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November 5, 2015
Field to Tray Farm to School Conference
(Evening reception: Wednesday, Nov. 4)
USG Conference Center
Rockville, Maryland

This Mid-Atlantic regional farm to school event will bring together school nutrition professionals, farmers, suppliers, government representatives and nonprofit organizations for a day of learning and networking at the first regional farm to school conference in the Mid-Atlantic.  Register here.

November 5, 2015
Ginger and Turmeric Field Day
Virginia State University Randolph Farm
4415 River Road, Petersburg, VA
8:00 a.m. – Noon

Learn about the health benefits and growing techniques of these spice crops.  Field day will include a field visit, examples of value added products and presentations from experienced growers, and educational professionals. Registration is $10, click here to register.

November 12 & 13, 2015
Small Family Farm Conference
Holiday Inn Patriot, Williamsburg, VA

The theme this year will be "Small Farms: Surviving and Thriving in the 21st Century”.  Learn about hops production, agritourism, small farm plots, high tunnel production, urban farming and much more! For inquiries about eligibility for scholarship accommodation, please contact Mark Klingman at 804.524.5626 or

November 18 & 19, 2015
Virginia Farmers Market Conference
Lynchburg, VA

Annual Virginia Farmers Market Conference to help meet the needs of Virginia’s farmers markets and market managers.  Workshops designed to appeal to new market managers, experienced market managers, community partners, vendors and more.   Topics to include marketing, vendor recruitment and retention, food safety and EBT/SNAP training plus a chance to learn from other markets on their best management practices and much more.  For fee, hotel and registration information, click here

November 13-14, 2015
The Virginia Aquaculture Conference
The Newport News Marriott at City Center, Newport News, VA

Whether you are an active shellfish or finfish culturist or thinking about starting an aquaculture business—this is the place to be! The conference provides an opportunity to learn about current and upcoming industry issues, explore new developments in culture technology, and interact with others with similar interests. The format includes a day and a half of shellfish and finfish/prawn content in concurrent sessions with an on-going trade show.  Early registration is $85.  For more information, visit our website or contact Karen Hudson at or 804.684.7742.

December 2 – 4, 2015
2015 Farm to Table Conference
Blue Ridge Community College
Weyers Cave, VA

The theme for this year’s conference is “Strengthening our Foodshed, Protecting our Watersheds”.  Join us for engaged and inspirational speakers with broad experiences of food, farming and pressing environmental issues. 

January 28-30, 2016
2016 Virginia Biological Farming Conference
Skelton 4-H Conference Center in Wirtz, VA on Smith Mountain Lake

Please join VABF & VSU for the 17th Annual Virginia Biological Farming Conference in Wirtz, Virginia on beautiful Smith Mountain Lake. We continue our commitment to biologically, locally grown food in this more rustic, rural location.  More Information.

March 7-8, 2016
2016 Governor's Conference on Agriculture Trade
Hilton Richmond Downtown
Richmond, Virginia

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