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Virginia Food Festivals

September 30, 2014
Hops Production, Distribution, and Marketing

6:00-9:00 pm
Corcoran Brewing Company, 205 E. Hirst Rd. Purcellville, VA 20132

Farmers, brewers, and anyone interested in craft beer is invited to join Future Harvest at Corcoran Brewing Company to learn the basics of hops production as well as distribution and marketing techniques to sell hops locally and regionally. As the craft brewing movement gains momentum, demand for regionally produced hops is growing. Stan Driver of Hoot N’Holler hops will share his many years of experience producing hops as well as creating partnerships between farmers and craft brewers to form cooperatives, which allow smaller producers to participate in this growing market. We will also hear from Kevin Bills of Corcoran Brewing Company and Favio Garcia of Lost Rhino Brewing Company about their experience in local and regional sourcing. Of course, there will also be a tour of Corcoran’s facilities and a chance to taste their brews.

Stan Driver is owner of HootNHollerHops, as well as a hop grower at Blue Mountain Brewery and Blue Mountain Barrel House. He is also Chairman of the Old Dominion Hops Cooperative. Kevin Bills is the Brew Master at Corcoran Brewing Company. $20 for FHCASA members; $40 for non-members.

November 8, 2014
Fields, pastures, creek sides....and Trees
How could it work for you?

9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Lord Fairfax Community College’s Fauquier Campus

Come find out about agroforestry in a day-long workshop focused on two practices, riparian buffer and silvopasture systems. These practices provide a way to bring trees back into our farming to work for us, and the land.

Silvopasture is the intentional management of trees, forage, and livestock that can make for happy healthy herds. Agroforestry riparian buffers are bands of trees planted parallel to creeks. The buffers provide opportunities to produce market products such as fruits, nuts, florals, and more. Because both practices incorporate more trees in the landscape, they play an important role in
improving our soil health and water quality.

We invite interested landowners and producers to join us for this day-long workshop where we will provide you with information on how to get started with these two practices. Experts from both the private and public sector will be on hand to answer questions, and landowners will share their first hand experience these practices.

The workshop costs $15 to attend, which includes lunch. Click here to register online. For more information, please contact Paxton Ramsdell at 540.231.0790 or pramsdel@vt.edu.

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