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!


May 17: QUICKBOOKS TUTORIAL, VSU Campus, Petersburg, VA

May 17: STRIKEFORCE, Greenville County

May 18: USDA GRANT WRITING, VSU Campus, Petersburg, VA

May 23: ESTATE PLANNING & FARM TRANSITION, Caroline County Community Center

Sharing Knowledge & Building Community: An educational series for beginning farmers and ranchers

VA Beginning Farmer & Rancher Series at the Catawba Sustainability Center
The Catawba Sustainability Center
Catawba, VA

• May 4th: Intro, Assess the need/desire of the audience, Intro to Whole Farm Planning, Tour of CSC

• June 1st: Follow-up on Intro to Whole Farm Planning. Share other resources. Demonstration of production

• July 15th: (Saturday – ALL DAY Farm Tour in the Roanoke Area)

• Aug 3rd: Business Planning, Marketing

• Sept 7th: Follow-up with Series, Ask What’s Next… How to foster the network?

Cost: $25


Email Kelli Scott at kescott1@vt.edu with any questions

Spring Plant Sale and Event for Gardeners

Copper Hill, VA

May 6 and 7, 11 am – 3 pm both days

Patchwork Farm (216 Conner Lane, Copper Hill, VA, in Floyd, County, near mile marker 147 on Blue Ridge Parkway) is hosting a weekend spring plant sale, farm demos, and kids’ activities on Saturday-Sunday, May 6 and 7, from 11 am until 3 pm each day.

Explore the farm
Free Expert Organic Gardening Advice from your farmers (bring your list of questions!)
Regional and seasonally suitable plants
Lots of heirloom tomatoes!
Organic Seeds
Annuals and Perennials

Farm and Garden Demos on topics like:
Hand Tools (and how to use them)
Basics of Drip irrigation
Small Farm tool Demo- Heard of a Paper Pot transplanter or a caterpillar tunnel?
Tips for Transplanting
Starting Seeds in Soil Blocks
Short Farm Tours

Kids Activities include:
Bug Identification
Gourd Decorating
Kids seed starting

This event is free and open to the public.


Permaculture Design Certification Course

May 27th – June 11th

Based on the Permaculture Ethics and Principles: Earth Care, People Care, & Fair Share, developed in the 70’s by Bill Mollison & David Holmgren, this course will teach you how to use design to better enable you to turn your environment into a sustainable and regenerative system. You will learn to utilize many strategies and choose which techniques to use, in order to create a world of abundance for you and those around you.

This workshop will involve group work with students completing a real life design project on a site near the venue. Once completion of the 72 hour Permaculture Design Course theoretical and practical knowledge of Permaculture will be gained and at the end of the workshop participants will receive a Certificate that will enable the participant to practice as a Permaculture practitioner.


  • Rico Zook
  • Koreen Brennan
  • Andrew Millison

We offer 2 camping locations, both with hot showers. Limited indoor accommodations are available for an extra fee.

Healthy Food:
A healthy organic breakfast, lunch and dinner are included the cost of the course. Vegan, vegetarian and carnivore options will be available.

Fee Structure:
General Fee *includes accommodation and food*:
Early Bird: prior to April 18 $1095
Full Price: $1295

For More Information: http://www.cricketscove.net/permaculture-design-certification/

Contact: Marianne@TwigsandBerries.com

To learn about PDI go to www.permacultureintl.com