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

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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 images below.

Year Round Hoophouse Vegetables

Discover the factors should you consider when planning a productive year-round hoophouse food crop.

Brew Herbal Beers & Meads

Learn to brew simple ales and meads flavored with herbs, fruits and other botanicals.

Unraveling the Mysteries of Biodynamics

Discussions & demonstrations f0r each biodynamic preparation.

Sustainable Poultry for the Dinner Table!

Discover how chickens can and should be raised for the table!

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms

Join mycologist Mark Jones, owner of Sharondale Mushroom Farm, in this introduction for gardeners and homesteaders.

Greenhouse Management and Growing

AND Urban Farm Tour (8 am to 12:30 pm)

Discover Tricycle’s sustainable farming practices for the Greenhouse.

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training and Certification

The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement.

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Membership Rates

Members enjoy reduced registration 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 4 member registrations for their organization/company.

Volunteer and Financial Aid

Click here to access the Volunteer and Financial Aid Form. Deadline to apply for full financial aid is December 21, 2018. Volunteers receiving partial financial aid will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. This year we are also offering Pre-Conference workshop volunteer positions.

VABF Conference delivery of Organic Farm Supplies

Seven Springs 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 7springs@swva.net. Do not place orders online for this delivery. Full catalog online at www.7springsfarm.com – for a free catalog call, email or order online.

Cultivator Sponsors

Seedling Sponsors

Exhibitors & Advertisers

Allegheny Mountain Institute

Agrarian Trust

Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition

Banner Greenhouses

BCS America

Certified Naturally Grown

Common Grain Alliance

Common Wealth Seed Growers

Earth and Sky Solutions

Friendly City Food Co-op

Grant Massie Land Company

High Mowing Organic Seeds

Johnny’s Selected Seeds

Mountain Run Permaculture

National Young Farmers Coalition

Paradise Energy Solutions

Produce Source Partners

Purple Mountain Organics

Quality Certification Services

Red Wing Shoes

Seven Springs Farm

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

The Fertrell Company

Sharondale Mushroom Farm

Tricycle

VDACS

USDA-Farm Service Agency

USDA-NRCS

USDA NASS VA Field Office