VSU program offers Slade Farm Tour in Surry

Published 10:28 am Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Take this opportunity to visit Slade Farm in Surry to learn about using cover crops in preparation for planting. Two tour dates are available: Tuesdays, April 3 or May 1, each from 10 a.m. to noon.

This tour is part of the 2018 Farm Tour Series offered through the Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University. Each tour provides information and education on farm practices on location at a farm and opportunities for networking and discussion.

The tours are free, and open to the public and SFOP’s Ag Business class participants. No transportation is provided. To register, visit www.ext.vsu.edu/calendar, click on the event and then click on the registration link.

If you need further information or are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Michael Carter at mcarter@vsu.edu or 804-481-1163, or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at 804-524-3292; 800-828-1120(TDD) during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations no later than five days prior to the event.

The Small Farm Outreach Program, which is part of Cooperative Extension at Virginia State University, aims to encourage and assist limited-resource and socially disadvantaged producers, veterans and ranchers to own, maintain and operate farms and ranches independently, to participate in agricultural programs and improve their overall farm management skills. The SFOP provides outreach and assistance activities in production management, financial management, marketing, availableUSDA farm programs and other areas to increase farm profitability and promote sustainability.

Currently, the program provides educational programming in approximately 54 Virginia counties, which have the highest concentrations of limited-resource veterans, and socially disadvantaged farmers in the state.