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13 12, 2017

December Gardening Tips: Review and Plan

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by Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast December is a good time to review your last year's garden and plan for the coming season.  Pay special attention to which weeds grew in different areas of your garden.  They are good indicators of [...]

13 12, 2017

VABF Seeks Conference Coordinator

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VABF Conference Coordinator Job Description Responsibilities: Manage operations of VABF Annual Winter Conference for maximum attendance, highest participant satisfaction, and strongest staff cohesion and ease. Support the development and improvement of processes and procedures for overall conference success & efficiency. Responsible for managing partnerships and sponsorships in a positive, effective manner. Manage the sponsorship and [...]

13 12, 2017

Book Review: The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

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Reviewed by Pam Dawling, author of Sustainable Market Farming and weekly blogger on her website www.sustainablemarketfarming.com. by Amy Stewart, Algonquin Books, 2004 The Earth Moved is an easy read, fascinating, amusing, and informative by turn.  Its cover looks like an aged Victorian pamphlet, and leads right into a brief history of Charles Darwin’s studies with [...]

6 12, 2017

Upcoming Workshops, Conferences and Events – January 2017

By | December 6th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

Beekeeping for Beginners The Small Farm Outreach Program at VSU invites you to join us for a 5-Session Workshop Series Hopewell United Methodist Church   4585 Dry Fork Rd • Dry Fork, VA ALL SESSIONS: 6:00 pm -8:00 pm REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/8LhC2wqnDb9MQdKg1 TO ATTEND ALL 5 SESSIONS In this five-part series designed for those interested in starting [...]

17 11, 2017

VABF Forming Policy Committee – Volunteers Sought

By | November 17th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

By Mark Schonebeck The VABF Board of Directors is undertaking to build a policy team to better cover all aspects of sustainable agriculture policy work at the federal as well as state and local levels.  Specific needs include: Team members with the skills and the desire to do grassroots organizing and advocacy throughout the VABF [...]

17 11, 2017

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Releases Farm Bill Platform

By | November 17th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

By Mark Schonebeck Mark Schonbeck has worked over 30 years as a researcher, consultant, and educator in sustainable and organic agriculture. He has participated in on-farm research into mulching, cover crops, minimum tillage, and nutrient management for organic vegetables. Mark offers individual consulting in soil test interpretation and soil, crop, and weed management for sustainable farmers. [...]

16 11, 2017

Recipe: Rosemary Garlic Jelly

By | November 16th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

By Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast Makes 4 to 8-ounce jars Water 1-¼ cups dry white wine ¼ cup minced garlic (I use a whole head, maybe more) ¼ cup white wine vinegar 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary 3-1/2 cups [...]

16 11, 2017

Garden Tips For November: Slow Down and Prepare the Garden for Winter

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By Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast Make sure all your frost-tender crops have been harvested and your hardy greens are mulched and covered with floating row cover.  We like to use our Reemay® blanket or other heavy duty spun polyester [...]

16 11, 2017

Book Review: The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables: More In-Depth Lean Techniques for Efficient Organic Production, Ben Hartman, Chelsea Green, $29.95, publication November 2017

By | November 16th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

Reviewed by Pam Dawling, author of Sustainable Market Farming and weekly blogger on her website www.sustainablemarketfarming.com. When I read Ben Hartman's first book, The Lean Farm, and wrote my review in October 2015, I was on the path from curious and enthusiastic sceptic to enthusiastic-fan-with-reservations.  I rejoiced in the ideas of reducing wasted effort, being [...]

11 10, 2017

Recipes: Sunday Mornings

By | October 11th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

by Kathy O'Hara Does this happen to you?  You’ve got a crowd staying over for the holidays, everyone is starting to converge on the kitchen the morning after the big meal, and you want to feed the masses while enjoying their company and your own sanity.  Of course, you can do the bagel thing, or [...]