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.

Sign up at https://www.albemarleciderworks.com/news/workshops

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 fruit@albemarleciderworks.com, or go to https://www.albemarleciderworks.com/news/workshops.  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.


Center for Rural Culture – Join us for a Beekeeping Workshop in Goochland!

Keith Flannagan will lead the discussion introducing participants to beekeeping basics. He has raised bees for many years and sold his honey through Local Roots and Fall Line Farms.

Keith will show examples of all the tools and equipment needed to get started. The program will cover how to construct a hive and the proper use of the tools required. He will also share local and web based sources for materials and equipment.
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We hope to see you March 11th!


Webinars on Organic Tomato Production, Breeding, and Disease Management

 March 7 and March 30

The Tomato Organic Management and Improvement (TOMI) project and eOrganic will host two webinars this month focused on organic tomato production. Both live-broadcast webinars are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required.

TOMI is a multi-state project working to develop new tomato varieties that are resistant to the most problematic diseases facing organic tomato growers while maintaining exceptional flavor that customers expect. Learn more about the project here.

Webinar 1: Tomato Varietal Improvement
March 7th at 2:00 p.m. Eastern (1p Central, 12p Mountain, 11a Pacific)

Organic vegetable growers need varieties that are adapted to their farming systems. In this webinar, presenters will describe how farmers and formal breeders can develop improved tomato varieties on their farm or in their breeding program using examples from the TOMI project. Specific topics will include: identifying key traits and choosing appropriate parents, making crosses and selecting from populations for desirable traits, using genetic markers to aid in selection, and more.

REGISTER

Webinar 2: Using Biofungicides, Biostimulants and Biofertilizers to Boost Crop Productivity and Help Manage Vegetable Diseases
March 30th at 2:00 p.m. Eastern (1p Central, 12p Mountain, 11a Pacific)
Effectively managing diseases is one of the biggest challenges facing organic tomato growers. There is currently a wide range of biologically based products available on the market that claim to boost crop growth and help plants withstand many plant diseases. However, there are few independent, science-based studies to validate the efficacy of some of these products as well as instructions detailing how and when to apply them to achieve the best results. In this webinar, presenters will describe the different types of products available in the marketplace today, provide an overview of recent studies evaluating their efficacy, and discuss strategies for identifying the most effective products and application practices.REGISTER 


Three-Day Agribusiness Bus Tour

Departing from Petersburg at 7:30 am March 13, and visiting farms in North and South Carolina March 13-15

The VSU Small Farm Outreach Program will host a three-day bus tour on March 13-15, 2017.

COST: $100 per person by cash, check, or money order payable to “Virginia State University” on the day of departure prior to boarding the bus.

This fee covers meals, transportation and 2-nights’ accommodations during the tour.

LIMITED SEATING IS AVAILABLE.

Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.

The tour will depart at 7:30AM from VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion.
On the tour we will visit family-owned farming operations in North Carolina and South Carolina and Clemson University’s Student Organic Farm.

ITINERARY INCLUDES:

March 13, 2017

Humble Roots Farm Wilmington, NC                    http://humblerootsfarm.com/
Locklear Farms, Pembroke, NC                               http://locklearfarm.com/

March 14, 2017

Clemson Organic Farm                                                http://www.localharvest.org/clemson-university-student-organic-farm-M30763
Mushroom Mountain, Easley, SC                             http://mushroommountain.com/

March 15, 2017

Bush and Vine Farms, York, SC                                 https://www.bushnvinefarm.com/
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If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 /TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.


Beginning Farmer Workshop Series

Lousia County Extension Office –  March 16

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, seweaver@vt.edu 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!

www.FarmCreditKnowledgeCenter.com

KClevenger@FCVirginias.com


Piedmont Environmental Council Farmland Access Workshop Series

Warrenton, VA

Successful connections between landowners interested in land leasing and land seekers begins with both parties coming to the table prepared and with a vision. This workshop is geared toward landowners and will provide information and resources on agricultural and conservation considerations that can be incorporated into leasing arrangements. Join us from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at PEC’s headquarter office in Warrenton to learn more.

The event is free, but registration is required. Space is limited.

Farmland Access For Landowners

Thu, March 23, 2017
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Speakers

Timothy Mize of Virginia Cooperative Extension will discuss assessing agricultural possibilities and how to plan for the agriculture activity best suited for your property.

Casey Dietzen Iames, Soil Conservationist at the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will present information and resources on conservation practices: developing a farm plan, conservation planning and cost share programs.

Farmer Panel

Molly and Mike Peterson of Heritage Hollow Farms and Mike Sands of Bean Hollow Grassfed. Both farms have leasing arrangements and will describe their operations, their experiences working with VCE and NRCS programs and offer their perspectives on developing a lease with production and conservation measures in mind.

This event is part of PEC’s Farmland Access Workshop Series. For more information, contact Jess Palmer at jpalmer@pecva.org or 540-347-2334 ext. 7081.  More info/registration

Farmland Access For Land Seekers

Thu, March 23, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

This workshop will cover the Land Access Module from the Whole Farm Planning program put together by Virginia Tech and the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition.

Jim Hankins, Executive Director of the Fauquier Education Farm and instructor for the Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program, will guide land seekers through series of worksheets and planning practices that will help develop a farm vision with land acquisition goals.

This event is part of PEC’s Farmland Access Workshop Series. For more information, contact Jess Palmer at jpalmer@pecva.org or 540-347-2334 ext. 7081.  More info/registration

Networking Social Hour for Land Ownders and Farmland Seekers

Thu, March 30, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Break the ice and make new connections! The most successful farmland matches are built on relationships between land seekers and landowners who are well prepared, informed and supported.

Take this opportunity to meet and begin a dialogue with others that could lead to a future match.

This event is part of PEC’s Farmland Access Workshop Series. For more information, contact Jess Palmer at jpalmer@pecva.org or 540-347-2334 ext. 7081.  More info/registration


Virginia Market Ready Farm to Restaurant Workshop

Sell what You Grow to Restaurants!

Interested in what restaurant chefs and retail managers are looking for in purchasing food products directly from Virginia producers? Topics include:

  • Explore current food policy legislation
  • Build relationships to better communicate with managers & chefs
  • Design effective packaging and labeling
  • Develop marketing strategies
  • Craft alternative pricing structures
  • Address regulatory concerns
  • Use Virginia’s Market Maker

Who Should Attend?

Market Ready is a program developed specifically for producers who would like to get started or expand current operations to sell direct to restaurants or retailers.

Market Ready TM Training will take place from 9 AM to 3 PM, with doors opening at 8:30 AM for coffee and socializing with speakers and colleagues.

Date & Location:

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Wytheville Community College
Grayson Bldg-Room 219
1000E Main St
Wytheville, VA 24382

Register by March 17

Registration Fee = $15/person (includes lunch)

Questions about registration or program contents?

Contact:

Kelli Scott: (540) 382-5790 or kescott1@vt.edu

Sandy Stoneman: (276) 223-6040 or sandiest@vt.edu

ONLINE REGISTRATION LINK:  https://tinyurl.com/j2adsye


Virginia Farmer Veteran Coalition Stakeholder Meeting

 Leesburg, VA – 11:00 am Saturday March 25, 2017

From the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition:

 The Virginia Farmer Veteran Coalition is now taking first steps to organize and needs your input!

The Northern Virginia Stakeholders Meeting will take place Saturday, March 25, 11:00 AM at the Sykes Hall, Loudoun County Fairgrounds in Leesburg, VA

The veteran-led FVC desires to provide information, fellowships, grants and resources to veterans who farm or are interested in agriculture.
If you are interested,
·         Contact John Fant, jsfant64@gmail.com
·         Join the Farmer Veteran Coalition, at www.farmvetco.org


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


PERMACULTURE & BIODYNAMIC FARM WORKSHOP CELEBRATING THE BEGINNING OF SPRING at CRICKET COVE FARM

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


Food Safety Best Practices for Farmers Market Growers
A hands-on workshop focusing on a risk-based framework to increase fresh produce food safety from farmer to consumer

March 29, 2017
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Virginia Highlands Community College
Abingdon, VA

In this hands-on workshop, we will discuss the relevance of foodborne illnesses and provide a risk-based framework so participants can learn how to assess their production, harvest, and post-harvest handling practices. We will also look at trends in food safety practices at Virginia’s farmers markets, and offer suggestions and examples of best practices that can be implemented. The workshop will feature Dr. Renee Boyer (VT Food Safety Extension Specialist), Phil Blevins (VCE-Washington ANR Agent), Kelli Scott (VCE-Montgomery ANR Agent), Sandy Stoneman (VCE-Area Food Safety Agent), and Amber Vallotton (VT Fresh Produce Food Safety Team Coordinator).

  • This workshop will be held in Abingdon at Virginia Highlands Community College in the LRC Building Auditorium
  • Cost of this special workshop is $25 and includes refreshments, lunch, and all handouts
  • Certificate of Training and door prizes will be awarded at the end of the program
  • Questions? Contact Sandy Stoneman, 276-613-3334 or sandyst@vt.edu
  • Since space is limited, pre-registration is required! Mail registration form (attached) with check or money order to Montgomery County Extension Office, 755 Roanoke St – Ste 1G, Christiansburg, VA 24073 or to register and pay with credit card follow these instructions
    *Click on this link or copy and paste into your browser: https://quikpayasp.com/vt/commerce_manager/payer.do?orderType=VTVirginiaCooperativeExtension

Forestry and Agroforestry Landowner Workshop

Halifax, VA – 12 noon – 5 pm Thursday March 30

The Virginia State Univerrsity Small Farms Outreach Program and Virginia Cooperative Extension are offering this workshop to help landowners enhance diversity, productivity, and health of  their forest lands.  It will take place at the Wedgewood Golf Center, 2131 Mountain Road in Halifax.  For more information and registration,  visit www.ext.vsu.edu.


Organic Seed Alliance Webinar: Using Biofungicides, Biostimulants and Biofertilizers to Boost Crop Productivity and Help Manage Vegetable Diseases

March 30th at 2:00 p.m. Eastern (1p Central, 12p Mountain, 11a Pacific)

Effectively managing diseases is one of the biggest challenges facing organic tomato growers. There is currently a wide range of biologically based products available on the market that claim to boost crop growth and help plants withstand many plant diseases. However, there are few independent, science-based studies to validate the efficacy of some of these products as well as instructions detailing how and when to apply them to achieve the best results. In this webinar, presenters will describe the different types of products available in the marketplace today, provide an overview of recent studies evaluating their efficacy, and discuss strategies for identifying the most effective products and application practices.

REGISTER TODAY