2019 Virginia Chapter SWCS Annual Meeting

Local Food Production Means Sustainability

October 28, 2019
Unity of Charlottesville
2825 Hydraulic Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901

2019 Annual Meeting Flyer & Registration Form

Sustainable food production systems are non-polluting; conserve energy and natural resources; are economically efficient; are safe for workers, communities and consumers; and, do not compromise the needs of future generations. To be sustainable, local food production needs to be built on a foundation of healthy soil. Food value chains need to be developed throughout the system, which add value through local processing and link farmers directly to local consumers. This meeting explores how local food production in Virginia contributes to sustainability and improves the livelihoods of local producers.

8:30AM Registration/Coffee/Snacks
9:00AM Welcome: Tim Durham, President, Virginia Chapter SWCS and Assistant Professor of Agronomy and Agricultural Sciences, Program Coordinator of Agricultural Sciences, Ferrum College
9:10AM Virginia NRCS Local Foods initiatives: Jack Bricker, State Conservationist, Virginia NRCS
9:30AM Sustainability and Environmental Issues Associated with Local Food Production: Eric Bendfeldt, Extension Specialist, Community Viability, Virginia Cooperative Extension
10:30AM Break
10:45AM Virginia’s Finest/Virginia Grown Programs: Bill Scruggs, Manager of Sales and Market Development, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
11:15AM SWCS Publications and How to Publish in Them: Dr. Brian Benham, Professor of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
11:30AM SWCS Business Meeting: Updates on Chapter revitalization, new member drive, questions from members: Tim Durham, President, Virginia Chapter SWCS
12:00PM Lunch, Catered by BreadWorks Bakery & Deli, Charlottesville
12:15PM Virginia’s Terroir for Wine Making: Jaclyn Fiola, Ph.D. Student, Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech
1:00PM Chapter Awards Ceremony: Kilby Majette, Awards Committee Chair and Tim Durham, Chapter President
1:15PM Meeting Adjourned
2:00PM Local Food Hub Tour, 556 Dettor Rd #108, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (approximately a 20-minute drive from Unity of Charlottesville)
3:00PM Tour ends

Registration Form/Instructions

Registrant Name(s):_____________________________________________
Dietary preferences (if any):___________________________________

2019 Annual Meeting Registration Fees (includes lunch & breaks)

Prior to October 14, 2019 — Adult $25.00; Student $10
On-site or after October 14, 2019 — Adult $35.00; Student $15

Total Paid: $_____________________________

Make Checks Payable to Virginia Chapter SWCS
Mail registration form and check to:

Brian Benham, Virginia Chapter SWCS Treasurer
Biological Systems Engineering Department
Seitz Hall, RM 209
155 Ag Quad Lane
Blacksburg, VA 24061


  1. Go to https://paypal.me/TheoDillaha
  2. Enter the amount you are sending
  3. Add a note with you name(s) and contact email address
  4. Enter your credit card info
  5. Hit send.

For more assistance with registration contact Theo Dillaha at 540-922-2971 or dillaha@vt.edu.

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