Monthly Archives: July 2013

Farm Equipment Sale: Western Loudoun County – VA.

Trinity Church Farm is closing.  The following list identifies the items that the owners are selling and their price.  All inventory is in Western Loudoun County, VA or Jefferson County, WV

 For more information contact Shyla or Steve Kennedy at 703-470-3739, or email either at

  • 40 metal hoops  6’x3’  $2 per hoop

  • Hoop bender from Johnny seeds.  $50

  • Small wire hoops  qty 70 for $25 or $1/each

  • 37 wooden tomato stakes  1×1  $22 for all

  • Chemilizer –  brand new, still in the box. W/1 to 100 ratio   $200

  • Bypass for above Chemilizer $50

  • Black ground fabric (typically used in greenhouses and landscapers hoop houses) cover  6′ x approx 300ft.  $80

  • Sod staples for above metal. 6″ x 1″ approx 950   $30

  • 8 mil  approx 7000″ 50 GPS drip tape  $125

  • Grn / Blk  oval hose to drip tape adapters approx 50.  $70. They were 1.55 apiece

  • Solartrol fence energizer  6 volt  model 200  -2  two years old  $150

  • Blk and Wht  electric rope fence. Approx. 1000ft (very conservative estimate – should be closer to 1300ft) $50.

  • 4 Slinky gates for electric rope fence.  $12 ea.

  • 6′ metal T posts  used.  $10 for each  have approx 50-60.

  • Plastic clips for t-post. Approx half of a 5gal bucket full.  $15

  • White poly/fiber rods for rope fencing.  .   Approx  30 to 40 rods  $2 per rod Wire clips already attached to most of the rods to complete a 5 row fence with ropes 2’ apart.

  • 5 light fence tester brand new In box   $8

  • Electric fence warning signs  $3 for all  4

  • 375 T post metal clips.   $25 for all

  • Yellow produce berry bins. Approx 23″ x 16″ x 7″.    $8 a piece.

  • 1pint green pulp berry boxes.  $12 for remaining box containing approx 210 containers

  • Black plastic sand bags brand new in box.  12×24 one complete case of 250 another of approx 175.  $50 for entire inventory across both boxes or $40 for new box and $25 for half box

  • 2gal pump sprayer fairly new $20

  • 3” plastic pots  brand new in box   550 pots.  $50 for all

  • Earth way  seeder. With bonus seed molds  $85

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Cattle producers’ information day: crossbreeding cattle

Virginia Beginning Farmers & Ranchers

Campbell VCE, Knoll Crest Farm,  and The Virginia Hereford Association would like to invite cattle producers to an information filled day focusing on crossbreeding cattle.  We will finish  up with a pasture tour with Dr. Chris Teutsch.

17659 Red House Rd.

Red House, VA 23963

August 24th, 2013

9 a.m. Registration

 We will also host a 4-H Livestock Judging Event.  If you have a team interested please contact Charlie Williams 540-460-6194

 Paul Bennett, MC

Knoll Crest Farm

Tommy Coley

Eastern Region Manager, AHA

Taylor Clark

Extension Agent, Mecklenburg County

Jack Ward

Chief Operating Officer and Director of Breed Improvement, AHA

Warren Weibert

Owner, Decatur County Feed Yard

Plan to join us for a fun filled informative day!  With cattle judging contests, speakers, exhibits and pasture tours you’ll be sure to find something of interest and some valuable information that can enhance your cattle operation!

Barbeque Beef Lunch will be provided


Hope to see you there!!

GPS Directions

14998 Red House Rd.

Red House, VA

Virginia Hereford Association

10420 Rumsey Lane, Dayton, VA  22821



9:00-10:00 a.m.   Registration

10:00-11:30 a.m. Cattle judging contest opens.

Panel Discussion featuring-

Paul Bennett, MC

          Knoll Crest Farm

Tommy Coley

Eastern Region Manager, AHA

Taylor Clark

Extension Agent, Mecklenburg County

Jack Ward

Chief Operating Officer and Director of Breed Improvement, AHA

Warren Weibert

Owner, Decatur County Feed Yard

 11:30 a.m.   1:00 p.m.


Cattle and Table Exhibits

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 

Craig Huffines

Executive Vice President – AHA

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Door Prize drawings.

Break Out Sessions- VHA, Bull Development, Junior Program

Pasture Tour : Chris Teutsch

Extension Specialist, Forage/Livestock


Please Pre-register by mail, phone or email.




 Zip: _____________

 Email: __________________________


 Number Attending: __________

 Mail Form to:

VCE Campbell County

C/O Todd Scott

P.O. Box 67

Rustburg, VA  24588


Call:  434-332-9538

 Youth Judging Team Coaches contact: Todd Scott or Charlie Williams:  540-460-6194



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Beginning Farmer Field Day at Virginia Tech’s Kentland Farm


Friday, August 23rd

2pm-7pm with Dinner Served

Discussion Topics will Include:

  • Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program
  • Virginia Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services Marketing
  • Bee Keeping
  • RAM Pump Demo
  • GPS Apps
  •  Cost = $10.00 per person (includes Dinner)

Full Registration Coming Soon

More Info: Kelli H. Scott 540-382-5790 or

Here is a Facebook link:


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Demand For Meat Goat Grows in Minnesota – What About Virginia?

Alright, Minnesota isn’t Virginia (Goat meat industry growing exponentially in MN by Scott Seroka), no argument there but the increasing demand for chevon/cabrito in the Land of 10,000 Lakes is similar to the increase in demand for chevon/cabrito in the Commonwealth State.  From my perspective an increase in the demand for meat means a possible increase in farm profits.  Perhaps you agree – perhaps you don’t.  Thoughts?


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TIL: The World Eats 70% More Goat Meat Than Bacon, Needs New Priorities

Goats again folks.  Okay – you can use the same statistical number to support contradicting arguments but the bottom line here is chevon/cabrito is a food to consider.  Thoughts?

Original Post July 9, 2013 // 7:00 am // By:

We’ve always put bacon at the top of our meat hierarchy (because 100% bacon burgers, duh) and up until now we thought the rest of the world agreed with us. No other meat could really compete with the versatility, the taste, the sheer perfection of a good hunk of fried pork . . . right? Wrong. Apparently, the globe has decided to flip the bird at bacon and make way for a new champion. A bearded champion that really, really likes head butting you in the kidneys and eating your old t-shirts. Yeah, we’re talking goats.

Turns out that goats are taking over the global meat market. This sounds pretty bizarre to those of us who are used to seeing a beef or bacon-based dish on every menu, but goats are a lot more popular in parts of the world where eating beef is a giant no-no. Goat meat is kosher and halal, meaning it fits the dietary restrictions of two major religions and is a heavyweight player in the international meat game. In fact, goat meat makes up 70% of red meat eaten worldwide. Add that to the fact that goat cheese is experiencing a rise in popularity (seriously, this stuff is on everything from pizza to cupcakes) and you’ll start to get a clearer picture of the billy-bearded domination happening.

It’s cool, though. We’re always down to embrace some solid burger diversity, and we don’t think bacon is in danger of disappearing any time soon. Until that day comes, long live the goat burger!


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Agribusiness Trumps Local Food’s Green

Yowza!   For those who like an article that is sure to create heated discussion – I’ve found a few moments of enjoyment for you.  “An Environmentalist on the Lie of Locavorism.” by Will Boisvert is a good one.  Read it at

I have to smile thinking about the back and forth dialogue this one will start.



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Is Goat the New Beef?

Okay, full disclosure I’m doing my best to establish a sustainable meat-goat operation at home so I must admit this post reflects some bias.  Our farm hasn’t reached the point of sustainability and won’t anytime soon according to our enterprise budget so I don’t feel the ethical guilt of self-promotion by starting this thread.  The article below by Ally Bruschi, is one in a series of posts in this blog intended to bring attention to chevon or cabrito as a healthy food.  I don’t agree with all Ms Bruschi writes; for example, I disagree that goats are easier to raise than sheep and I’ll be polite with her comment about factory farming, but those statements are good for creating a discussion and that’s why we blog – right?

By Ally Bruschi, Writer

Is Goat the New Beef?

Jul 15, 2013 @ 11:16 AM

You surely have your favorite beef and chicken recipes in your arsenal, but have you ever considered adding goat meat to your rotation of beloved recipes?

Most Americans shy away from eating goat, believing the meat to have an undesirable, gamy flavor. Despite this hesitation, however, the number of meat goats on American farms has increased by nearly 500 percent in the last 25 years. The highest production rates coming from areas like Texas and New Jersey with higher Arab, Latino, and South Asian populations.

Hesitant consumers may change their opinions of goat meat when they consider that goats are easier to raise than sheep, are lower in cholesterol and fat than beef, pork, and lamb, and have higher protein and iron content. Restaurants around the country like Chicago’s Girl and the Goat are beginning to open to match the increase in demand for goat by finding creative ways to serve this healthier meat alternative to the greater public.

What’s more, goat meat is not yet popular enough to make factory-farming an efficient method of production, so you can be sure that the goat meat you are purchasing has avoided the tolls that mass production can take on animals, the environment, and your health. Farmers who raise goats encourage the increase in demand for their goat meat, but many wish to maintain the small-scale production that they’ve enjoyed for the last 25 years.

Adventurous home cooks should try this Jamaican Curry Goat Recipe at home as a healthy, alternative way to spice up their next dinner party. Be aware that, since goat meat is lower in fat than beef and lamb, you must cook it slowly and at lower temperatures in order to avoid dry, tough meat.

Is Goat the New Beef? Originally Posted

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Apprentice Opportunity: Shalom Farm Goochland County, Virginia

Beginning Farmers and Ranchers.

The following paragraphs describe an opportunity to apprentice at Shalom Farm, a 5-acre nonprofit community farm project in rural  Goochland County, VA.   Send all inquiries to Claire Hitchins at:

The apprentice will assist the Manager in all farm operations at Shalom Farm – a 5-acre nonprofit community farm project in rural Goochland County, Virginia. The apprentice will also lead visitors and volunteers in farm tours and work. The scope of the apprenticeship may broaden to include engagement in urban gardening and food entrepreneurship programs in low-income neighborhoods of Richmond. The apprentice’s involvement in off-farm food access activities will be determined by his/her interest and the organization’s needs.

The apprentice must have a strong desire to learn and a willingness to work hard. Farming or gardening experience is preferred but not necessary. The apprentice must be prepared for strenuous labor under potentially extreme weather conditions.   We will work with the apprentice to develop a curriculum to further his/her education in sustainable agriculture, food security issues, and nutrition.  Educational opportunities on the farm include seed propagation, transplanting, tractor operation, composting, soil amending and care, harvesting, egg production and more.

The apprentice will be housed in a rustic, isolated cabin located on Camp Westview on the James, the same property that hosts the farm. The cabin has electricity, window unit A/C, refrigerator, microwave, and hot plate. A bathroom with hot water is located about 50 feet from the cabin.

A driver’s license and vehicle for occasional commuting to the city for programming and distributing produce is preferred.

Apprenticeship dates (flexible): available immediately through November
Hours per week: 40
Compensation: Modest living stipend, housing, and farm produce
Location: Goochland, Virginia, 23063, United States
Application deadline: open until filled

Apply by contacting Shalom Farms Programming and Volunteer Coordinator Claire Hitchins at:
Please provide a resume and brief statement of interest.

Shalom Farms is a nonprofit community farm project with the overarching goal of increasing food security in the Richmond region, particularly in low-income urban neighborhoods.

Our approach is two-fold – 1) we meet immediate need by making fresh produce available at low or no cost to people with limited food access, and 2) we work for long-term transformation of the food system by providing educational opportunities in diet, health, and agriculture.

We are currently growing produce on 5 acres in rural Goochland County (about 30 miles west of Richmond) on property owned by Camp Westview on the James, a Methodist camp and retreat center. Half of our produce is sent to the Central Virginia Food Bank, while the other half is used in after-school programs, cooking classes, food pantries, meal programs and youth-run farm stands at partner organizations in East End and South Side neighborhoods of Richmond.
We grow about twenty basic vegetable and fruit crops, all chosen for their widespread appeal and accessibility in the communities we serve. We also cultivate a half-acre blackberry and raspberry orchard and maintain a small- scale egg operation with 25 chickens.

While not certified organic, we use organic methods, emphasizing soil care through composting, mulching, cover cropping and other practices that enhance microbial life.  We do not use any synthetic fertilizers, fungicides, or pesticides. In addition to food production, the farm offers an outdoor learning experience for thousands of volunteers and visitors each year. Located on the grounds of Camp Westview on the James, Shalom Farm is frequented by campers who visit the farm throughout the summer to work and learn.

For a quick glance at Shalom Farm, visit us at or at

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Organic Production of Fingerling Potatoes – presented at two locations and times:

1. Flat Rock Farm 10109 Brown Moore Lane, Marshall, Virginia  – July 23rd 6 – 8 PM

The VSU Small Farm Outreach Program is proud to invite you to a small farm field day on the organic production of fingerling potatoes using a thick hay mulch “lazy bed”. This high market value crop has been grown by Deanna Child of Flat Rock Farm. The seed potatoes were simply laid on top of the freshly tilled soil and then covered with a thick layer of hay mulch. This method eliminates most of the weeding, has excellent moisture retention and does not require midseason hilling. Plus the mulch hay is incorporated into the soil after harvest to improve soil fertility for next years crop.

2.  Evergreen Acres,12801 Hazelwood Drive, Nokesville, Virginia  – July 25th 6 – 8 PM

The VSU Small Farm Outreach Program is proud to invite you to a small farm field day on the organic production of fingerling potatoes. Jim Gehlsen of Evergreen Acres in Nokesville, Virginia is the only certified organic farmer in Prince William Co. Working with the Small Farm Outreach Program he has cultivated fingerling potatoes using four different methods. This high value crop is in great demand among gourmet chef’s and upscale groceries. In addition to the potato field trials we will be discussing Mr. Gehlsen’s on going production of organic tomatoes, pie pumpkins and his wholesale marketing efforts of these crops. Evergreen Acres also grows and markets Christmas trees on site.

To attend either event, please RSVP at
Or call 804 892 4492
These events are free and open to the public

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A Summer’s Worth of Farm & Ag Related Activities

The Virginia Association for Biological Farming’s (VABF) Summer Newsletter points to a summer filled with Ag related activities.  See what events fit into your schedule by visiting the VABF Summer Newsletter site.

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