Youth Program at the Conference

By January 15, 2022VABF News

Youth Program at the 22nd annual Virginia Biological Farming Conference

The Virginia Association for Biological Farming is offering a Youth Program for children between the ages of 5-12 during two days of the 22nd annual Conference at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. The Program is offered Sunday, January 23, 2022 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM and Monday, January 24, 2022 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The Youth Program is being held in the Tinker Mountain room at The Hotel Roanoke. Meals are provided for all Conference attendees and the children participating in the program.

The Youth Program registration fee is $45 and includes lunch and dinner on Sunday and lunch on Monday. Plenty of yummy snacks will be available in the classroom both days, provided by Friendly City Food Co-Op. Educational and fun activities are planned, all around the conference themes of sustainable living and farming, agro-ecology, earth healing and restoration, as well as making things and having fun!

Planned activities include kids yoga, art projects, games, craft projects, making a medicinal salve, seed saving, garden planning, and making seed bombs.  An outdoor nature scavenger hunt is planned. Teacher Nancy Lilly will explore water quality and how water moves through a landscape using a watershed model and team games.

Art and reading stations will be set up in the classroom for self-directed entertainment throughout both days. Various speakers from the conference will visit the classroom to share their knowledge and expertise with the kids, and the kids will also visit the conference exhibits and trade show to see and talk about the displays and products.  The program is led by two experienced teachers both days. Children will always be closely supervised and can only be signed out by the registered parent(s) or guardian(s) listed on the registration form. Register at! Find the Youth Program page under the Conference heading at the top of the website. The Youth Program is sponsored by Carter Farms, Carter Brothers and Africulture.