Policy Developments and What You Can Do

By Mark Schonbeck

I attended the semi-annual National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) meeting in Iowa during the first week of August. This gave me a chance to get up to date on federal programs and policy […]

VABF Conference at Smith Mountain Lake + more updates & events!

Our July eNews is below with updates, events and opportunities of interest to Virginia’s organic and biological farmers and gardeners. To get updates like this delivered to your Inbox, sign up for our enews.

House Passes […]

July 10: Forage Field Day at Smith Meadows Farm in Berryville, Virginia

The next Virginia Forage and Grassland Council forage field day is scheduled for July 10th, 2015 in Berryville, VA at Smith Meadows Farm. This is your chance to visit a diverse, grass-finished production operation that […]

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New Tools and Products for Building Your Soil

By Mark Schonbeck

Many organic farm suppliers are now carrying several newer products – various inoculants, humates, biochar – designed and claimed to enhance soil quality, soil life, functional soil biodiversity, and thereby crop yields and […]

Farmers Sought for Buckwheat Trials

VABF is partnering with Virginia State University and Virginia Tech on an evaluation of Buckwheat. VABF is organizing the farmer testing of buckwheat as a cover crop.

We seek 4-5 experienced VABF growers to evaluate buckwheat as […]

Pay Attention to the NOSB!

By Sue Ellen Johnson

The USDA standards for “USDA certified organic” were being revised last week. Every six months the “National Organic Standards Board” (NOSB) reviews and revises the minimum requirements for organic certification as outlined […]