• 17Mar

    Mob Grazing Workshop on April 13 in Virginia, 2013

    Brookview Farm in Goochland County is hosting an all day Mob Grazing Workshop on April 13.  Brookview was Virginia’s first organic grass-fed beef farm.  This workshop is a nice opportunity if you are interested in livestock production.

    For more details and how to register, click “read more”

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  • 15Mar

    Farm Manager Job Available in Virginia for 2013

    The Harvest Table Restaurant in Meadowview, VA is currently accepting applications for the position of farm manager for The Harvest Table Farm. This is a salaried and full-time position, and requires that the person occupy the residence at the farm. The position has three primary responsibility categories. First, to operate the 3-acre sustainable farm to grow produce in coordination for the needs of the Harvest Table Restaurant. Second, to coordinate and help organize tours of the farm. The Harvest Table Farm is designed not only to supply our restaurant with produce, but the facility also operates as a demonstration farm, serving an education and visitation role in our community. Third, the farm hosts WWOOFers and interns on a seasonal basis, and short-term day volunteers, and the farm manager would be responsible for supervision of these workers.

    This is an excellent opportunity for a beginning farmer or couple, as it provides a full-management farm occupation, with a guaranteed salary, a guaranteed direct market for all produce grown (the restaurant), and we cover all expenses, including expenses for interns.

    For more information and to learn how to apply, click “read more”. Do not apply to beginningfarmers.org. Read more »

  • 26Feb

    Soulstice Farm Internship May –August 2013 in Virginia

    Soulstice Farm and A Growing Culture have collaborated to offer a Summer Internship Position at Soulstice Farm in Bedford Va. The A Growing Culture internship at Soulstice Farm Provides a unique experience for aspiring Farmers to be actively engaged with a fully operational farm. Soulstice farm is in a season of transition and is actively seeking a forward thinking, motivated person, to contribute to the design and implementation of the farm system.

    Together we can learn, create and reflect on how to work with natural cycles and processes in a more sustainable way.  Using and experimenting with principles from Permaculture, Biodynamics, Biointensive and other sustainable agricultural methods we can continue to further design a farm that will help facilitate the relationship between both human and environment. Soulstice farm is a more than ideal place to come and learn about innovative farming techniques.

    To learn more about the farm, the internship, and how to apply click ‘read more’ Read more »

  • 23Feb

    The Inn at Little Washington is seeking a farm apprentice for the 2013 season.

    They are located in Washington, Virginia

    This position begins May 1st and runs until approximately October 1st. (weather depending)

    This position is on a small ½ acre market garden. The garden provides vegetables and fruit to a 5 star, 5 diamond restaurant, and is located on the property.  The garden is toured by guests daily and must be maintained in pristine condition.

    Duties include, but are not limited to; weeding, harvesting, planting, greenhouse work, pest management, and irrigation. No experience necessary, but a willingness to learn, and interest in organic small scale agriculture is required. Must be able to lift 40 lbs., and work consistently in the heat. This is a paid position and housing is available.

    Please send resumes to; hr@theinnatlittlewashington.com

  • 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

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  • 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.

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