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October 22 – 23, 2015
Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit
Crowne Plaza Downtown, Richmond, VA

Urban Agriculture is the practice of cultivating, processing and distributing food around an urban setting taking the form of backyard, rooftop and community gardens on vacant lots.  Featured speakers will include Ben Greene with the Farmery in North Carolina, Ben Flanner, head farmer and president of Brooklyn Grange Farm in Brooklyn New York and many other insightful and motivating speakers.  Conference will feature urban farm tours and opportunities to connect with fellow urban farmers.  Click here to register or to learn more.

October 22, 2015
Aquaculture Field Day
Virginia State University, Randolph Farm
4415 River Road, Petersburg, VA
8:30 a.m.

The Aquaculture Field Day offers participants the opportunity to learn about pond aquaculture and aquaponic production in Virginia from the VSU College of Agriculture. Please join us to discuss current best practices and other innovative programs in these areas, and network with new and experienced growers during the day. Click here to register.  $10 registration fee includes a continental breakfast. You may also register by phone at (804) 524-5496 or email Debra B. Jones (

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.

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