• 05Feb

    2013 Local Food Networks Conference

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

    Virginia Farm Bureau Office – Richmond, Virginia

    Who should attend?

    Farmers, farmers market managers, school system representatives, community representatives and Extension faculty who are developing local food systems, exploring new marketing opportunities for local foods and wanting to learn about safe food handling.

    Who is speaking?

    This year’s focus is on “safe products” . . .  including safe production and harvesting/handling along with best practices for managing the risks.  Morning sessions will include two groups of panelists . . .

    • Group I will focus on dairy, poultry, meats, eggs and
    • Group II will focus on produce and value-added products.

    The afternoon will be devoted to Networking Buyers and Sellers.  Sellers will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with buyers who are interested in purchasing local food.

    The list of speakers is included below. Read more »

  • 23Jan

    Waverly Farm in VirginiaJob: CSA/Garden Manager Needed for Sustainable Farm in Virginia, 2013.

    Waverly Farms is a 235-acre sustainable farm that integrates animals (goats, cattle, llamas, horses, hogs and hens) and vegetables.  We offer everything a serious grower needs to build a life and business at our farm, including good land, equipment, cleaning/packing/storage facilities, tractors and implements, knowledge of local markets, a commitment to continuing education, and business planning, marketing and administrative services.  They currently sell vegetables, honey, eggs, pork, beef, goat meat and breeding goats through a small CSA and participation in Farmers’ Markets.  They are interested in supporting a serious grower in showing that a living can be made growing clean, safe food in a sustainable manner.  Their website is www.waverlyfarmsvirginia.com.

    Applicants for a CSA/Garden Manager position should have knowledge of and experience in vegetable and fruit growing and be willing to start small until he or she understands our land and markets, then grow to a level where revenue covers expenses, including compensation.  At that point, the farm owners hope to watch the compensation of their partner grow to support a good life. Read more »

  • 19Jan

    Job: Farm Manager Wanted in Virginia, 2013

    Production Horticulturist who is knowledgeable and experienced in the cultivation, planting, growing, maintenance and harvesting of vegetables on non-profit farm entering fifth year.  Sixty-five acre farm located near Woodstock, VA produced 297 tons of vegetables in eight years, all of which was donated to area food bank, food pantries and soup kitchens feeding more than 150,000 people per month.  Farm utilized approximately 15,000 volunteers (mostly under 18 years of age) for planting and harvesting.  Support is provided in office management and recruitment/scheduling/coordination of volunteers.

    For details and to find out how to apply, click “read more” Read more »

  • 06Jan

    Beautiful Virginia FarmThe Farm at Sunnyside, a certified organic farm in Virginia is offering several farm worker jobs for the 2013 growing season. Experience in organic vegetable production is helpful, but not necessary. More important is the willingness and desire to work outdoors, be a member of a small community, and learn how to grow high-quality, nutritious produce using ecologically sensitive practices.  Seasonal workers will participate in and be exposed to all facets of sustainable vegetable production, and each will have the opportunity to specialize in one or more areas of focus, which could include irrigation, pest and disease management, greenhouse management, packing shed management and others.  Successful candidates will be enthusiastic, energetic, eager and quick to learn new concepts, positive in attitude and action, detail-oriented, and able and willing to follow directions.

    The Farm at Sunnyside is a PCO Certified Organic farm and employs many techniques used by other organic vegetable operations, such as cover cropping, crop rotations, and composting.  Beyond that, it is active in exploring the intersection between sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation. In addition to producing vegetables, herbs, flowers, tree fruit, blackberries, and eggs from pastured hens, the farm has recently begun beekeeping for both honey production and pollination. The farm also plants native wildflowers as pollinator beacons, restores former hayfields and pasturelands to native warm-season grass and wildflower meadows, and actively monitors species quantity and diversity as a measure of ecosystem health. Located in the picturesque rolling hills of Rappahannock County, VA, the Farm at Sunnyside sits at the foot of a mountain directly adjoining the Shenandoah National Park and is remarkably beautiful. Read more »

  • 11Nov

    The Women and Land Workshop Series  in Virginia is designed for women who own forest or agricultural land with their families, but who may or may not be the primary manager of the land. The goal is to provide you with the information and contacts needed to make wise decisions for your family land.

    December 5, 2012 at Ivy Creek Natural Area’s Educational Building in Charlottesville, VA

    Stay posted with all updates at:  Virginia Beginning Farmer News

    Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Facebook page

  • 04Nov

    Virginia Vegetable Production Workshop - November 13, 2012, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Houff Community Center, Bridgewater

    This program for the day will include: Overview of market opportunities in vegetable produce (Tom Stanley, VCE-Rockbridge); Update of specific production issues experienced this past growing season (Amber Vallotton, VCE-Rockingham); Break-out sessions for 1. greenhouse/high tunnel and 2. field production including: General management (Joyce Latimer, Greenhouse Crops Extension Specialist, VT); Nutrition/fertility (Allen Straw, Horticulture, Small Fruit, and Specialty Crops Specialist, VT); Disease Management (Steve Rideout, Vegetable Crop Disease Specialist, VT); Insect Management (Janet Spencer, VCE-Isle of Wight; Discussion about post harvest handling issues (Kate Fiedler, Virginia Tech PhD candidate); Heat treatment of seeds (Andy Wyenandt and Kris Holmstrom, Rutgers) – Of particular interest to those growing and saving tomato seed (or other non-cucurbit veggie crops) and/or growing in high tunnels or greenhouses, or who have had canker in their fields/GHs: Growers will treat seed to provide practical hands-on experience with this method; Combined grower/speaker Panel Discussion; Vendor Booths; For participants desiring it, Category 90 and 91 Private Applicator Recertification credit will be available.

    Sign-in will run from 8:00-8:30 a.m., with the program starting promptly at 8:30 a.m.

     Cost of this special workshop is $20 and includes refreshments, lunch, and any handouts

    PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by calling Virginia Cooperative Extension-Rockingham County at 540-564- 3080.

    Please contact Amber Vallotton at avallott@vt.edu should you have any questions. DON’T MISS THIS EVENT!!! Call to pre-register today!!!

    Directions: From I-81, take exit 240 (Bridgewater/Mt. Crawford) and proceed on VA-257 West towards Bridgewater. Proceed for 3.1 miles, crossing through the intersection at Rt. 11 (the White Wave Milk Plant will be on the right), entering the Town of Bridgewater, and passing the Bridgewater College campus. After passing five college crosswalks, take the first right onto North Second Street. Houff Community Center/Maple Terrace Apartments are straight ahead. Parking is available in the lots behind Maple Terrace.

  • 30Oct

    Grazing Cattle

     

    JOB HAS BEEN FILLED! THANK YOU!

    Farm Job: Cibola Farms in Culpeper, Virginia is Hiring a Farm Manager, a Livestock Manager

    Cibola Farms operates with a Farm Manager that oversees all operations and is heavily consumed in the multi-year farm development, expansion and improvement plan (coral, fencing, workshop, roads, etc.).  The Livestock Manager coordinates all assets in conjunction with the Farm Manager and maintains production goals, records, reporting and assists in the development of improvements.

    Skills required: Communication must be top notch.  This must include a keyboarding speed of at least 40 WPM; Computer: Basic working knowledge of Excel and Word; Organization; Investigative curiosity; Integrity, honesty, creative problem solving; Skills / experience with tractor, ATV, truck, trailer towing; Capable of conducting research.; Basic math skills – minor algebra; Reading & comprehension skills. After hours reading on trade journals, sustainability books and other associated materials required.; Animal skills that support humane and sustainable handling methods – Temple Grandin style.; Willing to sit at a computer for hours as well as work outside for hours.

    Duties (sample items): Record keeping coordination & maintenance.  Breeding planning, records and tracking.; Hay and grain supplement management.; Livestock project management.; Labor resource coordination with Farm Manager.; Continuing education.; Maintain production systems managed for maximum production and minimal costs.; Animal processing and sales planning, tracking and management.; Testing / monitoring / reporting – soil, water, grass & hay.; Livestock health / parasite management. Read more »

  • 28Oct

    Market Manager Job at Independence Farmers Market in Virginia for 2013

    This is a part time position requiring approximately 10 hours per week for a total of up to 520 hours per year. He/she must have a flexible schedule to be able to work irregular hours and be available via phone and email. The Market Manager establishes the reputation of the market and sets the tone in our interactions with participants, customers, local business, educational and community outreach programs and thus should be passionate about the community and local agriculture. The successful candidate must be computer literate, have adept communication, creative conflict and problem solving, and strong administrative and interpersonal skills. He/she must be able to lift up to 40 pounds. This is a contract position paying $14/hr with a stipend for benefits. The Market Manager reports to the Independence Farmers Market Steering Committee. Estimated starting date is 15 December 2012. Read more »

  • 09Oct

    The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Project Announces YouTube Channel          

    Want to see Virginia beginning farmers in action?

    Want to learn from folks working in agriculture every day?

    Want to learn at your own pace and time?

    If the answer is yes, visit the new YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/VABeginningFarmers

  • 20Sep

    FARM SCHOOL – A Virginia Whole Farm Planning Educational Program for Farm Start-up and Development
    Monday evenings 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Oct. 22 – Nov. 26, 2012 plus farm tours 1:00 – 5:00 pm Sunday Nov. 11 and Networking Event 2:00 – 4:00 pm Sunday, Goochland, VA

    VABF is pleased to announce that registration is now open for our six-week Farm School for Beginners.  Classes will be held at the Goochland Campus of J. Sargent Reynolds Community College on Dickenson Road in Goochland, VA.  The Farm School is based on four Modules of the Curriculum developed by the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project (www.vabeginningfarmer.org), in which VABF is a partner.  The modules are: Introduction to Whole Farm Planning (October 22 and 29); Marketing (November 5); Sustainable Farming Practices (November 12 and 19); Holistic Business Management (November 26) Read more »

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