The 20th annual Virginia Biological Farming Conference is Virginia’s premier organic and sustainable agricultural conference! The Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF) and Virginia State University (VSU) collaborate to bring together farmers, gardeners, eaters, educators and advocates of sustainable agriculture for 2 full days of educational workshops and presentations, panel discussions, interesting and knowledgeable exhibitors, regionally sourced meals, book signings, Silent Auction, Taste of Virginia Expo and lots of networking opportunities at our Taste of Virginia social with music Saturday night!

Join us at our 20th annual Conference, immerse yourself in our Pre-Conference intensive workshops and celebrate at the Taste of Virginia Social!

Featured Speakers:

Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms

Author of 12 books including, Pastured Poultry Profits, Family Friendly Farming and Salad Bar Beef

Leah Penniman, Soul Fire Farm

Author of Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land

Jeff Poppen

The Barefoot Farmer, biodynamic farmer for over 40 years and author of The Best of the Barefoot Farmer Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

Check out our amazing offerings of Pre-Conference Workshops on Friday, January 11, 2019! Explore and register separately for workshops by clicking the workshop buttons:

Year Round Hoop House Vegetables


All Conference Registrations include lunch and dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. Registration sales are final. Email Lindsay at with conference questions.

Membership Rates

Join VABF or renew your membership here!

Current members: Simply request your password and sign in here!

*Note that Farm/Household members may purchase registrations for up to 5 farm/household members and Non-profit organization and Business Members may purchase up to 3 member registrations for their organization/company.

New this year: Thanks to integrating our new member focused website with our events, we’ve eliminated the fees of an additional event management system. So the price you see is the price you get, with no additional fees to you!

Payment by check or money order may be made by submitting your registrant information below and then mailing a check to the VABF address given.



We are excited to be in Downtown Richmond, Va in 2019, at the Omni Richmond Hotel. Registration fees do not include overnight accommodations. Hotel rooms within the group block are $125/night, not including taxes and fees. Rooms must be reserved by January 3, 2019 to guarantee the group rate. Reservations may be made online:

Or by calling 1-800-THE-OMNI and identify yourself as being with VABF. Guests in the group block will automatically receive complimentary, high speed, wi-fi in their guest rooms and one complimentary valet parking space per guest room.

Omni Richmond Hotel
100 S 12th St
Richmond VA 23219




VABF Conference delivery of Organic Farm Supplies

Seven Spring Farm is once again offering a bulk delivery to the VABF conference on January 11 and 12. Seven Springs Farm is donating 5% of total product sales to VABF. Deadline for orders – December 19th. Benefits: Help support VABF, save on shipping costs and get your farm/garden supplies early!

Contact 800-540-9181, 540-651-3228 or email Do not place orders online for this delivery. Full catalog online at – for a free catalog call, email or order online.

Cultivator Sponsors

Exhibitors & Advertisers

Allegheny Mountain Institute

Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition

Banner Greenhouses

Common Grain Alliance

Common Wealth Seed Growers

Earth and Sky Solutions

Johnny’s Selected Seeds

National Young Farmers Coalition

Paradise Energy Solutions

Produce Source Partners

Exhibitors & Advertisers

Purple Mountain Organics

Red Wing Shoes

Seven Springs Farm

Sharondale Mushroom Farm

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

The Fertrell Company



USDA-Farm Service Agency


USDA NASS VA Field Office