This page is regularly updated with opportunities of interest to our members. If you have something of interest to share with our members, please send the announcement to the VABF Administrator. There is no charge to VABF members.


10/01/2016 Dairy farmer looking for pasture to lease

Currently graze 18 registered Dutch Belted cows and plan to expand and grow numbers. Looking to lease pasture for MIG, and particularly interested in property with or the potential space for dairy facilities. Interested in leasing land 30+ acres, work trade, is possible. I have extensive experience in agriculture, mechanical, and handyman work as well as cheese making. Over the past five years I have been working full time in outdoor education while growing a herd. Graduated from Appalachian State University in 2007 where I majored in building construction with a concentration in sustainable development. Interested and open to all possibilities available on both working farms and idle land in need of a little TLC. Please contact me via email or telephone: Travis Hurt (434)-249-1420,

3/2/16:Radical Roots Farm Apprenticeship

One spot available!
There is one more position available on our 6 strong farm crew. If you are ready to take your farming interest to the next level, this is the place. Requires a commitment for the full season: April 1-Oct. 31st. Send in your application today. Apply here.

3/22/16: Virginia Food Works Hiring Project Director

Virginia Food Works is a non-profit organization that works with existing and prospective producers of value-added foods, providing expertise and guidance on the steps involved from product development to final production. Their mission is to implement programs that will strengthen the capacity of Virginia food producers to enter and succeed in value-added food manufacturing and sales, thereby providing Virginia residents with access to safely-processed, nutritious local foods throughout the year. Details.

FSA Announces Organic Farm Border Buffer Initiative

On February 26, 2016, the USDA Farm Services Agency (FSA) announced a new initiative to help organic producers establish up to 20,000 acres of buffers, borders, and other conservation practices on or near organic crop fields through the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP). The initiative offers cost share and rental payments for CCRP practices tailored to the needs of organic producers, helping them to meet USDA organic requirements such as creating buffers against chemical spray drift or GMO pollen drift, providing beneficial habitat, or conserving biodiversity. Payments will take into account the cost of organic seeds and plants for establishing conservation buffer plantings. Details.

Reminder – CSP Signup Deadline March 31

Contact your district NRCS office to fill out initial application by this date – the contract details can be worked out later

Once again, I want to draw your attention to the new opportunity offered to smaller, diversified farms by this year’s Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).  With a contract minimum of $1,500, the CSP can offer smaller farms a substantial hand-up in improving crop rotations, cover cropping, livestock grazing practices, habitat plantings, and other ways to enhance soil health, water quality, resource conservation, and long term productivity and health of your farm ecosystem. Details.