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Environmental Management Of Nutrients

Tuesday, February 6, 2024
9:00 AM  12:00 PM
VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road

Petersburg, VA

Learn about how to maximize your crop yields while being environmentally friendly. Find out why we manage phosphorus and nitrogen differently. Discover the best times to apply nutrients for healthy plant growth. Find out about how you can do your part to protect your rivers and streams. This presentation will benefit students, farmers, gardeners, and other growers.

Space is limited to 30 participants.

For more information, contact Tim Sexton at 804-524-1028 or, or Ben Dukes at  804-731-7916, or email


Filing Farm Taxes

  • Tuesday, February 20, 2024

  • 9:00 AM  3:00 PM

  • Makers Market

  • 100 West Danville Street

  • South Hill, VA, 23970

Even if you hire an accountant to assist with filing your farm taxes, there is important information that you need to know as a farmer. 

This workshop will cover the following topics:

  • New tax laws and changes.  

  • Completing Schedule F.

  • Recordkeeping.

  • Reporting business expenses & deductions.

  • Managing enterprise sales.

  • Social security management.

  • Managing wages.

  • Working with nonprofits.

Darrell Tennie, the founder and CEO of the Tennie Group, LLC, a tax and accounting firm located in Raleigh, North Carolina, will be leading this workshop. Lunch will be served. 

For more information, contact Marilyn Estes at 804-481-0485 or

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Basics of BioChar

Monday, February 12, 2024

12 pm – 2 pm

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion,

4415 River Road, Petersburg, VA

This workshop will be an introduction to biochar and its many benefits. Biochar consists of tiny bits of hardwood charcoal steeped in a high biological and microbial mixture. We will briefly explain how it has been used in poor soils to help rejuvenate microbial life and nutrient capacity. We will also talk about preparing and utilizing biochar to amend poor soil.

Space is limited to 25 participants.

For more information, contact Derrick Gooden at  804-586-5352 or email


Waynesboro Community Garden Workshop

  • Wednesday, February 28, 2024

  • 1:00 PM  4:00 PM

  • Waynesboro, Virginia

Community gardens are a gateway for improved nutrition, health, and enjoyment. Planning, preparation, production, and harvest issues must be coordinated for a thriving community garden. Good management practices, including using soil amendments, cover crops, crop rotation, and irrigation are vital to the success of a community garden. The Embrace Community Garden is up and running and has several raised beds. We will explore the efficiency and cost-effective advantage of trickle irrigation systems in small raised-bed garden settings.

For more information, contact Forrest Hobbs at 804-892-5910 or


Four Season Carrot Growing

Thursday, February 15, 2024 ·

10 am – 12 pm

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion 

4415 River Road

Petersburg, VA 23803

Carrots can be a challenging crop for many growers. Customers love them, but getting consistent results can take time and effort. In this workshop, we will take a deep dive into the many aspects of growing carrots throughout the year. Janet Aardema and Dan Gagnon of Broadfork Farm will share in-depth information regarding germination techniques, seeding densities and plant spacings, variety selection, weed control, pest and disease control, season extension, harvesting, post-harvest handling, and sales.

For more information, contact Grace Summers at 804-712-0093 or

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