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.

Hobby Farm For Sale – 20 Acres – Charlotte County, Virginia

https://navicamls.net/displays/?n=397&i=538799&k=YQAYT1TT9Q1M

Contact info:
Sarah B. Hall
434-917-3955

Hobby Farm- Heart of Charlotte County, VA. Bed & Breakfast Potential – 20 acres 2 homes $ 249,900. Country home built in the late 1800’s early 1900’s offers the best Colonial style of its day. Once referred as the”Harvey Plantation Home”, boasts fine construction and beautiful hardwood floors. Tall ceilings. 4 bedrooms 1 1/2 baths. Wood siding, 2 heat pumps, 4 wood working fireplaces. Living room, dining, kitchen with pantry. All appliances, includes commercial stove. Numerous outbuildings and partial fencing. Town water and private septic. Property has 2nd home 2010 24×48 Clayton double wide. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, currently rented. This provides extra family space or income potential. Acreage mostly open and also wooded. Are you seeking a new lifestyle? Slower pace of life? Have animals that need a home? Step back in time and enjoy the beautiful setting right before your eyes. Good schools, colleges nearby. Historical attractions, nearby Buggs Island Lake. Biking, wildlife, hunting. Nearby hospitals and good road systems. Don’t delay seeing this property. Be ready to have your family in before fall.


Organic Farming Research foundation – Request for Proposals for 2018 Research Grants

Deadline December 15, 2017

Contact:  Diana Jerkins, OFRF Research Director, (831) 426-6606, grants@ofrf.org

OFRF is pleased to release our Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2018 research grants. Applicants residing in Canada, Mexico, and the United States are eligible to apply. 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 15, 2017. OFRF will notify applicants about funding decisions in spring 2018.

We selected our priority areas for the RFP based on direct feedback from farmers and ranchers across the U.S. These priorities reflect the top areas where investment in research will make a real difference in helping organic farmers and ranchers be successful.

Research priorities include are not limited to:

  1. Soil health. Topics of particular interest include nutrient balancing, crop rotations, and fertility management focused on reducing environmental impacts.
  2. Innovative weed control. Topics of particular interest include weed control related to climate change and changing weather patterns.
  3. Management of emerging insect and disease issues.
  4. Livestock health. Topics of particular interest include livestock and crop integration and best practices for grass based livestock production.

The RFP and guidelines can be viewed here. Please help us get the word out by sharing this information.

Please refer to the 2016 National Organic Research Agenda for more information on these topics.

Funding contributions are being accepted for OFRF’s 2018 research grant program. Your support will help bring more farmers and acreage into organic production. To learn more about how you can make a contribution to OFRF’s 2018 research grant program, please contact liz@ofrf.org.

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.

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Our mailing address is:
Organic Farming Research Foundation
PO Box 440
Santa Cruz, Ca 95060


Southern SARE Producer Grant Call for Proposals Released

The Call for Proposals for the 2018 Producer Grants, intended for farmers/ranchers and farmer/rancher organizations throughout the Southern region, is now available from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program.

Proposal submission deadline is Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at 5 p.m. EST. Announcement of funded grants will take place in late February 2018.

Producer Grants are used to conduct sustainable agriculture research projects that solve agricultural production challenges farmers face and to develop information on what works and what doesn’t so that other farmers and ranchers facing those same challenges can benefit from the results of the funded project.

Producer grants are not designed to pay a farmer to farm; buy livestock, equipment, or land; make permanent farm improvements, or support private enterprises through capital investments.  Southern SARE Producer Grants are research grants, designed to take some of the financial risk away from trying a solution to an agricultural production issue.

Projects may be funded for up to two years for a project maximum of $10,000 for an individual producer or $15,000 for a producer organization. Producer organizations should be comprised primarily of farmers/ranchers and must have a majority farmer representation on their governing board.

For complete information on how to apply for a Producer Grant, download the current Producer Grant Call for Proposals.

The Producer Grant Call for Proposals includes application information, use of funds, proposal submission instructions, and contact information. Be sure to carefully follow the information in the Call for Proposals when submitting your proposal. Failure to follow the submission guidelines will result in your proposal being rejected.

Visit http://www.southernsare.org for more information on sustainable agriculture.


USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

This December, the 2017 Census of Agriculture will be mailed to more than three million U.S. farmers. Your support in promoting the census is critical to its success.  Over the next few months, please help us remind producers of the importance of their responses. It is through the census that they can show the nation the value and importance of agriculture.

This link to our Census of Ag partner promotional toolkit – https://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Partners/2017/Drop_Ins/index.php – has some options that can be used to promote the survey and remind farmers about the upcoming Census. These can also be used in your social media posts – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.  Please feel free to use these as often as needed.

Here’s a link to all the partner promotional tools available – https://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Partners/index.php.

Thank you for helping to spread the word that the 2017 Census of Agriculture is Your Voice, Your Future, Your Opportunity. For more information and regular updates about the census, please visit www.agcensus.usda.gov, follow us on Twitter @usda_nass, or call me at 804-771-8560.  Notice from Herman Ellison, State Statistician


Cost-Share Program Offered for Sheep and Goat Producers

The Greater Appalachian Sheep and Goat Improvement Initiative, funded by the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission’s Agribusiness program, is expanding to include the counties of Bedford, Campbell, Halifax and Pittsylvania.  The program will offer cost share funding opportunities for both new and existing sheep and goat producers. Producers interested in participating will be required to attend an informational meeting that will provide information on program guidelines and eligibility requirements. 

Two meetings are planned for interested producers.  The first will be held on Monday, September 11th at 7:00 pm at the Virginia Cooperative Extension-Halifax County Office (171 South Main Street, Halifax, VA  24558).  For any information about this particular meeting, contact Rebecca Slabach, Extension ANR in Halifax, at 434-476-2147.  The second will be offered on Tuesday, September 19th beginning at 6:00 pm at the Virginia Cooperative Extension-Campbell County Office (163 Kabler Ln, Rustburg, VA  24588).  The contact for information about this meeting is Todd Scott, Extension ANR in Campbell County 434-332-9538. 

General questions about The Greater Appalachian Sheep and Goat Improvement Initiative can be addressed to the Pittsylvania County Extension office at 434-432-7770.


Candlelight Farms For Sale – 90 Acre Farm – Mecklenburg County, Southside Virginia – Buggs Island Lake

Contact info:
Sarah B. Hall
434-917-3955

Candlelight Farms For Sale – 90 Acre Farm – Mecklenburg County, Southside Virginia – Buggs Island Lake $ 575,000. This awesome property features 90 acres of secluded land, 45 open, rest in your pines and hardwoods, 2 ponds. Currently operating as a goat farm. This has been the sellers passion for 40 years, and it is hard to give it up. In addition, Cape/Colonial design modular with 13 rooms, includes 6 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, gross living area of 3500 sq. ft. 1280 unfinished basement with Superior Walls construction. 2 bay garage and several outbuildings. The Conestoga building is 1800 sq ft. with office and kitchenette. 4 well points, 2 wells for feeding your livestock, whatever it may be. Cattle, horses, goats. Nature at its best. Abundant wildlife, just roam. Convenient to shopping, churches, and Buggs Island Lake. The beautiful home, Tony Hirst builder, was built in 2007 and plans were” The Warren”, with extra custom features. Beautiful cabinetry, lamanet/vinyl flooring, heat pump, and gas fireplace. All appliances convey. This versatile farm is only 5 minutes from the waterfront town of Clarksville on Buggs Island Lake. Make this your home for a lifetime.JUST REDUCED.


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.

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) Grants

Today, the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is excited to release the priority areas for our next grant cycle. We strongly encourage all farmers and ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans, and Extension personnel to consider applying for funding. The request for proposals and application instructions will be available on OFRF’s website at ofrf.org on September 12, 2017.

We selected our priority areas for the upcoming request for proposals based on direct feedback from farmers and ranchers across the U.S. These priorities reflect the top areas where investment in research will make a real difference in helping organic farmers and ranchers be successful.

Research priorities include:

  1. Soil health. Topics of particular interest include nutrient balancing, crop rotations, and fertility management focused on reducing environmental impacts.
  2. Innovative weed control. Topics of particular interest include weed control related to climate change and changing weather patterns.
  3. Management of emerging insect and disease issues.
  4. Livestock health. Topics of particular interest include livestock and crop integration and best practices for grass based livestock production.

Please refer to the 2016 National Organic Research Agenda for more information on these topics.

Sponsorships for OFRF’s 2018 grant program are currently available. Your support will help bring more farmers and acreage into organic production. To learn more about how you can get involved, please contact liz@ofrf.org.

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.


Assistant Farm Manager, Dining Services Farm at Virginia Tech

The Dining Services Farm at Kentland Farm is a farm-to-campus program at Virginia Tech that provides hands-on education for students and produces vegetables, fruit, and herbs on six acres for campus dining centers.  The Assistant Farm Manager will provide technical support in crop production at the Dining Services Farm and in a high tunnel at the Urban Horticulture Center.  This position will also be responsible for managing a pilot hydroponic project located in Owens Dining Hall.  This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a unique and growing program that advances the sustainability of the food and farming system of Virginia Tech and the surrounding community.  Please follow the link below for more details of the position responsibilities and qualifications, and to apply.

https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/78643


Lynchburg Grows is hiring!

CSA Manager & Assistant Farm Manager

Job Description: Full-time/Salaried

CSA Management

  • Work with the Farm Manager to develop a production plan to maximize revenue producing potential through the sale of the most marketable produce
  • Plan and organize weekly CSA distribution with produce grown at Lynchburg Grows and by supplementing from local farmers
  • Write weekly CSA email, set up and break down CSA, and see to customer needs during pickup
  • Process payments and CSA membership registration
  • Sell produce to local restaurants
  • Help with communications at Lynchburg Grows through answering phone, scheduling tours and volunteer groups, and responding to emails.

Assist with day-to-day running of all aspects of the farm

  • Ensure all employees have meaningful tasks throughout the day
  • Assist Farm Manager with farm needs

Greenhouse Management

  • Prepare raised beds for planting
  • Assist Farm Manager to ensure raised beds are well managed and on production schedule
  • Work to enhance the aesthetics and orderly function of Lynchburg Grows grounds, packing shed, and work areas.

Supervision of volunteers and visitors

  • Work with volunteers, school groups, and other visitors to make the farm a safe and interesting learning environment
  • Give guided tours when needed
  • Ensure volunteers are given task suited to their ability and understand directions for fulfilling tasks

Produce processing

  • Ensure produce is properly washed and weighed for CSA and restaurant sales
  • Oversee quality control of triple-washing of greens
  • Ensure all produce is bagged or bunched at proper weight determined by CSA or Farm Manager
  • Train and assist all employees on proper handling and washing of produce

Assist with Veggie Van

  • Fill in as driver or volunteer as needed
  • Knowledge of van route and schedule
  • Assist with loading of van and ensuring volunteers have all necessary items for route
  • Prepare price list for van produce
  • Organize produce for van route each week

Maintain historic roses

  • Work with the farm manager to oversee maintenance of all roses in Greenhouse 3
  • Inspect and treat for any pests
  • Harvest and sell roses weekly during growing season

Other

  • Undertake any other duties as and when required such as assisting with fundraising events and campaigns

Qualifications

Two years minimum farming experience

Bachelor’s Degree

Excellent organizational and multitasking abilities

Appropriate computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office and some understanding of Adobe Suite.

Proven ability to work under minimum supervision and to make decisions and solve problems independently, effectively, and creatively.

Comfort with ambiguity, the ability to respond adeptly to rapidly changing priorities, and ability to work well under pressure.

Experience with the use of social media for marketing campaigns.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Mission-minded with a strong interest in urban agriculture, working with special needs individuals and supporting regional food systems.

Demonstrated success in working as a member of a team and developing effective working relationships with Board members, staff, volunteers, the general public, and donors.

Please note: Lynchburg Grows is a non-profit, public benefit 501c(3) corporation and operates as an equal opportunity employer. This job description is general in nature and is not designed to contain or to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications of the position.

http://www.lynchburggrows.org/jobs/

If interested: Please e-mail your resume, cover letter (detailing relevant past experience), and 2 references to shelley@lynchburggrows.org.


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.


7th Annual Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners National Conference 

Call for Workshop Proposals

Conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on November 10 – 12, 2017

Calling all farmers, gardeners, herbalists, food entrepreneurs, chefs, foodies, afro-ecologists, food activists, educators, afro-futurists, policy-makers, nutritionists & more!

Are you interested in facilitating a workshop to over 400 attendees at the 2017 Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference (BUGS) in Atlanta, Georgia, November 10 -12, 2017?

If yes, see below for more information and online application!

Workshop proposal deadline has been extended to August 18th OR until workshop slots have been filled!

Apply today! Submit your workshop proposal here: https://goo.gl/forms/5WnwZUxCpyc8oBcg1

For more detailed information about workshop tracks: visit the Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference website here:  https://bugs.nationbuilder.com/proposal_guidelines

Join the Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners’ Facebook community of over 10,000 + followers here: https://www.facebook.com/BlackUrbanGrowers/

Interested in facilitating a workshop at the BUGS conference but currently experiencing a financial hardship?  Submit your workshop proposal, then send an email regarding hardship support.  **Note: we cannot guarantee that workshop presenters will receive hardship support.** Inquire for more information

Any additional questions, please send an email to Regina Ginyard, BUGS National Coordinator at info@blackfarmersconf.org or send a message through the BUGS Facebook page


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

New Tax Credit Available to Virginia Farmers to Help Reduce Food Waste

~ Nonprofit food banks benefit from fresh food donations ~

Virginia farmers have an incentive to donate excess product to nonprofit food banks thanks to the Food Crop Donation Tax Credit. Approved by the Virginia General Assembly during the 2016 Session, farmers who donate edible food crops to a nonprofit food bank can receive up to a 30 percent tax credit for their donation.

“Increasing healthy food access for all Virginians helps strengthen our communities and our economy,” said Commissioner Sandy Adams. “Local growers are often faced with more product than they can sell and food banks need more fresh options. We encourage Virginia farmers to take advantage of this tax credit. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

“Sourcing food locally can help the agricultural industry,” said Leslie Van Horn, executive director of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, which represents seven regional food banks in Virginia and more than 2,000 nonprofit food pantries and feeding programs. “It reduces food waste and helps give incentives to growers and producers to donate their bounty, but most importantly, it gives food insecure individuals across the Commonwealth access to food they need to thrive and prosper.”

Virginia farmers may apply for a tax credit equal to 30 percent of the fair market value of food crops such as grains, fruits, nuts and vegetables up to a maximum of $5,000 per farmer for a taxable year. If a farmer does not owe enough Virginia income tax to use the full amount of the credit in one taxable year, the farmer can carry over the credits to the next five succeeding taxable years or until the total amount of the tax credit has been used, whichever is sooner.

The Food Crop Donation Tax Credit cannot exceed $250,000 annually for all qualifying taxpayers. If more than $250,000 of credits is requested for the year, a farmer may receive less than the full amount of the tax credit for which he or she applied.

For the 2017 tax year, farmers who wish to participate should submit a Virginia Department of Taxation Food Crop Donation Tax Credit application, Form FCD-1, by Feb. 1, 2018. More information about the Food Crop Donation Tax Credit is available on the Virginia Department of Taxation’s website at https://www.tax.virginia.gov/food-crop-donation-tax-credit-guidelines.


SARE Cover Crop Topic Brief Now Available

Cover crops increase corn and soybean yields, reduce erosion and control weeds, say farmers responding to a recent SARE-funded survey. On top of all that, the number one reason they plant cover crops is to improve the health of their soil.

Given the many benefits of cover crops, are you looking for practical advice for planting them on your farm? SARE’s Cover Crops for Sustainable Crop Rotations is the perfect primer for farmers and agricultural educators seeking practical, research-based tips on cover crop selection and management. Brief overviews of cover crop economics, establishment, soil fertility, rotations, and pest and water management are enhanced with links to more detailed resources online.

Order or download now.

Available as either a free download or in print, Cover Crops for Sustainable Crop Rotations can be ordered for use as a handout at conferences, workshops or field days.

Cover Crops for Sustainable Crop Rotations is a companion to SARE’s Cover Crop Topic Room, where farmers and agricultural professionals will find a wide range of free cover crop resources, including SARE research, producer profiles, webinars and more


Revised Edition of “Planning the Future of Your Farm: A Workbook Supporting Farm Transfer Decisions, Virginia Edition” now available!

The “Planning the Future of Your Farm: A Workbook Supporting Farm Transfer Decisions, Virginia Edition” has been developed to help Virginia families who own farm, forest and horticulture lands and desire to keep their land in production and/or in their family as it passes to the next generation. The goal of this workbook is to provide families with a resource to use as they complete the work necessary to transfer their farm land and/or farm businesses. This workbook was originally created in 2012 and has been updated and revised for 2017.

Online copies can be found here: http://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/446/446-610/446-610.html


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


Organic Certification Cost Share – now more readily accessible

Visit your Farm Services Agency (FSA) office anytime after March 20 to apply for the 2017 season

From Alyssa Charney, Policy Specialist at NSAC:
On December 21 of 2016, USDA announced the transfer of the organic certification cost share program to FSA.  National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) published a press release and blog, which you can read below, as well as USDA’s press release and the NOFA in public inspection (to be published in Federal Register tomorrow).
It’s important to note that State agencies now have the chance to “opt in” to directly administer the program as well.  In states where the department does opt in, applicants can either go through their county FSA office or State Department of Agriculture to enroll.  State Agencies that participate will continue to be able to contract with NGOs to deliver the program in a particular state.In order to ensure maximum options for producers, and in states were the program was run well, we strongly encourage folks to urge your States to continue to offer the program.FSA plans to partner and work closely with the states that choose to also administer the program.  They also will hold a stakeholder call, including NOC and NSAC members, early in the year, so we will keep you posted with details as soon as that gets scheduled.

 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


Virginia Farm Business Development Grants

The Virginia Farm Business Development Program is now available.  Some of you might already be familiar with this new opportunity.  Please see below and attached for more information and how you can help share the word with the farmers you work with.  This program may help new farmers who have been in operation for at least 3 years.

The Governor’s press release is available here: https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=18398.

For more information, please visit the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/agriculture-virginia-farm-business-development-program%20.shtml

For more information, please have your farmers contact:

Maggie Beal Longest
Coordinator, Farm Business Development Program
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
(804) 786-1241
margaret.longest@vdacs.virginia.gov


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.


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.


The Catawba Sustainability Center is now accepting applications for its 2017 Small Farm Incubator program!

Download the program overview and application.

The Catawba Sustainability Center’s Small Farm Incubator Plots program aims to incubate and grow viable, independent farm businesses and to serve as a model new-farmer program by providing access to land and resources in a low-risk environment.

Program Goals

  • Accommodate up to 8 new growers and small farms
  • Build infrastructure necessary to fulfill mission and serve as a model agricultural development organization
  • Provide educational opportunities and skills training
  • Support the local economy and local food system

The Catawba Sustainability Center (CSC) is establishing “Land-Use Agreements” with new and established farm businesses to utilize a portion of designated farmland to grow produce. The Center is committed to developing the incubator program, facilitating learning opportunities, and ensuring that land is available annually for new participants. All participants must follow the CSC’s Land Use Protocol and new farms must participate in one of the Catawba Sustainability Center’s training programs.

For questions, please contact:

Adam Taylor
Catawba Sustainability Center Manager
540-588-0283
adamht@vt.edu


Beginning Farmer webinars – input wanted

If you have a topic you would like to speak about, know someone who may want to speak in a webinar, or just have a topic you want someone to cover, please feel free to email me with anything you wish. Some details about our webinars are included below:

  • Use the WebEx program through Virginia Tech
  • Speakers only need a working computer/internet connection and a reliable phone line (do not need to travel to Virginia Tech)
  • Presentations are given through a “screen share” option to share powerpoints, documents, pictures, and more
  • Aim for 45 minutes of material followed by a 15 minute Q&A session
  • Typically offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays around lunch time

We need suggestions from you all to keep these webinars interesting and relevant to beginning farmers and ranchers across Virginia. I look forward to hearing the ideas you all send my way!

Sincerely,

Allyssa Mark
Program Associate

Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program

Email: allys91@vt.edu


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 a part-time employee to help sell our products at farmers markets

$10-12.00/hr. Friday afternoon and Saturday morning schedule. Other opportunities at the farm may be also be possible. Good customer service skills required. Call 540-0230-0020, or email info@riverstoneorganicfarm.com