Agroforestry Farming


More and more folks are learning about these farming strategies and benefits, but teaching and demonstration farms where you can see them in action are often hard to come by. Virginia Tech’s Catawba Sustainability Center farm is one of those gems and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming is collaborating with Virginia Tech’s Office of Outreach and International Affairs to bring you a Low-Cost opportunity to dive deep into agroforestry, regenerative whole-farm practices, and environmental services markets. Program goals are to help you learn more about these practices in a hands-on setting and strengthen the network of regenerative agroforestry practitioners.

Participants will spend two days at the Center with the very people that have shaped its agroforestry and regenerative farming practices. You will not only learn from but also work with them through hands-on sessions and strategic planning exercises. On top of that, enjoy a welcome reception and informational social in downtown Roanoke the evening before the field sessions begin. The social includes live local music by Blacksburg’s own Clover Hollow and locally sourced heavy hors d’oeuvres. After a full day of learning in the field, be inspired by keynote speaker Keefe Keeley from the Savanna Institute at a locally sourced banquet in Roanoke.

Could there be more? Yes! Lunch is provided both days and for those of you staying at the Hotel Roanoke with reduced room rates, transportation will be provided (breakfast, too!). So come worry-free and join us for hands-on learning and collaboration, and leave with a rich understanding of how you can use these practices and take advantage of associated opportunities on your farm or homestead.

You must act quickly though. There are only 60 seats available for this training, first come first served.

For a registration fee of $105 you get…

  1. A ticket to the informational welcome social from 6:30-9 pm on August 19th at the 5 Points Music Sanctuary in Roanoke, with live music by Blacksburg’s own Clover Hollow, cash bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres by Blue Ridge Catering.
  2.  Two days of on-farm training provided by a progressive public/private team: John Fike (Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences), Mark Jones (Sharondale Farms), John Munsell (Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment), Adam Taylor (Virginia Tech’s Office of Outreach and International Affairs), and Katie Trozzo (Kindred Roots Collaborative). Topics include silvopasture, contour alley cropping, multi-functional riparian buffers, water quality and nutrient markets, fungi management and mulch inoculation, forest farming, hemp production, windbreaks, and regenerative farm planning.
  3. A ticket to a locally sourced banquet from 6:30-9 pm with keynote Keefe Keeley from the Savanna Institute. Keefe’s talk is titled “We do not farm for bread alone: Making a living and a livable world with agroforestry”. Dinner is provided by Blue Ridge Catering and cash bar is available.
  4. Lunch from Roanoke Foods Co+op and transportation both days. Breakfast provided for those staying at the Hotel Roanoke.
  5. Rooms available at The Hotel Roanoke for a very reduced rate of $75 per night with breakfast included.

A $15 discount is available for VABF members. Join today and enjoy all the Virginia Association for Biological Farming Member benefits (including the discount for this event!).