Winter Workshop Series at Vintage Virginia Apples

Grafting Workshop with Tom Burford
Saturday, 3/4/17

Since apples do not reproduce true from seed, propagation depends on grafting the desired variety onto a reliable rootstock.   Expert hands-on instruction by Tom Burford and the Vintage Virginia Apples staff will introduce you to the fine art of grafting.  Each participant will graft two trees from a choice of scionwood from the Vintage Virginia Apples collection to take home with them.  A copy of The Fruit Grafter’s Handbook is included in the price of the workshop. Extra rootstock will be available for sale after this workshop.

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Pruning Intensive with Jim Moniz
Saturday, 3/11/17, 10-2

For the third year, Jim Moniz teaches a hands-on pruning workshop. Classroom instruction is combined with work in the orchard to give examples of different pruning techniques.

Topics include:

Anatomy and Physiology

Principals of Training Young Trees

Responses to Various Cuts and Manipulations

Pruning Throughout the Life of the Tree

Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch, or you may order one through VVA for an extra $10.  To sign up, and to place your lunch order if needed, please call us at 434 297 2326, e-mail, or go to  Space in this workshop will be limited.

9th Annual Berry Production and Marketing Conference

Petersburg, VA – Thursday, March 9, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

The 9th Annual Berry Production and Marketing Conference features Dr. Britt Burton Freeman, Director of the Center for Nutrition Research at Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. Freeman conducts nutritional research with berry crops, and in particular, blackberry. Her research information is widely used in the industry to promote the health benefits of berries among consumers. In addition to other topics, a group of berry growers will share their own production and marketing experiences in a round-table discussion with the participants. Both organic and conventional approaches to weed management will be covered.

The conference is scheduled for March 9, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gateway Dinning facility of the Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia. Please see the flier (BerryConference_Mar9.pdf) for more details and registration information.

Beginning Farmer Workshop Series

Lousia County Extension Office – January 26, February 15, March 16, and May TBA

A Beginning Farmer Workshop Series that will be held in and around Louisa County meeting monthly beginning in January. The cost is $10 per person per workshop.  You must register at least one week before each workshop (for workshops with less than 10 participants one week out we reserve the right to cancel.) PS- You don’t have to be a “beginning farmer” to register- many of these workshops are very applicable to anyone who farms! Please contact Sarah Sharpe, to register.

-Farm Financials Part 1- January 26, 6 pm – 8:30 pm at the Louisa County Extension Office (The two part series will cover managing financial risk, farm budgeting, financial statements, and more)
-Farm Financials Part 2- February 15, 6 pm – 8:30 pm at the Louisa County Extension Office
-An Overview of NRCS, FSA, and Soil and Water Incentive Programs- March 16, 6 pm – 8 pm at the Louisa County Extension Office
-High Tunnel Production and Farm Walk- April 25, 5 pm­7pm, Hill Farm, Louisa County (address will be given to those who register)
-Goat Production- May (Date and Time TBA)
-What can I do with my forested lands?- August (Date and Time TBA)

Farm Management Institute – Join us for the 2017 Farm Management Institutes

This year’s content and lecture will be relevant to those who are lifelong learners, including young farmers, potential young farmers, parents, FFA students and those continuing or expanding their farming operations. Dr. Dave Kohl and Dr. Alex White will provide insight, materials and techniques to enhance your growth and success in agriculture.

Matt Lohr, Knowledge Center Director, will join Dr. Kohl and Dr. White to provide participants with tools and methods to become an advocate for agriculture.

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
Holiday Inn Tanglewood-Roanoke
4468 Starkey Boulevard, Roanoke, VA
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Reserve your seat by February 20th!

Monday, April 3rd, 2017
Jacksons Mill
160 WVU Jacksons Mill, Weston, WV
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Reserve your seat by March 20th!

• Learn the latest market news and trends from both a global and domestic economic outlook
• Gain insight on effective succession planning for the next generation
• Become an advocate for agriculture and learn how to effectively share your story

For more information about the Farm Management Institute or to reserve your seat, please call
540-434-5385 ext. 5616

There is NO cost to attend!

Virginia State University Small Farm Outreach Program Events

March- June, 2017 – see list of events below, click on links to the one you are interested in

Farm Income Tax Planning and Preparation

March 2 • Rappahannock Community College, Warsaw

USDA NRCS County Strikeforce Workshop Seriesinformation on NRCS programs and conservation practices

March 20 • Surry County

April 11 • Halifax County

May 17 • Greensville County

June 21 • Charlotte County

Agribusiness Production and Financial Management Course

March 9-10 • Keysville Community College

March 23-24 • Fauquier Extension Office

April 20-21 • Eastern Shore Community College


Sunday March 26th from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

We will begin with a petite luncheon and conversation about growing clean, regenerative agriculture and permaculture.

Discussions & handouts will cover: no till gardening, companion planting, capturing and holding water in your soil, soil building and partnering with Mother Nature to enhance the beauty, productivity and health of your gardens & you.  We welcome 20 people to join us for this event which will conclude with an educational & munching walkabout in our gardens, greenhouses and food forest.

Please visit additional information about our UDFA Certified Organic and Certified Biodynamic Farm.  Registration for this workshop is under the Classes & Courses tab.