The Virginia Association for Biological Farming is an organization akin to Land and Table in many ways but operates at a statewide level. As the primary organization in the state of Virginia concerned with organic and biological farming and gardening, VABF has been a resource in Virginia for farmers and local food advocates since 1978.
In January VABF held the 19th Annual Virginia Biological Farming Conference. The Lynchburg/Bedford region was well represented at the conference but not all of us were able to attend. Join us this coming Tuesday, February 20th where we will give those of you who attended a chance to share the knowledge and experience you gleaned from this year’s VABF conference. This will be a potluck as usual and an open forum – whoever wants to share will be encouraged to speak for up to 15 / 20 minutes per person. Once everyone who went to the conference has had an opportunity to share there will be a chance for further sharing if time allows.
Also – those of you who have been attending our recent gatherings focused on accelerating the local food movement, moving forward with a Local Food Guide for the Lynchburg region, and other initiatives, plus anyone who is in interested in volunteer opportunities for helping with monthly gatherings, workshops and more – please come around 5:00 for a new Land and Table ‘Rootstock’ leadership circle that is forming. Rootstockers will be invited to play a role in the following: for supporting existing initiatives of the grassroots L&T network, helping catalyze new initiatives and forward momentum for the L&T community, as well as aiding in the development of organizational structure. All Rootstockers must be committed to attending the normal monthly potluck gatherings, be available for other occasional meetings on a non-regular basis, and have (or be willing to have) a working knowledge of the writings and philosophy of agrarian writer Wendell Berry – who has long been considered the father of the local food movement.
Volunteer catalysts needed (some positions will potentially become self funded in the long-term – all positions are unfunded at this time):
– Monthly Gathering Organizers (now seeking organizers for Bedford, Lynchburg, Montvale)
– ‘ReSkill’ Workshop Developer and Coordinators
– Food Writers, Farm and Kitchen Bloggers
– Podcast and Media Team
– ‘FarmHand’ Coordinator (organizes teams for work parties at member farms)
– Supper Club Developer
– Buyers Clubs Organizers
– Business Development Team
– Local Food Guide Team: Web Dev, Sales, Graphic Design
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 / Bedford County (Sedalia)
The Sedalia Center
1108 Sedalia School Road Big Island, VA 24526
Tuesday, February 20 (5-8pm)
5:00-5:45 | Intro to Rootstock session / networking
6:00-6:45 | Eating and networking
6:45-8:00 | VABF Conference review – open forum
WHAT TO BRING:
- Healthy dinner food to share
- Your own dishware (plate or bowl, cup, silverware ,etc)
- A quiet game or toys if you are bringing kids (we will be indoors)