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Ready to start a new farm or expand your operation?

The Field School is a beginning farmer training program created by our partners in Northeast Tennessee, Appalachian RC&D. Now we are working together to expand the program to SWVA. Sessions will include business planning, finances, and marketing all geared toward helping beginning farmers create sustainable and profitable small farms. The Field School is made up of two sessions: the Summer Field School and the Winter Business Intensive.


NOW RECRUITING FOR THE SWVA SUMMER FIELD SCHOOL!

The Summer Field School has 8 on-farm sessions to explore production methods and farm enterprises that are thriving in Southwest Virginia. Sessions are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday during the months of May through August.

**SWVA Field School Events are sponsored by funding through the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement for up to 3 years. When the funding period ends, there may be a cost associated with the program.**

2021 Summer Sessions | Register Here|

Check back for more info in September!

The Winter Business Intensive has 8 classroom sessions on writing a business, financial and marketing plan for your farm. These sessions will take place on the 1st and 3rd Thursday, November through March.

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Are you a Veteran or Active Military member?

We have various opportunities available for FREE to military veterans and active military in order to help you further your career in farming. Want more information? Contact Jenni Roop. Thank you for your service!


Field School Events


Thursday, May 6
No-Till Farming & Soil Health
Harvest Table Farm
28413 Smyth Chapel Rd, Meadowview, VA

Learn techniques of no-till farming and witness the benefits of growing healthy soil with us at the Harvest Table Farm. We will discuss the why and how for a no-till approach and demonstrate simple, easy methods to transform your growing spaces.

Thursday, May 20
High-Tunnel Season Extension
Blue Door Garden
23413 Walden Rd, Abingdon, VA

Since 2004 Tom and Deni Peterson at Blue Door Garden have been using hoop houses to “extend the season”. e. Come explore several different types of hoop house styles and participate in a discussion on the pros and cons to managing hoop house structures.

Thursday, June 3
Specialty Produce: Finding your Niche
Creative Seeds Farm
422 W Glade St, Glade Spring, Virginia

With local food in high demand, this course will help you determine what type of crops will help you stand out in a crowded market place. We will also cover how to market your crops to a variety of customers as well as tips and tricks on how to maximize your production.

Thursday, June 17
Integrated Multiple Operations
Kelly Ridge Farm
30558 Old Saltworks Road, Meadowview, VA

Join us at Kelly Ridge and learn from Owner/Operator, Justen Dick about how it works to integrate multiple types of farming operations in one place.

Thursday, July 1
Fruit/Apple Orchards
Kelly Ridge Farm
30558 Old Saltworks Road, Meadowview, VA

Visit Tumbling Creek Cider Company’s expanding orchards to learn about cider apple varieties, propagation, planting, maintenance and how to
re-establish the apple industry in our region.
We’ll tour the Old Orchard where we are rejuvenating 50 year-old trees and have planted many 3 year-old trees, the New Orchard as a
high-density trellised system and the tree nursery. The tour will end at the cider barn to sample some of our hard cider.

Thursday, Juy 15
Forest Farming
Appalachian Cove Forest Farm & Homestead
2857 Cox Chapel Rd. Duffield, VA, 24244

Appalachian Cove Forest Farm and Homestead is nestled in the foothills of Cove Mountain in the mountains of far southwest Virginia. They tend perennial native edible, medicinal, and other useful plants through various agroforestry methods such as forest farming, riparian buffer strips, and alley cropping. Ryan and his family will offer a tour through their forest trails and homestead to discuss relevant concepts and stewardship practices.

Thursday, August 5
Hemp & Rotational Grazing
Kelly Ridge Farm
30558 Old Saltworks Road, Meadowview, VA

Visit Reeds Valley Farms, a third-generation cattle farm in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Learn about the rotational grazing programs they have implemented on their 150 head cow calf operation and see their 5000 plant Hemp CBD operation. We’ll discuss implementing a hemp operation into a cattle farm, state and federal laws, machinery needed, propagation, vegetative growth, flower, pests and pathogens, weed control, harvesting, drying and stripping. Also, a visit to nearby National Hemp Group to see and go over their seed to shelf CBD oil extraction processing facility, located in Lebanon Va.

Thursday, August 19
Beekeeping
Appalachian Cove Forest Farm & Homestead
2857 Cox Chapel Rd. Duffield, VA, 24244

Appalachian Cove Forest Farm and Homestead is nestled in the foothills of Cove Mountain in the mountains of far southwest Virginia. They tend perennial native edible, medicinal, and other useful plants through various agroforestry methods such as forest farming, riparian buffer strips, and alley cropping. Ryan and his family will offer a tour through their forest trails and homestead to discuss relevant concepts and stewardship practices.


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Jenni Roop, Program Manager

Jenni Roop
FARM Program Manager
Email Jenni | 276.623.1121

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