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11 10, 2017

Agricultural/Research Policy – Policy Updates

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by Mark Schonbeck The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and other advocacy groups are gearing up to campaign for sustainable and family farmer priorities the 2018 Farm Bill, on which the Agriculture Committees in both houses of Congress have initiated work.  A few promising “marker bills” intended to become part of the new Farm Bill [...]

11 10, 2017

Book Review: Weeds: In Defense of Nature’s Most Unloved Plants, by Richard Mabey. Ecco Paperbacks 2012

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Reviewed by Pam Dawling, author of Sustainable Market Farming and weekly blogger on her website www.sustainablemarketfarming.com Richard Mabey has had a newer book published (The Cabaret of Plants) but I am behind the times, and another of his books, Weeds, has been my delightful summer reading. This is a lively book, full of strange tales, [...]

6 10, 2017

Upcoming Workshops, Conferences and Events – December 2017

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Women in Agriculture Conference Saturday, December 9, 2017 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Abingdon, VA Registration: http://asdevelop.org/event/wia-conference/ The goal of this conference is to bring together women in agriculture to learn, empower, and encourage. Women are the backbone of the family farm and help in multiple ways, often running their own operations. We encourage and [...]

7 09, 2017

Garden Tips for Late Summer/Early Fall – What Garlic and Perennial Onions Do You Want to Plant This Fall?

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By Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, author of The Timber Press Gide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast Types of Garlic Before you plant your garlic you need to decide which varieties to try. Luckily, in our part of the country, we can grow any of the three main types: Softneck, Hardneck, and Asiatic/Turban.  [...]

7 09, 2017

Recipes: Late Summer’s Harvest

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by Kathy O’Hara Summer’s grip is relaxing as cooler nights and cloudy skies intrude, still I suspect that it will not let go easily. Can you feel the planet approaching the tip of its elliptical path?  Birds at my feeder are more insistent. Cicadas are silent. Seed pods are drooping.  I like to eat things [...]

7 09, 2017

Agricultural/Research Policy – Racial Equity and Sustainable Agriculture

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by Mark Schonbeck The tragic events in Charlottesville on August 12 struck close to home for many of us.  We hold everyone affected by the violence and hatred in our prayers. Racial equity and social justice are essential aspects of a truly sustainable agriculture and food system, and have become integral tenets of the sustainable [...]

7 09, 2017

Book Review: High-Yield Vegetable Gardening: Grow More of What You Want in the Space You Have by Colin McCrate and Brad Halm, Storey Publishing, December 2015

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Reviewed by Pam Dawling, author of Sustainable Market Farming and weekly blogger on her website www.sustainablemarketfarming.com This book is intended for home gardeners who value efficiency and productivity.  The authors, founders of the Seattle Urban Farm Company, explain techniques used by biointensive farmers and how to adapt these techniques for any size of garden.  This [...]

7 09, 2017

Upcoming Conferences, Workshops and Events – November 2017

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The Southern Virginia Food Hub Join us to learn more about the Southern Virginia Food Hub and how it can add value to your farm or artisan food business. Opening in 2018, the Southern Virginia Food Hub will offer an inspected commercial kitchen for use by local farmers and bakers. Here you can prepare value-added [...]

25 08, 2017

Upcoming Conferences, Workshops and Events – October 2017

By | August 25th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

Please join us for a day at beautiful Wollam Gardens to network with fellow farmers and food producers and hear from staff members from FRESHFARM, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), and the USDA on the programs and opportunities available to help direct marketers! The event will include a FREE lunch and tour of Wollam Gardens led by farmer and owner Bob [...]

8 08, 2017

Recipe: Store Some Summer Heat for Winter

By | August 8th, 2017|VABF|0 Comments

by Kathy O'Hara It’s peach season, and although I’ve been warned that the peaches in Florida took a dive this year due to weird weather, they are coming in fast and thick in Blacksburg, VA, where I live.  They are good.  I like the small ones that come from a local orchard and are the [...]