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2024 Eastern Shore Small Farm Workshop

Please join us for our first Eastern Shore Small Farm Workshop on Wednesday March 20th and Thursday March 21st.

The event will take place at the Northampton County Parks and Recreation Offices (former Northampton Middle School) and will feature speakers from the Virginia Tech ESAREC, Virginia Tech Food Science and Technology department, VDACS Marketing department, Beekeeping Guild, and Virginia State University Small Farm and Animal Production programs. Please click HERE for a detailed agenda of the event.

The workshop is FREE but requires registration (as space is limited) at the following link: Lunch is provided and sponsored by the Association of Eastern Virginia Agricultural Producers, Inc, Farm Credit and Northampton Farm Bureau.

If you have any additional questions, contact:

Helene Doughty - Northampton VCE - 757-678-7946 -

Theresa Pittman - Accomack VCE - 757-787-1361 -

We are looking forward to seeing you at the workshop and engaging in conversations to improve, diversify and support your farms!



Helene Doughty - Insect Pests Issues and Management Options

Dr. Doug Higgins - Disease and Management Options

Dr. Mark Reiter - Soil Fertility

Dr. Vijay Singh - Weed Issues and Management Practices

Dr. Sanjun Gu - High Tunnel Production and Irrigation Practices

Ursula Deitch - Marketing strategies and VDACS Marketing Programs

Ben Dukes - Small Farm Outreach Program

Dr. Alexis Hamilton - Value-Added Products

Chris Kutyla - Beekeeping and Honey Production

Theresa Pittman - Food Safety on Small Farms

Rachel Lawmaster - Animal Production (Backyard poultry, Rabbits, Rabbits Modules, Beef cattle, Beef cattle terminology, Goats and Sheep)

Here are some additional resources from the speakers on specific topics:

VA Dairy Law, VA Food and Drink Law, VA Food Donation Law, VA Food Handbook