Join us Wednesday, April 21!

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An Introduction to Building Soil Health: A Farmers Perspective

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
1:00-2:00 pm Eastern

This webinar features Brent Wills, VABF President, farmer, and soil consultant, and Khalil Hassan, a produce/market farmer. Brent will provide a brief overview of the basics of soil health, reasons to invest in the soil, indicators of health and imbalances, options for soil testing, and the quick nuts and bolts of taking a good soil sample in the field. Khalil will share about his experience building soil health on his farm including specific practices and approaches he has applied, changes over time, and lessons learned.
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Program Sponsors
This webinar is part of a winter series of webinars sponsored by the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition (VBFRC) Program and the Virginia Association for Biological Farmers (VABF). VBFRC is a state-wide and coalition-based program. Virginia Tech/Virginia Cooperative Extension serves as the backbone organization for the Coalition and the VSU Small Farm Outreach Program is the project lead of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Grant that supports the Coalition. For VBFRC program questions, contact the program coordinator, Katie Trozzo at The Virginia Association for Biological Farming is Virginia’s primary organization for farmers, gardeners, and farm supporters promoting the future of organic and biological crop production. For more information, visit or email the administrator at
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Kim Niewolny at 540-231-5784 between business hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) to discuss accommodations five days prior to the events. 
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Thursday, April 22!
Understanding Your Finances
 Virtual Workshop

Thursday, April 22, 2021
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM EDT

Presented by Real Local RVA


Running a small business requires a diverse skill set to be successful. Keeping up with everything from marketing and inventory to sales and finances can be a tough job. In this virtual workshop, the experts from C&F Bank will cover the basics of financial literacy to help you keep your business moving ahead.

Do you understand cash flow and how money moves in and out of your business? We will discuss the ability to manage business finance matters in an efficient manner, making appropriate decisions about investing, and budgeting. To get your small business to the next level you must be able to read and understand the numbers on your financial statement. Know what your numbers are telling you and be proactive to the areas that require attention.

Natalee Bolton, C&F Financial Center Manager, and Yitzy Klestzick, Assistant Vice President, will talk us through understanding key financial principles including:
  • Understanding credit
  • Importance of keeping good books/records (the why behind it in regards to lending)
  • Banking products that will benefit your business
We will then hear from Michael Reilly, Executive Director of Foodshed Capital to learn about the concept of “Nurture Capital.” Foodshed Capital is an organization with a mission to provide financial stewardship to farms and businesses fostering an equitable and regenerative local food economy. This is achieved through patient, flexible, low-cost financing, including a 0% revolving loan fund called SOIL. This financing provides equitable, patient, and risk-tolerant capital for farmers and food entrepreneurs who have difficulty obtaining traditional capital, especially women, people of color, low-income individuals, and new/beginning farmers. 
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Sunday, April 25!
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Blue Ridge Virtual Eco Fair

Sunday, APRIL 25, 2021

1:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

Presented by Sustain Floyd


Featuring keynote speaker Zach Bush, MD.

A virtual event that focuses on current strategies for energy conservation, environmental protection and simple living. Attendees will gain access to information through real time presentations and interviews online, webinars, product exhibits and stories from practitioners from the Blue Ridge area.

The Blue Ridge Eco Fair is focused on ‘Making Choices that Matter’ in a world facing multiple challenges to our environment and our communities. The event features stories, information and inspiration from over 40 people who have addressed meaningful choices, large and small.

The Fair includes sections on Food & Growing; Energy & Transport; Simple Living and Earth Care.

Our keynote speaker Zach Bush, MD is an internationally recognized educator in issues of human and environmental health and is co-founder of the regenerative agriculture group Farmer’s Footprint. 

Other presenters include: Barbara Pleasant, Author; Katie Teague, Documentary Film Maker; Delia Heck, The Climate Reality Project; Christy Straight, RIDE Solutions; Hari Berzins, Tiny House Family Blogger; Ricardo Brown, Solshine Energy Alternatives; Ken McLeod, The League of American Bicyclists, and many more.

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