2023 SWVA Summer Field School

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2023 SWVA Summer Field School

The Summer Field School (May-August) has 8 on-farm classes to explore production methods and farm enterprises that are thriving in SWVA.

By Appalachian Sustainable Development

When and where

Date and time

May 4 · 5:30pm - August 17 · 7:30pm EDT


To be announced

About this event


The Summer Field School has 8 on-farm classes to explore production methods and farm enterprises that are thriving in Southwest Virginia. Classes are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday during the months of May through August at 5:30pm.

**SWVA Field School Events are sponsored by funding through the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement for up to 3 years. When the funding period ends, there may be a cost associated with the program.**



Thursday, May 4, 2023

Agritourism w/ Daisy Sturgill & Jennifer Martin

Stormbrew Farm


Thursday, May 18, 2023

Soil Health & No Till Farming w/ Dylan and Denita House

Creative Seeds Farm


Thursday, June 1, 2023

Season Extension w/ Tamara McNaughton

TNT Farm N Greenhouse


Thursday, June 15, 2023

Rotational Grazing w/ Trevor Hansard

Red Tail Grove


Thursday, July 6, 2023

Aggregation, Distribution, and Land Tour w/ ASD Team

ASD Ag Campus


Thursday, July 20, 2023

Sustainable Practices w/ Justen Dick

Kelly Ridge Farm


Thursday, August 3, 2023

Beekeeping w/ Maria McWatters & Debbie Mott

Fun Girl Farms, LLC


Thursday, August 17, 2023

Apple Orchards w/ Tom McMullen

Kelly Ridge Farm


Field School Students Can:

  • Tap into the knowledge of seasoned farmers and agriculture professionals from across the region.
  • Meet like-minded people who are also looking to take their passion for farming to the next level.
  • Learn how to connect with the local food scene, with government resources, with new ideas, with markets for farm products, with legal guidance, and with proper laws.
  • Workshop their ideas with their peers, experienced farmers, and industry experts to get specific feedback and invaluable insights.

About the organizer

Since 1995, Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) has been working to propel our mission to build a thriving regional food and agriculture system that creates healthy communities, respects the planet, and cultivates profitable opportunities for Appalachians.

In the beginning, ASD focused exclusively on 15 counties in northeast TN and southwest VA, where 1 in 5 citizens are at or below the federal poverty line. Today, our work has expanded to include partners in eastern WV, KY and southeast OH. 

ASD collaborates with a variety of partners to significantly expand its impacts by leveraging the intersections between agriculture, economic development, community building and health.