Within the past two years, the Virginia Cooperative Extension has put a focus on mental health. They’re holding sessions to help farmers recognize when they’re under a lot of stress, and ways to manage it.
To ensure a craft isn't lost, passing it down to the next generation is a must. Although restorative forestry has made a resurgence, keeping this skill alive requires the next generation to take the reins so to speak.
Traditional methods – even those dating back to the Middle Ages – may be the best way to handle some of our modern day dilemmas, even when it comes to caring for our forests. Within the past several years there’s been a resurgence of horse logging.
Draft breed horses are known for their size, strong bodies, and great working capabilities. Back in February, Neesey Payne took a trip to Ridgewind Farms in Floyd to learn how these horses are being used in restorative forestry. And while there, she learned a great deal about the history of these horses.
If you're planning on growing produce this year, now's the time to start seeding those winter crops. Fields Edge Farm in Floyd will be turning into a classroom this year. They'll be holding workshops to help you grow your best garden yet.
The 2018 Farm Bill, removed hemp from being classified as a schedule 1 controlled substance, and reclassified it as an agricultural commodity. With the passing of that bill, Virginia became one of the states that made it legal to grow hemp. Here's a look at where the research stands.
Virginia Tech is part of the SmartFarm Innovation Network. There are over 120 locations across Virginia. They all work together to provide resources and strategies for farmers, producers, and communities to use.
The people at Beaver Dam Farm in Botetourt County are busy preparing for their annual Sunflower Festival. They’re planning to have acres of sunflowers ready for you to enjoy, but they’ll have some new things, too.