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 [...]

27 10, 2015

Lick Run Farm: Realizing a Vision of Urban Permaculture and Community Development in Roanoke, VA

By | October 27th, 2015|Farm Profiles, VABF|2 Comments

Based on an interview with farm owner Rick Williams, by Mark Schonbeck I first learned about Lick Run Farm in Roanoke when our friend Rachel Theo-Maurelli joined my wife and me for dinner one evening this summer.  Rachel has worked in urban community gardens in Norfolk (1999 -2007) and Roanoke (2007 to present).  During her [...]

2 10, 2015

Richmond Farm Tour Cancelled

By | October 2nd, 2015|Farm Tours, VABF|0 Comments

The Richmond Farm Tour has been, officially and regretfully, cancelled for this year. None of the farms are open to visitors this weekend, Oct 3-4. The fields and parking areas are just too wet. However .... Next week four of the farms are independently open for visitors so you can get your “farm fix.” (Hopefully on [...]

16 09, 2015

2nd Annual Richmond Farm Tour

By | September 16th, 2015|Events, Farm Tours, VABF|2 Comments

BUY A TICKET Tag: “Shake the hands that feed you” Dates: October 3rd and 4th 2015 // 1 – 6PM For more information contact: Colin Beirne, Ellwood Thompson’s Marketing Director, at 804-467-4375 or and Sue Ellen Johnson, Executive Director of Virginia Association for Biological Farming 540-422-9804 or Virginia Association of Biological Farming and Ellwood Thompson’s [...]

9 09, 2015

PawPaw Tasting and Production Workshop

By | September 9th, 2015|Events, Fruit Education, VABF|0 Comments

Barbara Rosholdt Free for VABF members only (Become a Member) $25 for non-members (cash or check payable at farm) Saturday, September 19, 2015  from 4-6.   Please be prompt! Location: City Boy Farms, LLC 829 Goodwin Store Road Louisa, VA 540-894-5859 Taste different pawpaw varieties and sample several recipes using this healthful, wonderful native fruit. [...]

21 08, 2015

Policy Developments and What You Can Do

By | August 21st, 2015|Policy Issues, VABF|1 Comment

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 developments for sustainable and organic agriculture, and what we can do to nudge things along in the right direction. [...]