Beginning Farmer Events in Virginia for September 2016
September 13: Soil Health Impacts on Pest Management (Webinar): This webinar will focus on management activities that create conditions for beneficial soil microbes to flourish.
September 14: Woman and Land: Conservation Learning Circles – Who Is Who (Middleburg, VA): This event is one of three days of engaging discussion and fellowship focused on women in agriculture and natural resources management in the region. In this meeting, you will introduce yourselves and get an overview of conservation.
September 14: Conservation Agriculture Workshop (Catawba, VA): This is the second conservation agriculture workshop offered by the Catawba Sustainability Center. Workshop topics include: principles of conservation agriculture and its potential benefits, late season production of broccoli and cabbage, organic techniques for cover crop based production, herbicide-free no-till (minimum till), cover cropping for improving soil health, farmscaping for pest control, drip irrication, compostable plastic mulch, and much more.
September 20-22: 7th National Small Farm Conference (Virginia Beach, VA):This event, hosted by VSU, VCE, and the USDA, is where you will learn about the challenges and successes of small farmers across the country. This conference includes short courses, oral and poster presentations, exhibits, success stories, and educational tours in and around Virginia Beach.
September 22: Fall Production Walk at Bellair Farm (Charlottesville, VA):This event, hosted by Local Food Hub will provide an opportunity for beginning and established farmers to participate in a production walk of Bellair Farm. You will discuss weed and pest control, disease prevention and management strategies, crew management, harvest techniques, equipment choices, livestock management, budgets, and more.
September 27: Climate Change and its Effects on Animal Agriculture (Webinar):Participate in this webinar to understand the current and potential effects that climate change will have on livestock farmers across the country.
September 28: Woman and Land: Conservation Learning Circles – Farming on the Ground (Warrenton, VA): This event is one of three days of engaging discussion and fellowship focused on women in agriculture and natural resources management in the region. In this meeting, you will discuss conservation programs and practices.
September 29: Cover Crops for Vegetable Growers (Charlottesville, VA): In this event, hosted by Local Food Hub, you will discuss the importance of including cover crops in your farm and garden. This includes the soil and weed management benefits, having a year-round schedule, and how to fit the cover crops into this schedule.
Stay tuned for more beginning farmer events in Virginia.