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.



The Virginia Association of Biological Farming is at a point in its evolution where we must rely on a volunteer Board for fundamental responsibilities. Board members must commit to 5 – 10 hours per month promoting the organization, building membership, funding, as well as oversight and overall priority setting. Committee work will be additional to these key tasks. Expect to be asked to be on a committee or serve in some additional capacity.

Find out more here

Riverstone Organic Farm hiring Crop Manager 2017

Assistant Farm Manager needed for a certified organic GAP farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 12 acres in annual row crops and 2 acres in perennials. Significant farming experience and people managements skills required. Full time with benefits, $25-30k/yr.

Riverstone Organic Farm, Floyd Va.

Email inquiries directly to:

Radical Roots Farm is currently accepting apprentice applications for the 2017 season

If you are serious about taking your farming to the next level, please consider this amazing opportunity. 

Radical Roots Farm grows high quality, certified organic vegetables and herbs in a sustainable way.

The Radical Roots Farm Apprenticeship is an exchange of time and learning between experienced and new farmers.  Apprentices’ learn the art and craft of organic farming through hard work in the fields, observation of successful farm ecosystems and participating in a mentoring relationship with experienced farmers.  This immersion into all aspects of organic vegetable production gives new farmers valuable skills and experience to begin their career in organic agriculture.  Whether they start their own farm or go on to work in public gardens, landscaping, school gardens or farm to table restaurants, apprentices gain a firm foundation and confidence to succeed.

Goals of the Apprenticeship

  • To share the skills involved in organic farming and the tools of the trade.
  • To offer apprentices an example of a successful organic farm so that they can learn the cycles of the growing season.
  • To give apprentices 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, garden reading, classes and field trips.

To apply, check out our website.

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is hiring for two Intern Positions

Urban Farm Intern
The Allegheny Mountain Institute is hiring a Farm Intern for the AMI Urban Farm at Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, VA. The Urban Farm Intern will work under the mentorship of the Farm Manager to carry out all aspects of fruit and vegetable production, including crop planning, planting, harvesting, post-harvest processing, and sales. He/she will receive extensive training in market garden production techniques, organic methods, and permaculture design and will have the opportunity to take on significant responsibility. This is a paid full-time educational internship from February 1, 2017 through November 30, 2017.

For the full application, please visit


Garden Education Intern

Allegheny Mountain Institute is hiring a Garden Education Intern for the Urban Farm at Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, VA. The Garden Education Intern will work closely with AMI Urban Farm staff to carry out on-farm classes, work study programs, Farm to School nutrition education, workshops, and events. He/she will receive extensive training in garden-based education from experienced horticulture educators and have the opportunity to collaborate on curriculum and lesson planning. In addition, the Garden Education Intern will participate in weekly farm operations including planting, harvesting, and post-harvest processing. This is a paid full-time educational internship from February 1, 2017 through November 30, 2017.

For the full application, please visit

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is hiring an Executive Director

POSITION TITLE: Executive Director, Allegheny Mountain Institute

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization founded in 2011 as Allegheny Mountain School as an intensive hands-on cooperative experiential learning and training program designed to teach members of our communities to grow and prepare their own food and to understand the nutritional benefits of eating seasonally.
MISSION: AMI cultivates healthy communities through food and education.

VISION: A thriving network of collaborative, vibrant communities who value the connection between food and health.

TO APPLY: Please send a single compiled .pdf file including a cover letter, resume, AMI application form, and list of at least 3 professional references to:
No phone calls or mailed applications, please.

Farmer Veteran Coalition

The Virginia FVC is now taking first steps to organize. We need your input! The veteran-led FVC desires to provide information, fellowships, grants and resources to veterans who farm or are interested in agriculture.

Download Flyer (PDF)

If you are interested:
• Contact John Fant, or Allyssa Mark,
• Join the Farmer Veteran Coalition, at
• Attend one of the three interest meetings this fall. Locations will be in Southwest Virginia, Northern Virginia, and Eastern Virginia.

Next meeting is 10:45 to Noon on Wednesday December 7 at the Weyer’s Cave Farm to Table Conference

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Stewardship Program Opens Signup for 2017

Deadline for initial application February 3, 2017The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has rolled out a new and much-overhauled Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), with signup for the 2017 season now open through Feburary 3, 2017.  The CSP aims to provide comprehensive conservation assistance to whole farms, offering farmers the opportunity to earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities on land currently in production.  Key conservation activities include cover crops, crop rotation, rotational grazing, ecologically-based pest management, buffer strips, and the transition to organic farming.

Watch for more details on the new CSP in a near-future e-mail communication.  Note that the February 3 deadline is for a simple form that you would fill out to apply for the CSP – you can work out the details of your CSP contract with your NRCS district office personnel after that.

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,

Tricycle Gardens – 2017 Urban Agriculture Fellowship Application

Richmond, VA

Tricycle Gardens is pleased to accept applications for the 2017 Certificate in Urban Agriculture program now through January 15, 2017. The comprehensive, immersive training program is offered within Tricycle’s 11 month-long Urban Agriculture Fellowship program. Beginning in February 2017, a small cohort of Urban Ag Fellows will spend between 15-20 hours each week participating in dynamic classroom instruction, outdoor classroom discussions, demonstrations and practice. Urban Ag Fellows gain hands-on experience in urban farming and non-profit food access programming on Tricycle’s two Urban Farms, an urban orchard, and in Tricycle’s mission programs. The goal of the program is to provide experiential and technical training that enables a graduate to go on to starting their own small, urban farm, a small business in the field of urban agriculture, or support the work of creating healthier food systems in our local community.

Tricycle Urban Agriculture Fellows participate in an 11-month long, part-time farm-based training program providing the following:

* A Certificate in Urban Agriculture offered in partnership with USDA-National Resources Conservation Service and Bon Secours Health System.

* Dynamic classroom instruction, both indoors and out

* Experience using sustainable agriculture skills and practices on urban farm sites

* Network opportunities with local farms and food systems leaders

* Hands-on training provided by subject matter experts in all areas of urban agriculture

* Field trips to area farms and opportunities to attend regional workshops

Who should apply?

* Individuals serious about taking the next steps toward starting their own urban farm

* People with a desire to learn business skills that support entry into the field of urban agriculture

* Those with a passion for working toward a healthy, vibrant and sustainable local food system

* Individuals with an interest in learning sustainable growing practices that regenerate our natural resources

An information packet and application are available for download at For more information, please contact Tricycle Gardens Urban Agriculture Certificate Program Manager at 804-231-7767 or

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) Fellowship Program: 2017 Applications Available

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is seeking inspiring individuals to participate in the sixth cohort of our AMI Fellowship program. The 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system.The Fellowship is a program of AMI, an educational non-profitorganization with the mission to cultivate healthy communities through food and education.

Phase I (April 30-November 1, 2017)

In the first phase of the program, Fellows connect with the food system as they live, work and study on the mountain farm campus in rural Highland County, Virginia.Fellows gain a full season of experience in sustainable growing methods, small animal husbandry, and rotational livestock grazing on a diversified farm.In addition, Fellows study topics such as permaculture design, whole foods preparation and preservation, wellness and nutrition, land stewardship, leadership, and community development through hands-on experience on the farm, expert guest instructors, field trips and daily educational sessions.Upon successful completion of their Phase I training, AMI Fellows receive a $1,000 stipend.

Phase II (January 1- December 31, 2018)

AMI Fellows apply their Phase I training as they work on community projects focused on building healthy communities through food and education. Working with AMI and other Partner Organizations, Senior Fellows build organizational capacity and launch new programs such as: building community gardens, developing school gardens and site-based curriculum, advocating for sustainable land use, and teaching nutrition and cooking for a healthy lifestyle.Supported by the AMI network, Senior Fellows continue to meet regularly for leadership and professional development. Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $1,500 (subject to payroll taxes) and a Permaculture Design Certificate upon successful completion of the year.

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.

Applications are due by February 1, 2017 and are available at:

For more information and questions, please visit, the Allegheny Mountain Institute Facebook page or email us at

Organic Farming Research Foundation Request for Proposals for 2017

Application Deadline December 10, 2016
Diana Jerkins, OFRF Research Director
(831) 426-6606The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) grants program is currently accepting research proposals from applicants residing in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. In particular, OFRF encourages farmers, ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans, and Extension personnel to consider applying for funding. The deadline for proposals is December 10, 2016. OFRF will notify applicants about funding decisions in early spring 2017.OFRF offers funding for research on organic farming and food systems and the dissemination of these research results to organic farmers and the greater agricultural and research communities. Proposals must involve farmers or ranchers in project design and implementation and must take place on certified organic land, ideally on working organic farms or ranches. Project proposals will be reviewed and awarded by the OFRF Board of Directors, most of whom are certified organic producers.Based on the OFRF report, 2016 National Organic Research Agenda, this year’s priority areas for research projects are listed below.

  • Small grain production, especially related to creating a diverse rotational system.
  • Soil health.
  • Social science research, including understanding challenges and providing solutions for new organic farmers and ranchers and producers transitioning to organic systems.
  • Animal production, especially breeding for organic systems, disease management and pasture management.

“We received feedback from over 1,000 organic farmers across the U.S. for the 2016 NORA report,” said Diana Jerkins, Research Program Director at OFRF. “We encourage applicants to read the report for additional background on the challenges facing today’s organic farmers, and the research required to help solve those challenges.”

View the RFP.

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is a non-profit foundation that works to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF cultivates organic research, education, and federal policies that bring more farmers and acreage into organic production.

NRCS Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs (ACEP) – information links and signup dates for Virginia

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service offers agricultural easement programs that provide financial support for protecting wetlands (WRE) and other sensitive lands (ALE).  Information from the Virginia NRCS office follows.

December 22, 2016 – Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) – total Virginia allocation for FY 2017 $1,992,193
        Two ALE application forms must be signed and submitted by December 22:  ALE Entity Application CPA-41 and ALE Parcel Sheet CPA-41A, to the NRCS Virginia Easement Office.  The full application package of documents must be submitted by January 31, 2017.  Note that several documents are needed from the landowner’s local USDA Service Center NRCS office.

December 2, 2016 – Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE) – total Virginia allocation for FY 2017 $511,488
        An NRCS-CPA-1200 form and other eligibility documents are due from the landowner to their local USDA Service Center NRCS Office.  Landowners should work with their local NRCS Offices.

Please see the VA NRCS Easement Website for complete details and application forms.
For more information, call Diane D. Dunaway, Easement Program Manager at 804.287.1634.

USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative
Information Webinar Nov 17
Links to program information below
The USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) has issued its Request for Applications, with a submissions deadline of January 19, 2017.  While most awards go to Land Grant Universities (LGUs), the programs are open to other applicants including individuals, nonprofit nongovernmental organizations, private resesarch foundations, and farmers’ groups. In fact, it would be great to have more competitive proposals from individuals and entities other than LGUs- so if you have a research question or idea (especially one with an education / outreach component) that you would like to develop and you have connections with an eligible entity (NGO, university, other) who is interested, check it out.  There is also a webinar on Nov 17, an opportunity to learn more about both OREI and another program (organic transitions or ORG) which is more specifically intended for colleges and universities.  Please click on the following links for detailed descriptions of the programs, eligibility requirements, and application process.  The OREI site has a link to the Request for Applications (detailed info on program priorities and how to apply) 2017 Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI): $18 million available to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Applications are due January 19, 2017. 2016 Organic Transitions (ORG): 2017 RFA not published $3.8 million may be available to support the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices. Applications are due TBD, 2017.In addition, USDA will host a webinar on Thursday November 17, 2016, from 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time, to discuss the request for application for these two NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) organic grant programs.  The webinar will include a brief description of the two programs followed by a Q & A session.To join the meeting:
**You will need to connect by telephone to get the audio!!**Conference Number(s):  1-888-844-9904
Participant Code: 5359772

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