Urban Agriculture Symposium
Arlington, VA – October 1, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

The Arlington County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension (tel 703-228-6400) will hold the 2016 VCE Urban Agriculture Symposium Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington 22206. The symposium is being held in conjunction with Urban Agriculture Month in Virginia and is sponsored by VCE and Greenstreet Garden Center in partnership with Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia.

The keynote speaker will be Carlin Rafie, assistant professor at Virginia Tech and VCE adult nutrition specialist, who will discuss the relationship between nutrition and health.  In breakout sessions, Virginia Tech researchers and other experts will focus on perennial and tree crops for the urban gardener; research on growing food with biosolids; growing nutritious, low-maintenance vegetables; small-space gardening of the future; aeroponic containerized farming; teaching the next generation of gardeners; and growing microgreens and sprouts at home for winter nutrition.

Registration is open to all. The fee is $25 and covers the cost of supplies as well as refreshments and lunch for participants. More information and a registration form are available at mgnv.org; click on the link http://bit.ly/VCEUrbanAgSymposium.

Contact:  Kirsten Buhls, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent  (kbuhls@vt.edu)
Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

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Goat Production using No-till Pastures
Arrington, VA – October 4, 10 am – 12 noon

The Virginia State University Small Farm Outreach Program is offering this workshop, which will be held at Nappier’s Goat Farm, 82 Old Rose Mill Rd, Arrington, VA, and will cover:
• Steps to follow to set up a small farm livestock operation
• USDA services that are available
• Assistance from your local cooperative extension service and Virginia State and Virginia Tech
• Assistance from the VSU Small Farm Outreach Program.

This workshop is free and open to the public.
We are grateful for the support of Nelson County Extension Office in offering this education workshop.

REGISTER ONLINE AT: https://goo.gl/forms/OxeC0fm70LsS9QbH2

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Resources for Small Farmers
Leesburg, VA – October 6, 10 am – 12:30PM

The Virginia State University Small Farm Outreach Program is offering this workshop, which will take place at the Loudoun County Cooperative Extension Office, Sykes Hall, 17558 Dry Mill Rd, Leesburg, VA

Many services exist on the federal, state and local level to assist small farmers and ranchers. However, often those who are new to farming and ranching are lost in a maze of government alphabet soup as they try to access these services. This workshop is designed to help new and beginning farmers learn how to take advantage of these valuable programs and provide them with critical information vital to the success of their farming or ranching enterprise. A new and beginning farmer or rancher is a farmer or rancher with less than 10 years of experience in farming and/or ranching.

Lunch is included.
Register at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/zqwf9TsEWMcFOfcp2


9:30        Registration
10:00 Introduction to VSU Small Farm Outreach, Patrick Johnson, VSU
10:15 Updates from Extension, James Hilleary, ANR Agent
10:30 NRCS Programs for Farmers
10:45 Farm Service Agency
11:00 Local Regulations and Zoning, Loudoun County, Department of Planning and Zoning
11:15 Tax Regulations Impacting Local Farms Office of the Commissioner of Revenue, Loudoun County
11:30 USDA Rural Development
11:45 Loudoun County Soil & Water Conservation
12:00 Nutrient Management
12:15 Questions and Answers

Contact Sue Naille in the Loudoun County Extension Office at (703) 777-0373

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.

Appalachian Sustainable Development Whole Farm Business Plan Challenge webinar series

Thursday, October 6th, from 12:00 PM (noon) – 1:00 PM

This is a reminder for the second webinar in the Appalachian Sustainable Development Whole Farm Business Plan Challenge webinar series. This week’s webinar is on Financial Needs Assessment. The webinar will be Thursday, October 6th, from 12:00 PM (noon) – 1:00 PM. You can access the webinar on Thursday at this link: https://virginiatech.webex.com/virginiatech/j.php?MTID=ma643d432b12b450a3e1a7d6814c7342a

Amy Gail Fannon is the Extension Agent of Agriculture and Natural Resources for Virginia Cooperative Extension in Lee County.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Crop and Soil‐Environmental Science with minors in Forestry and Environmental Science in December 2008 from Virginia Tech. She finished her Master’s Degree in Crop and Soil‐Environmental Science from Virginia Tech with her thesis focusing on hair sheep production in silvopasture systems in 2012.  Amy resides on her family’s small farm in community of Hickory Flats in Lee County.  The farm has been in the family for four generations and currently produces soybeans, corn, alfalfa hay, and pumpkins.

SWEET POTATO Demonstration at Bates Farm
OCTOBER 11 • 10:00am – 1:00pm

13450 Stonewall Jackson Rd

Join the Small Farm Outreach Program to see the results of planting from 11 different sweet potato varieties. All varieties were planted at the same time
this year, and we’ll discuss the planting, care and harvesting of sweet potatoes at this on-site educational demonstration.

To register by phone, call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626.

2017 Beginning Farmer Training Program – Future Harvest / CASA

Application deadline October 15, 2016

The Future Harvest / Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (FHCASA) is now accepting applications for its 2017 Beginning Farmer Training Program.  We are now offering three different traiing levels to meet the needs of beginning farmers at different stages in their careers.  All levels are free and come with a suite of FHCASA benefits, including the annual conference, field days, and more.
        Level 1 is designed for entry level farmers looking for a year long, comprehensive introduction to the business and craft of sustainable farming.
        Level 2 is for serious new farmers with at least one year farming experience, ready to commit to a full season of shoulder-to-shoulder training with an experienced farmer.
        Level 3 is for intermediate farmers with 3 to 5 years experience who already own or manage a farm.  We will pair you with an advanced, experienced Farm Consultant who wil help you get your farm to the next level.
        Apply on line at www.futureharvestcasa.org. If you have questions, contact BFTP Director Sarah Sohn at sarah@futureharvestcasa.org.

Details at: https://www.futureharvestcasa.org/field-school/beginner-farmer-training-program

Cut Flowers Workshop
October 12, 2016, 1 – 4  pm – Petersburg, VA

Virginia State University and Virginia Cooperative Extension are offering a Cut Flowers workhsop at VSU’s Randolph Farm Pavilion, 4415 River Road in Petersburg, VA.  Hear from experts and experienced growers on choosing bulb varieties for cut flowers, appropriate varieties for wholesale and retail markets, high tunnel production, and more!

Presentations include:
•  Brent Heath, Brent & Becky’s Bulbs
•  Steve Papoulakos, Vogue Flowers, Richmond
•  Chris Mullins, VSU Extension Specialist
•  Video information from the Specialty Cut Flowers Association

REGISTER ONLINE AT: https://goo.gl/forms/6quGbGZEiyiWgiRs1

This informational session is free and open to the public.

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.

Grow Your Knowledge to Grow Your Farm” Workshop Series

Join the Farm Credit Knowledge Center for a 4-part workshop series featuring different industry professionals and landowners that explores some of the many options available to you! Seating is limited to 30 participants, and a $20 materials fee will be due at the first workshop.

Thursday, October 27: Land Options Part 1

·         Forestry

·         Fruits and Vegetable Production

·         Resources on organics, permaculture and hops

·         Beekeeping

Thursday, November 3: Land Options Part 2

·         Livestock

·         Fencing Requirements

·         Forages, crops and pasture

·         Diversified Operations

Thursday, November 10: Land Preservation, Agricultural Land Use and Other Investment Options

·         Leasing

·         Conservation easements

Thursday, November 17: Resources and Contacts to Help You Succeed

·         Natural Resources Conservation Service

·         Soil and Water Conservation District

·         Virginia Cooperative Extension

·         Farm Service Agency

·         Farm Credit of the Virginias

RSVP to Rebecca Webert at 540-347-3344 or rwebert@fcvirginias.com by October 14th to reserve your spot.

Community Voices Presents Anthony Flaccavento
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA – October 24, 7 pm

Anthony Flaccavento is an organic farmer, innovator and sustainable development pioneer from Abingdon, Virginia. He will be the featured Community Voices speaker on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Alexander Black House, 205 Draper Rd., Blacksburg, VA.In his presentation, “Beyond the Margins: Six Transitions to Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up,” he will share his research on the bottom-up economy, and describe six essential transitions he believes our nation must establish to build a healthier, more just and sustainable economy and food system for its citizens.A community development practitioner, Flaccavento helped found the Abingdon Farmers Market and the Appalachian Harvest Food Hub. He has worked with community leaders in more than a dozen states, in addition to Canada and Australia, to build stronger, more sustainable economies.Following the talk, he will be selling and signing copies of his recently-released book, Building a Healthy Economy From the Bottom Up (University of Kentucky Press, 2016).Anthony Flaccavento will participate in an informal luncheon roundtable discussion on October 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room C of the Graduate Life Center, 155 Otey Street. The roundtable will include a light lunch that is available for $5, or attendees may bring their own. Please, RSVP to Regina Naff by Friday, October 21 at noon to sign up for lunch (regina50@vt.edu and/or 540-231-6775).Community Voices is an interdisciplinary group of Virginia Tech graduate students and faculty, and community representatives interested in exploring innovative approaches to community building and engagement. The group, affiliated with the School of Public and International Affairs’ Institute for Policy and Governance, organizes a series of public talks by leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who share their insights and experiences helping communities shape their futures. The speakers’ presentations, which include conversation with the audience, are free and open to the public.In addition to the public events, each speaker also meets with interested students and faculty at Virginia Tech for luncheon roundtable discussions, facilitated by graduate students and IPG director Max Stephenson Jr. Graduate students also interview the speakers for “Trustees Without Borders,” a podcast produced by Institute Senior Fellow Andy Morikawa. The public presentations and interview recordings are available on the Community Voices website.For more information, interview requests, or if you need accommodations for the public presentation, please contact Andy Morikawa at the Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance: andymorikawa@vt.edu or (540) 230-1492 mobile.
The Community Voices fall series is sponsored by School of Performing Arts; Department of Landscape Architecture; Virginia Tech Graduate School; School of Public and International Affairs; Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education; Office of Associate Vice President of Engagement; College of Architecture and Urban Studies; Department of Political Science; and the Institute of Policy and Governance.

Making the Food System more Just and Diverse – a public seminar by Karen Washington
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA – October 25, 11 am – 12 noon

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Diversity Council at Virginia Tech is excited to host food justice advocate and farmer, Karen Washington, from Rise and Root Farm
Karen Washington’s free, public seminar will be held on October 25th at 11 am in the Fralin Life Science Auditorium on the Virginia Tech Campus.

Karen Washington is a community activist, community gardener advocate, farmer, board member of the New York Botanical Gardens, and James Beard Foundation Leadership Award recipient.  She has worked with Bronx neighborhoods for nearly 30 years to turn empty lots into community gardens; co-founded the Black Urban Growers (BUGS) organization for growers in both urban and rural settings; and has traveled globally to talk about the importance of social justice and community resilience in our food and farming systems.

To learn more about Karen and her work, please visit:

Dine for a Cause – Anthony Flaccavento on Small Town Economic Success
Floyd, VA – October 25, dinner at 6, presentation starts at 7

Floyd, Virginia – Anthony Flaccavento, author of the new book, Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up, will be the keynote speaker at SustainFloyd’s annual “Dine for a Cause” at the Floyd EcoVillage this Tuesday evening, October 25 at 6 p.m.  The evening features a beans and rice dinner and is free of charge. Contributions to SustainFloyd are welcomed.  There will also be a cash bar featuring wine and beer.  The event will take place at the Celebration Hall at the Floyd EcoVillage, behind Wall Residences, 718 Franklin Pike SE, Floyd

Everyone is invited. You do not need to be a member of SustainFloyd to attend “Dine for a Cause.”  There will be an opportunity to purchase signed copies of Flaccavento’s new book.

“Floyd has become a model of a successful small, rural town, but there is still much we can do,” says Jackie Crenshaw, President of SustainFloyd. “Anthony Flaccavento is a fascinating speaker who demonstrates that active citizens can spur change, generate community capital, increase civic dialogue, and foster sustainability efforts.”

Anthony Flaccavento is an experienced organic farmer near Abingdon, VA.  He ran for Congress in 2012 to represent the 9th District, which includes Floyd.  Flaccavento is the author of Healthy Food Systems: A Toolkit for Building Value Chains and has published articles on sustainability and rural development in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and Solutions Journal. In 1995, Flaccavento founded Appalachian Sustainable Development and now serves as the president of SCALE, Inc., a private consulting business that supports ecologically healthy economies.

SustainFloyd is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that aims to localize the economy of Floyd County; enhance and protect natural and cultural resources; develop robust local food systems; advance issues of energy independence and sustainable living.

For more information, contact SustainFloyd at info@sustainfloyd.org, 540-745-7333

Retrospective of Waterpenny Farm – Local Food Hub 2016 Workshop Series
Charlottesville – October 27, 4 – 6 pm

Don’t miss our last workshop of the year!! Led by Eric Plaksin and Rachel Bynum of Waterpenny Farm in Rappahannock County, this workshop will share best practices and lessons learned from a small, diversified farm. An informal presentation and discussion will provide an excellent opportunity to learn from two talented farmers who have weathered the challenges of farm start-up, growing their business into a thriving operation that reflects a deep commitment to land stewardship.

Waterpenny Farm is a 10-acre vegetable farm in Rappahannock County, VA. Since their first growing season in 2000, Eric and Rachel have been committed to running their farm in harmony with the environment, using sustainable growing practices, with all organic inputs and no chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Their market outlets include farmers’ markets, a CSA program, and on-farm sales, with a customer base that extends from the local community into the Washington DC / Northern VA  region.

LOCATION: Room 235, Albemarle County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville – Please note this is NOT the County Office Building on 5th Street!

COST: $10

QUESTIONS? Email Adrianna Vargo, Director of Grower Services, at adrianna@localfoodhub.org .

Click here to RSVP

Whole Farm Planning Program
Greene County Extension Office, October 27 and November 3, 6 – 8 pm
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.