• 16Dec

    15th Annual Virginia Biological Farming Conference

    Richmond, Virginia, January/February 2014

    The Virginia Biological Farming Conference will be held in Richmond, Virginia on January 31 and February 1, 2014. This conference is the state’s premier gathering of organic producers and consumers.Virginia Biological Farming Conference, 15th Annual

    More than 500 passionate supporters of sustainable and organic farming and gardening will have the chance to participate in sessions ranging from Land Selection to High Tunnel Planting for Profit, Crafting Fermented Foods to Collaborations between Farmers, Bakers and Brewers; Making a Good Living off 1.5 acres and Profitable Management of a 10 acre Organic Vegetable and Flower Farm; Year Round Seed Germination and How to Gross $1 per square foot through growing diversified vegetables…plus many more interesting and informative sessions are planned.

    Not to be missed is keynote speakers Gunther Hauk, biodynamic beekeeper of Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary and Ray Archuleta of the NRCS speaking about soil health. Film screenings, local, organic food, and Virginia beer and wine round out the annual event. Plan to meet, network, and learn…farmer, gardener, or eater – this conference has something invaluable for you. More information, including a full schedule, information on lodging and youth programs and more is available on the conference page of the VABF website www.vabf.org/conference

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  • 18Jul

    Beginning Farmer Field Day at Virginia Tech’s Kentland FarmFriday, August 23rd,, 2013 2pm-7pm with Dinner Served

    Discussion Topics will Include:

    Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program; Virginia Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services Marketing; Bee Keeping;  RAM Pump Demo; GPS Applications

    Cost = $10.00 per person (iIncludes Dinner)

    More Info: Kelli H. Scott 540-382-5790 or kescott1@vt.edu

    Here is a Facebook link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/150479631813367/

  • 14Jul

    Virginia Farm Seeking an Apprentice for Summer/Fall 2013.

    The apprentice will assist the Manager in all farm operations at Shalom Farm – a 5-acre nonprofit community farm project in rural Goochland County, Virginia. The apprentice will also lead visitors and volunteers in farm tours and work. The scope of the apprenticeship may broaden to include engagement in urban gardening and food entrepreneurship programs in low-income neighborhoods of Richmond. The apprentice’s involvement in off-farm food access activities will be determined by his/her interest and the organization’s needs.

    The apprentice must have a strong desire to learn and a willingness to work hard. Farming or gardening experience is preferred but not necessary. The apprentice must be prepared for strenuous labor under potentially extreme weather conditions.   We will work with the apprentice to develop a curriculum to further his/her education in sustainable agriculture, food security issues, and nutrition.  Educational opportunities on the farm include seed propagation, transplanting, tractor operation, composting, soil amending and care, harvesting, egg production and more.

    Find out the details and how to apply by clicking “read more”… Read more »

  • 21Apr

    Webinar: Business Assistance Resources for Virginia Beginning Farmers and Ag Entrepreneurs, 2013

    Presenter:  Mr. Stephen Versen from Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS)

    Summary: Politicians love small businesses; they also love farmers.  As a result, farmers and entrepreneurs in Ag-based businesses enjoy a bigger suite of government assistance programs than just about any other group.  However, there is also a lot of confusion about what really is available:  reasonable loans to beginning farmers (yes), grants to raise alpacas (no).  To help sort all this out, Stephen Versen, a Project Manager in the Agriculture and Forestry Development Services unit at VDACS (Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services), will be discussing some of the most useful state and federal programs and answering your questions about accessing them.  Major topics discussed are USDA loan and grant programs, as well as assistance available through the Commonwealth of Virginia, including:  the Virginia Grown/Virginia’s Finest programs and the new Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID).

    You can find this webinar achieved at the following web address:

    http://www.vabeginningfarmer.aee.vt.edu/webinar/Archive/webinar-archive.html

    This webinar series is presented by TheVirginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project. The project is sponsored through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

  • 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 »

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