Boots to Business Reboot! Farming Ventrepreneurs

November 2, 2016

Owning a Veteran-Owned Small Business – Veterans have the character, discipline and skills needed to succeed as small business owners and entrepreneurs.  Wondering what it takes and how you can prepare?  Enroll in Boots to Business Reboot!

Boots to Business Reboot is a two step training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private sector resources.

Step one is an introduction to Entrepreneurship course eligible to Veterans of all eras, Servicemembers (including members of the National Guard and Reserves) and their spouses.  This course is instructed by the SBA and its partners who are skilled business advisors.

Step two is an eight-week online Foundations of Entrepreneurship course instructed by a consortium of professors and practitioners led by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University.

FARMING VETREPRENEURS

Day: Wednesday

Date: November 2, 2016

Time: 8am to 5pm

Place: Randolph Farms at VSU

Address: 4415 River Road

Petersburg, VA 23803

For More Information and Registration

Marci L. Posey, Economic Developer

(804) 253-8906

Registration


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 farm to consumer

Virginia Cooperative Extension

3 locations across Southwest Virginia

· Christiansburg, Nov 2, 2016

· Abingdon, Dec 1, 2016

· Roanoke, Jan 25, 2017

See the flyers and registration sheet.

Registration – Abgindon (PDF)

Registration – Christiansburg (PDF)

Details (PDF)

The Roanoke Registration will be coming soon. For now, the Christiansburg and Abingdon dates are open.

You can register via the link provided on the form. You can also connect with us on our Facebook Event Page.


Appalachian Sustainable Development Whole Farm Business Plan webinars

Next webinar – November 3rd, 12:00 NOON

Scott Denoon
Insurance Considerations for Farmers

https://virginiatech.webex.com/virginiatech/j.php?MTID=m3e126040636edace2c5edeaa8817b2f6

Webinar Instructions: About 15 minutes before noon, go to the website address above to prepare for the webinar. Login by entering your name and email address. You will then be prompted to download and install the WebEx add-on. Once installed, you will be taken to the webinar. Set up your audio connection by clicking the “Connect to Audio” button on the left. Attendees connecting with their phones should use the “Call Me” or “I Will Call In” options. Attendees connecting with computer headsets and microphones should use the “Call Using Computer” option. To hear the audio presenters, speakers or phones must be turned on. During the webinar, questions can be typed into the chat box on the right hand side of the screen. A recording of this webinar will be available at the Virginia Beginning Farmer Program website afterwards


Whole Farm Planning Program

Louisa County Extension Office,  November 9 and 17, 6 – 8 pm

Are you interested in starting or growing a farming enterprise?  Do you want to learn from other new and beginning farmers?  Come join us as we create a group of like-minded beginning farmers.  Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to later become part of a group that will meet and further explore topics of interest.  Program participants will also receive a copy of the entire whole farm planning curriculum.

There will be two sets of workshops- one in Greene County October 27 and November 3 from 6 pm – 8pm and one in Louisa County November 9 and 17 from 6 pm – 8 pm.

Please see the flyer for more information and to register.


Ginger and Turmeric Field Day

Petersburg, VA – November 10, 8 am – 12 noon.

The event will cover production, harvest, cleaning, packaging, and marketing of these spice crops, and is taking place at VSU Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

REGISTER ONLINE AT: https://goo.gl/forms/GGPRYK1nuu1W9n293

$10 registration fee is payable by cash or check on the day of the event.


USDA BFRDP Grant Opportunity Planning Meeting

November 14th in Danville, VA

Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition

The USDA BFRDP is the grant program that has funded our much of our Coalition’s work since 2011, though not exclusively.  We are currently in the 2nd year of our most recent BFRDP grant.    We are funded through December 2017.   Having talked with the USDA BFRDP program leaders, it was determined that we are not eligible to submit a new proposal this year, which would be due December 8.  Please see the attached RFA in case you have not already seen it.

RFA Document (PDF)

However, there is work to be done and interest by many of you to continue our progress and sustainability through an option that supports our current partnerships but shares the leadership in a new way.  As you already know, Virginia Tech serves as the fiscal lead for the last two USDA BFRDP grants.  There is interest by Virginia State University, through Bill Crutchfield’s leadership with the Small Farm Outreach Program, to provide leadership in submitting a proposal this year.  VSU and VT are committed to working together on this grant, with other Coalition partners, to implement a specific plan of work targeting a select geography in VA (45 counties) and socially disadvantaged farmers as the primary community of farmers.  As Virginia’s two land grant universities, we also see value in supporting key coalition efforts that help keep all of us working together, including providing networking opportunities, statewide communication, program evaluation, and other coordination work.

The management team is now pursuing the next step in this conversation:   To open this conversation to the Coalition, a planning meeting has been scheduled for 1-4pm on November 14thThe meeting will be held in room 204 at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research in Danville, VA.  There will be a call-in option for those who cannot attend in person.   (Conference calling instructions:

Dial-In Number (toll free):  (866) 842-5779/ When prompted, enter Conference Code: 5402316941).  The purpose of the meeting is to openly explore a VSU-led BFRDP proposal to support VBFRC aims and partnerships, and what backbone support can VT and other Coalition partners can offer.  A meeting agenda and reminder will be sent out before the 14th.

Personally, I think this opportunity is promising.  No one group can do the work to support the next generation of farmers in Virginia.  This coalition has always been about finding smart ways to work better together to change the conditions for new and beginning famers to succeed today and in the years to come.  If you are interested in learning more about this grant project opportunity, and to perhaps collaborate in some way, please consider participating in November 14th meeting.   In the meantime, I would encourage you to direct your questions to either myself (nieowlny@vt.edu) or Bill Crutchfield (wcrutchfield@vsu.edu).  If you have questions specifically for VSU, we ask that you direct them to Fidelis Okpebholo (fokpebholo@vsu.edu) and Bill.  Thank you!


Market Ready Training programs

For local farmers who want to learn how to make products accessible and appealing to restaurant clientele.

Nov. 10 at The Gathering Place in Harrisonburg, and Nov. 17 at MidAtlantic Farm Credit in Winchester.

Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program

This six-hour course is designed to help growers navigate marketing to meet the buyer’s expectations, overcome obstacles, and build networks with other growers and Extension experts in the Shenandoah Valley.

Farmers who supply produce, meats, eggs, dairy, or value-added products will learn the best practices for supplying larger volume markets, such as restaurants and other retail food outlets. Topic areas to be covered include:

  • Exploring current food policy legislation;
  • Building relationships and communicating with managers and chefs;
  • Designing effective packaging and labeling;
  • Developing marketing strategies;
  • Crafting alternative pricing structures;
  • Addressing regulatory concerns; and
  • Using Virginia’s Market Maker portal to conduct market research and connect with buyers.

Completion of this course will serve to prepare farmers and their managers for profitable conversations with restaurant chefs and owners at future networking events in the area.

Flyer (PDF)

The program is being held at two dates and locations, Nov. 10 at The Gathering Place in Harrisonburg, and Nov. 17 at MidAtlantic Farm Credit in Winchester. The cost is $15 per person, which includes lunch and training materials. Register online or contact French Price at the Northern District Extension Office by phone, 540-432-6029 Ext. 117, or email frenchprice@vt.edu.


Appalachian Sustainable Development Whole Farm Business Plan webinars

Next webinar – November 10th, 12:00 NOON

John Howe
Recordkeeping & Taxes for Farmers

https://virginiatech.webex.com/virginiatech/j.php?MTID=mac667ff1550a2806677f53e2fcd9cf1d

Webinar Instructions: About 15 minutes before noon, go to the website address above to prepare for the webinar. Login by entering your name and email address. You will then be prompted to download and install the WebEx add-on. Once installed, you will be taken to the webinar. Set up your audio connection by clicking the “Connect to Audio” button on the left. Attendees connecting with their phones should use the “Call Me” or “I Will Call In” options. Attendees connecting with computer headsets and microphones should use the “Call Using Computer” option. To hear the audio presenters, speakers or phones must be turned on. During the webinar, questions can be typed into the chat box on the right hand side of the screen. A recording of this webinar will be available at the Virginia Beginning Farmer Program website afterwards


Virginia Cooperative Extension at Virginia State University will be hosting a Spanish-language fruit and vegetable growing workshop at VSU’s Randolph Farm

November 11th, 2016

This program will be given entirely in Spanish.

Produccion, Seguridad Sanitaria y Mercadeo de Cultivos Horticolas

http://www.ext.vsu.edu/events/2016/11/11/produccion-seguridad-sanitaria-y-mercadeo-de-cultivos-horticolas

VSU RANDOLPH FARM PAVILION 4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

HAGA CLIC AQUI PARA REGISTRASE: https://goo.gl/forms/4CVmqAcTYpAEIqtG2

PDF

Este programa está preparado con el fin de educar a agricultores latinos principiantes y/o con experiencia sobre planificación, producción, seguridad sanitaria y mercadeo de frutillas y hortalizas étnicas. Esté preparado para recivir educación en el aula y en el campo. PARA MAYOR INFORMACION LLAME AL (703) 777-0373 or (804) 524-5840 O ENVIE UN CORREO ELECTRONICO A arafie@vsu.edu OFICINA DE PROGRAMAS Si usted es una persona con discapacidad y desea algún aparato de asistencia u otro tipo de servicio para participar en esta actividad, por favor, póngase en contacto 5 días antes del evento con Beth Sastre al 703- 777-0373 / TDD* durante el horario laboral de 8:30 am a 5:00 pm. * TDD número es (800 ) 828-1120


The 2016 Small Farm Symposium, Nov. 16 in Danville, VA

NOVEMBER 16, 2016

10am – 2pm

INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED LEARNING & RESEARCH

DANVILLE, VA

Join Virginia farmers, landowners and supporters of agriculture for an opportunity to connect with experts in agricultural practices and marketing and learn about new opportunities and strategies that promote small farm profitability and sustainability.

REGISTER ONLINE AT: https://goo.gl/forms/GPDkyrgKPvbmMhml1

Details (PDF)

SYMPOSIUM AGENDA

10:00 a.m.  Welcome, William Crutchfield

10:30 a.m. Presentations

  •  MARKETING, Ashley Nauta, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Agricultural Marketing & Agritourism
  •  VALUE ADDED, Denise Hudson, Hudson Heritage Farms, LLC
  •  GAP CERTIFICATION , Amber Vallotton, Virginia Tech Horticulture

11:30 a.m. Panel Discussion

Moderator, Martha Walker Community Viability Specialist at Virginia Cooperative Extension

12:15 p.m. Awards Luncheon

  •  KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Brennan Washington, Southern SARE
  •  NRCS AWARDS, Minority Farmer of the Year
  •  SFOP AWARDS, Small Farmer of the Year and Volunteer of the Year

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 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.


Agribusiness Production and Financial Management Workshop

Danville, VA – November 17-18, beginning 8 am each day

Designed especially for limited-resource and veteran farmers, the six-part Agribusiness Production & Financial Management course will allow you to:

• Meet the mandatory USDA/FSA financial and production management borrower training requirements.
• Find resources to help boost farm profitability and income for farm families and local communities.
• Offer hands-on training to farmers and assist them in developing valuable skills in financial management and crop production.

Find out what you need to know for tax planning, record-keeping and marketing as well as strategies for reducing risk and connecting to available funding through state and federal agencies­all designed to help you grow and sustain a successful farm business.

The Agribusiness Production and Financial Management course builds on strong partnerships with USDA agencies, local banks and industry collaborators to develop an innovative, culturally sensitive, level appropriate, and practical research-based curriculum. Instructors include multidisciplinary staff from Virginia State University’s Colleges of Agriculture and Business, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Farm Credit officials and producers who have had success with our programs. Completion of the course may offer CE credit. Contact Michael Carter (mcarter@vsu.edu) for eligibility requirements or additional information.

Participation in this class session includes the NOVEMBER 17 FARM TOUR to Hudson Heritage Farm, LLC to complete the requirement for all six course modules. Outdoor attire and comfortable walking shoes are recommended for attendees.

REGISTER ONLINE AT: https://goo.gl/forms/GsZJggZyST5D2Xtc2
Course is Limited to 20 Registered Attendees
CLASSES BEGIN AT 8:00 AM EACH DAY

The workshop will take place at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research, 150 Slayton Ave • Danville, VA 24540
Lunch is provided.

$50 COURSE FEE includes all course materials. Fees are payable on the day of arrival at the course location by cash or check made payable to “Virginia State University.”

Program sponsors include Virginia State University, Virginia Cooperative Extension, USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture, and Farm Credit

For more information, conatct:  Michael Carter (mcarter@vsu.edu) or Mike Wooden (mwooden@vsu.edu), Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University

PLEASE NOTE: Classes with less than five (5) registered attendees may be canceled by the instructor. Registered attendees will be notified of changes or cancellations seven (7) days prior to the course start date, and pre-paid registration will be refunded in full.

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 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.


MORE Upcoming November 2016 Events in Virginia – shared by the Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program

We are happy to share some great events happening for beginning farmers and ranchers in Virginia this month. More details on each event are available through the links to flyers and specific event pages at the Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition website. Please note that not all of the events announced in this email are by the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program, and that not all events in Virginia may be included in this list. We hope to see you at some of these great events!