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Preparing for Winter

Here are a few things you might want to consider as you prepare for winter and all that comes with it:


Family Preparedness Course Materials


Chain Saw Safety


Generator Use and Safety


Storm Damaged Trees


Winter Farm Considerations


Winter Care for Horses


Winter Storm Information


Winter Emergency  Travel Kit


Shelter in Place Information


Disaster Supply Kit


Food Safety in power outage


Winter holiday tips


Winter Dog Care


Winter Goat Care


Winter Rabbit Care


Winter Dairy Care

Family Friendly Fall Agriculture

Central & Southside Virginia is a great place to be this fall for family friendly agriculture events! Check out what is still going on around the area:

Owen Farm Tours

Owen Farm will be open on November 8th from 10:00am to 4:00pm with hayrides, pony rides, bounce house, barnyard friends, lots of fun games, scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin rolling, pumpkin painting and much more.

White Fall Farm

Don’t miss the famous hay castle at White Hall Farm!

Gross’ Orchard Apple Harvest Festival

October 18, 2014 is the annual Apple Harvest Festical at Gross’ Orchard in Bedford County. For more information as well as regular hours, check out their website at or their Facebook page.

Layman Family Farms

Take a trip on over to Bedford County’s town of Blue Ridge, to check out the corn maze, pumpkin patch, haunted harvest and country store at Layman Family Farms. Runs September 13 – November 9, hours vary from month to month, so check out the website for more information:

Previous Family Friendly Fall Ag Events This Year Included:

Family & Farm Day


THIS SATURDAY, September 13th from 9:00am – 2:00pm at the Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research & Extension Center in Blackstone, VA. (Come check out the Arts & Crafts Festival in town too!) Lots of crafts, animals, and fun activities for youth! For more information about the Southern Piedmont AREC, visit their website. For pictures from last year, check out their Facebook page.

Richlands Dairy
Fall Farm Festival


Many of you may already be familiar with Richlands Dairy on 460 on the Nottoway – Dinwiddie line from childhood field trips to the dairy. Well, Richlands is branching out to share their farm with you this Fall. They have many different Saturday & Sunday hours and events from October 4 through November 1. Check out the family farm day, pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayrides, animals, zombie maze, and haunted corn maze dates and times! For more information, click on the flyer or visit their website at 

Parrish Pumpkin Patch

Welcome to Dundas! Gem of the sandy loams of southeast Lunenburg County, Dundas is home to several local mainstays. Ranking up there with sheep stew, the tank, and Willowland Farm strawberries – Parrish Pumpkin Patch has grown as an attraction for families and school groups alike. Check out their Facebook page for more details! Opening Wednesday, October 1st.

South Hill Farmer’s Day


October 4th, come visit South Hill for a blast from the past with the antique tractor parade, a petting zoo, and fun and games for the family. Visit the chamber of commerce website for more details.

Ravenelle Corn Maze

Welcome to Forest and try your hand at the Ravenelle Corn Maze, about 15 miles outside of the town of Bedford in Bedford County. Open Saturdays and Sundays September 27th through October 26th. For more information, check out

Morgan Farms

Welcome to Huddleston! Come pick out a pumpkin or test your maze skills at Morgan Farms Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze in Bedford County. Open September 15- October 31, 7 days a week from 10:00am – 5:00pm. For more information visit:

USDA Disaster Programs

Several questions have emerged recently regarding USDA disaster programs as producers have been faced with unfortunate on-farm losses. Take a moment to check out this pamphlet explaining the different programs  available from the different USDA agencies, including the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Rural Development (RD), and Risk Management Agency (RMA).

If you have further questions, please contact your local USDA center. These are often shared by multiple counties and may not be located in your home county. To locate your center, check out this website or call your local extension agent.

*Click on pamphlet for full .pdf file.


USDA Disaster Program Information


Franklin County Mini Educational Equine Affaire

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension on March 29, 2014 in Rocky Mount, VA for a Excellent Equine Program.  Guest speakers will be cover the following topics: Hoof Care and Balance, Myoscope and Acuscope therapy, Natural horsemanship and safe handling, Digital hoof x-rays, reproduction, nutrition and pasture management, and teaching the riding instructor.  Flyer 3.10.14 page 2 Flyer 3.10.14mpage1


6th Annual Spring Landowner Retreat: Focus on the Forest

The 6th Annual Landowner’s Retreat: Focus on the Forest will be held April 25-27 at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center in Appomattox, VA.

This retreat, designed for new and inexperienced landowners will include both indoor and outdoor sessions. Topics to include:

  • Working with a forester
  • Timber sales/preventing timber theft
  • Managing for quail/creating early successional wildlife habitat
  • Water quality
  • Current research on hardwood and pines
  • Forest insect pests
  • Wildflower ID
  • Introduction to forest measurements

For more information, view the Landowner Retreat Spring 2014 brochure.

Please register by Friday, April 11, 2014.

Farm Transition Workshops: Overview of Farm Transition

Farm Transition Workshops in Southside
Blackstone, Rocky Mount, & Halifax

One day event

THIS WEDNESDAY Feb. 19 – Southern Piedmont AREC in Blackstone
8:30am – 3:30pm

Farm Transitioning


One day event

Saturday, February 22, 2014 in Rocky Mount, VA
From 8:30am – 3:30pm

Farm Transition flyer February 22 2014 Rocky Mount VA


Two-day event
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 & Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in Halifax (specific location to be determined)
From 10:00am – 3:30pm

2014 Farm Transition flyer