By | November 23rd, 2015|Policy Issues, VABF|2 Comments

Policy Bytes from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Web Site By Mark Schonbeck CONSERVATION Working Lands Conservation Programs NRCS has released guidance to its State offices for the EQIP Organic Initiative, High Tunnel Initiative, On Farm Energy, and other special Initiatives.  For more information and links to the EQIP Initiatives, visit (Nov. 11).   [...]

15 11, 2015

Bellair Farm: VABF Member Establishes Organic CSA on Historic Site near Charlottesville

By | November 15th, 2015|Farm Profiles, VABF|0 Comments

By Mark Schonbeck On my way home from Richmond on March 26 of this year, I stopped at Bellair Farm, to interview VABF member Jamie Barrett, who has established a successful Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Located about ten miles south of Charlottesville, Bellair Farm is an historic 900 acre farm, with a large plantation style [...]