Innovative Agriculture Forum and Skill Swap -- informing you about entrepreneurial & creative farming opportunities

NovemberNov 08 2019 08:00am - NovemberNov 09 2019 05:00pm UTC


Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) will hold an Innovative Agriculture Forum and Skill Swap, November 8 and 9 at Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC) in Cedar Bluff, Virginia. The purpose of the event is to boost agricultural entrepreneurship by informing the public about creative farming opportunities. Tickets are $15 for each day or $25 for the entire event and can be purchased online at: *Made possible with funding from Thompson Charitable Foundation.

On November 8, attendees will have the opportunity to attend a variety of panel presentations, including discussions on livestock, medicinal herbs, valued-added products and hemp. The panels will feature speakers experienced in pastured poultry, rotational grazing, goldenseal cultivation, meat processing and the emerging hemp industry. Registration for the forum will be from 8 to 9 a.m. in Dellinger Hall, and lunch will be provided. Dr. Tommy Wright, SWCC president, will deliver the opening remarks and Sandy Ratliff, assistant vice president at Virginia Community Capital, will close the forum. There will be a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring live music.

On November 9, Skill Swap participants can choose from a variety of hands-on workshops to learn both traditional Appalachian practices and innovations on those skills. Whether participants want to propagate ginseng, make goat cheese, inoculate a mushroom log or prepare a fire cider, the Skill Swap will provide a knowledgeable instructor to teach those crafts. Materials are included in the ticket price and participants will take home their creations. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registration for the Skill Swap will be from 8 to 9 a.m. in Dellinger Hall.

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Southwest VA Community College, 635 Community College Road, Cedar Bluff, VA 2609


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