Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit to be held in Richmond on Oct. 22-23

A young man carring a box through a field.

Virginia Tech Director of Dining Services Alex Hessler (above) will speak on a panel along with other college faculty about urban agriculture during the Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit.

From backyard chickens to rooftop apiaries, beginning farmers are looking to urban agriculture as an increasingly popular and sustainable way to combat food insecurity and build a sense of community in cities and towns across the commonwealth.

Commonwealth residents who are interested in finding out more about urban farming can attend the third annual Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit from Oct. 22-23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Richmond.

The event, which is being sponsored in part by Virginia Cooperative Extension, will feature summit keynote speakers and panelists who will address the current state and future of urban farming operations in the United States, as well as visits to the Harding Street Community Agricultural Center in Petersburg and the Tricycle Gardens in Richmond.

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