Events calendar

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
12:00 am ET

The National Heirloom Expo

Immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of colors, aromas and flavors—visit our mind-boggling produce display! Last year we featured the worlds largest squash exhibit, a spectacular, 21 foot tall pyramid of squash of all shapes, sizes and hues. We plan to make it even more fantastic for the 8th Annual National Heirloom Exposition. In the same hall, you’ll find a tantalizing rainbow of thousands of heirloom tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squashes, garlic, tree-fruits and more—all clearly identified and labeled.
Some of the most innovative minds will be showcasing items or stories of interest, with no expectation of selling anything—they desire above all else, to inspire others. Our exhibitors will span from backyard gardeners to seasoned organic commercial growers, as well as forgotten craftsmen, not-for-profit organizations and leaders in the Green Tech industry. Come learn about amazing worthwhile community projects, and just catch up on whats been changing in the pure food movement. You’re sure to make some new friends!

Find more information and register here! 

12:00 am ET

National Conference for Outreach and Ag Development

Virginia State University’s Small Farm Outreach Program in partnership with Minority Outreach Network and USDA will host the first National Conference for Outreach and Agriculture Development on September 10-11, 2019 at the Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, VA.

Outreach Professionals who lead or conduct activities to support farmers and agricultural production through non-governmental organizations (NGOs), grass roots organizations (GROs), schools, universities and state and federal organizations are encouraged to attend.

During this two-day conference, participants will learn ways to grow and strengthen their programs in expert educational sessions and panel discussions on the most important emerging issues for agriculture-related outreach, including:

  • Identifying Financial Resources & Strategies to Help You Create and Sustain Farmers

  • Engaging the Next Generation of Farmers

  • Estate Planning, Land Transition and Heir Property

  • Creating a Local Food Hub With Faith-Based Organizations

  • Engaging Tribal & Native American Communities

  • Empowering Underserved, Minority and Military Veteran Farmers

  • Improving Communications and Customer Relations

  • Finding Solutions to Reduce Farmer Stress and Prevent Suicide

  • Agritourism


Registration includes all general and concurrent sessions, breaks and meals planned for the conference. See the conference agenda below for details (subject to change.) For overnight accommodations, see Travel & Lodging for information and available rates.