Please save the dates for the 2018 Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference and plan to attend to hear mind-stretching ideas and instruction! Speakers and panelists will address and share their experiences about the microbial roots of life and health, agricultural behavioral health, food security, food and farm justice, growing their market, food system development, silvopasture, agroforestry, and intensive greenhouse and high tunnel production!
Virginia Cooperative Extension, in partnership with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition, Virginia Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE), Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), and community partners, present the seventh annual Virginia Farm to Table Conference on December 5 – 6, 2018 at Blue Ridge Community College’s Plecker Workforce Development Center in Weyers Cave, VA.
The conference planning committee is pleased to have Virginia’s Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring open the conference on Day 1. Dr. Ed Jones director of Virginia Cooperative Extension and Jack Bricker state conservationist of Virginia’s USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service will kick-off Day 2 with a discussion about collaboration and working together.
The line-up of featured speakers and panelists to date includes:
- Dr. Mike Rossman of Ag Behavioral Health
- Dr. Rev. Heber Brown III of the Black Church Food Security Network
- Dr. David Montgomery, author of Dirt and A Growing Revolution
- Anne Bikle of Dig2Grow and co-author of the Hidden Half of Nature
- Mark Dempsey of Carolina Farm Stewardship
- Patryck Battle of Living Web Farms
- Kirk Ballin of Virginia AgrAbility
- Hana Newcomb of Potomac Vegetable Farms
- CJ Isbell of Keenbell Farms
- Steven and Elizabeth Gabriel of Wellspring Forest Farm, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the Groundswell Center
- Dr. Elsa Sanchez of Penn State University
- Dr. Beth Guigano of Penn State University
- Beth O’Connor of Virginia Rural Health Association
On Wednesday evening, there will be a public lecture and book signing with Dr. David Montgomery, author of Dirt: The erosion of civilizations and Growing Revolution: Bringing our soil back to life. An ice cream social and producer-buyer gathering will precede the public lecture.
More details about the conference will be coming soon but mark your calendars for December 5 and 6!