Biological Farming

What is Biological Farming?
Biological Farming is an approach to food and fiber production that respects the natural processes in the farm or garden ecosystem in order to yield top quality products, provide a viable living for the producer, and sustain long-term productivity. Practitioners use ecologically sound methods of agriculture, horticulture, aquaculture, and livestock husbandry to provide food that is as nutritious and free from toxic residues as possible, and which preserves the balance found in natural ecosystems.

Who is VABF?
VABF encompasses a community of farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, students, teachers, researchers, and general supporters of local and sustainable food systems! Find out more about VABF memberships.

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Our Mission

What does VABF do?
VABF’s mission is to educate about, advocate for, and promote organic and biological farming and gardening.

Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Statement
Natural diversity is a foundational and functional principle of ecologically healthy farming systems. Nurturing diversity is essential to a healthy society.

VABF has a history of inclusion, representation and service to farmers and gardeners of diverse backgrounds, heritage and economic circumstance. We strive for diversity to be a guiding tenet of our organization. We envision farmers, consumers, and food entrepreneurs of all backgrounds to be fully represented in our membership and leadership; and throughout organic, biological and local agriculture in Virginia.

Board of Directors and Staff

Adam Taylor
VABF President

VABF Chair Executive and Finance Committee


Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center

Francesca Costantino

VABF Vice President

VABF Chair Grants and Resourcing Committee


VABF Policy Liason and Program Manager at Foodshed Capital

Seyra Whitney 

VABF Secretary


Powhatan Farm Manager
Shalom Farms

Justin Wilson

VABF Treasurer


VP First Citizens Bank

Ira Wallace

VABF Board Member


Southern Exposure Seed Exchange &
Acorn Community

John Munsell

VABF Board Member


Virginia Tech Professor and Forest Management Extension Specialist

Tom Brody

VABF Board Member

VABF Chair Membership and Outreach Committee


Rise up Rooted Gardens

Thelonius Cook

VABF Board Member

Mighty Thundercloud Edible Forest

VABF Board Member
Mountain Glen Farm

Renee Foster

VABF Board Member

Hampton Roads Urban Agriculture

Hannah Varnell

VABF Board Member


DVM, Founder of Wellfarm

Mark Davis

VABF Board Member

Real Roots Food Systems

VABF Board Member
Co-Owner at The Blue Horn Farm

Brent Wills

VABF Program Coordinator

Wills Soil & Stream and Bramble Hollow Farm

Lindsay Newsome

VABF Administrative Director

VABF Conference Committee Chair


Bluebird Hill Farms

Eryn Alloway

VABF Social Media Manager

Conference Coordinator
Sterling Celebrations
VABF Operations Manager