Monthly Archives: July 2012

All-Farm Organics is lookin for a Farm Worker in Central VA—Lodging Included

All-Farm Organics is a small mechanized OG certified grain, seed, and commercial compost operation.  We are located in Central Virginia, off interstate 64 halfway between Charlottesville and Richmond.

We are looking for help with general farm work, including operating and servicing mostly older equipment, field work, seed cleaning and packaging, making and selling very high quality compost, etc.

I have a good house available on the farm, two or three bedroom, easy to heat and cool, which I would furnish in exchange for part time work on farm.  Extent of duties negotiable with right person.   House available August or September.

Organically certified good land (plus good compost) available for market garden operation or other independent income enterprise as well.

Work year round.  Driver’s license required, and references.           

Please phone or email at the contact addresses below:

William N. Hale
All-Farm Organics
249 Baker's Branch Lane
Louisa VA  23093

Phone:  (434) 981 6286    Email:  wnhale@louisa.net

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VIRGINIA ANNOUNCES CERTIFIED FARM SEEKER PROGRAM

June 27, 2012,  From the Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services:   http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/news/releases-a/062712farmseeker.shtml

VIRGINIA  ANNOUNCES CERTIFIED FARM SEEKER  PROGRAM                                                                                                                                                                                                                Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686

In  a reversal of trends over the past couple of generations, young people today  seem to be returning to the farm, or they would if they could just find one.  Farming is an occupation that is asset heavy – land, equipment, buildings,  machinery, livestock – and all of those assets are expensive. A mid-size farm,  if you can find one for sale, can run into hundreds of thousands or even  millions of dollars. Some farmers are making a living on thirty acres or fewer.  But if a would-be farmer really wants a farm with all the acreage, barns,  sheds, tractors, planters, sprayers, combines and harvesters, what is he or she  to do?

Thanks to a new program offered by the  Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and the  Virginia Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers Committee, would-be farmers can become a  Certified Farm Seeker, a designation that lets landowners know you are serious  about farming.

The Certified Farm Seeker (CFS) program  is designed for farmers at all levels: beginning, established or transitioning.  The program’s goal is to provide individuals who want to farm with the tools  needed to successfully demonstrate their farming commitment and vision to  interested landowners. Those who earn the title Certified Farm Seeker stand out  from the crowd. Landowners know these individuals are serious about  establishing a farm enterprise and have completed the planning necessary for  long-term success.

Agriculture is a business; in fact, it  is Virginia’s largest industry. And like any other business, would-be farmers  need a sound business plan as a first step on the road to their goal of farm  ownership. The CFS Program is designed around helping interested farmers  produce a business plan and resume, as well as demonstrate on-farm experience.  Five Whole Farm Planning Modules are available as resources to guide seekers  through this process. Each module contains objectives, questions and possible  activities to help beginning farmers reach their goals. The curriculum is  designed to be flexible and can be applied to farmers at every experience  level.

When aspiring farmers complete the CFS  program, they gain many rewards. They receive professional review of their  business plan at reduced or no cost. They receive priority in the Virginia Farm  Link database, an online resource designed to link farm owners interested in  exiting agriculture with those seeking farms and farm businesses, thereby  increasing the farm seekers’ chances of being contacted by a landowner. They  receive invitations to numerous networking and social opportunities to interact  with other farmers and landowners. And they may even receive time with a  transition mediator or attorney at reduced or no cost.

“I was one of the lucky ones,” said  Matthew J. Lohr, VDACS Commissioner. “I grew up on a family farm and retain an  interest in that farm today. But not everyone is so lucky, and for those who  want to turn their childhood fascination with machinery, plant and animals into  a viable business, the Certified Farm Seeker Program is just the tool to get  them started and to ensure their success.”

The Certified Farm Seeker Program will  be officially unveiled at the Virginia Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers Summer Expo  July 27 – 29 in Lynchburg. One of the Expo components is an informative session  on the Certified Farm Seeker Program. Registration is free and information is  available by contacting Ron Saacke at 804.514.4202 or ron.saacke@vafb.com. Click here for additional  information on the Certified Farm Seeker Program.

The Certified Farm Seeker Program is a  partnership between Virginia Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and the Virginia  Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, made possible by Virginia  Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project through Virginia Tech and  revenue generated from the Virginia Agriculture specialty license plate.

VDACS posts all of its news releases on Facebook  and Twitter. To receive immediate updates, follow us on Twitter@VaAgriculture  or like us on facebook.com/VaAgriculture.

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Upcoming Events — Summer 2012

There are many upcoming agriculture events scheduled for the end of the summer 2012.  Check out a few of them listed below.  If you have any dates to share with Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Project, please email Kelli at kescott1@vt.edu with all information.  We will be happy to post all agriculture opportunities. 

For more News, Opportunites, and Event Calendar, Click here to visit:  The News Tab of the Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher website.

Tuesday, July 10th:  Sheep & Goat Workshop   Prince Edward Extension Office  

(100 Dominion Drive, Farmville, VA 23901) 

Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering a workshop on basic genetics for sheep and goats on the small farm and a portion dedicated to advanced sheep and goat parasites (facts, myths, and worm years). The featured speaker will be Dr. Lincoln Montgomery-Rodgers, DVM with Agrarian Veterinary Services.

Please pre-register by July 6th by calling the Cumberland Extension

Office at 804-492-4390 or email dplumley@vt.edu.. There is a 10 person minimum to hold this workshop.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Cumber-land Extension Office at 804-492-4390/TDD* during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

 Saturday, July 14thFarm to Family — BusFarm’s Victory in the Garden Fundraiser

with Special Guest, Will Allen.   Visit:  http://www.thefarmbus.com/ for details.

 

 Wednesday, July 18th9th Annual Commercial Berry & Vegetable Production Field Day

VSU’s Randolph Farm

PROGRAM AGENDA

8:30………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Check-In

Pre-Registered Participants

9:00 to 11:00……………………………………………………………………….. Destination Choices
  •   Table Grape Variety Trial Demonstration Plot
  •   Berry Field & High Tunnel Demonstration Plot
  •   Vegetable Field & High Tunnel Demonstration Plot
  •   Effective Market Display Techniques
11:30……………………………………………………………………………………. Iron Chef Competition featuring Local Chefs cooking   with produce and proteins grown at VSU’s Randolph Farm
12:30……………………………………………………………………………………. Lunch Served & Presentations
12:45 …………………………………………………………………………………… Welcome (Dr. Franklin Jackson,   VSU)
12:50 …………………………………………………………………………………… Small Fruits and Vegetable   Program Overview (Dr. Reza Rafie, VSU)
1:00 to 2:00…………………………………………………………………………. Innovative Local Marketing in   Virginia

(Moderator-Theresa   Nartea, VSU)

Fresh Link- www.thefreshlink.com

Mollie Visosky, Owner

Five Points Community Farm Market

www.5ptsfarmmarket.org

Bev Sells, Owner

Fall Line Farms Online Coop-http://flf.luluslocalfood.com  

Molly Harris, Owner

Off The Vine Market www.offthevinemarket.com

Tess Schafner, Owner

2:00 to 4:00…………………………………………………………………………. A-Z of Strawberry Production

(Dr. Allen Straw, Virginia Tech)

4:00………………………………………………………………………………………      End of Program

Pre-Registration by July 13 includes   lunch and educational materials 

Register at this link by July 13th:  http://mjklin.wufoo.com/forms/2012-9th-annual-commercial-vegetable-conference/

 

Wednesday, July 18th  Floyd County Farm Tour

Join us for a full day of touring working farms in Floyd County. 

Contact Kelli Scott at kescott1@vt.edu for Details.    Space is limited.  First come,   first served. 

 
   
   

Thursday, July 26th2012 Annual Field Day

Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research & Extension Center

Located 2 miles east of Blackstone, VA on Rt. 40

July 26, 2012  FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC                                                                                                                     Registration: 4:30-  Dinner: 5:00-  Tours 6:00-8:30

Concurrent Research Station Tours of Tobacco and Forages

Tobacco Tour

  •  Potential alternatives to control tobacco nematodes
  •  Potential alternatives for black shank control
  •  Budworm and hornworm control
  •  Discussion of ongoing tobacco curing efficiency research
  •  Alternative greenhouse tobacco transplant production systems
  •  Novel seedling tray alternatives
  •  New disease control strategies
  •  Flue, burley, and dark-fired tobacco variety evaluations
  •  Tobacco sucker control and MH residue management
  •  Tobacco transplant starter evaluation
  •  Tobacco yield enhancement product evaluation

Forage Tour

  • Livestock watering systems
  •  Protecting streams with riparian buffers
  •  Road and lane construction
  •  Water system design and installation
  •  Fixed knot fencing
  •  High tensile fencing
  •  Pond construction
  •  Spring development
  •  Wildlife habitat
  •  Cattle handling systems

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Betty Mayton or Margaret Kenny (434) 292-5331 during business hours (M-F: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm) 5 days prior to the event to discuss accommodations.

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; Jewel E. Hairston, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State, Petersburg

 Saturday, Sept. 8thFamily & Farm Day

Virginia Tech Southern Piedmont Center near Blackstone

Come and joinus in a day of fun and educational activities about

Virginia agriculture from 9AM til 2PM (Rain or Shine)

Cost = Free

Contact the AG Center for more info:   http://www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/southern-piedmont

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Dr. Carol A. Wilkinson or P. J. Shepherd at 434-292-5331 during business hours (M-F: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to discuss accommodations. Or visit http://www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/southern-piedmont

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