Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The foods our children eat in school and in the neighborhood

A March 1st TedX event in NYC with a series of presentations on changing the food our children eat in schools.

This video focuses on goals and lessons learned in "food barren neighborhoods":

Friday, January 3, 2014

How do you do Fast Food?

Here are some surprisingly fast foods: 

(really, the videos run from 20 seconds to 1 minute)

Virginia Grown posts January Calendar of Educational Events

"Feed your head this winter with inspiring agricultural knowledge." 

Feel free to pass this information along and check the VDACS events page for updates.

January 15, 2014

Open House - Prince Edward Cannery and Commercial Kitchen
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
7916 Abilene Rd., Farmville, VA 23901
Please join us for a day of production at our facility! We will be demonstrating the use of bulk food processing equipment as we create samples for our guests to take home. Learn how you can turn that favorite family recipe into a retail product! Commercial Processing staff will be on hand to answer questions and discuss facility use, benefits, and scheduling

January 15, 2014
VSU Beginning Farmers Program Whole Farm Planning Workshops
January 9, Greenville County Extension
January 24, R.T. Arnold Library, South Hill, VA
February 6, Wedgewood Golf Center, Halifax, VA
February 20, Surry County Extension, Surry, VA
All workshops will be from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Workshops will teach the basics of Whole Farm Planning as Module 1 of the Virginia Beginning Farmers and Rancher Coalition Program. For more information or to register please contact Jim Hankins or call 804.892.4492.

January 17 - January 18, 2014
Future Harvest CASA 15th Annual Farming for Profit and Stewardship Conference
UMUC Marriott Inn & Conference Center: College Park, MD
Featuring over 40 sessions with experts from the field, panels, networking, local food celebration, silent auction, and keynote speaker Sam A. Calagione of Dogfish Head. Register online or call 410-549-7878.

January 23, 2014
Grow Edamame WorkshopVirginia Cooperative Extension
100 Dominion Drive, Farmville, VA 2390110 a.m. - Noon
Workshop will feature information of growing, marketing, tasting and processing Edamame. To RSVP or for more information contact Caitlin Miller at 434.392.4246 or email

January 31 – February 1, 2014
Virginia Biological Farming Conference
Richmond, VA
Virginia’s premier gathering of organic producers and consumers. Learn about land selection, high tunnel production, fermented foods and profitable management. Conference information and registration is available here.

Save the Date: April 15 and 16, 2014
Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit
Lynchburg, VA at the Kirkley Hotel
The Virginia Food System Council, Lynchburg Grows, VCE, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation and VDACS are hosting a two day conference addressing multiple aspects of agricultural and health issues in urban settings. This is slated to be an annual event bringing together 150-200 participants in Virginia's community. More information coming soon.


Cornell University Northeast Beginning Farmers Project Webinars
Cornell University is offering webinar courses for aspiring, new and experienced farmers this winter. The courses feature topics in marketing, business, financial records, organic certification and vegetable farming to name a few. Check out the complete list along with details and costs here.

NRCS Planned Conservation Webinars
Join the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for Science and Technology conservation webinars featuring soil health, insights from an organic certifier, grazing, on farm food safety and more. Check out the complete list here.

Virginia Grown 

Leanne DuBois/ Division of Marketing and Development
Virginia Department Of Agriculture and Consumer Services
102 Governor Street/Richmond, VA 23219
Office: 804.225.3663