Sunday, June 30, 2019

Upcoming events

Upcoming Events 

June 2019

Greetings all,

Below are several awesome upcoming events in our bioregion, including a Festival of the Plants today and a regional Permaculture Design Course this fall.  Folks can sign up for the BRPN e-newsletter here.  Send us announcements to: blueridgepermaculture@gmail.com, or click here to view this email as a webpage. And check out the BRPN on Facebook here.  Want to add your permaculture project or business to the BRPN member page? Just send us an email.

Best,
Christine, Terry, and the BRPN team
www.blueridgepermaculture.net 

1.
Festival of the Plants
in Afton, VA
Hosted by Botanica Mobile Clinic and Farfields Farm

Today, Sunday, June 30th at 12 PM – 5 PM

Farfields Farm
40 Farfields Ln, Afton, Virginia 22920
https://www.facebook.com/events/905512996451727/


2.
Fall 2019 Permaculture Design Course (PDC) in the Shenandoah Valley
Shenandoah Permaculture Institute 

featuring Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm
Registration for our annual Fall PDC based in the Shenandoah Valley is now live!
Course Dates:   Sept 20-22,  Oct 19-20,  Nov 9-10,  Dec 7-8
​Cost: $1,100
Early Bird Pricing until June 30th: $900

ABOUT
Permaculture is an ethically based design approach to creating sustainable human communities. Although rooted in agriculture, Permaculture design also touches on ecological restoration, community development, urban planning, energy systems, and architecture.
This Permaculture Design Course (PDC) 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!

We base our courses in hands-on, practical Permaculture, and we focus on demystifying foundational concepts to give our students the confidence and skills to jump right into their own projects.  We work to hone design skills as a group and as individuals, and we also really lean in to social Permaculture, giving students important framework for success in their communities.


TUITION:
$1,100 Payable to the SPI on our registration page (scroll down for a link).  Heavy snacks are provided, and camping is available free of charge.  Showers and indoor bathrooms may not always be available for campers depending on the weekend and base site. 

COURSE STRUCTURE:

Our days will run from 9 - 6pm, with an hour off for lunch midday.  The course will be taught (in Permaculture fashion) by moving from patterns to details.  We will learn foundations and core concepts first, drilling down into the details as we move along.  Each day we will spend time both indoors and outdoors as we focus on observational skills and skill-building activities.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact us at shenperminstitute@gmail.com

http://www.shenandoahpermaculture.com


3.
Planting the Perennial Polyculture with David Rain
Hosted by Farfields Farm
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM

40 Farfields Lane, Afton, Virginia 22920

Whether in a lawn, garden, or on land, a perennial polyculture offers its keeper food, forage, and function. Join David Rain to explore Farfields Farm’s many perennial plantings while discussing design and care of a landscape of complimentary species. Learn and confer how we might steward land into mixed usefulness, creating abundance of lower maintenance and more resilience.

After walking and talking, we’ll talk together more while enjoying the fruits of biodiversity. A spread from the Farfields pantry and locally produced beverages will be provided.

About the Instructor: David Rain is the ecological landscaper and regenerative forester at Farfields Farm. He has gardened in Central Virginia his entire life.

Our rain date for this event is the following Wednesday, July 31st.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1241566339364977/


4.
Nursery Sales from Blacks Run Forest Farm!

Happy Summer! Our plants are wide awake and photosynthesizing, but Fall Plant Sales are now open! When the plants are sleeping but the soil is thawed, sometime around October or November, we’ll start digging up your bareroot orders for pickups and shipping. We think our plants are hardy, healthy, and easy to propagate so you can grow more of them at home. And contact us directly if you're looking for potted selections.

Blacks Run Forest Farm is a riparian nursery and folk school rooted in love and living soil in Harrisonburg, VA. In our nursery, we grow beautiful and useful trees (and other plants) that give us food, fuel, fodder, medicine, mulch, air conditioning, carbon converting, soil building, water restoring, and beauty! We offer bareroot plants propagated from seed, cutting, division, and layering in healthy soil made from compost, woodchips, and biochar. Our nursery grows along the banks of Blacks Run. We don’t own the land we tend, instead caretaking neighborly forest gardens, backyard beds, and planting riparian buffers to nurture the stream and serve as orchards, woodlots, and seedstock. We speak and farm in ways that honor our plants as fellow creatures with histories and gifts, respecting their lives and the human cultures that cared for them. Our nursery also grows us, teaching us to be the kind of people we want to be.

Your purchases and donations support our ability to care for plants, restore our watershed, and share the wealth.

https://www.blacksrunforestfarm.org/nursery


5.
City Schoolyard Garden is currently hiring for a Youth Engagement and Garden Coordinator. This job has three main goals: to engage youth in garden-based programming that builds leadership and equity, to maintain vibrant and diverse schoolyard gardens, and to create connections among the community, schools and CSG. If you know someone that enjoys working with elementary school children and gardening, then please pass this job description along. The application call is attached below and due July 9th.
The City Schoolyard Garden cultivates academic achievement, health, environmental stewardship, and community engagement through garden-based, experiential learning. Visit us online at www.cityschoolyardgarden.org.


6.
Living Earth School Specialty Family Summer Camps 
w/ master craftsman Peter Yencken

Family Archery: Making a wooden long bow or quiver and arrows
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.  Both parent and child will make their own bow and arrow.

DATE: July 26-28, 2019
AGES: 8+ with accompanying adult
LOCATION: Sugar Hollow Camp
COST:$380 (1 child + 1 adult) each additional family member: $220
INFO: 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 -or- Leather Working Camp

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!

DATE: August 2-4, 2019
AGES: 8+ with accompanying adult
LOCATION: Sugar Hollow Camp
COST: $345(1 child+1adult) each additional family member $175
INFO: 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.

https://livingearthva.com/


7.
 Sacred Plant Traditions Classes 
Charlottesville, VA

The Wonderment of Plant and Animal Medicine Presented by KARYN SANDERS
July 13 – 14, 2019         
                                   
INFLAMMATION & INSULIN RESISTANCE taught by Mimi Hernandez
Wednesday, July 17
 9am – 4pm

SACRED and SPECIAL HERBS from Mimi’s Lineage
Thursday, July 18,
9am – 4pm

For More Information and Registration

https://sacredplanttraditions.com


8. Virginia Native Plant Society
Native Plant Walks

All walks 9:00-11:00 am, Meet by the kiosk near the parking lot at Ivy Creek Natural Area. All walks are free and open to the public. Walks are co-sponsored by the Ivy Creek Natural Area
Saturday, July 20th  -- Join us for an Ivy Creek plant walk led by Mary Lee Epps. This is a time when many wetland plants flower such as rose-mallow (a spectacular hibiscus), pickerel weed, button bush, monkey flower, arrowhead, and arrow arum are blooming. We may also find various milkweed and St. Johnswort species and false foxglove in bloom.
Saturday, August 17th  -- Tana Herndon will lead a walk to look for late summer meadow flowers including spotted horsemint and slender ladies'-tresses orchids and beginning blooms of fall flowers including thoroughworts and early goldenrods. Depending on water levels along the reservoir, we might also find cardinal flower and swamp milkweed.
Saturday, September 21st -- Join Phil Stokes to see the fall blooming goldenrods and asters as well as the showy fruits of spicebush and Jack-in-the pulpit. We may also see chinquapin and hazelnut fruits. Meet by the kiosk near the parking lot. Free! All are welcome.
Saturday, October 12th (note this is the second Saturday of the month rather than our usual third Saturday for walks)  -- Join Mary Jane Epps, Assistant Biology Professor at Mary Baldwin University and Jefferson Chapter member, to hunt for mushrooms and other fungi and learn about how they interact with plants and animals to shape the ecology of our forests. Fall is the peak mushroom season in our area so there should be lots to discover.
Saturday, November 16th -- Jefferson Chapter member Nancy Weiss will lead a forest ecology walk. This will be an opportunity to learn more about how various tree, shrub, and herbaceous species in Ivy Creek’s forests have changed over time. See how to read the influence of man and so imagine how the forest looked 80 years ago.
Virginia Native Plant Society, Jefferson Chapter
Facebook page

9.
The 26th Annual Southeastern Permaculture Gathering

August 2-4, 2019
Join us in the Southern Appalachian Mountains near Celo, NC
​ for our Landmark 26th Annual Gathering!

The Southeastern Permaculture Gathering is a convergence of permaculture enthusiasts
​to learn new skills, serve the earth, create community & celebrate life.

http://www.southeasternpermaculture.org/

Friday, May 3, 2019

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events 

May 2019

Greetings all,

Below are several awesome upcoming events in our bioregion, including a mid-Atlantic permaculture convergence next month!  Folks can sign up for the BRPN e-newsletter here.  Send us announcements to: blueridgepermaculture@gmail.com, or click here to view this email as a webpage. And check out the BRPN on Facebook here.  Want to add your permaculture project or business to the BRPN member page? Just send us an email.

Best,
Christine, Terry, and the BRPN team
www.blueridgepermaculture.net 

1.
Mid-Atlantic Permaculture Convergence
June 28-30, 2019 in Charles Town, WV

The Mid-Atlantic Permaculture Convergence is a two-day festival celebrating
land-based living and self-reliance. Over 20 local teachers, experts, and gurus will teach crucial skills related to food, energy, water, health, building, and community self-reliance. Come one, come all; only we can build the world we deserve. This festival is here to cultivate inspiration and purpose, and to spread the knowledge and skills we need to understand the systems we rely on. Throughout the weekend, we will learn how to better meet our individual and community needs in ways aligned with nature and its processes. Let’s come together to shift a culture of disempowerment! There is a wealth of knowledge and experience all around us, and we can thrive off of the abundance and wisdom that this eco-region already provides.

There will be live music, meditations, forest walks, sauna sessions, campfires, and more joyous activities sprinkled throughout the weekend. All types of people are welcome to attend, and scholarships are available to make sure that no one is unable to join. Come ready to learn, share, and meet amazing people from the Mid-Atlantic!

https://www.midatlanticpermaculture.com/


2.
Plant Medicine, Plant Mindfulness
Presented by Shenandoah Permaculture Institute 
June 15th and 16th, 2019
1 Tribe Farm - Mount Sidney, Virginia

This is a weekend long immersive herbal medicine workshop hosted by SPI's core teaching team, held on a gorgeous working regenerative farm in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. The goal of the workshop is for participants to learn practical, applicable skills for taking their physical and mental health into their own hands, to leave refreshed and rejuvenated, and to have tons of fun and meet other health-centered folks. Farm-fresh meals are provided and Saturday includes an evening bonfire under the stars after dinner!
Date and Time: June 15th and 16th (Saturday and Sunday)
Saturday: 9am - 8:30 pm  and Sunday: 9am - 1:00 pm
Course Topics:  Herbal First Aid, Medicinal Plant Walk and ID, Advanced Vegetable Fermentation and Health, Nature Connection and Plant Meditation, Designing/Planting the Medicinal Herb Garden 101, including a hands-on implementation of the 1 Tribe Farm's Medicine Wheel Garden.
Course Fee (day-only, no lodging):  $195 - Includes 1.5 days of intensive and hands-on instruction plus lunch and dinner on Saturday and brunch on Sunday. All meals will be freshly prepared with ingredients grown at 1 Tribe Farm or partnering farms, including organic vegetables and pastured proteins.
Course Fee (lodging): $275 - The lodging option includes 2 nights (Friday and Saturday) at the 1 Tribe Farm BnB plus additional amenities before and after class time including farm fresh breakfast and yoga sessions. For more information on lodging contact 1tribefarmva@gmail.com
Course Teachers: SPI's core teaching team brings decades of experience in landscape design, gardening, culinary arts, and mental health. While we all share in the teaching, Emilie brings a special focus on fermentation and nutrition, Trevor is our designated plant geek, and Ryan, with his professional background in counseling, takes the lead in sharing strategies for mental health and resilience.
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/plant-medicine-for-the-body-and-mind-tickets-56258046331?aff=affiliate1       
For more information: shenperminstitute@gmail.com

3.
Living Earth School - Adult class on May 19
Wild Mushroom Foraging

A grower and forager, Charliceps has been studying and loving fungi for the last five years, and the passion is real. Prepare to share it! The Queendom Fungi is ever-present but often out of sight– and its wonders and gifts are myriad. You will learn about basic safe mushroom identification and regenerative foraging practices, native medicinal fungi, and esoteric or cryptic fungi that humans are discovering every day. We will also cover the ecology of various common species so that you can find your own mushroom spots and better understand the role that fungi play on our planet. Trust me, you’ll be hooked!
https://livingearthva.com/event/wild-mushroom-foraging-class-virginia/?instance_id=1175


4.
Allegheny Mountain Institute programs and updates
Sourdough Success
May 13th 5:30-7:30 pm
Newtown Baking
Address: 960 W Beverley St., Staunton, VA 24401
Register Here
Join baker Emily Sullivan of Wild Unicorn Farmstead for an in-depth look at all things Sourdough. Understand the science, the process, and most importantly, the flavor with our hands-on workshop and tasting session! For more information: Email grayson@alleghenymountainschool.org
AMI's Allegheny Farm is offering CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares again this year! 
Beginning in June, members will receive a weekly box full of the best of our harvest - all grown using organic practices. This community support helps us offset the costs of farming, which tend to be higher at the beginning of the season.
These fresh vegetable shares will run for 15 weeks (June 28 - October 4) for a one-time payment of $375 ($25 per box). Shares will be distributed at the Highland County Farmers Market.
$5 per box is considered a tax-deductible donation to AMI that supports our educational and outreach programs ($75 total donation). For more information or to sign up, please contact julialoman@alleghenymountainschool.org.

5.
Radical Roots Farm Day!

http://radicalrootsfarm.com/

Radical Roots Farm will be at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Plant Sale this weekend!
https://www.lewisginter.org/event/spring-plant-fest/


6.
Virginia Native Plant Society
Meeting: Tom Saielli: Status of American Chestnuts

Wednesday, May 8th, 7:30 pm, Education Building, Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd, Charlottesville.
As the Regional Science Coordinator for the American Chestnut Foundation, Tom Saielli oversees the Foundation’s research orchards and planting teams in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Kentucky from his office in Charlottesville. Tom will give an update on efforts to develop and return a blight-resistant, primarily native American Chestnut to forests in this region. All are welcome, as always.
EVENTS
Betty’s Native Garden

Saturday, May 18th, 10:00 am at 127 Indigo Lane, Troy, VA 22974
Betty Truax’s small native cottage garden has over 100 native plants. Betty will talk about why native plants are amazing, what she has learned about the individual plants, and what critters her plants have attracted. 
Native Plant Walks
All walks 9:00-11:00 am, Meet by the kiosk near the parking lot at Ivy Creek Natural Area. All walks are free and open to the public. Walks are co-sponsored by the Ivy Creek Natural Area
Saturday, May 18th -- Join Mary Lee Epps to seek out late spring native wildflowers. What we find will depend on how warm the spring is, but we’re likely to see Jack-in-the-pulpit, green-and-gold, the well-hidden blooms of heart-leaf ginger, and more. Meet by the kiosk near the parking lot. Free! All are welcome.
Saturday, June 15th  -- Phil Stokes will lead an early summer walk seeing blooming skullcaps and milkweeds. See unusal woodland flowering plants including indian pipe, wild hydrangea, and black cohosh. Meet by the kiosk near the parking lot. Free! All are welcome.
Saturday, July 20th  -- Join us for an Ivy Creek plant walk led by Mary Lee Epps. This is a time when many wetland plants flower such as rose-mallow (a spectacular hibiscus), pickerel weed, button bush, monkey flower, arrowhead, and arrow arum are blooming. We may also find various milkweed and St. Johnswort species and false foxglove in bloom.
Saturday, August 17th  -- Tana Herndon will lead a walk to look for late summer meadow flowers including spotted horsemint and slender ladies'-tresses orchids and beginning blooms of fall flowers including thoroughworts and early goldenrods. Depending on water levels along the reservoir, we might also find cardinal flower and swamp milkweed.
Saturday, September 21st -- Join Phil Stokes to see the fall blooming goldenrods and asters as well as the showy fruits of spicebush and Jack-in-the pulpit. We may also see chinquapin and hazelnut fruits. Meet by the kiosk near the parking lot. Free! All are welcome.
Saturday, October 12th (note this is the second Saturday of the month rather than our usual third Saturday for walks)  -- Join Mary Jane Epps, Assistant Biology Professor at Mary Baldwin University and Jefferson Chapter member, to hunt for mushrooms and other fungi and learn about how they interact with plants and animals to shape the ecology of our forests. Fall is the peak mushroom season in our area so there should be lots to discover.
Saturday, November 16th -- Jefferson Chapter member Nancy Weiss will lead a forest ecology walk. This will be an opportunity to learn more about how various tree, shrub, and herbaceous species in Ivy Creek’s forests have changed over time. See how to read the influence of man and so imagine how the forest looked 80 years ago.
Virginia Native Plant Society, Jefferson Chapter
Facebook page

7.
Grow Your Own Clothes Workshop
June 8, 2019, 9am-4pm
At the home of Walt and Cindy Conner, Ashland, VA
cost: $115 including materials
Learn to grow cotton and flax (which is called linen once it is spun) and to take the fiber from those plants all the way to clothing you can wear. You will go home with raw cotton, the line flax you processed yourself from flax straw, a wooden drop spindle, a tahkli support spindle, cotton and flax seeds to plant next year, and the knowledge of what it would take to grow your own clothes. No prior fiber experience necessary. Bring your own lunch; iced tea and water will be provided. More information at https://homeplaceearth.wordpress.com/2019/02/19/grow-your-own-clothes-workshop/.
To register contact Cindy Conner at cconner@HomeplaceEarth.com. Workshop limited to 15 people.


8.
The 26th Annual Southeastern Permaculture Gathering

August 2-4, 2019
Join us in the Southern Appalachian Mountains near Celo, NC
​ for our Landmark 26th Annual Gathering!

The Southeastern Permaculture Gathering is a convergence of permaculture enthusiasts
​to learn new skills, serve the earth, create community & celebrate life.

http://www.southeasternpermaculture.org/


9.
Strawbale + Cob Immersion Workshop in NC
Sunday, June 9, 2019 9:00 AM
Saturday, June 15, 2019 3:00 PM
$875 Early Bird Rate (register before May 9th, 2019)
$950 Regular Rate *10% additional discount for family and friends participating together
Join us as we add onto one of our strawbales cottages in the woods! We will be extending the footprint of the building with a strawbale-insulated bedroom, as well as a slip-straw insulated bathroom. Earthen and lime plastering work can be done on both of those wall systems during the week. We will additionally spend 2 hands-on days with cob wall systems, and some time installing a living roof.
 Our workshops are very hands-on! Expect to be building on site for about 7 hours each day. This is supplemented with discussion, presentations, and a home tour of some local natural homes.
https://www.muddauberbuilding.com/2018-schedule/2019/2/22/strawbale-cob-immersion




Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Upcoming events

Upcoming Events 

February 2019

Greetings all,

Below are several awesome upcoming events in the central Virginia bioregion, including the first weekend of a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) this weekend in Richmond!  Folks can sign up for the BRPN e-newsletter here.  Send us announcements to: blueridgepermaculture@gmail.com, or click here to view this email as a webpage. And check out the BRPN on Facebook here.

Best,
Christine, Terry, and the BRPN team
www.blueridgepermaculture.net 

1.
Third annual Spring Permaculture Design Course at the University of Richmond with the Shenandoah Permaculture Institute 


This course will run for 4 non-consecutive weekends this Spring, beginning in mid-February.  The lead teaching team will consist of Emilie Tweardy of ShireFolk Farm, Ryan Blosser of Dancing Star Farm, and Trevor Piersol of Wild Rose Orchard.  We will be working with former SPI student, Permaculture enthusiast and local Richmond homesteader Tom Parfitt as our Teaching Apprentice for this course.  This will be Emilie, Ryan and Trevor's 6th time co-teaching this class as a team, and we're so excited to continue to hone our craft and offer ever-improving Permaculture education in Central Virginia.
The course weekends are as follows:
2/15 - 2/17 (this is the only 3-day weekend, all others are just Fri - Sat)
3/2 - 3/3
3/23 - 3/24
4/6 - 4/
The course fee is $999 and includes lunches at the UofR cafeteria (they can pretty much cover all dietary needs!) for the days that we are on campus.  We've put together another really exciting itinerary full of hands-on sessions, field trips, guest speakers, tours, etc.  The PDC course culminates in a design project and presentation and you'll be amazed to see what professional caliber Permaculture designs can be produced in a relatively short window of time.  The quality of these designs is always the greatest accolade we can receive from our students.  Check out our Instagram or Facebook accounts to see examples of their work, as well as lots of pictures from the courses in general.
As you may know, we have begun hosting Fall PDCs also, and you may be wondering what the difference is between the two.  This course varies from our Fall courses in hosting site and regional field trips only.  The content will be the same, but we will focus in the Richmond area for this course, since that is where we will be based.  Field trips and guest speakers will be focused on the Richmond region, whereas the Fall course will focus on the Shenandoah Valley again.  We cover the same range of topics, and the same range of scales in each course, learning about backyard and homestead scale techniques all the way up to farm scale and broadacre works.  If you have further questions, please reach out to us.
For the full UofR course description, check out our website here.
To jump straight to the U of R registration page, click here.
Or contact Garrett Stern at 804-289-8937


2.
Blacks Run Forest Farm is a riparian nursery and folk school rooted in love and living soil in Harrisonburg, VA. These roots grow out as agroforestry, watershed health, and restorative justice. We tend the silver waters of Blacks Run, the Shenandoah, and beyond by farming in the image of the forest and remediating the toxins that pollute our souls, society, and soil, from chemical leaching to white supremacy. In fact, we see all this as an expression of restorative justice, a way of transforming harm and injustice by tending to needs, holding ourselves accountable, and making relationships and conditions as right as possible so that all creatures can be fully themselves!
In our nursery, we grow beautiful and useful trees (and other plants) that give us food, fuel, fodder, medicine, mulch, air conditioning, carbon converting, soil building, water restoring, and beauty! In our folk school, we educate our whole bodies through the healing work of our hands, heads, and hearts.
We have lots of plants in our nursery, consulting services for land care and community, educational opportunities, and resources to share! Visit our website and visit us!
Blacks Run Forest Farm


3.
Allegheny Mountain School - Farm & Food Fellows
Interested in joining our Farm and Food Fellowship?
Visit www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org to learn more and apply! Applications are now due March 1st!
Contact Jessa Fowler for more information.
Email jessa@alleghenymountainschool.org or call (540) 886-0160.


Produce Safety Alliance Grower Safety Course -  Allegheny Mountain Institute
We're writing to you--farmers and the people who support them--to share an exciting opportunity from AMI and the Produce Safety Alliance. On February 20, AMI will be hosting a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Safety Course at our Fishersville, VA office on the campus of Augusta Health. This course is sponsored by Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth Extension, and covers strategies for safer and more successful farming, as well as information about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety.
You can find more information about the training or reserve a ticket here. 
Grayson Shelor
Education Coordinator, Allegheny Mountain Institute Farm at Augusta Health
Office (540) 886-0160

4.
Living Earth School - Summer camps
Numerous excellent camps for all ages:
https://livingearthva.com/summer-camps-for-kids-in-virginia-nature-camps/


Living Earth School - Family Camps

Specialty Family Summer Camps  w/ master craftsman Peter Yencken
Family Archery: Making a wooden long bow or quiver and arrows
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.  Both parent and child will make their own bow and arrow.
DATE: July 26-28, 2019
AGES: 8+ with accompanying adult
LOCATION: Sugar Hollow Camp
COST:$380 (1 child + 1 adult) each additional family member: $220
INFO: 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 -or- Leather Working Camp
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!
DATE: August 2-4, 2019
AGES: 8+ with accompanying adult
LOCATION: Sugar Hollow Camp
COST: $345(1 child+1adult) each additional family member $175
INFO: 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.

 REGISTER FOR FAMILY CAMPS NOW!


5.
One Forest Summer Camps
An all outdoor drop-off summer camp that allows children to build a relationship with nature, other kids, and themselves.  Snack will be provided, children will be required to bring a packed lunch. Ages 3-6  Visit HERE for more information.  OR email heidi@one-forest.com to reserve a space for your child today.

Forest Playgroup-FREE!
We strongly believe in access to the outdoors for ALL. Our Forest Playgroups are now donation based. We hope by breaking down this one (financial) barrier we will be able to see some new and old faces in the woods in 2019.  For more information or to book your spot CLICK HERE!
Forest Buds 
An outdoor program that allows children to build a relationship with nature, other kids, and themselves.  We will be continuing our 8 week drop-off Forest Buds sessions throughout 2019.  More information HERE.

Don't have a kid, but believe what we are doing in the woods is important?  We accept donations on venmo @oneforest, paypal info@one-forest.com, or checks via snail mail.  You can make a special note as to which program you would like your money to go towards, or we will automatically put it towards our Forest Buds Scholarship Fund.  The FBSF will subsidize the Forest Buds program tuition.

6.
VNPS Chapter Meeting: Pat Calvert: Promoting Natives and Managing Invasives
March 13th, 2019,7:30 pm, Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd, Charlottesville.
Pat Calvert  is the Land and Water Policy & Campaigns Manager for the Virginia Conservation Network. Before joining VCN, Pat worked for many years as the Upper James River Waterkeeper. The Virginia Conservation Network just facilitated finalization of a policy paper on prospective legislation for the 2019 General Assembly focused on promoting native & controlling/managing invasive vegetation. Pat will update us on how this work has fared through the legislative session, which ought to be very busy in January and February. All are welcome.
--
Virginia Native Plant Society, Jefferson Chapter
Facebook page


7.
From our friends at VABF:
Additional Practical Organic Production Guides available through OFRF
The Organic Farming Research Foundation has recently published several new Guidebooks for organic producers. They include:
·         Introduction to Crop Insurance for Organic and Transitioning Producers
·         Reducing Risk through Best Soil Health Management Practices in Organic Production
·         Soil Health and Organic Farming:  Organic Practices for Climate Mitigation, Adaptation, and Carbon Sequestration.
Available at https://ofrf.org/.
Funding Available to support Soil Health Practices in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
The Virginia office of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is partnering with Sustainable Chesapeake in a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project funded at $1,363,240 to provide cost share for producers in the Chesapeake Watershed within Virginia to implement cover crop, conservation tillage, and/or nutrient management practices to protect and improve water quality in the Bay and its tributary rivers and streams.
To participate, farmers can apply at their local NRCS district office – the initial cutoff date is this Friday Jan 18 – but if funds remain uncommitted, additional applications will be accepted through Feb 15.  For more information, see the VABF website announcement at https://vabf.org/new-conservation-funding-now-available-through-nrcs-partnership-with-sustainable-chesapeake/, or contact Kristin Hughes Evans at Sustainable Chesapeake,  kristen@sustainablechesapeake.org, or or Blaine Delaney at VA NRCS, blaine.delaney@va.usda.gov.

Whole Farm Planning: an introductory training program for socially disadvantaged, US military veteran, new, and beginning farmers and ranchers
Greensville Cooperative Extension office, 105 Oak Street, Emporia, VA
February 18, 9 am – 12 noon
The Carver Center, 9432 James Madison Hwy, Rapidan, VA
February 20, 3:00 – 6:00 pm

This educational workshop is free and open to the public, and will feature Beginning Farmer mentors Thomas and Anita Roberson.
Registration is limited – register ASAP at www.ext.vsu.edu.  For information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at 804-524-3292, or contact Susan Cheek at 804-720-5539, scheek@vsu.edu.

12- week Saturday Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate Course
Virginia State University, Randolph Farm Pavilion, 4415 River Road, Petersburg, VA 23803
Saturdays March 2 (orientation) through May 25, 9 am – 3 pm.
Topics include general principles of urban agriculture, basic plant science, crop, pest, and disease management, permaculture, brownfields and safe gardening practices, greenhouse and aquaponics, plant propagation, and backyard rearing.
For information, cotact Dr. Leonard Githinji, lgithinji@vsu.edu, 804-524-5962 or Cynthia Martin cmartin@vsu.edu, 804-524-5232.

Fourth Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit
Virginia Beach, VA
April 23-25, 2019
Three days of networking for urban farmers, policy makers, government leaders, and activists.  Registration opening soon at www.ext.vsu.edu.


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The 26th Annual Southeastern Permaculture Gathering

August 2-4, 2019
Join us in the Southern Appalachian Mountains near Celo, NC
​ for our Landmark 26th Annual Gathering!

The Southeastern Permaculture Gathering is a convergence of permaculture enthusiasts
​to learn new skills, serve the earth, create community & celebrate life.

http://www.southeasternpermaculture.org/


 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events 

July 2018



1. 
Shenandoah Permaculture Institute Presents
FALL 2018 PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATE COURSE
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.

REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION:
http://www.shenandoahpermaculture.com/fall-2018-permaculture-design-course.html
Or contact Trevor at shenperminstitute@gmail.com

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!

www.shenandoahpermaculture.com


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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

http://livingearthva.com/youth-courses/kids-once-a-month-programs-in-virginia/


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

http://livingearthva.com/youth-courses/nature-homeschool-programs-in-va/


3.
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
            www.charlottesvilleareatreestewards.org/become-a-tree-steward

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


 4. 
 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

sacredplanttraditions.com


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.
https://sacredplanttraditions.com/event/phytochemicals-what-why-and-how/

HERB and PRESCRIPTION DRUG INTERACTIONS

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.
MORE INFO & REGISTRATION
5. 
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  https://www.monticello.org/site/visit/events/winemaking-workshop.

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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 www.solowfa.com/.

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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).  /livingearthva.com/event/empowering-adult-nature-connection-class/?utm_source=LES+Contacts+August+%28updated+Nov+2015%29&utm_campaign=02bd21569d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_06_13_09_54&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bb90a55353-02bd21569d-96027617

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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:  www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/new-roots-flood-response-fundraiser and  m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1875236932521654&id=100001060975225&ref=content_filter.  If you are looking for non-monetary ways to help, contact New Roots at  NewRoots.cville@rescue.org.
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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.

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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 docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQYd0vtGcflDbubE0PX4lM43U-sxJF_E4NMM3T6w5gBGizng/viewform.  breadandroses.trinityepiscopalcville.org/
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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 volunteer@pbandjfund.org or call (434) 244-3317.  pbandjfund.org/

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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: blueridgepermaculture@gmail.com, or click here to view this email as a webpage. And check out the BRPN on Facebook here.

Best,
Christine, Terry, and the BRPN team
www.blueridgepermaculture.net  


1.
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  www.facebook.com/events/2101406830088995/.  $10.


From our friends at Transition Cville

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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.   cvilletimebank.com/membership-information/

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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, michael.reilly19@gmail.com.

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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  docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdg3ehvAD6e2RKC973HgMOoE1JU96a3USauFvMzn5OKvjiE_A/viewform.

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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.  www.rivanna.org/

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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.  charlottesvilleareatreestewards.org/learn-about-trees/take-a-tree-steward-class/

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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  appvoices.org/fracking/water-monitor-training-acp/.

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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".   www.festivalofcultures.org/

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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.  jmrl.org/br-crozet.htm#/?i=1

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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 www.eventbrite.com/e/may-book-club-tickets-44742803931?ref=ecal&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=ef2db416-aefb-45b5-a49f-323b0ab0b0c9

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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 www.digitalsignup.com/ClassDetail.aspx?code=MaOivjgEVzXxJXCucAZnquxbHAivZBqLKlxpthLpCLVjPkzKPWMxYL11kAPl6QD4&SoftwareID=%2bev50Ymj5avTv1JYXVtHRQ%3d%3d.

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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 briennagerard@gmail.com.  For a more detailed schedule of events, visit  livingenergyfarm.org/workshops/2018/May18.pdf.

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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.   www.pecva.org/events/855-solarize-info-session-at-old-bust-head-brewing-company-1

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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 wren.olivier@gmail.com.

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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 clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/main_enroll.asp?studioid=32584&tg=&vt=&lvl=&stype=-8&view=day&trn=100000153&page=&catid=&prodid=&date=05%2f30%2f18&classid=0&prodGroupId=&sSU=&optForwardingLink=&qParam=&justloggedin=&nLgIn=&pMode=0&loc=1.

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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  www.cbf.org/events/clean-the-bay-day/clean-the-bay-day-locations.html.  

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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.  zerogarbagechallenge.info/

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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  www.pecva.org/our-mission/energy-solutions/solarize-pec.