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.


2018  Conservation Stewardship Program Enrollment Opens

Sign up now at your district NRCS field office – deadline is March 2

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is the largest working lands conservation program offered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCSf), with 70 million acres enrolled nationwide.  It rewards farmers who implement high level resource stewardship throughout their farming operations, moving beyond the “fix your environmental problems” level of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), to enhance soil health, water quality, wildlife habitat, and biodiversity across the farming operation.  CSP conservation activities include a number of enhancements designed specifically for organic systems.

The CSP now offers a minimum contract payment of $1,500 per year, making it more suited to the kind of smaller-scale, diversified operation that many VABF members and other Virginia producers have.

This year’s signup is authorized and funded to enroll 10 million acres nationwide.  At this time just under 300,000 acres of Virginia farmland(about 3.6%) are enrolled – this is our chance to add to this number and put more of Virginia’s farmland into higher level stewardship.

Note that the March 2 deadline is for getting some simple, basic paperwork submitted in order to apply – you have at least several weeks after that to work out the details of your conservation plans and CSP contract.

Assistant Farm Manager opening on a certified organic vegetable farm

Located in a scenic river valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains adjacent to Spikenard Honey Bee Sanctuary. Applicant should have an extensive working knowledge of wholesale vegetable production. Management experience required for day to day crew of 6 people. Farm has extensive equipment, facilities and irrigation systems to coordinate. Savvy with computers. Sales and marketing by others. On-farm housing possible, salary commensurate with experience.

Send cover letter and resume to Woody Crenshaw, Riverstone Organic Farm, Floyd Virginia

info@riverstoneorganicfarm.com

More info at riverstoneorganicfarm.com


Project Grows – Farm Assistant

SUPERVISOR: FARM MANAGER
Project GROWS (PG) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational farm with a mission to improve the overall health of children and youth in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, Virginia. We cultivate health by connecting children to nutritious food through 1) hands-on, garden-based education and 2) access to healthy local food.

Project GROWS cultivates 4 acres of mixed vegetables and perennial fruit on our farm in Augusta County, Virginia where we grow 15,000 pounds of food each year. Our produce is donated or used in educational programs, and the remaining is sold: to members, at farmer’s markets, and wholesale to restaurants in order to sustain our programming. Project GROWS manages a 25-member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and two local farmers markets (North Augusta and Waynesboro farmers markets).Both of our markets accept SNAP benefits (supplemental nutrition assistance program) and offer double dollars programs for families using their SNAP at market. We hold a youth-run farm stand in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club, and a Health Department farmers market serving families participating in the WIC program (women and infant children). We serve over 3,000 local youth each year with gardening, nutrition, and cooking education, and partner with 22 local agencies on food programs including field trips, summer camps, and farm to school tastings.

General Statement of Responsibilities

The Farm Assistant will work closely with all members of the PG team including the PG Executive Director, Farm Manager, Education Manager, and Food Access Coordinator. The Farm Assistant will directly assist the Farm Manager with all aspects of fruit and vegetable production at the farm including: research, crop planning, planting, harvesting, weeding, pest management, irrigation, post-harvest handling, establishing wholesale relationships, coordinating CSA deliveries, sales, and leading volunteer groups.

In addition to on-farm production responsibilities, the Farm Assistant will participate in
● hands-on garden, nutrition, and cooking education (field trips, summer camps, in-school lessons,
farm-to-school events)
● community events & education outreach at partner organizations
● farmer’s markets
● special events
● volunteer management
● administrative tasks as needed.

Applicants must possess a strong work ethic, be willing to learn and be able work efficiently and follow direction. Applicant must be able to lift 50+ pounds regularly and be comfortable working outside including during hot, cold, and inclement weather. Experience with tools and experience working on a vegetable farm are helpful, but awillingness to work hard and try new things is most important. Preferred experience and knowledge of workingwith children and youth from diverse backgrounds. Has intimate knowledge of the flow of a full season in a production garden. Must possess strong interpersonal skills and an ability to manage various community relationships.

Other Requirements:
● Cell phone communication
● Reliable transportation
● A valid driver’s license
● Criminal background checks will be required for final applicants

Compensation:
This is a full-time, seasonal 40 hours per week position and we are looking for a candidate who can make an 9 month commitment, from March 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018 (there is some flexibility). Salary is $12 per hour. This position may require occasional weekend and/or evening work. Project GROWS is an education-based farm. We are interested in teaching an assistant the values and techniques required to manage/run a small farm.

Educational Goals of Farm Assistant:
● To share the skills and knowledge involved in sustainable farming.
● To offer assistant an example of a successful organic farm so that they can learn the cycles of the growing season, crop rotation, succession/companion planting, and market farming.
● To give assistant first hand working knowledge with specific crops, so that they can have a solid foundation of farming experience.
● To support the hands-on learning that comes through hard work in the fields with educational resources and leadership opportunities.
● To gain experience working with and facilitating youth groups and volunteers at the farm.

HOW TO APPLY:
Please email laura@projectgrows.org with a brief introduction and resume.
For more information about Project GROWS: https://www.facebook.com/ProjectGrows


Paradox Farm Internship

86 Moores Creek Road
Lexington, VA 24450
Contact: Mitch Wapner
Phone: [Cell] 540-460-2516 [Home] 540-463-9234
Email: mitch@paradoxfarm.org

General Description: Paradox farm is 125 acres on a dead end road, 10 miles SW of Lexington (Virginia) in a truly beautiful rural setting next to a National Forest. We are Certified Naturally Grown, with 4 acres under cultivation, (2) 30 x 96 High Tunnels, Drip Irrigation, 8 x 8 (Coolbot) Walk-in Cooler, Flock of 60-120 laying hens with roosters. We grow nutritionally dense produce for 2 Farmers Markets and a CSA, as well as direct sales to chefs and independent grocers. We work hard and play hard! Great swimming pond!!

Internship Starts: As early as March 15th   Internship Ends: As late as Nov 1st
Number of Interns: 1
App Deadline: Rolling
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months (whole season preferred)

Meals: Shared lunches provided on work days. Cooking facilities with eggs and produce from the farm available for other meals.

Skills Desired: Previous (Organic/Sustainable) growing experience preferred but not required. Most important are a good work ethic, a good attitude, humor and common sense. Must be able to lift 40 lbs. No tobacco use! Good communication and personal skills essential! Please email a resume, three references, and a letter stating motivation for your interest and how you are qualified for the above stated skills.

Educational Opportunities: Hands on learning as we teach you what we know. Educational dinner meetings every other week. Experience direct marketing through CSA, Farmers Markets, Chefs, and Independent Grocers. We are not Certified Organic (we were in 2010), but follow those practices and are Certified Naturally Grown. Potential field trips to local farms. We try to ensure interns finish the season here with the experience and knowledge appropriate for their next chosen step.

Stipend: $800/month (Full time minimum wage minus lodging and food value)

Housing: Nice 4 bedroom 2 bath farmhouse, shared with other farm worker and 1 lovable house-cat (no other animals allowed). Laundry, utilities and internet included. Awesome swimming pond!

Internship Details: Intern will be involved with all aspects of production, from seeds to sales. Weekly work of five to five and a half days and 40 – 55 hrs. Learn with/alongside our previous season’s intern as we build the farm business.


Weathertop Farm Seeking apprentices for 2018

Weathertop Farm is a small 62-acre family-owned and operated farm located in scenic Floyd County, VA.  We are located  just a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, and 14 miles from the town of Floyd, renowned for a thriving artist, music, and local food scene.

We are dedicated to holistic regenerative agriculture through multi-species rotational grazing and intensive management. No antibiotics or hormones are used, and all livestock eat from pasture that is free of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers. Our diverse business includes raising and selling pastured chickens, eggs, pigs, turkeys, ducks, rabbits and lamb.

Weathertop Farm accepts 2-3 apprentices each year for the duration of our May – November season. We’re looking for folks interested and passionate about preserving sustainable agriculture systems within our local food-shed communities. Apprentices must be ready to work hard doing manual labor in all kinds of weather. We expect apprentices to put in approximately 40-50 hours a week on average, sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the season & farm schedule. You can expect to work alongside the farmers for some tasks, and independently for others.

What we expect of you:
no previous farming experience necessary, but these are qualities we’re looking for:
-a positive attitude
-willingness to try new things
-enthusiasm & flexibility
-commitment
-personal initiative
-cooperation for working with others
-ability to follow directions
-ability to do manual labor
-ability to repeatedly handle & lift 50 lb feed sacks.
-basic carpentry or mechanical skills are a plus but not required
-good people-person, comfortable in a sales setting interacting with customers.
-no smoking, no drugs
-not being distracted by personal technology (cell phone, etc) during the workday.
-Commitment to the whole season from April through mid-Dec.
-Having your own vehicle is a plus, though not required (no public transportation available)

Our farm encompasses a diverse multi-generational community of family, friends, neighbors & visitors, from grandparents down to young children, all of whom participate with the farm at various times and in varying degrees, so patience, flexibility and understanding are a must. We care a great deal about our farm community and value diversity and equality and welcome anyone who is kind and conscientious to join our team. Couples welcome!

Work will include but is not limited to:
Daily care of animals (morning & afternoon)
Collecting & cleaning eggs
Daily portable-fence moving
Daily pasture-pen moving
Handling animal feed in 50-lb sacks on a daily basis
On-farm poultry processing (on average once-twice/week)
Occasional building projects
Deliveries
Farmers markets
On-farm sales

What you can expect from us:

To learn about the nitty-gritty details of raising animals first-hand, and what the daily work is like on a farm as well as the bigger picture of how we plan for the year and how a pasture-based system operates. You can expect a lot of time from us for conversations about farming and related issues, and ample opportunity to ask whatever questions you have.  Through this experience you can gain an understanding of the daily ups and downs and ins and outs of a farming season, and because of the diverse range of tasks we require help with (from raising animals to butchering to sales & marketing) we hope you would gain an understanding of how the diverse multi-species grazing operation of our farm is integrated into one business and functions as a whole. When possible we will do our best to cater to individual preference and teach you more about whatever interests you the most.

Housing provided:

Private 2-bedroom attic apartment with full kitchen & bath (including composting toilet), heating & wifi. Furnished with the basics.  All utilities included. To be shared by 2-3 apprentices.

Meals:

We welcome apprentices to join us for lunch daily, and sometimes for dinner, too, other meals you will be responsible for yourself.  You will have access to food that is grown on the farm.

Stipend:  $600/month.

Day(s) off:  alternating Saturdays/Sundays off, and occasional weekday afternoons. Several vacation days allowed, but must be planned around farm schedule.

Opportunities for education:
-Access to our farm books along with some recommended reading assignments.
-Opportunity to learn all about pasture rotational grazing
-Opportunity to learn poultry processing as well as marketing and sales
-Chances to visit with other farms and alternative food systems in Floyd
-Possible occasional workshops in the area
-Possibility for part-time winter work after spending one season here. This could also include a trip to a winter farming conference.
-If things go well there may be potential for full-time employment, only after you’ve spent a full season with us.

Opportunities for recreation & entertainment
-Meet other apprentices in Floyd to socialize & network with them
-The nearby town of Floyd has a thriving food, music & arts scene
-Proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway offers lots of options for hiking & camping
-Nearby Blacksburg, home of Virginia Tech, is a great college town with lots going on
-Nearby Roanoke is an up & coming city with a broad range of offerings.

Application process:
-Please read through all relevant information here as well as on our website (weathertopfarm.com) so you are familiar with our farm and what is involved in the apprenticeship.
-In addition to the written application, whenever possible, we will require an in-person visit, (which could be an overnight or weekend stay if needed).  If not possible then we require a Skype interview.
-Please contact us at info@weathertopfarm.com with any questions.

Downloard Apprentice Application in pdf

Download Apprentice Application as word document


Tricycle Urban Agriculture Fellowship

March 5th – December 14th, 2018
20 hours a week
Full scholarships for tuition & fees for 2018 Cohort provided by Bon Secours

Engage with Our Local Community

Network with Local Farmers, Food System Leaders & Subject Matter Experts

Learn Hands-on and in the Classroom

Tricycle’s Certificate in Urban Agriculture is the result of an innovative collaboration with the USDA-National Resources Conservation Service and Bon Secours. Offered within Tricycle’s 10-month Urban Agriculture Fellowship, participants spend 20 hours a week in the classroom, on farm sites, field trips, or participating in Tricycle mission programs. Together, the Certificate and Fellowship program form a learner-centered, transformational education experience.

If you are…

  • Serious about taking the next step toward owning or working on an urban farm.
  • Have a passion for working toward a healthy, vibrant and sustainable local food system.
  • Want to learn sustainable growing practices that regenerate our natural resources. Individuals interested in a career in the green industry.
  • Have a desire to learn through an intensive hands-on program.

Applications are due by January 19, 2018 and are available on our website. For more information, please email beth@tricycleurbanag.org or call 804-231-7767.


Warehouse Manager at Seven Springs Farm in Check, VA

A leader in the organic farming supplies industry is looking for a person with a strong work ethic to complete the following tasks:

* Process Orders – Requires basic computer skills and a knowledge of shipping industry specific paperwork(Bills of Lading)
* Palletize Products for Tractor Trailer Shipments – Must be able to repeatedly lift and carry 50lb and safely operate a forklift(forklift experience required)
* Manage Receiving and Stocking of Inventory – Perform cycle counts, load and unload tractor trailers, setting of product for picking and shipping efficiency and organize daily processes

We are a small business and every person is integral on a daily basis. The traits that we want in an employee are:

* Punctuality – Be on time and complete a full work day consistently
* Motivated – Willingness to perform job duties with a positive outlook
* Safety Minded – Possess the know how to use equipment and your body in a safe manner

This position is Full-Time with benefits. Normal work schedule is M-F from 8:00am to 5:00pm with a one hour lunch break. Rotating Saturdays(8:15am to 11:30am) during Spring and Summer. Saturdays rotate between 5-6 employees.

Please attach resume, references and complete our application in your email response. Responses that do not include your resume and completed application will not be reviewed: http://www.7springsfarm.com/content/Employment-application.pdf


Riverstone Farm is Hiring a Gardener

We are seeking an experienced, energetic, motivated and detail oriented gardener to work on our production-oriented, commercial organic vegetable farm.

Riverstone farm is a certified organic, wholesale vegetable farm in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia.  We are farming over 10 acres in cultivation with 2 in perennial crops and 8+ dedicated to annual vegetable production as well as over ½ acre in high-tunnels and greenhouses.  The farm property consists of over 100 acres of mixed woodlands, pasture, cropland and river bottoms.  We have small cabins available as residences for farm staff.  We are in close proximity to the Josephine Porter Institute, Spikenard Farm and are a short drive from the town of Floyd and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

We have an opening on our team for an experienced vegetable grower… someone who knows the horticultural needs of vegetable crops and can be relied upon in a professional setting to work both autonomously and as part of the team.  Duties will include; planting, cultivation, care, monitoring, weeding, watering, harvesting and handling of crops as well as record keeping and other farm responsibilities.  Experience working in high-tunnels is a plus.  Must have A+ communication and organizational skills.  Must be able to work hard and in a professional manner in a challenging and fast-paced environment.  Summer days are long and hot.  Some tasks are repetitive and tedious.  Some days are glorious.  The ideal candidate will find value in the real work that is farming and in the environment in which we live, work and farm.  This is a job for someone who has decided that their future is as a farmer.

If you are interested in this opportunity please contact daniel@riverstoneorganicfarm.com


Job opening: Greenhouse Manager

Central duty is to oversee the production of our certified organic vegetable and herb plants, from germination to final sale at garden centers and farmers markets.

Must have horticulture background.

Please send resume to: info@VegOutGardens.com

Will discuss specific job duties and salary at that time.


Allegheny Mountain Institute’s Farm and Food Education Fellowship

Fully Funded Farm and Food Education Fellowship Applications due February 1

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is seeking applicants for its Fellowship program. Now in its seventh year, the 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. Selected Fellows spend six months in immersive training on our mountain farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with non-profit partner organizations (Phase II). AMI is an educational non-profit organization with the mission to cultivate healthy communities through food and education based in Staunton, VA.

Phase I – Farm Study (April 22-October 31, 2018)

  • Explore local food system leadership opportunities and participate in school gardens, farmers markets, and other community events.
  • Study regenerative farming, nutrition and wellness, permaculture design, and community development through expert guest instructors, field trips, and educational sessions.
  • Gain hands-on experience in sustainable fruit and vegetable production, small animal husbandry, beekeeping, homesteading skills and more on our mountain farm in Highland County, VA.
  • Stay in handcrafted cabins, study in wifi-equipped common spaces, and share farm-fresh meals supplemented with whole food staples.
  • Receive $1,000 upon successful completion.

Phase II – Service Work (January 2- December 31, 2019)

  • Work with AMI and Partner Organizations to help build healthy communities through food and education in Highland and Augusta Counties, Virginia.
  • Contribute to projects such as: growing food and increasing food access, teaching nutrition and cooking, creating infrastructure for local food systems, and developing school gardens and site-based curriculum.
  • Build leadership skills through monthly professional development sessions and continuing education opportunities.
  • Receive an annual salary of $18,000 (less payroll taxes, paid bi-weekly).

Applicants must be physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds, walk distances up and down steep hills, work outdoors for extended periods of the day, and be comfortable living and working communally as a team in a remote, mountain setting. Applicants invited to participate in the Fellowship must pass a background check.

Applications are due by February 1, 2018 and are available at: www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and are reviewed as soon as complete. For more information please e-mail jessa@alleghenymountainschool.org or call 540-886-0160.

AMI admits participants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable Federal, State and local laws.

About Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI):  Growing Food. Building Community, AMI’s mission is to cultivate healthy communities through food and education. AMI is a 501(c) 3 educational nonprofit that works to create a thriving network of collaborative, vibrant, communities that value the connection between food and health, and to support our region in developing a more secure and healthy food system.


Alleghany Mountain School Urban Farm Intern

Reporting to the AMI Urban Farm Manager, the Urban Farm Intern will assist with the operation of a 3-acre farm site located in Staunton, VA. Duties include assisting with with vegetable production, and maintaining educational gardens and native wildlife habitat plantings. In addition, the Urban Farm intern will work closely with the horticulture teaching staff at Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) to carry out garden-based education curriculum.
TO APPLY: Please send a single compiled .pdf file including a cover letter and resume to david@alleghenymountainschool.org. No phone calls or mailed applications, please.

 


Planet Earth Diversified in Stanardsville VA has openings for year round work!

Details are on our employment web site link. You may also Fax, Email, or Mail Resume and Letter of Interest describing why you want the job and what your special qualifications are (FAX to 434-985-4985). More than one position is available. Applicants need reliable transportation to and from work and a commitment to completion of time sensitive harvesting for daily orders.

Learn more https://specials.planetearthdiversified.com/employment/ and see us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PlanetEarthDiversified/

BEST WAY TO APPLY is to Complete application forms at https://specials.planetearthdiversified.com/employment/ then email them or FAX them to get your application started. There is a lot of important information at that site too about the job and requirements. This is outdoor work as well as greenhouse operation – if you are allergic to the plants or are afraid of wildlife or if you have only worked in air conditioned spaces – it might not be a good fit.

Tenemos posiciones de trabajo disponibles en granja. Puede ser temporal o de planta todo el año, Es recolectando, empacando y sembrando; de Lunes a Viernes de 8:00 am a 5:00 pm. Deberan traer Su ropa de trabajo y Su almuerzo. Deben ser responsables, punctuales y concistentes. Una identificacion con foto y documentos de trabajo son necesarios. Suficiente ingles para comunicarse Es indispensable; ser bilingue mucho mejor. Se les Dara entrenamiento de acuerdo al departamento de salud y se les proporcionara la informacion en ingles y español. Interesados favor de comunicarse con Michael

We have openings for harvesting and packing and planting etc at the farm! Monday thru Friday – could be seasonal or year round with our greenhouses for the right people. Learn and be outside with the plants as well as packing quality greens and herbs in the packing room. Hours M-F 8am to 5pm bring bag lunch wear work clothes, must be reliable, on time, and consistent. Photo IDs and work documents required. Food safety training provided in English and Spanish.

8AM to 5PM with lunch break noon to 1PM standard hours, some part time, night or early morning and evening shifts available for specific skill oriented jobs.


Primera LX900 Color Label Printer and Label Rewinder/Spooler

 

We’ll include 4 rolls of blank labels of various sizes. It’s just about brand-new, having been used three times.

It’s perfect for a company that wants to print small batches of labels in house.  After printing, you just spool them onto a roll and apply them to a jar/bottle using a label applicator (not provided).
If you’re willing to include the listing, I’m happy to write up a little promo. Full specifications can be found here, and a couple of photos follow. We’re asking $2,000 for both pieces together.
Contact: Will Gray

 

Organic Seed Alliance – Seed Internship Program

This is your chance to participate in addressing one of the most pressing needs in organic agriculture – and to develop a new enterprise for your farm.

Organic Seed Alliance ( https://www.seedalliance.org) is seeking to match the organic seed growers of tomorrow with the experienced growers of today.

The Seed Internship Program combines online and classroom learning, farm-based independent study, and real-world experience through a diverse network of family farms. Hosted by Organic Seed Alliance and the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), the Seed Internship Program matches individuals who want to learn about seed production with experienced growers.

Learn more and apply today

Become an Intern
The Seed Internship Program matches interns with host farms that provide on-farm experience and formal training in seed production. The six-month internships offer interns:
        Online, class, and field-based education
         Independent studies on the host farm
        Experience with the organic seed trade

Become a Host
Are you experienced seed producer looking for interns? We need you to train the next generation of seed producers! Host farms receive:
        Assistance with matching the right intern for your farm
         Educational materials, webinars, and other support


 BRAVO 400 SPRAYER – $3,500


Tank Capacity: 400 Liters
Totally Rounded.
Not wetting the driver.
Low center of gravity = stability also in slope condition.
Tank content meter by large index and scale.
Optimal mixing of the spraying mixture. No sediment.
Total utilization of the tank content.
Fresh water tank with selector valve for a quick circuit flushing.
Chassis with impact-resistant belt, peripheral.
Steel keel for protection to ground.
Filling hole of tank on the left side.
Constant pressure regulator, micro adjusting.
Auto-filter: the pressure filter continuously flushed clear.
Never clogged. Never to be cleaned.
Anti-drift Propeller: Air Volume and Penetration Power adjusted in seconds.
Dosing Probe: Fast and safe. instantly sucking and mixing powders, granules and liquid chemicals.
The Air sprayers of BRAVO line are suitable for the spraying of the most various Trees Plantations: Vineyards, Orchards, Nurseries and Greenhouses, etc.

CALL BRISCOE WHITE 804-651-9469


Haygrove High Tunnels – $25,000

1 acre- 9 Bays 28’x 250’

Smart door frames

PTO Removing Tool

Standing- Buyer must disassemble and haul

CALL BRISCOE WHITE 804-651-9469


Help in a statewide effort to make nutrient management planning more useful to farmers throughout Virginia!

The Virginia Nutrient Management Leadership Team, which is a collaborative effort comprised of 18 agricultural and conservation organizations and state agencies, is reaching out to farmers and ag industry professionals as part of a periodic assessment, to learn about challenges and opportunities relating to nutrient management plan development and implementation.

While Virginia farmers use and implement nutrient management plans to improve yields and reduce input costs, we are seeking to further expand farmer participation. Our goal is to understand the barriers to participation in nutrient management planning, and find ways to make it more useful to farmers without additional regulations.

Nutrient management plans recommend fertilizer or manure application rates designed to achieve crop production yield goals while at the same time minimizing fertilizer inputs and costs.   According to Kristen Evans, with Sustainable Chesapeake,

“Nutrient management plans help farmers maximize their return on fertilizer investments – and in doing so, they also protect water quality, as fertilizer applied in excess of crop requirements can be lost to air and water resources.  Because nutrient management plans support agricultural production, farm profits, and water quality, they are a high priority conservation practice.”

Darryl Glover is with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, which oversees the Commonwealth’s nutrient management planning program. He stated that:

“DCR hopes the results of the assessments will provide information that will help us find ways to encourage more farmers to obtain nutrient management plans.” 

Wilmer Stoneman with the Virginia Farm Bureau, also noted that:

 “it is important to do a periodic check-up of Virginia’s nutrient management program.”

We very much need you to weigh in, sharing your experience, ideas and suggestions. We would be extremely grateful if you would please complete the assessment, either in hardcopy or online.  If you can, please help us reach as many people in Virginia’s ag community by sharing this with your colleagues and constituencies, now through mid-February.

Results of the assessment will be released in late Spring 2017.

Participate now!

Virginia Nutrient Management Team Members Include:

  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Headwaters LLC
  • James River Association
  • James Riverkeeper
  • Sustainable Chesapeake
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Agribusiness Council
  • Virginia Association of Conservation Districts
  • Virginia Biosolids Council
  • Virginia Cattlemen’s Association
  • Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service
  • Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreatio
  • Virginia Department of Environmental Qualit
  • Virginia Farm Bureau
  • Virginia Grain Producers Association
  • Virginia Poultry Federation
  • Virginia Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Virginia State Dairymen’s Association
  • Virginia Tech

The Virginia Environmental Endowment is providing funding for this important effort through a grant to Sustainable Chesapeake.

For more information:  Contact Kristen Hughes Evans, Executive Director, Sustainable Chesapeake at Kristen@susches.org or 415-730-7503.


Farmer Incubator Program at Bottle Tree Farm LLC

(Waverly, VA)

Bottle Tree Farm LLC, an 18+ acre farm on the edge of Waverly Virginia, 23890, is looking to assist young and beginning farmers to establish their own business growing and selling seasonal produce and related agricultural products. My wife and I are in search of a few (2-4+) qualified candidates to participate in our Farmer Incubator Program.

The two of us make use of only a small fraction of the farm and have always wanted to further opportunities for young and beginning farmers. To that end, we are willing to share our investment in land, equipment and other resources with a small number of prospects that have either classroom and/or field experience and who are looking to start their own agricultural related business.

We are looking for sustainable farmers willing to invest in the soil and land. Growing seasonal produce crops for direct to consumer marketing is likely the best use of this land. Livestock and fowl are logical extensions to add to the  rotation of crops, for those willing to take on this responsibility.

Our Farm is conveniently located on US460 within 50-60 miles of 3 major metropolitan centers; 1) Richmond, Petersburg, Hopewell; 2) Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and 3) Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton. Great marketing opportunities and potential exist for those willing to hustle.

There is a cottage on the farm and other affordable housing available nearby. Currently (2017) cottage is occupied If interested, please send letter of introduction to: info@bottletreefarm.com. Include summary of experience and resources you have and the type of business you are hoping to establish as well as any initial questions that you may have. Please include your current working business plan.

Thank you for your interest in this opportunity.
Bob Richardson
info@bottletreefarm.com
bottletreefarm.com


Riverstone Organic Farm in Floyd is seeking experienced Field Crew

Certified Organic farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains has an opening for an experienced field crew member. Applicant needs a working knowledge of commercial-scale vegetable production. People management skills a plus. Applicants will need to possess a passion for sustainable agriculture. Season one will be May through November. Full-time permanent position possible after that. On-farm lodging possible, food share, room for advancement.

Please email resume to Riverstone Organic Farm, attention Daniel Sweeney @ info@riverstoneorganicfarm.com