Agroforestry Farming

A Workshop on Whole-Farm Management and Ecosystem Services at the VT Catawba Sustainability Center

August 19-21, 2019

Agroforestry? Regenerative Agriculture? Water Quality and other Environmental Services and Markets?

More and more folks are learning about these farming strategies and benefits, but teaching and demonstration farms where you can see them in action are often hard to come by. Virginia Tech’s Catawba Sustainability Center farm is one of those gems and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming is collaborating with Virginia Tech’s Office of Outreach and International Affairs to bring you a Low-Cost opportunity to dive deep into agroforestry, regenerative whole-farm practices, and environmental services markets. Program goals are to help you learn more about these practices in a hands-on setting and strengthen the network of regenerative agroforestry practitioners.

Participants will spend two days at the Center with the very people that have shaped its agroforestry and regenerative farming practices. You will not only learn from but also work with them through hands-on sessions and strategic planning exercises. On top of that, enjoy a welcome reception and informational social in downtown Roanoke the evening before the field sessions begin. The social includes live local music by Blacksburg’s own Clover Hollow and locally sourced heavy hors d’oeuvres. After a full day of learning in the field, be inspired by keynote speaker Keefe Keeley from the Savanna Institute at a locally sourced banquet in Roanoke.

Could there be more? Yes! Lunch is provided both days and for those of you staying at the Hotel Roanoke with reduced room rates, transportation will be provided (breakfast, too!). So come worry-free and join us for hands-on learning and collaboration, and leave with a rich understanding of how you can use these practices and take advantage of associated opportunities on your farm or homestead.

You must act quickly though. There are only 60 seats available for this training, first come first served.  

For a registration fee of $110 you get…

  1. A ticket to the informational welcome social from 6:30-9 pm on August 19th at the 5 Points Music Sanctuary in Roanoke, with live music by Blacksburg’s own Clover Hollow, cash bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres by Blue Ridge Catering.
  2.  Two days of on-farm training provided by a progressive public/private team: John Fike (Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences), Mark Jones (Sharondale Farms), John Munsell (Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment), Adam Taylor (Virginia Tech’s Office of Outreach and International Affairs), and Katie Trozzo (Kindred Roots Collaborative). Topics include silvopasture, contour alley cropping, multi-functional riparian buffers, water quality and nutrient markets, fungi management and mulch inoculation, forest farming, hemp production, windbreaks, and regenerative farm planning.
  3. A ticket to a locally sourced banquet from 6:30-9 pm with keynote Keefe Keeley from the Savanna Institute. Keefe’s talk is titled “We do not farm for bread alone: Making a living and a livable world with agroforestry”. Dinner is provided by Blue Ridge Catering and cash bar is available.
  4. Boxed lunches from Roanoke Foods Co+op both days.
  5. Rooms available at The Hotel Roanoke for a very reduced rate of $75 per night with breakfast included and transportation provided to and from the Hotel Roanoke and Catawba Sustainability Center.

A $15 discount is available for VABF members. Join today and enjoy all the Virginia Association for Biological Farming Member benefits (including the discount for this event!).  

Can’t make the field training but want to join us for the informational social and/or banquet? No problem!

Separate tickets can be purchased below and will help support the mission of the Virginia Association for Biological Farming.

Informational Social

Monday, August 19

6:30 – 9:00 pm

Join the Virginia Association for Biological Farming at the 5 Points Music Sanctuary for an Informational Social to learn more about the association, agroforestry research, and regenerative farming at Virginia Tech. Live music provided by Blacksburg’s own Clover Hollow. Heavy hors d’oeuvres by local catering company Blue Ridge Catering will be served. The event begins at 6:30 pm and music follows informational presentations by association and university representatives around 7 pm. Don’t miss it! Your support will make a difference for regenerative farming and forestry in Virginia and beyond. Only $25!


Locally Sourced Banquet

Tuesday, August 20

6:30 – 9:00 pm

Do you support local food systems? Do you believe in regenerative agriculture, organic farming, and sustainable agroforestry and permaculture practices? If you do, come join the Virginia Association for Biological Farming and Virginia Tech’s Office of Outreach and International Affairs for a locally sourced banquet celebrating these values and approaches, and the farmers, forest owners, and stakeholders who use and support them. Learn about the association and the work Virginia Tech is up to at the Catawba Sustainability Center. Also, be inspired by Keefe Keeley, noted agroforestry advocate and researcher at the Savanna Institute. During his talk titled “We do not farm for bread alone: Making a living and a livable world with agroforestry”, Keefe will share insights, perspectives, and stories of farmers putting agroforestry and other regenerative practices to use for the betterment of farms, forests, communities, and our environment. By attending this dinner, you will learn about all that is going on to help advance regenerative agriculture in Virginia and beyond, and contribute to the work of organizations such as the Virginia Association for Biological Farming. Only $40!


Now Offering Single Day Tickets!

Find them on our Registration page for $75!

John Fike

Mark Jones

Keefe Keeley

John Munsell

Adam Taylor

Katie Trozzo

Sponsors & Collaborators

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, United States; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA, United States