PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

By November 24, 2021VABF News
Pre-Conference Workshop Schedule
Saturday, January 22, 2022
7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Registration & Info North Entry Foyer
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Trade Show Set-up Roanoke Ballroom AB
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Silent Auction Drop off and Set-up Check in at Registration/Info Table
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM                Lunch break from 12:30-1:30 PM No-Till Intensive Vegetable Culture with Bryan O’Hara Pocahontas
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM                Lunch break from 12:30-1:30 PM Principles to Produce Nutrient Dense Food & Defining Food Quality: Tools, Science and Collaboration with Dan Kittredge Appalachian
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms with Mark Jones Shenandoah B
Ticketed Lunch: Noon to 2:00 PM LUNCH is served for 2 hours, buffet style. Turn in ticket at Dining Room entrance. Regency Overlook Dining Room
2:00 to 5:00 PM Digging Deep on Growing Grains with Common Grain Alliance with Onawa Dufresne-Barger and Heather Coiner Shenandoah B
6:00 PM Farming Film Shorts by Certified Naturally Grown Shenandoah B
6:30 PM Kiss the Ground Movie Showing Shenandoah B
Farming Film Shorts by Certified Naturally Grown:
Pest Prevention with Row Cover & Insect Netting (5:00)
Weeding at the Thread Stage (5:32)
Choosing the Right Drip Tape (3:23)
What to Expect when You’re Inspecting (9:59)

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms

Mark Jones, Sharondale Mushroom Farm

Saturday, January 22, 2022 9 am to 12 noon

Shenandoah B

$75

In this introduction for gardeners and homesteaders, learn to grow several different types of mushrooms using low-tech, low-cost methods in your garden or woodlot.  We will explore the biology and ecology of fungi in agriculture, using mushrooms for personal and planetary health, and methods for cultivating shiitake, oyster, lion’s mane, reishi, and other mushrooms in wood, straw, and compost.

Digging Deep on Growing Grains

Onawa Dufresne-Barger and Heather Coiner of

Common Grain Alliance

Saturday, January 22, 2-5pm

Shenandoah A

$65

Join Common Grain Alliance (CGA) for a half day workshop on grain growing. In this workshop, we will walk through a series of presentations from experts and farmers detailing the following topics:

– Crop Selection, Planting, and Cultivation

– Harvesting and Storage

– Fertility, disease prevention, and soil regeneration

– Processing and Marketing.

No-Till Intensive Vegetable Culture

Bryan O’Hara, Tobacco Road Farm

Saturday, January 22, 2022, 9 am to 5 pm with an hour lunch break from 12:30-1:30 pm

Pocahontas

$135

Join renowned organic grower Bryan O’Hara as he describes the no-till methods he has developed, which are completely free of herbicides or other pesticides and require only a few acres of land and minimal capital investment. He asserts that this flexible, ecological methodology is as important for soil fertility as it is for his economic success. This comprehensive workshop will explore the following topics:

  • No-till bed preparation techniques
  • Seeding and transplanting methods
  • Irrigation
  • Use of fertilizers (including foliar feeds)
  • Composting (preparation and application)
  • Culture of indigenous microorganisms to support soil biology
  • Pest and disease management
  • Year-round growing
  • Harvest and storage techniques

 

Principles to Produce Nutrient Dense Food & Defining Food Quality: Tools, Science and Collaboration

Dan Kittredge, Bionutrient Food Association

Saturday, January 22, 2022, 9 am to 5 pm with an hour lunch break from 12:30-1:30 pm

Appalachian

$135

“Principles to Produce Nutrient Dense Food” (morning session)

Nutrient Dense crops are the byproducts of well functioning biological systems. This workshop will cover a number of critical environmental conditions and management practices necessary for the production of these more flavorful, aromatic, nutritious, pest and disease resistant harvests. The foundational paradigm of how plants have evolved to operate in relation to their environments will be covered, along with practical suggestions having to do with seed quality, mineralization, minimal soil disturbance, inoculation, in season monitoring, integrating cover crops, managing for soil aeration and hydration, and intention.

“Defining Food Quality: Tools, Science and Collaboration” (afternoon session)

The Bionutrient Food Association and the Bionutrient Institute have embarked on a open source project to 1) develop a hand held spectrometer that can be used at point of purchase to test relative nutrient density, 2) populate a database sufficient to define relative nutrient density, and 3) populate a database sufficient to identify causal dynamics in the production of nutrient dense crops. We are partnering with farmers, organizations, companies and universities in this project. Many exciting developments have occured in the past 5 years since we initiated the project. This presentation will cover all of those details.