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Partial Farm Lease Available in Nelson County, VA

Partial Farm Lease Available

Opportunity to lease portions of a diverse, 300-acre Nelson County farm, including access to extensive infrastructure and equipment – irrigated land for vegetable production, greenhouse access, fenced pastures and barns for livestock, aquaculture infrastructure, specialized farm equipment, and on-farm housing available. Woodridge Farm is looking for innovative farmers to complement their whole-farm, integrated approach – focused around a developing Farm Brewery that promotes a “dirt to glass” approach – producing  barley and hops, sourcing spring-fed water directly from the farm and utilizing by-products such as spent grain and waste water for animal feed and irrigation. With grain harvested and stock-piled, 2013 will begin the development of an on-farm Malting Facility. There are limitless opportunities for farm entrepreneurs to operate an independent business while taking advantage of this resource-rich farm and mutually beneficial production systems.

For more information, contact:  Barry Wood at Woodridge Farm: cell: 434-531-7362email: bwoodridgefarm@yahoo.com

For additional details and photos: http://woodridgefarmva.blogspot

 

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Soulstice Farm in Bedford County is offering volunteer opportunities now

Soulstice Farm in Bedford County is offering volunteer opportunities now!

About the Farm:  Soulstice farm is located at the base of the beautiful Peaks of Otter.  The Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail are close neighbors of the property.  There is an acre of garden space in production with hopes of expanding.  The focus, as of now, is to continue to create a farm that has little need for outside inputs.   With thoughtful design we feel this can be accomplished.  We strive to take steps beyond organic standards to create a healthy and balanced ecosystem.   Will Rutherford, the farm manager, have been influenced by many different agricultural methodologies and philosophies including permaculture and biodynamics.  He has recently spent the last year and a half in Asia with A Growing Culture”(agrowingculture.org) doing small scale sustainable agriculture projects in rural communities.  Soulstice farm is a young farm with lots of potential and ambitious ideas.  Come help and learn through hands on experiences   Volunteers will become familiar with the processes of starting a small-scale farm.  This may be a good opportunity for folks who are interested in starting their own agricultural enterprise.

The Garden: The garden is about an acre.  The fence surrounding the garden is made from bamboo off of the property.  There is a small greenhouse in the garden and a small vegetable processing station outside for quick rinses.  A beehive is close by to help with pollination of our diverse selected crops.  About one third of the garden is on sloping land.  You will see swales dug on the slopes to help with water conservation.  We have also been experimenting with hugelkultur in our beds to help maximize the beds water retention.  Shiitake logs are close by with hopes to fruit at the end of the summer.  We are in the process of redesigning some of the beds so that irrigation will be cheaper and more effective.

What Volunteers can expect In exchange for your work and time we would love to support you in anyway possible.  We have stacks of literature and computer files that are up for grabs if you are interested.  Of course the vegetables from the garden will be available and seeds as well.   We would love to share all the knowledge we have for your gracious efforts.

  •  Unfortunately there are no paid positions available at this time however volunteering could possibly turn into paid work in the future.

If this is of interest to you please call and leave a message at (540) 586-0033 for further inquiry.

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Abingdon Organics is Hiring for the 2013 season

Abingdon Organics has employment/learning opportunities available or the 2013 Season. 

Seeking aspiring farmer or farm couple in Abingdon, VA

More info can be found at:  http://abingdonorganics.org/

Abingdon Organics, a small, diversified organic farm in southwestern Virginia, is seeking an individual or couple for the 2013 season to help with all phases of our farming operation.  Abingdon Organics and its owners, Anthony and Laurel Flaccavento, have been  leaders in the  local foods and sustainable farming movement in the region for nearly two decades.  Their farm produces more than 50 different types of vegetables and fruits which are sold at the farmers market, to local restaurants and other outlets.  The farm has many innovations, including several high tunnels and hoop houses, cover crops and beneficial insect habitat, and ongoing trials of varieties, soil improvement and insect control.  The farm is located 3 miles from Abingdon, a town with a strong art, music and local food scene.  Even a local brewery!

Qualified individuals should have at least one season of experience as WWOOFers, farm interns or apprentices on a produce farm.  You will be involved in greenhouse production, all phases of field and high tunnel production, marketing ,and planning and tracking production and profitability.  A certificate will be provided detailing the skills and knowledge you’ve built during your time here.  In addition to the learning opportunity, compensation includes comfortable lodging in our home, wonderful food and a small stipend.  No pets, please.  If interested, email Anthony at flaccavento@ruralscale.com or call 276 698-8956.   Position is open beginning February 18th.

More info can be found at:  http://abingdonorganics.org/

 

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Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project Webinar: “Exploring Farm Credit Programs Available Through the Farm Service Agency”

 Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project Webinar

Exploring Farm Credit Programs Available Through the Farm Service Agency

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenters will include Pete Adamson, Chief, Farm Loan Programs and Kim Depasquale, Farm Loan Manager

To participate in this webinar please go to: http://connect.ag.vt.edu/vabeginningfarmerfsa/

Summary: Interested in learning more about farm credit programs? Thinking about borrowing money to start or expand your farm operation and business? Then this webinar is for you! The purpose of this webinar is to help Virginia beginning farmers and ranchers and other agricultural service providers learn more about farm credit programs available through the Farm Service Agency. Join webinar presenters Mr. Pete Adamson, Chief, Farm Loan Programs for Virginia and Ms. Kim Depasquale, Farm Loan Manager in the Fredericksburg FSA Office as they discuss different farm credit options that are available for diverse Virginia beginning farmers and ranchers. Following their presentation, you will have an opportunity to ask Pete and Kim your questions as they help guide you through the farm loan planning process. Please join us for this exciting learning and networking opportunity!

More information: For more information about the webinar or questions, please contact webinar organizers Matt Benson (mcbenson@vt.edu) or Kim Niewolny (niewolny@vt.edu).

The Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project is sponsored through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Award # 2010-49400-21720.

 

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Butchering Workshop in South Boston, VA

Butchery Craft for the Farmer — Friday March 1, 2013

Are you interested in home butchering?

 As the demand for local and niche meats grows, farmers considering entering this market need to have a working knowledge of their products.  Come experience traditions of old and learn how to butcher on your own farm!

 Hosted by:  Hudson Heritage Farms, LLC                                                                                      Note: Hudson Heritage Farms is a working farm and participates should not bring their dogs or small children to this event.

A demonstration butchery class by expert butcher and chef Justin Meddis (Rose’s Meat Market & Sweet Shop). During this course participants will view the breakdown of a side of beef, learn about the common cuts of meat and where the cuts of meat come from on the carcass, and discuss value added products. Although beef will be used for the demonstration the information is transferable to pork, lamb, goat, and large species of game.

Agenda:

8:30 am – Begin registration at Hudson Heritage Farms

Snacks and coffee complimentary of Halifax Farm Bureau

9:00 am – Begin butchery workshop

Demonstration side of beef provided by Strange Farms

12:00–1:00 pm – Lunch

Meat provided by Hudson Heritage and Misty Meadows Farms

5:00 pm – Conclusion

Participates are encouraged to dress for weather conditions and are welcomed to bring their own folding chair.

Location:  Hudson Heritage Farms  14242 River Road South Boston, VA 24592

Non-refundable registration fee: $20.00

Space is limited so registration must be received by February 20, 2013

–          Checks should be addressed to “Virginia Cooperative Extension – Halifax”

–          Registration and fee should be mailed or dropped off at:

Virginia Cooperative Extension

Halifax Office

171 South Main Street

Halifax, VA 24558

Name:____________________________________________________

Address:_________________________________________________

Phone:___________________________________________________

Email:____________________________________________________

 

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Farm Manager Position Available

The Harvest Table Restaurant in Meadowview, VA is currently accepting applications for the position of farm manager for The Harvest Table Farm. This is a salaried and full-time position, and requires that the person occupy the residence at the farm. The position has three primary responsibility categories. First, to operate the 3-acre sustainable farm to grow produce in coordination for the needs of the Harvest Table Restaurant. Second, to coordinate and help organize tours of the farm. The Harvest Table Farm is designed not only to supply our restaurant with produce, but the facility also operates as a demonstration farm, serving an education and visitation role in our community. Third, the farm hosts WWOOFers and interns on a seasonal basis, and short-term day volunteers, and the farm manager would be responsible for supervision of these workers.

Harvest Table Farm is located in Meadowview, VA on a rolling 3-acre plot about 2 miles from the restaurant. The job requires a person skilled in modern ecoagriculture, with a strong sense of the changing seasonal needs of a human-scale farm.

Position:  Full-Time, Salaried. Position open immediately.

Qualifications: Defining the qualifications of the perfect farm manager would best be done by saying that we seek a person who is energetic, self-motivated, works well with others in difficult situations, and is experienced and dedicated to the modern ethic of small-scale sustainable agriculture. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual or couple who wants to launch a career in sustainable agriculture.

The position and requirements are more complicated than can easily be conveyed in a simple job description. If interested, please contact Steven Hopp at info@meadowviewfarmersguild.com. For a more detailed job description or for farm information, please visit our website:   http://www.meadowviewfarmersguild.com

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Upcoming Event Dates for Winter 2013

The winter conference and programming season is upon us.  There are many opportunities for beginning farmers/ranchers and service providers across Virginia.   Please visit Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher News page and/or the VBFR Facebook page for more news and updates.

NRCS Applications Deadline, for all 2013 available programs. 

January 18, 2013

Visit  http://www.va.nrcs.usda.gov/ for more details &  information.

 

Future Harvest CASA, 14th Annual Farming for Profit and Stewardship Conference

January 18 & 19, 2013. National Conference Center – Lansdowne, VA.

http://www.futureharvestcasa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=233:program&catid=92:program-and-schedules

 

Virginia Forage and Grassland Council Winter Conference Series

January 22‐25, 2013.  It will be hosted at several (four) locations across Virginia with participation by leading producers and research specialists.

For more information, visit:  http://vaforages.org/  (the website has not been fully operating today, so patience please)

 

63Rd Annual Young Farmers of Virginia Convention

January 25-27, 2013.  Crown Plaza Hotel –Williamsburg

For more information, visit http://www.vayoungfarmer.org/ or contact Ron Byrd at bronald9@vt.edu

 

VA Vineyards Association’s Winter Technical Meeting

January 31, — February 2nd, 2013

The Omni in Charlottesville, VA

Twelve 2012 Governor’s Cup Case Winners, Discussion of research and management studies for pests and diseases, such as Leafroll Virus, Pierce’s Disease, Grape Berry Moth, Grape Root Borer, Fruit Flies, and Grapevine Yellows, and Back-to-Basics Grape Disease Management with a focus on Powdry Mildew, Botrytis, Downy Mildew, Phomopsis, Ripe Rot, and Bitter Rot.

http://www.virginiavineyardsassociation.com/event/winter-technical-meeting/

 

Reynolds Homestead Grower’s Academy

January 21st — March 25th

Reynolds Homestead, Critz, VA

Sponsored by the Homestead, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition, this 8-week learning series is specifically designed to help new and transitioning vegetable and cut-flower businesses succeed. Instructors include resource professionals and farm business owners.

For More Info, Email Kelli Scott at kescott1@vt.edu

 

SustainFloyd’s Whole Farm Planning Six-week Course

Feb. 11 — March 18, 2013

The six-week course then runs weekly from Feb. 11 through March 18 in Floyd, Virginia.  Prospective students may attend a free introductory workshop from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19. Cost is $100 for the course.  For more information, contact SustainFloyd Director Mike Burton at 540/745-7333 or mike@sustainfloyd.org.

 

Virginia Association for Biological Farming Conference (and Whole Farm Planning Farm School Workshop).

February 8-9th, 2013.  The Holiday Inn-Koger Center-  Richmond VA.

http://vabf.org/conference/conference-2013/

 

Virginia Farm Bureau Young Farmers Winter Expo

February 22‐24, 2013. The Holiday Inn– Harrisonburg, VA

https://www.signup4.net/Public/ap.aspx?EID=2013108E

 

2013 Local Food Conference

February 26th, 2013

VA Farm Bureau Office in Richmond

https://vafarmbureau.org/Agriculture/LocalFoodNetworksConference.aspx

 

Attimo Winery’s 2013 Scholar Vineyard Internship Program

March 15 — June 15, 2013

There will be up to 8 internship positions available in 2013. Internships that include pruning start March 15, 2013 and run until June 15, 2013.  Summer Internships start May 15 and run until August 15, and internships that include the grape harvest run from July 15 – October 15. Interns will be exposed to various aspects of the vineyard and winery business.

 

Start 2 Farm 3rd Annual Beginning Farmer & Rancher Conference

March 16th — March 18th, 2013

Raleigh, NC

The Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Conference provides an opportunity for farmers to meet and learn from experts and to network with other farmers from around the country.

http://www.start2farm.gov/beginning-farmer-rancher-conference

 

Virginia Farm Bureau Women’s Conference

March 22nd, 2013

Roanoke, VA

https://vafarmbureau.org/MemberPrograms/FarmBureauWomen/WhatsHappening.aspx

 

 

 

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Roanoke Natural Foods Seeking Assistant Farm Manager for Heritage Point Farm

Assistant Farm Manager

Full Time Position, Year round, Salaried, $27,000 year plus benefits

Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op is seeking a reliable individual to join our team at Heritage Point, our cooperative urban farm in Roanoke City.  Heritage Point, founded in 2012, is the largest contiguous urban farm in the United States, providing the Roanoke Valley with hyper-locally grown produce, and many educational opportunities, strengthening the local, sustainable food movement in the Roanoke Valley.

Requirements:

  • •Drivers License
  • •Reliable communication via phone and internet
  • •Ability to lift 50# regularly
  • Perform physically demanding work in variable environments
  • •Be able to work variable schedule which may include nights, weekends and holidays.  Schedules may change on short notice due to weather, crop conditions, or other factors.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills, absolute dependability  and punctuality, and willingness to succeed in fast paced production setting.

Experience:

  • Supervisory experience highly desirable
  • Significant experience in vegetable production, harvest, and post-harvest handling.
  • •Familiarity with tractors, irrigation, fencing, cover cropping, and pest management.  Experience with natural production methods highly beneficial.
  • Desire for a career in local agriculture.

Submit your resume with references and a 1 page letter of interest to farm@roanokenaturalfoods.coop or print copy to:

Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op

Attn: Farm Manager

1319 Grandin Rd

Roanoke, VA 24015

Application deadline January 4th.  Start Date ASAP

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Apprenticeships available at Radical Roots Farm

Apprentice at Radical Roots Farm!

Click here for all details:  http://radicalrootsfarm.com/apprenticeships.php

Goals of the apprenticeship program:

  • To offer apprentices an example of a working organic farm so that they can learn the cycles of the growing season. –
  • To share the skills involved in organic farming and the tools of the trade. –
  • To give apprentices. first hand working knowledge with specific crops, so that they can have a solid foundation of gardening experience. –
  • To support the hands on learning that comes through hard work in the fields with educational resources, garden reading, classes and field trips. –
  • To give apprentices the experience and the confidence to start their own organic farm or garden. –
  • To maximize the productivity and potential of this small-scale intensive farming method with more people per acre.

Farm Information:

Our mission is to grow high quality organic vegetables and herbs in a sustainable way. We farm one acre of intensively cultivated beautiful garden soil and grow nursery crops in a 3,000 square foot greenhouse. We sell produce and plants at the Charlottesville City market, have a 30 member CSA and do a series of spring plant sales.
We started our first farming season in 2000 after apprenticing with successful small scale farmers for four years. Lee is passionate about growing herbs and is a practicing medicinal herbalist. Dave teaches permaculture design and organic gardening classes at the local community college and has experience in landscape design. We are both committed to creating a community farm that fosters connections between the people and the land.
Radical Roots Community Farm is located in the Shenandoah Valley seven miles outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. The farm is four miles away from the George Washington National Forest which has hiking trails and nice swimming holes and three miles away from the great mountain bike trails at Massanutten Resort.
The apprenticeship is an exchange of time and learning between experienced and new gardeners. We exchange our experience, mentoring, and vegetables for your hard work and willing attitude. The natural outcome is learning, a successful farm and confident, experienced new gardeners.

General Internship/Apprenticeship Information:

Internship starts: March Internship ends: End of October

Application Deadline: February 1, but we will review all aplicants any time of the year if there are open positions

Minimum Length Stay: 3 months Number of Interns: 3 Contact Preference: Phone
Work/Experience Desired: We are looking for four people who are interested in learning about sustainable agriculture by working with their hands . A good attitude and communication skills are essential. Must be able to work as an essential part of a team as well as take on responsibility and work independently. The apprenticeship starts in March and continues through October with a minimum length stay of three months. The work we do involves a lot of hand labor instead of using fossil fuels. We farm one acre using only a walk behind roto-tiller and we cultivate our crops with a lot of hands on care. Our time will be spent with the work of sowing seeds, potting up young plants, setting out transplants, mulching, weeding, watering and harvesting. Aprentices will participate in all aspects of sustainable vegetable production. We work a minimum of 30 hours and four days week and it ranges up to 45 hours in the busy season. A good attitude, a willingness to work hard and a passion to learn are the most important skills.

Education Opportunity: We organize four field trips to other organic farms which is a great way to explore different techniques and compare different farming methods. We also offer the organic gardening curriculum that Dave teaches at UVA with a class time scheduled once a month. A farm design project will be assigned to apprentices to encourage them to begin thinking about their own farm.

Stipend/Compensation: $200 month starting Housing: Housing available in a shared strawbale studio or rustic camping. Meals: We will share a group meal on half the work days and lots of vegetables will be provided for other meals.

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Round Bales of Hay For Sale

Round Bales of Hay for Sale.  Van Flora (540)263-0569  is selling 4 by 5 1/2 round bales of a fescue, orchard grass mix.  Please call Van Flora if interested in purchasing.  Quality can be for cows and horses.

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