2017 Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit

The 2017 Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit will be held in Arlington on Oct 5 - 6 at the George Mason University campus. 

From backyard gardening to rooftop farming, urban agriculture is an unique way to farm in small spaces in city and suburban communities. Join us for a two-day summit with community leaders and agriculture experts. Learn about sustainability, food policy, farm-to-school programs, food and farming policy, starting a business, and much more!

Registration: $75 ($35 student)

Register at the Summit website: https://vafb.swoogo.com/urbanag2017/36853

Summit Registration!
Keep up to date on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1747144968911525/

Confirmed Speakers and Panelists:
Keynote Speaker: John Piotti, American Farmland Trust

 Kimberly Niewolny, Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Project Rodney Taylor, Director Food & Nutrition Services, Fairfax County           
 Sally Schwitters, Tricycle Gardens Joelle Robinson, DC Food Policy Council
 Elizabeth Borst, VA Farmers Mkt. Mgr. Assoc. Dave Robishaw, VA Dept. of Agriculture
 David Sachs, Grape Wood Farms Basil Gooden, VA Secretary of Agriculture & Forestry
 Kathy Jentz, Washington Gardener Donielle Nolan, George Mason University
 Amy Bachman, DC Central Kitchen Puwen Lee, Arlington Food Assistance Center
 Lynette Johnson, Society of St. Andrews Don Weber, USDA
 Bill Brower, DC Water Katherine Collins, Arcadia Learning Center
 Mary Van Dyke, STEM Justen Garrity, Veterans Compost
 Rebecca Carpenter, Sprout Kitchen Gardens 

Panels & Workshops:

The Urban-Rural Connection: Making it Work
Increasing Opportunity: Updating the Rules to Promote Urban Agriculture
Agriculture in the Indoor & Outdoor Classroom
Waste Not,Want Not: Connecting Farmers & Feeding Programs
Practical Science-Based Challenges & Solutions to Urban Agriculture
Making a Buck in Urban Ag.

Tours: (l) Washington, DC: Up Top Acres by Nationals Stadium; UDC East Capitol Garden;
(2) Potomac Vegetable Farms; Reevesland Learning Center; Arlington Food Assistance Center Walter Reed Garden; Fort Barnard Community Garden.


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