About the Conference

For the 5th year, Virginia Cooperative Extension, in partnership with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Virginia Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE), Blue Ridge Community College, Virginia Division of Energy, and community partners, present the Virginia Farm to Table Conference December 6 – 8, 2016 at Blue Ridge Community College’s Plecker Workforce Development Center, Weyers Cave, VA. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Cultivating Healthy Farms and Resilient Communities.’

The conference will feature engaging and inspirational speakers with broad experience and knowledge of food, farming and pressing environmental issues including Dr. Ricardo Salvador of the Union of Concerned Scientists, Ellen Kahler of Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Lynn Trizna of the Rodale Institute, Chef Michael Twitty of Afroculinaria and the Cooking Gene, Alex Hitt of Peregrine Farm, and other great panelists.

***New this year will be a full day pre-conference tour of local farms and agribusinesses on Tuesday, December 6th.  This chartered tour will offer insight to the successes and challenges by local farms and agribusinesses that are stepping outside the traditional box. Join us for an informational and fun experience!

We hope you plan to attend to network, learn and cultivate healthy farms and resilient communities throughout Virginia!

A full schedule is available online. Registration is now OPEN!

We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Virginia Farm to Table conference!