Graham Donahue is a young farmer with over 6 years of experience, at least some experience with most types of farming but mostly raising livestock (sheep and chickens). He is looking for an opportunity to manage a farm or for a long term lease situation to start his own. He has been an intern on two different farms and is looking to use his passion for pasture management, raising livestock and other production. If you have land available for lease or looking for a farm manager in Cumberland/Fluvanna/Goochland/Powhatan/Amelia/Prince Edward/Buckingham area, please contact Graham Donahue at firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 333-6552.
Virginia Cooperative Extension will be hosting a “Grow Your Own” vegetable gardening series on March 2, April 13, May 4, June 8, July 6, August 10, September 7, October 5, and November 16 of 2015 at the Prince Edward Extension Conference Room, 100 Dominion Drive, Farmville, VA.
Topics covered in this series include:
principles of organic gardening
building soil health
seed starting and seedling care
attracting bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects
square foot gardening
and cooking and food preservation demonstrations.
The cost will be $5 per class or $30 for the entire series. For more information and to pre-register by February 27th contact the Prince Edward Extension Office at (434) 392-4246 or email@example.com.
At the John Randolph Firehouse & Community Center in Cumberland, VA
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Thursday evenings of March 12, March 19, March 26, April 2, April 9, and April 16
Optional $10 fee for hardcopy reference notebook. CDs will be free.
Topics will be soils, composting, vermiculture, garden planning, irrigation, sustainable organic practices, food preservation, garden diseases, and garden insects. There will be different speaker at each session.
Governor McAuliffe Announces $565,000 in USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants Available for Virginia Agricultural Interests
~Request for Applications Now Open, Deadline for Submittal is April 2, 2015~
VDACS will give priority to projects with the sole purpose of enhancing the competitiveness of specialty crops as they pertain to the following issues:
• Increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops;
• Improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems;
• Assisting all entities in the specialty crop distribution chain in developing Good Agricultural Practices, Good Handling Practices, and Good Manufacturing Practices;
• Investing in specialty crop research, including organic research to focus on conservation and environmental outcomes;
• Enhancing food safety;
• Developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops, pest and disease control;
• Developing organic and sustainable production practices;
• Developing local and regional food systems; and
• Improving food access in underserved communities.
Guidelines, instructions, and the application for the USDA Specialty Crop Competitive Grants are available online at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/marketing/scrop.shtml (click on Application Form to apply), via e-mail to Melissa Ball firstname.lastname@example.org, or at VDACS, 102 Governor Street, Richmond, VA 23219.
According to a 2013 economic impact study conducted by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia, agriculture and forestry are two of Virginia’s largest private industries with a combined economic impact of $70 billion annually. Agriculture generates more than $52 billion per annum, while forestry contributes more than $17 billion. The industries also provide more than 400,000 jobs in the Commonwealth. More information about the Weldon Cooper Center’s study can be found at: http://www.coopercenter.org/node/2/publications/economic-impacts-agriculture-and-forestry-virginia-revised-2012
AN INTRODUCTION TO WIND ENERGY WORKSHOP MONDAY MARCH 9, 2015 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Executive Auditorium
1 Partnership Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210
REGISTRATION The registration fee for the workshop is $15. To register for this workshop please call the Washington County Extension Office at (276) 676-6309, and mail a check payable to Virginia Cooperative Extension to:
Washington County Extension Office
234 W Valley St., Suite B
Abingdon, VA 24210
ATTENTION LOCAL PRODUCERS, DISTRIBUTORS, RETAILERS, PURCHASERS, CONSUMERS, AND LOCAL FOOD ENTHUSIASTS: The Heart of Virginia Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter is hosting a promotional meeting for Lunenburg County. This informational and update meeting will be held at 6:00pm in the Kenbridge Town Building Auditorium this Thursday, November 20, 2014.
RETScreen Training Workshop August 5th – August 7th 2014 Farmville, VA
Are you, or your clientele, interested in exploring renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies?Are you curious if a particular project might be a viable opportunity for a particular location? Wonder how it might compare among other alternatives? If so, please consider joining us to learn about a free energy project analysis tool named RETScreen that can be helpful in exploring new energy project opportunities.
Who Should Attend This Introductory Workshop?
If you are interested in learning more about the features of this project screening tool, please join us for this hands-on workshop. During the session, RETScreen training expert, Michael Ross of RER Energy, Inc., will provide an overview of RETScreen, its various modules and applications, including how it can be used to evaluate:
Energy cost-saving opportunities
Clean energy generation
Costs associated with project design alternatives
Potential GHG emission reductions
Tools for assessing risks for various types of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies
The aquaculture workshop scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, June 13 at Heartland Business Park in Keysville, VA has been postponed until July. More information to follow. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Please share this information with anyone you know who may have been attending. Thank you.
Virginia Tech & Virginia Cooperative Extension will be hosting two Saturday workshops on solar energy conversion technologies, one on solar electric/photovoltaics (PV) and the other on solar hot water.
These sessions are sponsored by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy.
·Solar Water Heating: Introductory Workshop
Saturday, May 3, 2014
More info available at: LINK
·Solar Photovoltaics: Introductory Workshop Saturday, May 17, 2014
Front Royal, VA More info available at: LINK