2008-07-30 / Family

Virginia State University schedules 23rd Annual Agriculture Field Day

Cooperative Extension at Virginia State University (VSU) will hold its 23rd Annual Agriculture Field Day on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., on the school's Randolph Farm, which is located on River Road in Ettrick.

Free and open to the public, the field day will showcase examples of agri-tourism, a growing source of income for farmers who invite families and tourists to their farms for educational and entertainment activities. Field Day events include:

• Band members of the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, who grow gourds and make musical instruments from them, will discuss how to cure gourds and make value-added products. The orchestra will also give a special performance.

• Clean, card, dye, spin, weave and make fiber products with wool from sheep, alpacas and goats.

• Cook classic barbecue with the old-fashioned, pit-cooked method using hickory or pecan wood instead of gas or electric heat.

• Youths will have an opportunity to fish in one of VSU's 57 ponds in the fishing-rodeo event and learn about the potential profits to be made from fee fishing.

Pre-registration is required by Aug. 18. Register by calling Carol Streetman at 524-5960 or e-mail People who need special services or accommodations in order to participate should call in advance to discuss arrangements.

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