Sunday, July 1, 2018

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events 

July 2018

Shenandoah Permaculture Institute Presents
With special guest Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm

LOCATION: The course will be held at farms throughout the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia, with a home base in Staunton, Virginia.

DATES: The course will be held over 9 days during 4 weekends in 2018. The dates are September 28-30, October 13-14, November 3-4, and December 1-2. Course days will run from 9am-5:30pm unless otherwise noted.

Or contact Trevor at

TUITION: Early Registration (through July 31st): $900
Regular Registration (after July 31st): $1,100

This special Permaculture Design Certificate course is geared towards serious homesteading and profitable permaculture farming in the Mid-Atlantic. This is an opportunity to learn permaculture design from professional farmers who are doing the work!

Living Earth School programs in Central Virginia 

Once a month Programs

Forest Dwellers- Warrenton
ages 8-15  --- 10AM-4PM
Fall 2018 dates: Saturdays 
Sept 15, Oct 13, Nov 10, and Dec 1.
Location:  Weston Wildlife Management Area, Warrenton, VA

Forest Dwellers- Charlottesville
ages 8-15   ---   9:30AM - 3:30 PM
Fall 2018 dates: Sundays
 Sept 16, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 2.
Location: Rivanna Trail in Northeast Charlottesville

Red Arrow Boys- Charlottesville
for ages 8-15   ---   9:30AM-3:30PM
Fall 2018 dates: Saturdays
September 22, October 27, November 17-18 (overnight), December 15
Location:  Rivanna Trail in Northeast Charlottesville

Woodland Girls- Charlottesville
for ages 8-15   ---  9:30AM-3:30PM
Fall 2018 dates: Saturdays
September 22, October 27, November 17-18 (overnight), December 15
Location:  Rivanna Trail in Northeast Charlottesville

Homeschool Programs
Our outdoor classroom and skilled nature mentors help connect kids to nature in a real and profound way.

Charlottesville Homeschool
for ages 7-18   ---   9:30AM-3:30PM
Fall 2018 dates: 10 Wednesdays
Sept 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 24, 31, Nov 7, Nov 14-15 (overnight), Nov 28, Dec 5.
Location: Rivanna Trail in Northeast Charlottesville

Goochland Homeschool
for ages 7-18   ---   10AM-4PM
Fall 2018 dates: 8 Tuesdays 
Sept 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 23, 30, Nov 5-6, Nov 13.
Location: : Leaks Mill Park, Goochland, VA.

Check out our all new program:
Staunton Homeschool
for ages 7-18   --- 10AM-4PM
Fall 2018 dates: 8 Fridays  
Sept 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 26 (Parent day!), Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 16 .
Location: Malcoms Market Garden, Staunton, VA

Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards 

Registration Now Open for Fall 2018 Tree Steward Training Class
The  Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards invite you to take their Training Class this fall to become a certified Tree Steward.  Tree Stewards are trained community volunteers committed to promoting healthy urban and rural forests in Virginia.   With classroom training and hands-on practice, Tree Stewards are equipped to identify trees, counsel on tree selection, demonstrate proper tree planting and follow-up care, and guide removal of invasive plants that threaten trees.  To become a certified Tree Steward in the Charlottesville area, you must complete the class and commit to volunteer at least 25 hours a year on approved projects.
The course consists of twelve 3-hour classes on tree identification, biology, roots, soil, proper selection, planting, pruning, care, diseases, invasives, and more. The class features an outing to Montpelier’s old growth forest, an educational walk at the Ivy Creek Natural Area, and hands-on practice in tree identification.

Time:  Tuesdays mornings from September 4 to November 20, 2018
Place:  Education Building, Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road, Charlottesville.
Cost:   Tuition of $125 (includes all books and training materials).

For registration and further information, visit our website at

Registration closes August 29, 2018 or when the class is full.

 Sacred Plant Traditions - in Charlottesville
Every year a nearly identical conversation is had.  It goes something like this:
"Wow, can you believe how incredible the garden is right now?"
"I know! It's always stunning, but this year..."

And it's true. The years go by and the plants, bees, butterflies and other beings come more fully into their splendor.  Beyond energetics and chemical constituents, people come and learn about being in right relationship with the plants and the green world.  We sing alongside them, ask for their help and offer ours in return.  People's hearts open and they fall in love with the plants - this is what makes the gardens so special here.

In this spirit, we are excited to announce a series of Open House & Gardens!  You are invited to spend some time here at Sacred Plant, to experience the medicine of this place with pleasant company and a cup of tea.  The classroom, apothecary and gardens will be open and we'll be here to chat and show you around. No RSVP necessary. Please find details below.

Tuesdays  July 10;  August 21;  September 25
10 am - 12 pm  & 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Rain or Shine

PHYTOCHEMICALS: What, Why and How?

With Mimi Hernandez, Director of American Herbalists Guild
July 18, 2018, 9am – 4pm

This introduction to phytochemistry as it relates to herbal medicine will be taught in simple and friendly terminology. Topics will include polysaccharides, polyphenols, alkaloids, tannins, resins, volatile oils, and many more! This will be tied in with Organoleptic Assessment – assessing through taste!

Fee for the class is $90.


July 19, 2018, 9am – 4pm
Countless patients are taking prescription medications simultaneously with herbal products. More than ever, practitioners and their patients should be informed about the compatibilities of herbs with prescription medications and their possible adverse interactions. With some general insights in pharmacology, we can foresee possible interactions and thus take precautions to avoid incompatibilities. Come learn the latest information in this discussion of the most common drug-herb interactions.
Fee for the class is $90.
From our friends at Transition Cville

Saturday 7/7 Winemaking Workshop
9:30-11:30 at Monticello
Join Gabriele Rausse, the “father of Virginia wine,” for this fun, two-hour session on wine production.  Learn how to make your own—from harvest through fermentation to bottling—in this participatory workshop.  $24.  Register at

Saturday 7/14 - Sunday 7/15 Disaster + Wilderness First Aid
8:30am-6:45pm at Mountaintop Montessori
Learn how to save life & limb when mired in the wilderness of an urban disaster zone, rural area far from a hospital, or natural area miles from an access point.  In this course, learn how to care for an injured/ill person during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance/hospital arrival.  Blend of classroom instruction, and hands-on problem-solving rescue scenario practice. You come away with actual do-it-yourself care-giving confidence.  $185.  Register at

September - May, One Weekend a Month Living Earth Adult Foundations
Living Earth School, Afton
Living Earth Adult Foundations—LEAF—is an invitation to remember the most vibrant parts of yourself.  For one weekend a month, you have a chance to disconnect from phones and to-do lists, and reconnect to the peace of staring into a fire, the rejuvenation of sleeping under the stars, the inspiration of learning the plants you can eat on the landscape, the joy of laughing and learning with a community of like-minded people.  $1550 (a $200 discount if you register before July 1).  /

Help Rebuild New Roots Farm
New Roots Farm sustained heavy damage from flooding recently, and the many families whose hard work was destroyed could use your help.  Two fundraising efforts are underway: and  If you are looking for non-monetary ways to help, contact New Roots at
Volunteers and Bikes Needed at Community Bikes
Community bikes is growing!  The new hours, 10am -7pm Tuesday-Saturday make it easy for folks to visit.  Kids bikes are always free at Community bikes and they gave away 80 bikes in May.  Donate your adult or kid bikes today!  They also need volunteers that can help with shop processes (you don't have to be a great wrencher), helping customers to find parts, etc.  They are additionally looking for help with their Advisory Board.  Community Bikes is located at 405 Avon St at the end of the Belmont bridge, (434) 260 0893.

Bread & Roses Seeks a Steering Committee Chair
Are you passionate about growing, selling, and eating healthy food? Would you be interested in helping lead a group that is working to do that in Charlottesville? Bread and Roses is seeking a volunteer to be Steering Committee Chair. To learn more about the position, go to
Volunteers Needed at the PB&J Fund
The PB&J Fund makes healthy food accessible to all kids.  They are looking for volunteers, age 16 and up, to round out classroom help and ensure that kids have the safest and most enjoyable experience possible.  The greatest volunteer needs are Tuesdays, 10-noon or noon-2, and Thursdays, 10-2.  Classes meet weekly, beginning June 19.  Email Tracey at or call (434) 244-3317.

What is Transition?
Transition worldwide is creating awesome local economies that care for people and the environment... and hopefully saving humanity from climate change while we're at it. It ain't easy, but it's FUN!

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Upcoming events

Greetings all,
 Below is an quick update of upcoming events in the central Virginia bioregion, including a talk at 2 pm this afternoon in Afton!  Folks can sign up for the BRPN e-newsletter 
here.  Send us announcements to:, or click here to view this email as a webpage. And check out the BRPN on Facebook here.

Christine, Terry, and the BRPN team  

From our friends at Living Earth School and Farfield Farm – this afternoon

Sunday 5/6 Book Signing:  "Dawn Again:  Tracking the Wisdom of the Wild"

2-4:30pm at Farfields Farm, Afton
Ever wonder how wilderness knowledge and permaculture can inform our farming practices?  Doniga Markegard, tracker, wilderness expert, rancher, permaculturist, has lived that intersection and tells about it in her fascinating book "Dawn Again: Tracking the Wisdom of the Wild".  With chapters on food, permaculture, and more, Dawn Again dives into Doniga’s real-life experiences while equipping readers with practical knowledge.   Register at  $10.

From our friends at Transition Cville

Tuesday 5/8 Cville TimeBank Orientation
6pm at City Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room
Everyone has something to give, and the TimeBank is a way to trade services and build community at the same time.  Potential members set up a profile on the member portal, and attend an orientation prior to having their Timebank account authorized.  Once your account is authorized, you can begin browsing current offers and requests – and post your own!  Additional session offered on 5/16, 2pm at The Senior Center.

Wednesday 5/9 John Dear:  "They Will Inherit the Earth:  Peace & Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change"
7pm at the Church of the Incarnation, 1465 Incarnation Dr.
Enjoy an evening reading, reflection and book-signing with longtime activist, priest, author and Nobel peace prize nominee John Dear about his new book, "They Will Inherit the Earth", a landmark work which connects the way of active nonviolence with solidarity with creation; shows how the global epidemic of violence and war could only lead to catastrophic climate change; and why we need to help build up the global grassroots movement of nonviolence if we are to protect creation.  For more information contact Michael Reilly,

Friday 5/11 Spring Poultry Seminar
2-7pm at Central High School, Goochland
Featured speakers will talk on the topics of poultry health, predators, and humane practices.  Pre-registration is required by May 8th.   Dinner provided.  $25.  Register at

Saturday 5/12 Bulk Waste Collection:  Appliances
8:30am-4pm at RSWA, Ivy
Rivanna Solid Waste Authority (RSWA) will host its Spring special collection dates for household waste and bulky waste amnesty days for Charlottesville, Scottsville, and Albemarle County residents.  Appliances will be accepted on May 12, and tires on May 19.

Saturday 5/12 Tree Walk
9-10:30am at Riverview Park
The Rivanna Trail is bordered by a wealth of trees.  The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards will walk the paved, riverside half of the trail, which is half a mile long, considering many interesting riverine species.  Free, registration required.

Saturday 5/12 Water Quality Monitoring Training Program
10am-4pm at Union Grove Baptist Church, Buckingham
Wondering what you can do to help protect your water from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline?  Sign up today to monitor water quality!  You will learn how to collect crucial data to protect the streams in your area.  Attendees will develop the skills necessary to collect and report important water quality data before, during, and after pipeline construction. Collecting this data is critical to detecting permit violations and holding pipeline developers accountable.  Due to a limited number of water testing kits and other resources, volunteers need to commit to testing water at least once a month throughout the pipeline construction process.  Sign up at

Saturday 5/12 Festival of Cultures
10am-4pm at Washington Park
Come and celebrate the cultural and linguistic diversity of our local community. The Festival of Cultures will be a day of free family-friendly fun with all-day entertainment: music, dance, song, and storytelling.  Enjoy hands-on cultural crafts activities, visit cultural exhibits, food, and artisan vendors. The Festival is a gathering place whose mission is to create a space where all can meet, share in, and learn about each others' cultures.  Here you can take a passport and "travel the world in a day".

Saturday 5/12 Survival Skills Workshop
2-4pm at Mint Springs Park, Crozet
Learn everything that you'd need to survive in an emergency situation, including how to find shelter, build a fire, find food and water, and put together a survival pack to keep on hand.  Then try your hand at starting a friction fire.  Class by Master Naturalist Steve Pullinger.  Meet at the shelter at Mint Springs Park.  Free but registration required.

Monday 5/14 Wild Virginia Book Club:  "Braiding Sweetgrass"
7pm, location TBD
Wild Virginia will be discussing "Braiding Sweetgrass" by Robin Wall Kimmerer. In the preface to her book Kimmerer writes that she offers "a braid of stories meant to heal our relationship with the world."  This braid is woven from three strands: indigenous ways of knowing, scientific knowledge, and the story of an Anishnabekwe scientist trying to bring them together in service to what matters most.  Register at

Tuesday 5/15 Invasive Plant Identification and Treatment Methods
6:30-8:30pm at Albemarle High School
Non-native invasive plants are quickly overwhelming many properties by tearing down the forest canopy and overtaking our native plants at the tree, shrub and/or groundcover levels.  These plants are also overwhelming the ability of many landowners to understand what invasive plants exist on their land and what it will take to control them.  This session will cover how to identify and treat some of the most common and destructive invasive plants in this area, pros and cons of different methods to remove invasive plants, and what methods can be used in late fall and over the winter.  $20.  Register at

Friday 5/18 - Monday 5/21 Living Energy Farm Immersive Weekend
Friday evening to Monday morning at Living Energy Farm, 1022 Bibb Store Rd., Louisa
This third immersive will be focused on energy self sufficiency and building DC microgrids like they have at LEF.  LEF's integrated village economy uses high-voltage DC daylight drive motors.  The lighting system uses very durable nickel-iron batteries.  You will learn the basics of electricity, and  how to wire solar electric panels, both high voltage and low voltage systems. You will learn how to put together battery banks, as well as understand how nickel-iron batteries work, and how to make them last for decades.  You will work on these projects with your own hands, so you will know how to do it yourself.  Partake in a weekend of homegrown, tasty food, and an engaging social environment.  $150, work trade options available.  Contact Brie at 443-417-7328, or  For a more detailed schedule of events, visit

Tuesday 5/22 Solarize Info in Charlottesville
6:30-8:30pm at Three Notch'd Brewery
Join the Piedmont Environmental Council for an information session to learn more about local and renewable, solar power! Chat with Solarize Piedmont installers, as well as local residents who have gone solar.  Hear about the options, permitting, financing, net metering, the cost, the savings, etc. There will be a short presentation between 7:00-7:30pm.  Free.

Wednesday 5/23 Economics for Spaceship Earth Book Club Meeting
7pm at Shenandoah Joe's, 2214 Ivy Rd.
ASAP will discuss chapters three through five of "Toward a Steady-state Economy", edited by Herman Daly.  These chapters were written by Paul Ehrlich and John Holdren, Leon Kass and Kenneth Boulding.  Used copies are readily available online.   For more information contact Wren Olivier at

Wednesdays 5/30 - 7/18 Conscious Sustainability
5:30-6:45pm at Common Ground Healing Arts, 233 4th St. NW
Learn how to work toward your sustainability goals by using mind-body practices. This is a course for all levels. You are welcome if you’re a beginner, a weathered eco-warrior, or somewhere in between. You are welcome whether or not you have an existing mind-body practice. Sign up at

Saturday 6/2 Clean the Bay Day
9am-noon at three locations
You are invited to help save the Chesapeake Bay by picking up shoreline, waterway, and watershed litter during the 30th Annual Clean the Bay Day.  Join thousands of fellow Virginians in removing unhealthy debris from cherished waterways throughout the Commonwealth.  Every year since 1989, thousands of volunteers of all ages have dedicated their time to clear debris from Virginia’s urban, suburban, and rural trails, shorelines and waterways.  There are three cleanup locations this year for the Charlottesville area:   Meadow Creek, Riverview Park and Pollock's branch at Elliot Ave.   Register at  

Sunday 6/3 Zero Garbage Challenge Presentation
1-2:30pm at the EcoVillage, 480 E. Rio Rd.
Join Rose to hear her Zero Garbage story and share the tips she's learned through the years, including: transitioning to non-disposable products, changing purchasing habits, composting and recycling more effectively, and involving the whole family.  The presentation will include a question & answer session.  Bring your “garbage challenges” for  discussion, and/or stay afterwards for those who wish to delve further into reducing their own garbage stream.

2018 Solarize Piedmont 4/2 -5/31
During the spring of 2018, residents and businesses within PEC's 9-county service area can take advantage of Solarize Piedmont --a cooperative program with the Piedmont Environmental Council, LEAP,  and others to bring solar power to more people in the Commonwealth.  Find out more at

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Upcoming Events

Greetings all,

 Below is an amazing collection of upcoming events in the central Virginia bioregion, including a film about WV tomorrow night!  Folks can sign up for the BRPN e-newsletter here.  Send us announcements to:, or click here to view this email as a webpage. And check out the BRPN on Facebook here.

Christine, Terry, and the BRPN team 


Now Hiring - CSG Teen Garden Educator in Charlottesville!

The City Schoolyard Garden cultivates academic achievement, health, environmental stewardship, and community engagement through garden-based, experiential learning and leadership development.  City Schoolyard Garden is looking for a motivated candidate to work with youth in the garden as our Garden Educator for Teens starting this summer. This is a dynamic opportunity to build the garden program at Buford Middle School and to direct CSG’s Youth Leadership Program, including our summer teen interns.  The Garden Educator is responsible for maintaining a vibrant, student-run garden and integrating garden-based curriculum ties at Buford Middle School; directing youth leadership programming for grades K-12; and engaging students, families, partners and community members to build equity and well-being for Charlottesville youth.

Applications will be accepted until April 18 or until the position is filled. Requested start date is June 1. This is a full-time, year-round exempt salaried position.
The complete job description and application details are listed below, and can be downloaded by clicking here:
CSG Garden Educator for Teens Job Description

For questions or more information regarding the position, email

What Lies Upstream – film on Wednesday, April 18th

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, McIntire Room
Free and open to the public!

5:00pm – Food; 5:30pm – Film; 6:45pm - Forum (discussion with panel of specialists)

ZERO-WASTE EVENT: Look for the compost collection!

The 2017 documentary film What Lies Upstream uncovers the truth behind a massive chemical spill that leaves 300,000 West Virginians without drinking water. Viewers are taken into scientific cover-ups and political malfeasance across all levels of government, poisoning the entire system meant to protect drinking water. Variety wrote it's "a quietly devastating documentary" that "builds a persuasive case against not only industry and political figures, but also the Centers for Disease Control and the Environmental Protection Agency." It won the Special Jury Prize for investigative filmmaking at the Seattle International Film Festival.

Panel featuring:
Beth Roach, Councilwoman, Nottoway Indian Tribe of VA, Vice-Chair, Governor's Advisory Council on Environmental Justice
Cale Jaffe, Assistant Professor of Law, UVA School of Law, Director, Environmental and Regulatory Law Clinic

David Sligh, Conservation Director, Wild Virginia

Farfields Farm events near Afton, VA

Ecological Illustration Workshop and Plant Sale
April 29th
Plant sale: 10 am to 3 pm
Illustration Workshop: 12 pm to 3 pm
Here is our facebook event page
Farfields Lane, Afton, VA
Admission: suggested donation of $5 to $20

We will open with a potluck style lunch during which artist Federico Parolo, along with Jorian Polis Schutz, will be discussing ecological motifs and techniques in his work. Federico is an artist from Buenos Aires who has been the cover illustrator for Argentina's most important illustrated magazine, Caras y Caretas, over thirty times. His specialties include watercolor and graphite.

Our nursery manager, Ben Kessler will then give a short tour of our nursery. Native and medicinal plants will be available to purchase along with our meat and eggs from 10am to 3pm
Doniga Markegard talk and Q&A
May 6th
2 pm to 430 pm
Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at the farm
"‪Ever wonder how wilderness knowledge and permaculture can inform our farming practices?

‪Doniga Markegard, tracker, wilderness expert, rancher, permaculturist, has lived that intersection and tells about it in her fascinating book Dawn Again: Tracking the Wisdom of the Wild. With chapters on food, permaculture, and more, Dawn Again dives into Doniga’s real-life experiences while equipping readers with practical knowledge. Along with her husband Erik and four children, Doniga lives on a coastal ranch in San Gregorio, California. She’s passionate about finding ways to regenerate lands and community through practices that build soil, sequester carbon, capture and purify water, and enhance natural habitat. Doniga has a passion for the natural world and helping others live a life of balance with the earth.  She will be giving a talk about her experience, followed by a q&a at Farfield’s Farm on Sunday, May 6th."

‪Mushroom Education Series

‪Class 1: Basic Biology/ Ecology/ Identification of Fungi
‪Date: Wednesday May 9
‪5 pm to 8 pm
‪Admission: sliding scale $15 - $45
‪Location: Farfields Farm

‪Class 2: Planting a Fungal Garden
‪Date: Wednesday May 30
‪5 pm to 8 pm

Admission: sliding scale $15 - $45  Location: Farfields Farm

‪Class 3: Foraging for Fungi: The human as an ecological participant
‪Date: Sunday June 10
‪10 am to 1 pm
‪Admission: sliding scale $25 - $70
‪Location: TBD based on weather

‪All will be listed on our events page on Facebook

Earth Day Garden Party
Hosted by: Edgewood Gardens and Design & Perennial Love Nursery

Join Edgewood Gardens & Design at Longtide Wellness Collective, where we personally designed and installed all the garden spaces! This will be a Fun-Filled Garden Party and Plant Sale from our Nursery: Perennial Love!
April 21st  9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1219 East Market Street Charlottesville, Va.

We will have Family Friendly Games and Activities to enjoy while you check out our beautiful, organically grown Meadow and Woodland Plants from Perennial Love! While you enjoy our activities and check out our plant selection – we can also give you information on our business: we specialize in Creating and Maintaining Garden Spaces big and small at Edgewood Gardens and Design. We look forward to meeting and serving you all at our Earth Day Garden Party, while we celebrate this beautiful World we Live on!

For more information on this exciting event please visit our site and our Facebook page.

Register Now for Living Earth School classes

Family Medicine Kit and Leather working
Dates: August 3 – 5, 2018.  Begins on Friday at 6:00
Location: Sugar Hollow
Ages: 8 years old with accompanying adult

Create an Herbal Medicine Kit for your Family! -OR- Make a hand crafted shoe made exactly for you, by…you! -OR- Create your very own bag, designed for your unique lifestyle!

Beauty and function combine in this amazing leather workshop offering! Choose your own adventure, and craftsman Peter Yencken will give you detailed instruction and guidance to create your own medicine kit, or a durable and comfortable bag, or a pair of shoes.  Those who choose to make a medicine kit during their time will make a leather bag, a handmade salve, a tincture and an herbal tea bag to use as an herbal balm for cuts. Others may choose to make a pair of leather shoes that are specifically cut and designed to the particular size of their own feet.  Finally some people may choose to use the time to work on a larger leather bag that is custom designed.

Basic tent camping is included, with options to sleep in our tent cabins or to bring your own tent.  Participants will bring and cook their own food and are welcome to use our primitive camp kitchen with supplies.

Family Archery: Making a Wooden Long Bow or Quiver and arrows
Dates: July 27 – 29, 2018.  Location: Sugar Hollow Campground
Ages: 8+ with accompanying adult

This Weekend Camp is designed for families.  Have you dreamed of making and shooting your own handmade bow and arrow, let alone making one with your child? What a gift to be able to do this together and to cultivate this shared skill as a family.  This is for real and this is your chance to do it!

All materials needed to complete the project are provided. Each participant will go home with their own hand made bow and one arrow, or a quiver with several arrows.  The camper and parent/adult a will make a wooden long bow from a piece of wood, carving it down, shaping it, and tillering the bow so it works optimally.  Each participant will make their own string for the bow.   Instead, they can choose to make a quiver out of leather to store arrows.  Participants will learn how to make arrows, fletching, shaping, etc.   They will leave with a few arrows to put in their quiver.

Basic tent camping is included, with options to sleep in our tent cabins or to bring your own tent.  Participants will bring and cook their own food and are welcome to use our primitive camp kitchen with supplies.

Family Knife Making and Leather Working

Dates: August 11-12, 2018.  Location: Sugar Hollow Campground
Ages: 8+ with accompanying adult

Come get your hands in gear making your own stainless steel knife with sheath, or leather bags.  Yes, you can do it all and you can use bags that you’ve made your self, or a beautiful hand crafted knife. This is for real and this is your chance to do it!

Sacred Plant Traditions - Upcoming Day Classes near Charlottesville, VA

Wednesday May 23 or Thursday May 24, 2018  9:00am – 5:00pm

This class will cover the basics of plant identification with an emphasis on medicinal plants that grow in the Charlottesville area. Participants will learn how to identify plants from visual characteristics and how to recognize the area’s most common plant families. Taught by botanist and herbalist, Holly Poole Kavana.

Herbal teas will be provided at all the one day workshops. Please pack a bag lunch or plan to eat a local eatery. Students will need to bring a loupe ) and, if you have it, Botany in a Day, by Thomas Elpel. Please choose Wednesday or Thursday below.
Fee for the class is $70.


Beginners welcome!
June 2, 2018, 10am – 3pm

In this class for those new to herbalism, participants will make an array of herbal preparations.  These are safe and time-honored recipes to be used for the family. We will learn how to make salves, tinctures, oils and teas as well as how to stock our family medicine chest. We will harvest plants from the garden to make fresh preparations.This is an excellent class for those that are interested in learning sustainable ways of keeping selves and families healthy.  Taught by community herbalist, Heather Wetzel.
Herbal teas will be provided at all the one day workshops. Please pack a bag lunch.
Fee for the class is $80.  MORE INFO AND REGISTRATION:

PHYTOCHEMICALS: What, Why and How?
July 18, 2018, 9am – 4pm
This introduction to phytochemistry as it relates to herbal medicine will be taught in simple and friendly terminology. Topics will include polysaccharides, polyphenols, alkaloids, tannins, resins, volatile oils, and many more! This will be tied in with Organoleptic Assessment – assessing through taste!
Fee for the class is $90. More information about Mimi and Class Registration

July 19, 2018, 9am – 4pm
Mimi Hernandez, clinical herbalist and Director of American Herbalists Guild will take us through a perfect day of presenting these vital topics of herbal medicine with a clear and accessible power point that makes this necessary science for herbalism very understandable.

Fee for the class is $90.

Wild Routes Ireland Tour - Deadline May 30

This trip is filling and we are delighted with all who are joining us.
We are asking  those that have questions to please get in touch with Chris or Tara,  our trip the leaders. We would love  all participants to sign up by May so we can get the best airfare prices.

From our Friends at Transition Cville

Wednesday 4/18
Intersectional Sustainability with Nia Martin-Robinson
12-1pm at Newcomb Hall, Kaleidoscope Room, UVA Since 2001, Nia Martin-Robinson has been a strong advocate for environmental justice, working to bring the voices of people of color, Indigenous Peoples, and low-income communities to the climate policy debate.  Nia will share her story and participate in facilitated dialogwhile attendees enjoy sandwiches and more from local caterer, Mona Lisa.  Hosted by UVA Sustainability, Office for Diversity & Equity at the University of Virginia, University of Virginia Women's Center, the Carter G. Woodson Institute, Office of African-American Affairs, and Black Leaders in Environmental Sustainability (BLES).  Free.

Wednesday 4/18 -- Meadowcreek Trash Pickup 1-3pm along Meadowcreek
Join The Nature Conservancy as they clean up this important waterway.  Not only will you find weird stuff, but you will help protect the critters there and downriver.  Register at

Wednesday 4/18  -- Cville TimeBank Orientation

2pm at the Senior Center, 1180 Pepsi Place Everyone has something to give, and the TimeBank is a way to trade services and build community at the same time.  Potential members set up a profile on the member portal, and attend an orientation prior to having their Timebank account authorized.  Once your account is authorized, you can begin browsing current offers and requests – and post your own!  Additional sessions are offered on 4/21, 12:30 at the Crozet Library, and 4/23 5:30 at JABA.

Friday 4/20 - Saturday 4/21  -- Tech Takeback Friday
8am-4pm and Saturday 10am-3pm at UVA The Park at North Grounds, 1015 Massie Road This is an e-waste recycling event hosted by UVA Information Technology Services to recycle old/unwanted personally owed electronics.  E-waste represents 2% of America's trash in landfills, but it equals 70% of overall toxic waste.  Check out the list of what's acceptable e-waste (no televisions!):


Saturday 4/21 -- Gardening with Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms
9am-noon at Sharondale Farm, Cismont Diversify your gardens with gourmet and medicinal mushrooms.  In this workshop, hands-on activities will include cultivation methods for annual, perennial, container, and forest gardens.  There will be discussion on the biology of fungi, selecting species, evaluating your growing substrates, and more.  $75.  Register at

Saturday 4/21 -- Reservoir Tour and Trek
1-5pm at Ragged Mountain Reservoir, Reservoir Rd. Come out for a tour of Ragged Mountain Reservoir, Charlottesville's primary clean water source, led by Brian Richter of the Nature Conservancy.  Learn about the sustainable design of the reservoir and the impacts of Charlottesville's water demand on local ecosystems.  Afterwards, enjoy the beautiful landscape on a scenic hike of the natural area.  A free round-trip shuttle will leave from the UVA Chapel at 1:00pm and return by 5:00pm - email to reserve a spot. Limited parking is also available at the Reservoir.  Please carpool or take the shuttle.

Sunday 4/22  -- Wild Mushroom Medicinal & Foraging
10am-3pm at the Living Earth School Come experience the mysteries of edible, medicinal, and fantastic fungi with Charlie Aller.  A small feast will be had sampling the fruits of the unseen subterranean realm.  Prepare to have your gustatory horizons expanded and learn some crucial mushroom cooking techniques that can turn any mushroom, wild or cultivated, into a savory delicacy that will wow your friends (and you)!  $75.  If you can't make this session, the class is offered again on 5/6. ******************** Sunday 4/22 Earth Week Eco Fair 11am-4pm at IX Art Park Join Sierra Club and many others for the 17th Annual Cville Earth Week Eco Fair.  Live music, food trucks, kids activities and all your favorite earth friendly businesses and non-profits.  Join in on the fun and help grow your earth conscious community and knowledge.

Sunday 4/22 Film:  -- "Wasted!  The Story of Food Waste"
7pm at Alamo Drafthouse The UVA Food Collaborative is hosting  a screening of "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste", followed by a panel of local change agents in the food realm.  This documentary features famous chefs Anthony Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali and Massimo Bottura. Through their eyes, the film shows how they make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.  They discuss the measures that some individuals, organizations, and businesses have implemented, recognizing that problems exist all along the food chain, from production to distribution, to storage, to consumption, to disposal.  Reserve your seat now:  Free admission with the purchase of a $5 food voucher.

Monday 4/23 -- A Climate Conversation

7-9pm at City Space, 100 5th St. States, local governments, businesses and individual citizens are the new face of American leadership on climate change as a result of the federal government's announced departure from the Paris Agreement.  Learn what is being done in Virginia and here in our own community to address climate change, how it is affecting us now and will in the future, and what we can do in our daily lives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Conversation will empower our community to foster real change through education, engagement and action.  Sponsored by Indivisible Charlottesville, the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, the UVA Office of Sustainability, the Charlottesville Climate Collaborative, Sierra Club, Appalachian Voices, Charlottesville Renewable Energy Alliance, the Local Energy Alliance Program, Charlottesville Earth Week, Cville100 and Wild Virginia, Sigora Solar.

Tuesday 4/24 -- Insider's Tour with the Vegetable Gardener

11am-12:30pm at Monticello Discover great gardening ideas from Jefferson’s kitchen garden during this Q&A walk with Monticello vegetable gardener, Pat Brodowski.  Learn techniques that never grow old, and examine heirloom varieties to spark your own kitchen garden.  $18.

Wednesday 4/25 -- Albemarle County Natural Resource Protection Plan

7pm at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 100 Alderman Rd. David Hannah, Albemarle County Natural Resources Manager, will describe this proposed plan.  This biodiversity protection plan has been in the works for years and will soon be presented to the Albemarle Board of Supervisors.  Additional comments will be made by Tom Olivier, Piedmont Group Conservation Chair.

Wednesday 4/25 -- Wild Virginia Scenic Film Festival

7pm at the Violet Crown The Wild and Scenic Film Festival introduces attendees to wild and special places and to the courageous individuals who are working to protect and preserve them. The film festival not only highlights environmental concerns, but also provides solutions, reaching people through beautiful imagery.  This annual festival is always an inspiring evening of empowering films. $15-25.

Thursdays 4/26 - 5/4 -- OLLI Course:  "The End of Plastic-Covered Plastic Forks: Women, Waste, and the Legacy We're Leaving Our Kids"
11am-12:30pm at Homewood Suites Trash is piling up while our soil degrades, oceans acidify, and plants, animals, and even shorelines grow increasingly imperiled. Meanwhile, we've outsourced wage slavery so that we can buy, buy, buy more, better, faster all the time. The facts say this is unsustainable. Our hearts know it's true. But we feel small and helpless to stop it. Yet women are uniquely poised to help craft a better world if we’d just add our voices in greater numbers to the energy, consumption, and waste conversation. Join Lindsay Curren in finding out how and why.  $50 OLLI Members/$100 non-members.

Friday 4/27 - Saturday 4/28 -- Hazardous Waste Day
9am-2pm at the Ivy Materials Utilization Center Here's your opportunity to safely dispose of those strange acids, oils, and fluorescent tubes that are accumulating in your garage or basement.  Full list of acceptable items here:

Saturday 4/28 - Sunday 4/29 -- Wilderness Disaster
8:30am-6:45pm both days at Mountaintop Montessori School Learn how to save life and limb when mired in the wilderness of an urban disaster zone, rural area far from a hospital, or natural area miles from an access point.  In this course, learn how to care for an injured/ill person during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance/hospital arrival.  Blend of classroom instruction, and hands-on, problem-solving rescue scenario practice.  Know your loved ones are safe wherever they are.  $185.  Register at

Saturday 4/28 OR Sunday 4/29  -- Wild Edible Plants - Foraging and Feasting

10am-4pm at the Living Earth School, Afton In this class, you will be guided by expert wildcrafter Rain and taste the wild abundance right at your fingertips.  Come learn what you can eat, basic plant i.d., advanced i.d. for those that want it, harvest basketfuls, and then gather to cultivate them into tasty offerings and cook them over the fire.  If the timing is right, you will likely forage for the ever elusive morel mushroom!  Add a little local flavor to your meals, connect with the earth in a more intimate way, and go home with skills that will feed you and your family and friends.  The feast at the end of the class has had rave reviews!  $75.  More info. at ******************** Sunday 4/29 Casa Alma Spring Celebration and House Concert 6pm at 911 Nassau St. Come enjoy community, food, and a house concert with Claire Hitchins at Casa Alma, a unique urban homestead.  This is a family-friendly, outdoor event - please feel free to bring friends. RSVP's appreciated to ******************** Tuesday 5/1 Medicine Maker Series:  Fresh Tinctures 5:30-7:30pm at The Elderberry, 1917 Commonwealth Dr. Join herbalist Jan Wolfe for this useful class on herbal extract making.  Learning how to make your own tinctures is an easy and essential skill you can use to start your home apothecary and to make herbal medicine more affordable.  Demonstrations of how to make a fresh plant extract plus how to press one will be covered.  Students will have the option of making a tincture to take home.   $25.


A Permaculture Design Course with a different approach
The PDC course content of Bill Mollisons 72 hours teaching, is embedded in an empowering approach to Self and others, leading to design and implement your own project with a heightened awareness and deepened values. It is offered in three parts. Each day is embedded in a morning yoga class and an evening heart meditation.
Encounter with Nature and Earth  - May 1-3

PART I - A three day immersion learning to get to know yourself, unfolding the qualities of the heart. This initial experience will be extended to embracing others, nature and the earth. This will allow for a deepened experience in applying the PDC ethics, earth care, people care and sharing surplus, live, in action and the principles of multidimensional  design (Part One can be taken independently). Cost $US 280.00.

Heart and Hands on to Soil and Nature – May 1-9
PART I+II - An additional five day facilitation of morning theory, techniques and lectures of PDC. Learn about connectivity, diversity and observation. The afternoon you will spend exploring the garden and applying the Heart energy directly through your hands to soil, plants and nature. Learn about laws and principles of design. Part I is prerequisite for Part II. Cost $US 560.00

Multifaceted Design, Concepts, including Time and Space – May 1-13
PART III - During three last days you will work with conceiving design and its application. Based onthe previous experiences and learning in part one and part two, the approach to conception and design becomes integrated and leads to a multi disciplinary and multidimensional approach. Part I+II is prerequisite for Part III. Cost $US 840.00.
Accommodation costs are separate; please see application at the link below.

AMI Farm Manager Position -- Applicants can apply through the AMI website: 

Please submit a single compiled .pdf file including a cover letter, resume, AMI application form, and list of at least 3 professional references  No phone calls or mailed applications, please.
Or click here to apply today!
PROGRAM: AMI manages a multi-faceted farm project on the main campus of Augusta Health hospital in Fishersville, VA. The farm includes educational gardens and a production farm to grow food for the hospital’s food service and the “Food Farmacy” program that serves at-risk patients. The farm supports AMI’s mission to promote sustainable agriculture and connect communities to local, nutrient-dense food.

GENERAL DEFINITION AND PURPOSE OF WORK: The Farm Manager is responsible for all operational aspects of the AMI Farm at Augusta Health, including managing vegetable production, education garden, and the farm team’s efforts. The Farm Manager assists and reports directly to the AMI Executive Director and works closely with AMI Board, Farm Operations Committee, Augusta Health partners, and consultants to install and maintain appropriate infrastructure to ensure smooth operation of the farm, and ensure adherence to sustainable, regenerative, organic practices.

Allegheny Mountain Institute Office (540) 886-0160
ANNOUNCING: The AMI Farm at Augusta Health, a new farm-to-hospital project to provide nutrition programming and improve food access. Visit to learn more!