The Small Farm Outreach Program provides a wide range of opportunities for small, limited-resource and beginning farmers and U.S. military veterans who want to achieve profitability through successful growing and marketing strategies. Our aim is to help you develop and improve farm management practices for a thriving operation that can be sustained for years to come.

Small Farm Outreach Program workshops and events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Also, some programs have limited registration. SIGN UP TODAY!


April 4: STRIKEFORCE, Halifax County, VA


April 11: USDA GRANT WRITING, Martinsville, VA

April 12: CUT-FLOWERS FARM TOUR (Two Sessions: Register for either morning or afternoon), Gloucester, VA


April 20-21: TWO-DAY AGRIBUSINESS COURSE, Eastern Shore Community College

April 26: ORGANIC FARMING,Crickets Cove Farm, Victoria, VA

Livestock Conservancy’s 2-day From Service to Stewardship

There’s still room! The Livestock Conservancy’s 2-day From Service to Stewardship heritage breeds workshop is coming up soon, and it’s now open to everyone!  Lots of networking and hands-on opportunities for beginning and intermediate farmers.  Join farmers and friends as they share their insights about starting and growing a farm. Identify farm, family and market factors to add value to your business and turn your heritage breed passion into profit as you upsize. Come learn from Dr. Phil Sponenberg, the leader in heritage livestock, about balanced breeding for improvement and conservation.

Register now!

Check out the workshop details at:

7-8 April 2017

Lexington, VA

2017 Virginia Agritourism Conference

Agritourism in Virginia’s New Economy
Tuesday – Thursday April 18– 20, 2017

Three days filled with fresh ideas on a variety of hot topics!

Day 1:   Explore agritourism tools including social media, event planning, labor regulations, legal issues, financial resources,  marketing strategies,  and agritourism’s best practices!

Day 2:  Visit three farms and personally discover agritourism successes and challenges.

Day 3:  Spend the last day with Jon Schallert, an internationally-recognized speaker and business expert specializing in teaching businesses and communities how to turn themselves into Consumer Destinations.

Review the program and Register online by visiting: https://vafb.swoogo.com/agritourism2017

You may register for one day ($105) or all three days ($150).

Registration fee includes meals as listed on the program.

American Farmland Trust Presents: Women & Land Conservation Learning Circle

  • By women for women
  • More discussion, less lecture & acronyms
  • Peer to peer learning
  • Farm tours
  • ID resources on & off the farm
  • Challenging issues of money and stewardship

Dates and Topics:

March 8: Conservation Planning: You and Your Land
April 5: Conservation on the Ground: Who Can Help?
April 19: Farming Into the Future: Planning a Legacy


Farm Credit of the Virginias
4646 South Valley Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

4:30 PM – 8:30 PM

 Cost for the entire program is $15 and includes dinners

RSVP & More information: Kim Woodwell, (540) 333-3681 or kwoodwell@farmland.org

Online registration is also available at www.farmland.org/MidAtlWomen

Virginia Chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) organizational meeting

The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition has been working hard in taking the first steps to organize a Virginia chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC). The FVC is veteran-led and provides information, fellowships, grants, and resources to veterans who farm or are interested in agriculture.

There will be a meeting on April 26, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 PM on the Virginia Tech Campus for interested individuals to learn more about the FVC and how they can be involved. We hope to see you there!


The Business Of Organic Farming.


April 26th from 1p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

We will discuss the tasks necessary to become USDA Certified Organic, the process, the cost and the benefits in this rapidly growing market.  Please contact Marilyn Estes, Virginia’s Small Farm Outreach Agent @ 804.481.0485 or email mestes@vsu.edu, for reservation and details.  THIS IS A FREE WORKSHOP JUST FOR YOUNG FARMERS & RANCHERS SPONSORED BY VSU, VA-TECH, VA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION AND CRICKETS COVE FARM.

Grow Your Soil – Transformational, Hands-On Workshop

April 28th – 30th, 2017
Gladstone, VA

Want to learn how to build soil that grows healthy plants without fertilizer, weeds, disease or pests?

Going for FULL FLAVOR – naturally?

Healthier soil means more nutritious and flavorful plants, higher yields, less insects, disease and weed pressure.  Learn what you can do to boost biology and plant production through cover cropping, seed inoculation, mineral, microbe and and compost amendments, including plant testing and customizing your fertility to match plant needs.

Most importantly – learn the MINIMUM you need to do – to streamline your time and money!
Come to our hands-on, transformational workshop to learn from an experienced grower how to transition worn out, beat up dirt into productive soil – quickly and without breaking the bank!  Work through what is holding you back, with a small group, and leave with a simple action plan for this year!

For more details and to register, please go to http://simplesoilsolutions.com/grow-your-soil-live-workshop/

Gardening for Life – Presentation in Spanish teaching successful techniques for growing fruits and vegetables

Hands-on exercise involving planting tomatoes and potatoes to take home.
Tour of the vegetable gardens and rain gardens at Second Baptist Church, learning simple lawn and garden practices that will reduce pollution in local rivers and streams.

Fun educational activities for children age six and up.

Saturday, April 29
9:00 a.m.–noon
Second Baptist Church of South Richmond
3300 Broad Rock Boulevard

To register:
https://www.surveymonkey. com/r/TNP9C8Y
Participants should come dressed ready to work in the garden.
Questions? Call Kenny Fletcher at 804-258-1628 or e-mail kfletcher@cbf.org