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Events for Farmers and Ranchers in Virginia

The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition (VBFRC) aims to keep farmers and ranchers in Virginia informed about the events and opportunities happening near them through our bi-monthly newsblast sent out via our listserv and linked to on this page. The events, also listed below, include educational and social opportunities. This list is not all-inclusive, and not all events listed are by the VBFRC.

If you would like to add your beginning farmer events to the list, please send an email including the event title; dates; a short summary; and any flyers, attachments, or hotlinks to vabeginningfarmer@vt.edu

Bi-monthly Newsblast

Click the image below to be taken to a .pdf of our most recent newsblast. Events from the newsblast are also listed below, with links to more information.

Webinars

Agritourism Safety in Virginia Webinar Recording

Risky Business: Managing Risk for Produce Success Webinar Series (Zoom recordings)

2020 Series

The Fauquier Education Farm 2020 Workshop Series (Warrenton, VA)

VSU’s Small Farm Educational Outreach Programs from January to June 2020

March

Urban Agriculture Certification Course March to May 2020 (Petersburg, VA)

Alleghany Mountain Institute’s 2020 Farm and Food Fellowship due March 9

FSA Application Deadline on March 16th

March 5: Prince Edward County Cannery Open House (Farmville, VA)

March 6-8: The Organic Growers School Spring Conference (Mars Hill, NC)

March 12: Virginia Berry School (Petersburg, VA)

March 12: 51st Virginia Pork Industry Conference (Goochland, VA)

March 17-18: Veteran Farmers Conference: Boots to Roots (Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA)

March 25-May 2: An Introduction to Getting Your Hand Dirty (Warrenton, VA) Program brochure link here

March 30-April 1: Virginia Agritourism Conference (Smithfield, VA)

April

April 9: Art, Community, Ecology, and Health: Brandi and Carlton Turner (Blacksburg, VA)

New Listservs

Central Appalachian Young Farmers Coalition Listserv
Central Appalachian Young Farmers Coalition is a new network of farmers in southwest Virginia and the surrounding areas of Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and North Carolina.  It is a chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition (www.youngfarmers.org) and in the beginning stages of development.  If you would like to join and/or participate in the formation of this chapter, please subscribe to the google group listserv by emailing erdobson7@gmail.com with subject "CentApp NYFC listserv".  They will share meeting information, educational opportunities, volunteer events, and relevant news. 

Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation Listserv
The Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation is launching a new listserv to connect practitioners, researchers, and community members who focus on food systems and community transformation work. Click here for more information about the Center. If you would like to join the listserv, please request to be added by emailing Katie Trozzo at ketrozzo@vt.edu with the subject line “Join Center listerv.”

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The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition is a state-wide and coalition-based Extension program, housed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education. Funding was sponsored by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Award #2017-70011-26861, and the Southern Risk Management Education Center Grant #545015. For more information about the program, contact Katie Trozzo, Program Coordinator, at vabeginningfarmer@vt.edu or 540-231-4582.   For other questions, contact Kim Niewolny, Program Director, at niewolny@vt.edu.

For website updates, such as broken links, please contact vabeginningfarmer@vt.edu