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September 19, 2014
Small Ruminant Field Day at VSU
VSU’s Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road, Ettrick.

The program is being co-sponsored locally by Southern States and Heretick Feed and Seed Company. The program’s purpose is to teach sheep and goat producers, extension agents and specialists, and others how to enhance profitability by adding value to meat and dairy small ruminant production systems; and about effective marketing techniques.Special program features will include meat and cheese tastings; hands-on hoof-trimming, vaccinations and body condition scoring; and opportunities to interact personally with VSU small ruminant faculty and staff concerning ongoing research projects.

Register online for $10 per person; or contact Mollie Klein at 804.524.5960 or email  Anyone needing special services or accommodations should contact Klein in advance to discuss arrangements.
For field day particulars, contact Dr. Dahlia O’Brien, VSU small ruminant extension specialist, at 804.524.6963.

September 20 & 21, 2014
VABF & Ellwood Thompson’s Richmond Farm Tour
Shake the Hands that Feed You!
Richmond Virginia Area
1 PM to 6 PM

Load up your car with friends and family (one ticket covers everyone!) and head out for a day — or two — of meeting area biological/organic farmers and seeing where and how your food is grown.  Farm tour weekend is self-paced with 14 farms located throughout the area.

The tour cost is $25 per vehicle in advance. Entrance tickets will also be available on tour days at every tour farm for $30 per vehicle (or $10 per vehicle for one farm). Discounts for VABF (Virginia Association of Biological Farming) 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

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