Farm Start-up and Development Education, Virginia

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 (, 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)

In addition the Farm School includes a Farm Tour on Sunday November 11, featuring Shalom Farms (vegetable production, regional food security project) and Keenbell Farm (pasture-based beef, pork, chicken, and eggs).

Tuition is $240 for VABF members, and $325 for non-members. Enrollment is limited to 30 participants.

To register, visit the VABF website and click on the link to the event announcement and on-line registrawtion.  For more information, contact Lisa Dearden at (804) 314-9141, or by e-mail at

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