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11 01, 2018

Book Review: The Market Gardener, by Jean-Martin Fortier, New Society Publishers, 2014

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Reviewed by Pam Dawling, author of Sustainable Market Farming and weekly blogger on her website www.sustainablemarketfarming.com. Jean-Martin Fortier is one of the rock stars of small-scale organic vegetable farming, and he has been a popular speaker at our VABF conferences.  His book, The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming, was published [...]

11 01, 2018

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Meets in Washington, DC to Advocate for a Better Farm Bill

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By Mark Schonebeck On January 21-24, representatives of the 100+ member organizations of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) will gather in the nation’s capital to continue our work toward a more sustainable USDA and Federal Farm Policy.  On the 23rd, we will bring our priorities to Capitol Hill, visiting with agricultural legislative aides to [...]

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 2018

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 2018 Tricycle Certificate in Urban Agriculture Applicant Volunteer Opportunity & Info Sessions Grow Food - Grow Change: Enter the Field of Urban Ag - Dig In with Us & Become a Certified Urban Agriculturist - Tricycle Urban Agriculture Fellowship - March 5th - December 14th, 2018  Learn more about the Fellowship (PDF) Join us to learn more: [...]

17 11, 2017

VABF Forming Policy Committee – Volunteers Sought

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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

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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

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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 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 [...]