Several Fall Updates~Stay Posted, More to come

Well, it seems official…fall has arrived!  Many counties in Virginia saw the first frost of the season this past week.  Others, from Richmond to the Tidewater region welcomed a very refreshing chill in the morning air.   The autumn color is becoming more visible each day all along the Shenandoah Valley and through the mountains of southwest Virginia.  What a beautiful time for the Commonwealth!

The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Project has a number of updates to share with you.  As we move into fall and winter, there will be a number of workshops, conferences, and meetings to share with you.  So, stay posted for frequent beginning farmer & rancher news.

Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Project Announces YouTube Channel

Want to see Virginia beginning farmers in action? 

Want to learn from folks working in agriculture every day? 

Want to learn at your own pace and time? 

If the answer is yes, visit our new YouTube Channel:

Visit the Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition’s YouTube Channel for case studies and short videos of real farmers sharing their experiences in agriculture.  This is a wonderful way to connect with and learn from other farmers on your own time, in the comfort of your home.  Examples of video themes include; agriculture philosophy, sustainable agriculture practices, and advice for beginning farmers, plus a wide range of other interesting agricultural topics that effect beginning and transitioning farmers in Virginia.  You will see a number of diverse farming enterprises, including dairy operations, multispecies livestock production, vineyards, vegetable & food production, and commodity/row crop production.  Add the Virginia Beginning Farmer YouTube Channel to your favorites list today, and stay posted for updates.

We are always looking to capture the experience, skills, ideas, and thoughts of farmers across Virginia.  If you are interested in participating in the Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher video series, please contact Kelli Scott at  


Great news!  VABF has decided to drastically lower the cost of its Farm School program to make our program truly affordable for everyone, and to ensure we get a good turn-out. This low cost is a small price to pay for mapping out the future of your farm business – a business in which you could potentially be investing thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of dollars in the years to come!  

 Also, we will be offering a scholarship based on limited resources (a limited resource is a person with a total household income at or below the national poverty level for a family of 4 ($22,050) or less, or less than 50% of the county median household income).  If you feel you meet this requirement, let us know and we can email a scholarship application to you.

We are very fortunate to be working with the Virginia Tech team and the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project members on this exciting project, and look forward to training many new farmers and ranchers in the months to come!


Small Farm Family Conference   Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 30th & 31st

Danville, VA  Institute for Advanced Learning and Research

Topics will include farm business planning and production and marketing of high-value crops/livestock.  Strategies for savings on production costs and post-harvest handling will be emphasized.  USDA agencies will be represented at the conference to discuss financial and other opportunities for small farmers. 


Forest and Wildlife Field Tour    4 Dates and Locations in VA. 

The 36th Annual Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tours 2012 (aka “the Bus Tours”)

  • Oct. 8th:  Highland County
  • Oct. 12th:  Wise County
  • Oct. 19th:  Prince Edward County
  • Oct. 24th:  Charles City County
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