Don’t miss the Biological Farming Conference this week at the Sheraton Richmond West Hotel (Friday and Saturday, February 27-28). Not just for commercial farmers and managers, the 10th annual conference promises to be an enriching event for gardeners and consumers alike, interested in sustainable agriculture and improving our food system. On the agenda: Will Allen with Growing PowerInc. from Milwaukee and Chicago will serve as keynote speaker.
Launched in 2000 at Camp Blue Ridge in Montebello up in Nelson County, the Virginia Biological Farming Conference touches on important concepts like natural pest controls, the use of cover crops, crop rotation, ecological livestock production, specialty crops, Community Supported Agriculture, careful soil management, direct marketing, compost, mulch, careful management of animal manures, family labor, on-farm research and careful financial management. You can be sure that chemical herbicides, genetically-modifed organisms, and antibiotics are never on the agenda here.