Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Upcoming events

Upcoming Events 

January 2018

Greetings all,

Below is an amazing collection of upcoming events in the central Virginia bioregion!  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.
Shenandoah Permaculture Institute is will be hosting a 2018 Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course in partnership with University of Richmond!

This 9 day, 72-hour PDC will be held over 4 weekends at the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA.
Dates: Feb. 9-11, Feb. 24-25, March 10-11, March 24-25, 2018
Cost: $999 (includes lunches)

For more information and to register please visit:
https://spcs.richmond.edu/noncredit/programs/permaculture/index.html

Questions? Contact: Trevor Piersol shenperminstitute@gmail.com
www.shenandoahpermaculture.com


2.
Tricycle Urban Agriculture Fellowship
March 5th - December 14th, 2018
20 hours a week

Tricycle's Certificate in Urban Agriculture is the result of an innovative collaboration with the USDA-National Resources Conservation Service and Bon Secours. Offered within Tricycle’s 10-month Urban Agriculture Fellowship, participants spend 20 hours a week in the classroom, on farm sites, field trips, or participating in Tricycle mission programs. Together, the Certificate and Fellowship program form a learner-centered, transformational education experience.

Applications are due by January 19, 2018 and are available on our website.  Full scholarships for tuition & fees for 2018 Cohort provided by Bon Secours
For more information, please email beth@tricycleurbanag.org or call 804-231-7767.


3.
10% off Vintage Virginia Apples and Albemarle CiderWorks workshops (below)

Join Vintage Virginia Apples and Albemarle CiderWorks for one or all of our winter orcharding workshops, and as a member of the Blue Ridge Permaculture Network, we’ll give you a 10% discount.  Just enter BRP10 during checkout at this link:  https://vintagevirginiaapples.myshopify.com/discount/BRP10

Pruning 101- with Vintage Virginia Apples; February 24
Careful pruning ensures a more bountiful harvest. Find out how much to prune, where to make the pruning cuts, and when it should be done.  This class is structured to take orchardists from the planting of the nursery tree, through the early years of training and pruning, into lifetime maintenance, rejuvenation, and even bringing old or feral trees back into production.

Planning and Planting the Home Orchard- with Rich Marini, PSU Horticulture specialist; March 3
Dreaming of starting your own orchard?  Join Rich Marini, Penn State University pomologist, and the team at Vintage Virginia Apples and Albemarle CiderWorks for a day-long course on planning and planting fruit trees.  Topics to be discussed include site selection and preparation, water and protection options, varietal and rootstock selection, the physical planting of the trees including notes on high density planting, and care over the life of the tree.  VVA staff will be on hand all day for orchard consultation, and tree orders may be scheduled for pick up while you're here.

Pruning Intensive- with Jim Moniz; various dates
For the fourth year, Jim Moniz teaches a hands-on pruning workshop. Classroom instruction is combined with work in the orchard to give examples of different pruning techniques.

Grafting- with Vintage Virginia Apples; March 10 and March 17
Since apples do not reproduce true from seed, propagation depends on grafting the desired variety onto a reliable rootstock.   Expert hands-on instruction by the Vintage Virginia Apples staff will introduce you to the fine art of grafting.  Each participant will graft two trees from a choice of scionwood from the Vintage Virginia Apples collection to take home with them, along with a copy of our grafting handbook.

Organic Orcharding- with Michael Phillips; April 7
Vintage Virginia Apples is delighted to welcome Michael Phillips, the country’s leading authority on organic fruit culture, author of The Apple Grower and Holistic Orcharding for a workshop on orcharding with ecological awareness.  Michael is an energetic proponent of healthy orcharding, exploring a variety of topics such as soil health, alternatives to fungicides, insect management, drawing connections between home orcharding and permaculture; the importance of native pollinators and beneficial allies; the world of understory plantings with shade-tolerant berry bushes; detailed information on cover crops and biodiversity; varietal rundowns of all the major tree fruits, and the newest research on safe, locally-inspired solutions to pest and disease challenges.
Understanding Pests & Diseases in the Orchard - with Dr. Daniel Frank and TBA, June date TBA
Visit https://www.albemarleciderworks.com/news/workshops for more info and to sign up.


4.
Living Earth School seeks to hire a Director of Administration and Development to help us continue the work of nature connection and personal development in the central Virginia area. 

Position description:  This is a full-time position with an immediate start date and a competitive salary commensurate with experience as well as annual vacation.
Duties include office administration, coordinating day camps, and some fieldwork. The candidate should be community-minded, outgoing, a student of life, committed to nature education and personal growth, and has the skills to administrate efficiently.  The ideal start date for this position is January 31, 2018 after training with the Living Earth School team.  For serious interest only!

      Please send resume to: livingearthva@gmail.com
www.LivingEarthva.com


5.
Sacred Gardening Workshop - Feb 23 - Feb 25, 2018
Workshop at Montfair, near Crozet, Virginia

Wanting to recommit to gardening in a sacred way? Hands-on workshop to learn steps to
a vibrant Polyculture with Steven Martyn founder of the Sacred Gardener School of Golden Lake, Ontario.

Gain hands on experience to integrate your life with the land where you live. WIldculturing can work with any landscape to increase the fecundity and perennial abundance of the land. The wildculturing tool box is full a traditional techniques from simple ways to increase the quality of a forest or existing forage to creating complex plantings of successional polyculture.
Steven Martyn, M.A. (traditional plant use), B.F.A. honors, artist, farmer, wild crafter, builder, teacher, writer, visionary.  In 2014 Steven and his wife started the Sacred Gardener Earth Wisdom School. Steven released his first book, “The Story of the Madawaska Forest Garden” in 2016, and his second “Sacred Gardening” was released in June 2017.

Price of Workshop per person: $200.00
            Additions (Call Montfair Office to pay for additions)
             Add on Monday February 26 for an additional $85.00
Food $36.00 for 3 days of meals -- 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners.

Accommodations at Montfair Resort Farm:
Camping in Lodge will be $50.00 per night per person includes use of kitchen, restrooms, shower, heat and use of fire place. Guest will need to provide own sleeping bag/ linens and or cot.  Cottage option: $112.00 per night for up to 4 guests and $20.00 per additional person up to 6 guests.

https://www.montfairresortfarm.com/


6.
From our friends at the Transition Cville Team

www.transitioncville.org
www.facebook.com/transitioncville

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Tuesday 1/9 Cville TimeBank Orientation
6pm at City Hall (across from City Manager's Office)
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!  An additional session is offered on 1/17 at 2pm at the Senior Center.  cvilletimebank.com/membership-information/

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Wednesday 1/10 Sierra Club Progam:  Our Underwater World
7pm at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 100 Alderman Rd.
Underwater photographer Gary Powell will show images of 6 or 7 groups of animals and narrate their natural history.  His presentation will focus on sharks, anemone fish, nudibranchs, seahorses, manatees, squid/octopus and/or sea otters.  Gary will also discuss ocean conservation and include handouts from the Monterey Bay Aquarium called "Seafood Watch" which guides consumers to make the best choices when buying seafood.  The more we can see and relate to our underwater world, the more we will care and conserve it.

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Thursdays 1/11 - 3/15 Ham Radio License Class
7-9pm at Our Lady of Peace, 751 Hillsdale Dr.
Be prepared!  Hurricanes, earthquakes or fiber optic line cuts can be serious for a community, but ham radio gets through when all else fails.  These ten classes will teach you the basics of radio and electronics and prepare you to get your Technician Class License.  $30.  www.albemarleradio.org/

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Monday 1/15 Meadowcreek Restoration Project
10am-1pm at
Join the Nature Conservancy at  the monthly cleanup of the Meadow Creek Restoration Project.  Help find treasures and keep them out of the Rivanna, James and Chesapeake Bay.  Registratio n required at jdalke@tnc.o rg.

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Friday 1/19 - Sunday 1/21 Holistic Sustainability Weekend Immersive
All Weekend at Living Energy Farm, 1022 Bibb Store Rd., Louisa
Have you ever seen a 100 year old battery that still works? Would you like to learn how to wire a homestead using DC electricity?  Would you like to learn how to grow all of your own food in organic gardens and orchards?  Would you like to be part of a movement to create sustainable villages?  Come and live for a weekend at LEF, and experience a series of workshops to help you understand how to live comfortably and happily without fossil fuels.  $200.  Contact Brie at 443-417-7328, briennagerard@gmail.com, or livingenergyfarm@gmail.com.  More details at livingenergyfarm.org/workshops/2018jan19immersive.html.

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Saturday 1/20 Vinegar Making
10am-noon at Monticello
Vinegar was an integral ingredient in various Jefferson-family recipes, and there’s more to vinegar, translated literally as “sour wine,” than salad dressing.  Most people are unaware of the rich traditions of using vinegar in cooking, as a food preservative, and even as a wholesome beverage.  Join wine-maker and master-chef Gabriele Rausse in reviewing the basic principles of vinegar-making, and then learn how to use it in preparing vegetables and meat and in concocting delicious aromatized dressings.  $24.  Register at  www.monticello.org/site/visit/events/vinegar-making.

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Saturday 1/20 Garden Basics:  To Prune or Not to Prune
2-4pm at Trinity Episcopal Church,  1118 Preston Ave.
Have you ever been afraid to prune that overgrown shrub? Do you want to train that new tree? Have no fear! This lecture will tell you how to keep your plants looking great.  Free.  To regiser send your contact information (name, address, phone number, and email address) and name of class to info@piedmontmastergardeners.org.

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Saturday 1/27 Drop Spindle Class
11am-noon at Ashlawn-Highland
Led by crafter Russell Hubert, participants will learn how to spin wool using the traditional drop spindle method.  Wool used during the drop spindle class will be provided by Highland from their flock of Dorset sheep. Participants in the class will learn how this wool is processed from fleece to yarn using early-nineteenth century techniques.  Admission to the drop spindle class is $10 per person.  No materials or experience are needed to participate.  Register at  highland.org/drop-spindle-class/.

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Saturday 2/3 Orchard Planning and Pruning
9am-3pm at 912 Woodfolk Dr.
Come learn how to grow food on trees, without chemicals!  If you buy everything in a mainstream nursery catalog and plant it, you will not grow much food.  You have to know what to plant, and how to take care of it. Sponsored by the experts at Living Energy Farm, they will also talk about pruning and winter maintenance of fruit trees.  Cost is $25 at the door. Please RSVP to livingenergyfarm@gmail.com.

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Sunday 2/11 Film:  Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home
2-5pm at PVCC, Dickinson Auditorium
Wildlife habitat isn’t just wide open spaces and dense green forests. Habitat can be created almost anywhere. This acclaimed film shows homeowners, landowners and community leaders how to improve wildlife habitat and revitalize ecosystems right in their own backyards and neighborhoods.  This is an environmental film by Catherine Zimmerman, an award-winning director of photography and independent documentary filmmaker.  Included are helpful pointers by Dr. Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, about how our landscape choices can sustain insects, birds, and other wildlife around us.  Zimmerman will be in Charlottesville to introduce the film, and selected segments will be shown.  Panel discussion to follow.  Light refreshments available at 1:30.  Free.  www.pecva.org/events/808-film-screening-hometown-habitat-stories-of-bringing-nature-home


7.
Apply today for AMI's Farm and Food Education Fellowship Program

AMI's flagship program is an 18-month Fellowship that prepares individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. AMI's flagship program is an 18-month Fellowship that prepares individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. Selected Fellows are fully funded to spend six months in immersive training on AMI’s Mountain Farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with AMI’s partner organizations (Phase II). AMI Fellows gain a deeper understanding of the relationships between food production, natural systems, diet, and optimal human health and participate in hands-on educational program in sustainable agriculture.

AMI's Fellowship Program creates strong leaders who successfully work to build more cohesive community food systems. They go on to work as local food coordinators, farmers, school garden facilitators, market farm managers, food systems educators, and advocates for sustainable food systems.

Applications are due by February 1, 2018
For more information, e-mail Jessa Fowler: jessa@alleghenymountainschool.org.
https://www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org/

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Now Hiring  AMI Farm Manager
The Allegheny Farm Manager will be responsible for most operational aspects of both Farm and Facilities at our Allegheny Mountain Farm in Highland County, VA.
 Competitive applicants should have a strong commitment to organic, regenerative agricultural practices and an interest in education of the broader community.
 This is a full-time, exempt, year-round position with regular weekend and periodic evening work.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits package includes housing, farm-grown food share, workers’ compensation coverage, and earned vacation/sick leave, plus holidays.

Click Here for full position description.
APPLY NOW!


8.
If you haven't already, please go to GrowFoodFilm.com to get free access to our new documentary Grow Food when it launches this Spring! I am so excited and really want to share it with as many people as possible, because I know that together, we can make a difference in food quality and availability in our communities. Such a great way to contribute to a healthier future! ^_^
It would mean so much to me if you would take a moment to share this film with your friends and family. If you are inspired to donate, we welcome your contribution. Every dollar counts toward reaching our goal!
We are almost finished with our fundraiser (4 days to go) to finish the final editing of our film and want to thank you for taking the time to check it out and share!
The easiest way to share our project is to:
  • Go to our Kickstarter.
  • To share, click the Facebook or email icon to the right of our video on our Kickstarter page.
  • To donate, click the “back this project” button and choose the reward you would like to receive.

9.
The Piedmont Landscape Association Seminar

February 15, 2018
The Paramount Theater - Charlottesville, VA
Every February the Piedmont Landscape Association hosts an annual seminar. This event strives to bring gardening enthusiasts and landscape professionals together in an educational setting.

http://www.piedmontlandscape.org/seminar2018.html


10.
Permaculture in Nicaragua
February 2 - 11, 2018

What you will learn

  • What is permaculture, how to become certified in it, and why
  • A variety of sustainable agriculture, design, and construction techniques
  • How to observe nature and what to look for
  • The difference between exotic and invasive plants
  • How to grow organic coffee the right way, and what makes it taste so good

Amenities

Stay in eco-lodges and economical hotels for a rustic, culturally-immersive and communal experience. Most accommodation will be in shared rooms.

Cost

$1580/person
20% deposit due Nov 2, 2017, balance due Dec 15, 2017.

What's included

Includes: all meals, lodging in shared accommodations, transportation, activities, and guide/translator.
Excludes: airfare, health insurance, $10 tourist visa, and personal spending.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Upcoming Events

Greetings all,
 Below is an amazing collection of upcoming events in the central Virginia bioregion!  Many thanks to all the great folks from the Wildflower Festival and First Colony Winery who donated the proceeds from their July festival to the Blue Ridge Permaculture Network (BRPN)!  Come help plan next steps for BRPN on Wed. Oct. 18 – additional details are below.  Folks can sign up for the BRPN e-newsletter 
here.  Send announcements to: blueridgepermaculture@gmail.com, or click here to view this email as a webpage. And check out the BRPN on Facebook here.  We look forward to seeing you on October 18th!

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


1.
Blue Ridge Permaculture Network -  get-together and meeting  
Wednesday, October 18 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Crozet Library - Community Room
2020 Library Avenue
Crozet, VA 22932

7 - 7:30 pm – Bring a snack to share and meet other good folks
7:30 – 9:00 pm – Come help plan BRPN’s next steps at this meeting


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Upcoming events

Upcoming Events 

June 2017


Greetings all,

Happy summer! Below is an amazing collection of upcoming events in the central Virginia bioregion including the Wildflower Music Festival, SE permaculture gathering, an Agroforestry conference, and job opportunities!  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.
 Wildflower Music Fest is a 3-day music festival on July 28th - 30th, 2017 near Charlottesville featuring bands, community art, vendors, camping, wine, workshops, and wildflowers. Our mission is to raise funds for sustainable agriculture while showcasing some of the best underground music in Maryland and Virginia!

Bands include: Deaf Scene, Squaring the Circle, The Dirty Grass Players, A MARC Train Home, Tomato Dodgers, Humbalaya, 4our Flights Up Orchestra, Diamond Canopy

With First Colony Winery at Natural Time Farm is located on six beautiful acres in Charlottesville, Virginia. It is a permaculture farm dedicated to the ideal of human flourishing in harmonious relationship with our Earth that sustains us.  Natural Time Farm will be hosting camping, workshops, vendors, and all other events at Wildflower.  facebook.com/NaturalTimeFarm
​Proceeds from the festival will be donated to the Blue Ridge Permaculture Network.

Buy Tickets
General Admission- $30, Camping pass (per tent)- $20, Parking pass (per car)- $5

https://www.whatiswildflower.com/ 


2.
The 2017 North American Agroforestry Conference in Blacksburg, VA June 27-29, 2017

Come join to learn about the latest advances in agroforestry research, practice, outreach, and policy; see innovative on-the-ground systems with agroforestry farmers; share your agroforestry experience, skills, and knowledge; and participate in pre-conference training and tours. Find out more information and register at this link.


3.
24th Annual Southeastern Permaculture Gathering
August 4th-6th, 2017
nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains
Celo, NC

We come together after another year for our yearly late summer Permaculture Gathering having gone through another full season cycle and experiences that take us beyond our past experiences and imagination, and back to ourselves.

Call 303-931-7586 or email registrar_AT_southeasternpermaculture.org
http://www.southeasternpermaculture.org/


4.
C'ville Foodscapes, based in Charlottesville, VA is looking for new collaborators with experience in ecological/edible landscape/permaculture design, installation, maintenance, education, financial management, customer service, marketing, cooperative culture, food justice, and just generally being awesome. If that sounds like you, shoot us a cover letter, resume, and references to info[at]cvillefoodscapes[dot]com.


5.
Sacred Plant Traditions Courses in Charlottesville, VA
The ART of FERMENTATION   June 24, 2017,    10am – 2:30pm

Learn to make delicious lacto-fermented foods in this hands-on workshop. Fermentation is a traditional way of food preparation that not only preserves the harvest but also yields greater nourishment, a healthier digestive system, and thus increased vitality.  We will make kimchi, brined garlic, lacto-fermented beets and ginger carrots as well as fermented and cultured beverages including kombucha, honey wine and sodas that are good for you. You will leave with the skills necessary to begin lacto-fermenting foods at home. Taught by community herbalist, Suzanna Stone

Herbal teas will be provided at all the one day workshops. Please pack a bag lunch.
Fee for the class is $75.      
Click here for REGISTRATION


6.
From our friends at VABF:

Organic Seed Alliance - Seed Internship Program
This is your chance to participate in addressing one of the most pressing needs in organic agriculture - and to develop a new enterprise for your farm.
Organic Seed Alliance ( https://www.seedalliance.org) is seeking to match the organic seed growers of tomorrow with the experienced growers of today.
The Seed Internship Program combines online and classroom learning, farm-based independent study, and real-world experience through a diverse network of family farms. Hosted by Organic Seed Alliance and the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), the Seed Internship Program matches individuals who want to learn about seed production with experienced growers.
Learn more and apply today

Become an Intern
The Seed Internship Program matches interns with host farms that provide on-farm experience and formal training in seed production. The six-month internships offer interns:
        Online, class, and field-based education
         Independent studies on the host farm
        Experience with the organic seed trade
Become a Host
Are you experienced seed producer looking for interns? We need you to train the next generation of seed producers! Host farms receive:
        Assistance with matching the right intern for your farm
         Educational materials, webinars, and other support

The Catawba Sustainability Center is now accepting applications for its 2017 Small Farm Incubator program!
Download the program overview and application.
The Catawba Sustainability Center’s Small Farm Incubator Plots program aims to incubate and grow viable, independent farm businesses and to serve as a model new-farmer program by providing access to land and resources in a low-risk environment.
Program Goals
  • Accommodate up to 8 new growers and small farms
  • Build infrastructure necessary to fulfill mission and serve as a model agricultural development organization
  • Provide educational opportunities and skills training
  • Support the local economy and local food system
The Catawba Sustainability Center (CSC) is establishing “Land-Use Agreements” with new and established farm businesses to utilize a portion of designated farmland to grow produce. The Center is committed to developing the incubator program, facilitating learning opportunities, and ensuring that land is available annually for new participants. All participants must follow the CSC’s Land Use Protocol and new farms must participate in one of the Catawba Sustainability Center’s training programs.
For questions, please contact:
Adam Taylor
Catawba Sustainability Center Manager
540-588-0283
adamht@vt.edu


7.
Living Earth School presents

Living Earth Adult Foundations (LEAF) – Empowering 9 Weekend Adult Program
ADULT COURSES EARTH SURVIVAL SKILLS PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT
One weekend per month beginning Sept 2017 – May 2018

Do you want to feel more alive and connected and in the flow with life? Come learn what your long ago ancestors have known, all along!
  • Discover the time-tested practices that Living Earth have been implementing to connect people deeply with nature for the past 15 years.  These practices have been shared and honed by visionary leaders and elders from around the world.
  • Learn real skills, under the guidance of skilled instructors, who have taken thousands of people along this journey.
  • Feel supported and at home in an environment of like-minded people…….your tribe.
This Just In…Early Bird Discount if you register by June 1! Check out other discounts at the bottom of the page…
REGISTER NOW


8.
 Come to Learn and Network
Leave with Resiliency Tools and Know-How
The theme of the 2017 Resilient Virginia Conference, August 1–2 — Connecting Communities, Business, and Educators for Resiliency Solutions — means that for the second year, this statewide conference aims to inform, educate, and activate leaders from the public, private, and academic sectors.

Leaders from local government, the private sector, academia, and Virginia Sustainable Building Network have come together to form Resilient Virginia, a new organization to accelerate resiliency planning in Virginia communities.
Click the icons below for information on select resiliency components.

http://resilientvirginia.org/


 9.
Allegheny Mountain Institute
The Annual Farm to Table Event is hosted in partnership with the VSDB Foundation and will take place Saturday, August 12, at 5:00 PM, at the AMI Urban Farm on the VSDB campus. The event will feature produce grown on the AMI Urban Farm and fresh regional foods. Chef Mike Lund will prepare the evening’s fare be on-site that will be served in an open air seating under a tent at the campus farm. Attendees will also enjoy Virginia cider, craft beer and wine from Highland Counties and Augusta Counties. The evening will include music, tours of the Urban Farm, and a Live Auction.

Tickets are $75
($50 IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE) + $4.67 PROCESSING FEE
To purchase your tickets online, please CLICK HERE
Tickets can also be purchased Young True Value Hardware in Staunton, VA. 
For more information, contact the VSDB Foundation at 540-332-9039.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Upcoming events

Upcoming Events 

May 2017


Greetings all,
Happy early spring! Below is an amazing collection of upcoming events in the central Virginia bioregion!  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. 
 Wildflower Music Fest is a 3-day music festival on July 28th - 30th, 2017 near Charlottesville  featuring bands, community art, vendors, camping, wine, workshops, and wildflowers.
Our mission is to raise funds for sustainable agriculture while showcasing some of the best underground music in Maryland and Virginia!

Bands include: Deaf Scene, Squaring the Circle, The Dirty Grass Players, A MARC Train Home, Tomato Dodgers, Humbalaya, 4our Flights Up Orchestra, Diamond Canopy

With First Colony Winery at Natural Time Farm is located on six beautiful acres in Charlottesville, Virginia. It is a permaculture farm dedicated to the ideal of human flourishing in harmonious relationship with our Earth that sustains us.  Natural Time Farm will be hosting camping, workshops, vendors, and all other events at Wildflower.  facebook.com/NaturalTimeFarm
​Proceeds from the festival will be donated to the Blue Ridge Permaculture Network.
Buy Tickets
General Admission- $30, Camping pass (per tent)- $20, Parking pass (per car)- $5

https://www.whatiswildflower.com/ 

2.
The 2017 North American Agroforestry Conference in Blacksburg, VA June 27-29, 2017

Come join to learn about the latest advances in agroforestry research, practice, outreach, and policy; see innovative on-the-ground systems with agroforestry farmers; share your agroforestry experience, skills, and knowledge; and participate in pre-conference training and tours. Early registration ends May 16th. Find out more information and register at this link.

3.
Permaculture Design Course

When: May 27-June 11, 2017 (16 days)
Where: Cricket Cove Farm: Victoria, Virginia
Teachers: Rico Zook, Koreen Brennan, Andrew Millison
Price: $1095 Promo offer till Tax Day April 18th
         $1295 after April 18th

Join us at the emerging Permaculture and agroforestry site of Cricket's Cove Farm. An ideal learning site which includes several existing enterprises and water harvesting agroforestry systems at various stages of growth.

Using a variety of learning techniques and strategies this workshop presents Permaculture with a diversity of applications in mind. Class time consists of traditional lectures, guest presentations, group discussions, games, exercises, photo shows, movies, and practical design work.

This workshop involves group work where students complete a real life design project. Through completion of the 72 hour PDC participants gain conceptual and practical knowledge of Permaculture and receive a certificate to practice Permaculture Design.

http://www.cricketscove.net/permaculture-design-certification/


 4.
Fungal Pharmacopeia at Sharondale Mushroom Farm - May 27-28th

Join us for an intensive hands-on activity filled workshop about mushrooms as medicine for personal and community health. Explore the historic and current uses of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms for wellbeing and preventative medicine. Learn how to develop community health and resilience through collaboration of mycologists, farmers, herbalists, and other practitioners of the healing arts.
Spawn the myco-cultural revolution!
For more information and to register: https://www.sharondalefarm.com/shop/fungal-pharmacopeia-workshop/


5.
Spring Tree Sale with Master Gardeners
May 13, 9:00 a.m. to noon
IX Complex, Elliott Avenue and Second Street, Charlottesville
The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards will offer about 40 varieties of young trees and shrubs, mostly natives, for sale at reasonable prices.   Selections will include Highbush Blueberry, Paw Paw, Bottlebrush Buckeye, Downy Serviceberry, Blackhaw Viburnum, and many others.

Free Class on Tree Selection, Planting, and Care
May 20, 10:00 a.m. to noon                
Ivy Creek Natural Area, Education Building, 1780 Earlysville Rd, Charlottesville
Learn how to plant your new tree to give it the best chance to survive and flourish in the place that you choose for it, along with best practices in caring for your newly planted tree and your other landscape trees for the long term. Includes a planting demonstration. This free class is part of the Tree Basics for Homeowners program of the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards.  For more information, please go to charlottesvilleareatreestewards.org.


 6.
The Natural Garden of Harrisonburg, VA is hiring for 7 different job positions, ranging from entry-level to leadership roles.

We are an ecological design/build landscaping company in Harrisonburg dedicated to creating sustainable, living landscapes inspired by our surrounding environment, and specializing in native plants grown in our own nursery. We employ traditional stonework techniques, and hand-drawn design methods.  Favorite projects involve edible pollinator habitats in urban settings to rewilding through meadow and stream restoration.

We are currently hiring for the positions of Landscape Designer-Project Manager, Project Manager, Native Plant Nursery – Manager of Marketing and Sales, Native Plant Nursery Grower, Landscape Crew Leader, Landscaper, and Stone Mason. We have both seasonal and full-time positions available. We offer competitive pay, and a unique experience working for a one-of-kind company with a passion for sustainability.

For more detailed descriptions of each open position, please see our website at www.thenaturalgarden.net/job-openings.html. Candidates interested in these positions should submit a cover letter, resume, three excellent work references, and any relevant portfolio work by contacting Maya Hawthorn Gunderson: maya(at)thenaturalgarden.net.  To learn more about or company, go to www.thenaturalgarden.netor find us at www.facebook.com/TheNaturalGardenHarrisonburg


 7.
Permaculture Teachers empower people with actionable tools for problem solving in a way that respects nature and the flow of life.

This summer, learn how to do so from the foremost practitioners in the trade.

Larry Santoyo and Scott Pittman are the first generation of Permaculture teachers to have worked with and have taught alongside Bill Mollison. They have extensively taught Permaculture Design for the last three decades, in over four continents, and are now offering a course mentoring the next generation of great instructors.
Be a part of this rare opportunity to learn from the best: http://www.permacultureacademy.com/courses/permaculture-master-class-in-hawaii
Attendees will learn:
  • A cohesive approach to Principles & Methodologies of Design.
  • Systems Thinking that will reinforce using Permaculture Principles to plan, design and manage the home and landscape; as well as community and economic developments, at any scale.
  • Design Principles and Patterning that will be revisited using human dynamics and communication, alongside the more familiar earth repair applications and exercises.
  • Techniques that will assist Permaculturists in conveying the importance of using the principles as well as their direct relevance to community and economic development.
Attendees will practice:
  • Student Teaching
  • Class exercises and critiques
  • Teaching an assigned section and a section of your choosing from the PDC course
  • Laughing and having fun in a supportive and inspiring setting
June 18th to June 23rd http://www.permacultureacademy.com/courses/permaculture-master-class-in-hawaii


8. 
Medicinal Mushrooms & Mushroom Essences
with Canadian Author and Herbalist Robert Rogers

Friday, May 26, 2017      
9:00am – 5:00p
Sacred Plant Traditions

Part of what makes the field of mycology exciting is that our ignorance far exceeds our knowledge - especially true regarding mushroom medicine. Robert Rogers combines nearly two decades of clinical herbal practice with a passion for fungus and a depth of knowledge I've never seen before.  If you're interested in incorporating mushrooms in your practice or to support your own well being, this is certainly not to be missed!  $100
 Registration

FIELD BOTANY for HERBALISTS
Wednesday May 17 or Thursday May 18, 2017
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 .Holly Poole Kavana

Herbal teas will be provided 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.
http://sacredplanttraditions.com/ 


 9.
Virginia Native Plant Society Meeting: Tom Wiebolt on Mo Stevens
Wednesday, May 10, 7:30 pm, Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd, Charlottesville
Tom Wieboldt, Charlottesville native and recently retired botanist at Virginia Tech will speak about the life and accomplishments of Charles “Mo” Stevens, his mentor and colleague in field botany. Mo traveled over Albemarle County and the entire state of Virginia seeking out notable habitats for plants, and annotating USGS topographic maps with his finds. The value of his work today and in the future is noteworthy as a record of plant locations during the time when Mo was exploring the state. Now and in the future, we can compare locations then with locations now: are the populations still in the same area, have they moved, etc. Other friends and colleagues of Mo’s will join Tom in recounting Mo’s achievements and telling noteworthy stories about Mo—and there are many (achievements AND stories).

Ivy Creek Wildflower Walk with Tana Herndon
Saturday, May 20, 9 am, Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Meet at the Kiosk
Tana Herndon will lead a walk searching out late spring and early summer wildflowers.

 Summer Native Plant Walks
June 17th, July 15th and August 19th
9 am, Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd, Charlottesville. Walks led by VNPS members. Cosponsored by Ivy Creek Natural Area. Meet at the kiosk near the parking lot.


10.
Hello Permaculterers!! I have this sweet place meant for a permaculture person. I wanted to share with you in case any of your members may be interested. Thank you so much, Nellie
cabin 1 mile from downtown blacksburg, organic garden space, wood heat


 11.
Spring Plant Sale and Event for Gardeners
Copper Hill, VA - May 6 and 7, 11 am - 3 pm both days

Patchwork Farm (216 Conner Lane, Copper Hill, VA, in Floyd, County, near mile marker 147 on Blue Ridge Parkway) is hosting a weekend spring plant sale, farm demos, and kids' activities on Saturday-Sunday, May 6 and 7, from 11 am until 3 pm each day.

Explore the farm
Free Expert Organic Gardening Advice from your farmers (bring your list of questions!)
Regional and seasonally suitable plants
Lots of heirloom tomatoes!
Organic Seeds
Annuals and Perennials

Farm and Garden Demos on topics like:
        Hand Tools (and how to use them)
        Basics of Drip irrigation
        Small Farm tool Demo- Heard of a Paper Pot transplanter or a caterpillar tunnel?
        Tips for Transplanting
        Starting Seeds in Soil Blocks
        Short Farm Tours

Kids Activities include:
        Bug Identification, Gourd Decorating, Kids seed starting

This event is free and open to the public. See attached flyer for more.


 12.
Radical Roots Farm is currently accepting apprentice applications for the 2017 season

If you are serious about taking your farming to the next level, please consider this amazing opportunity.
Radical Roots Farm grows high quality, certified organic vegetables and herbs in a sustainable way.
The Radical Roots Farm Apprenticeship is an exchange of time and learning between experienced and new farmers.  Apprentices’ learn the art and craft of organic farming through hard work in the fields, observation of successful farm ecosystems and participating in a mentoring relationship with experienced farmers.  This immersion into all aspects of organic vegetable production gives new farmers valuable skills and experience to begin their career in organic agriculture.  Whether they start their own farm or go on to work in public gardens, landscaping, school gardens or farm to table restaurants, apprentices gain a firm foundation and confidence to succeed.
Goals of the Apprenticeship
  • To share the skills involved in organic farming and the tools of the trade.
  • To offer apprentices an example of a successful organic farm so that they can learn the cycles of the growing season.
  • To give apprentices first hand working knowledge with specific crops, so that they can have a solid foundation of farming experience.
  • To support the hands on learning that comes through hard work in the fields with educational resources, garden reading, classes and field trips.
To apply, check out our website.


13.
From our friends at VABF


Organic Seed Alliance - Seed Internship Program
This is your chance to participate in addressing one of the most pressing needs in organic agriculture - and to develop a new enterprise for your farm.
Organic Seed Alliance ( https://www.seedalliance.org) is seeking to match the organic seed growers of tomorrow with the experienced growers of today.
The Seed Internship Program combines online and classroom learning, farm-based independent study, and real-world experience through a diverse network of family farms. Hosted by Organic Seed Alliance and the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), the Seed Internship Program matches individuals who want to learn about seed production with experienced growers.
Learn more and apply today

Become an Intern
The Seed Internship Program matches interns with host farms that provide on-farm experience and formal training in seed production. The six-month internships offer interns:
        Online, class, and field-based education
         Independent studies on the host farm
        Experience with the organic seed trade
Become a Host
Are you experienced seed producer looking for interns? We need you to train the next generation of seed producers! Host farms receive:
        Assistance with matching the right intern for your farm
         Educational materials, webinars, and other support

Organic Certification Cost Share - now more readily accessible
Visit your Farm Services Agency (FSA) office anytime after March 20 to apply for the 2017 season
From Alyssa Charney, Policy Specialist at NSAC:
On December 21 of 2016, USDA announced the transfer of the organic certification cost share program to FSA.  National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) published a press release and blog, which you can read below, as well as USDA's press release and the NOFA in public inspection (to be published in Federal Register tomorrow).
USDA Press Release
NSAC Press Release
NSAC Blog
NOFA for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program

Saturday, February 25, 2017

upcoming events

Upcoming Events 

February 2017


Greetings all,
Happy early spring! Below is an amazing collection of upcoming events in the central Virginia bioregion!  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.
Undoing Racism in the Food System: The Work of Soul Fire Farm
7PM, March 20th  University Commons 178 Theater
Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA

Soul Fire Farm, Grafton, NY is a black-owned organic farm committed to dismantling the oppressive structures that malign this food system and reclaiming our ancestral right to belong to the earth and have agency in the food system. We have trained hundreds of new farmers of color in a culturally-relevant program that integrates ancestral spirituality and trauma healing. Our farm also provides 80 families with weekly doorstep deliveries of fresh farm produce and provides food to incarcerated people and their loved ones through the Prison Bus Project. Join us to find out why Malcolm X believed that “land is the basis of all freedom, justice, and equality.”  Leah Penniman is a nationally-recognized educator, farmer, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY.


2.
Farm Manager Position Available

The Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville is seeking applicants for the position of Farm Manager. The Farm Manager is responsible for overseeing and ensuring the success of UACC’s Food Production & Distribution program. Applicants should have multiple years of experience working on a small vegetable farm or market garden, the ability to work collaboratively with people of all ages and backgrounds, and a penchant for social justice. This is a year-round position with room for growth that offers a unique opportunity for the right person to manage an expanding urban food production and distribution system.

Applications are available through UACC’s website at www.uaccville.wordpress.com on our “Employment” page. Applications can also be requested by contacting the UACC Operations Director by email or phone.

UACC Operations Director: Todd Niemeier
todd.uacc@gmail.com, 434-989-0150


3.
Sustainable:  the future of our food system determines the future of mankind  -a NEW documentary presented by UVA Sustainability, UVa Food Collaborative, and UVA Dining
Tuesday, February 28, Newcomb Hall Theatre (on the Lower Level)

This event is FREE and open to the public.
Food 5:00 -- Film 5:30  -- Forum 7:00
Parking at the Newcomb Garage.
Forum Discussion with Professor Randy Lutter, Dr Megan McGroddy and Professor Brad Brown

QUESTIONS? CONTACT abo9xa@virginia.edu or 434-978-4805

https://www.facebook.com/events/130834694100789/#


4.
9th Annual Berry Production and Marketing Conference
Petersburg, VA - March 9, 2017, 8:00 am - 3:30pm

Virginia State University 9th Annual Berry Production and Marketing Conference. This year’s conference features Dr. Britt Burton Freeman, Director of the Center for Nutrition Research at Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. Freeman conducts nutritional research with berry crops, and in particular, blackberry. Her research information is widely used in the industry to promote the health benefits of berries among consumers. In addition to other topics, a group of berry growers will share their own production and marketing experiences in a round-table discussion with the participants.

The conference is scheduled for March 9, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gateway Dining facility of the Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia.

Register online:  https://goo.gl/forms/2GuDBLY9XrPbZUXn2


5.
FORREST GREEN FARM CLASSES and EVENTS NEAR LOUISA, VA

Soil & Seeding Intensive- March 25th 12-5pm
Learn about the importance of healthy soil, all about seeding and caring for your new seedlings. You will take home your own flat of 72 seeded cells, that have the potential to become 72 plants for your garden!

Whole Living 1: From the Ground Up-  April 30th 12-6pm (12 classes, April-October)
Make this the year that you improve your health! This is a hands-on course in both gardening and herbal medicine skills. You will work on deepening your knowledge and connection with the plants over a growing season. Through the use of this knowledge, you will learn how to make quality medicine from the plants. You will take home 60+ projects! The herbs in combination with whole foods will provide you with a foundation for healthier living and fulfillment of a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Whole Living 2: More Herbs- April 23rd 12-6pm (7 classes, April-October)
There will be a strong focus on the energetics of the herbs, understanding tissue states, wild & cultivated plant identification in the gardens and fields, hands-on medicine making to include more advanced formulation for specific ailments, expanding on your knowledge to empower you to use the herbs safely and with confidence to nourish and heal yourself, your family, and friends.

Whole Living 3- April 22nd 12-6pm (7 classes, April-October)
Whole Living 3 classes are divided into two topics for each session. Three hours will be spent on Herbarium studies and three hours on body systems overview and the herbs to support and heal imbalances in the body. There will be two hands on medicine making projects each class that will correlate with the body system being learned.

6th Annual Herb & Farm Festival on Memorial Day- May 29th
Free events & classes throughout the day, local vendors and children activities. 2017 details coming soon!

http://www.forrestgreenfarm.com


6.
From our Friends at Transition Cvillle

Saturday 2/25 Cheese Making
11am-noon at Fifth Season Gardening, 900 Preston Ave.
You will go step-by-step through the process of making one of your favorite foods — cheese! Plus, you’ll get to take home a recipe booklet compliments of Fifth Season Gardening, so you can expand your cheese-making repertoire at home. Refreshments will follow the class. Please let them know if you plan on attending so they can be sure to have materials for everyone.    www.facebook.com/events/1803683006547666/

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Sunday 2/26 Backyard Growing Workshop
2-5pm at the EcoVillage, 480 E. Rio Rd.
Join Amy at the EcoVillage for an in-depth workshop on growing your own food.  This is the first of ten hands-on workshops that will walk you through the entire growing season -- February through November.  This month, the focus will be working with the unique conditions of your yard (including shade), creating beds, and building rich, healthy soil with free community resources.  Visit https://www.cvillebackyardfarmers.com/growing-classes to register and for more info..  No fixed payment -- donations only.

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Monday 2/27 Walking the Seasons:  Spring
5:30-6:30pm at The Elderberry, 1917 Commonwealth Dr.
Join Heather Wetzel, AHG in this class as you explore seasonal wellness for Spring including: imbalances such as allergies and liver detoxing, diet, lifestyle, and herbal remedies for optimal health.  Free.  www.elderberryherbals.com/event/walking-seasons-spring-2/

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Sunday 3/5 or Friday 3/10 StreamWatch Volunteer Training
10am-4pm at Ivy Creek Natural Area
Have you ever wanted to learn about the quality of the streams in your community by getting into the waterway to analyze what aquatic life lives there?  Come learn about how to conduct benthic water monitoring and how you can become an RCA/StreamWatch Certified Water Quality Monitor.  Contact: Jessica Dodds– jessicadodds@rivannariver.org   mobile: 540-223-8599.  www.rivannariver.org/event/rivanna-conservation-alliances-streamwatch-volunteer-introductory-benthic-water-quality-monitoring-training-at-ivy-creek/

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Saturday 3/11 Orchard Planning
9am-4pm at 217 Fredericksburg Ave., Louisa
Want to learn how to grow food on trees in the Mid Atlantic, with no spray and minimum effort?  There are numerous varieties of fruits and nuts that will produce prodigious quantities of tasty food without toxic chemical sprays.  Many of these plants thrive on neglect, and tolerate drought and mediocre soil.  For the most part, they are not the kinds of fruits you buy in the grocery store.  If you want your own productive orchard, you can't just buy trees from commercial nurseries, you have to know what to plant!  The folks at Living Energy Farm will share their many years of knowledge.  Cost is $30, but no one turned away for lack of funds.  Contact livingenergyfarm@gmail.com to register.

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Wednesday 3/15 Film:  "Facing the Surge"
7pm at the Central Library, McIntire Room
"Facing the Surge" documents the tangible costs of sea level rise for the people of Norfolk, VA.  Norfolk is home to the largest naval base in the country and to thousands of hard-working Americans struggling to adapt to the rising tides and an uncertain future.  But "Facing the Surge" is not a film about loss and inaction.  It tells the stories of citizens from across the United States as they step forward to raise awareness and push their government to solve climate change.  This 25 minute movie will be followed by a discussion of the effects of climate change in Virginia and around the world.  Sponsored by the Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club.  Free.

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Annual Bake 'N Bike Valentine Scone Sale
Now in its 13th year, this is a local Valentine's Day tradition in Charlottesville. During this unique event, costumed bicycling volunteers deliver freshly baked heart-shaped, chocolate chip scones with a valentine to people all over Charlottesville.  All proceeds go to Charlottesville Community Bikes, a non-profit program to promote environmentally-sound transportation, recycle bicycles, and make cycling accessible.   Place your order by February 12form.jotform.com/70134157273148  Also:  they are looking for additional volunteers so consider offering your skills!

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Cville TimeBank's Repair Cafe' Returns!
Back away from that trash can! The landfill doesn’t need that broken toaster, that buttonless shirt, that unreliable vacuum, or that creaky chair. But you do—so get it fixed at the Repair Café.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 18, and then Join the Repair Cafe' mailing list to find out more about the next event and how YOU can help make it happen: ctbrepaircafe.wordpress.com/.


7.
LIVING EARTH SCHOOL NEAR CHARLOTTESVILLE

Moon Tribe for Girls  ~Girl's Initiation~
This weekend getaway is a rite of passage coming-of-age ceremony, honoring each girl for who she is and who she is becoming. The Moon Tribe is for girls ages 11-14 years old, or any girl that seems ready.
Ages: 11-14 Dates: May 26- 29
Times: Friday 6pm to Monday at noon (potluck with moms)
http://livingearthva.com/event/moon-tribe-girls-rite-of-passage-virginia/

Adult Programs –
Long Bow -or- Arrow and Quiver Workshop
Build your own wooden long bow, or make an arrow and quiver set if you've already attended the long bow workshop!
Dates: March 18-19.  Ages: 14+
http://livingearthva.com/event/building-wooden-long-bow-class-virginia/?instance_id=1040

Leather Working Workshop
Make your own customized leather shoes, or a beautiful backpack or satchel. Durable, functional, and stylish!
Dates: May 6-7.  Ages: 16+
http://livingearthva.com/event/leather-shoe-making-class-virginia/?instance_id=1027

Youth Programs - Once a month Saturday Programs
Forest Dwellers- northern VA
Fall Dates: Saturdays- Feb 18, March 11, April 22, May 13
Location: Warrenton, VA

Red Arrow Boys- Charlottesville for ages 8-15
Fall Dates: Saturdays- Feb 25, March 25, April 29-30 (0vernight), May 20
Location: Belvedere neighborhood

Woodland Girls- Charlottesville for ages 8-15
Fall Dates: Saturdays- Feb 25, March 25, April 29-30 (0vernight), May 20
Location: Belvedere neighborhood
http://livingearthva.com/youth-courses/kids-once-a-month-programs-in-virginia/

Homeschool Programs
Charlottesville Homeschool for ages 7-18
Fall Dates: 10 Wednesdays -- March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 26, May 3, 10, 17-18 (0vernight). Location: Belvedere neighborhood

Goochland Homeschool for ages 7+
Fall Dates: 8 Tuesdays -- March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 25, May 1-2 (overnight), 9.  Location: Leakes Mill Park

Harrisonburg Homeschool for ages 7-14
Fall Dates: 8 Thursdays -- March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 27, May 4, 11
Location: Massanutten (Western Slope)
http://livingearthva.com/youth-courses/nature-homeschool-programs-in-va/

www.livingearthva.com
livingearthva@gmail.com


8.
Sacred Plant Traditions
Weekend Foundations of Herbalism Program
March 18  - November 19 2017  
This years class is forming with artists, nurses, farmers and amazing folks honed in skills of their own yet understanding it is time to learn how to create their home apothecary and take their relationships with plants to the next level. If you have been savoring this class but have not made the move to explore, maybe 2017 is your year! Community seems to be the number one medicine for these times:) especially community steeped in honor and respect of all sentient beings.

Owning and Understanding White Privilege
with Dr. Archana Pathak, Ph.D.
Sunday March 26   10am-5pm
In this workshop white people will focus on healing ourselves and healing our world, owning our white privilege and reclaiming whiteness from white supremacy. Utilizing an integrated heart/spirit/mind approach to understanding and dismantling privilege, the workshop will include group discussion, social justice action step planning, role playing, and much more.

Social Justice & Cultural Competency
Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:30
March 14, 21 & 28
Join Drs. Pamela McFadden and Bob Covert for this special training on intercultural competency. The focus of the training is uncovering unconscious and implicit biases and increasing ease when interacting with difference. The sessions are designed to build community and provide a safe environment to discuss difficult topics regarding racism, classism, ableism, sexism and heterosexism.

http://www.sacredplanttraditions.com


9.
Virginia Native Plant Society, Jefferson Chapter: lots going on!

Virginia Native Plant Society Workshop: “Understories: Small Communities and Secret Agents”
Saturday, March 4th, 9:15 am- 3:30 pm, University of Richmond Jepson Hall Auditorium, Ryland Circle
John Townsend on Bryophytes! Manuela Dal Forno on Lichens! Mary Jane Epps on Plant-Fungal Interactions! Jason Davis uncovers "How Plants Hijack Animal Physiology to Rule the World!" More on the program and registration: http://vnps.org/workshop-2017-under-stories-small-communities-and-secret-agents/

Virginia Native Plant Society Meeting
Wednesday, March 8, 7:30 pm, Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd, Charlottesville
Bernice and Armand Thieblot will update us on their fascinating and extensive project developing the Quarry Gardens, located in Schuyler. From an abandoned soapstone quarry, they have developed their vision of restoration of the site using native plants to create a striking and lovely garden. The Quarry Gardens will open in April. Come get a preview and the story behind their creation.

Native Plant Walk
Saturday, March 18, 9:00am Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd, Charlottesville. Cosponsored by Ivy Creek Natural Area. Meet at the kiosk near the parking lot.

Virginia Native Plant Society Meeting
Wednesday, April 12th, 7:30 pm, Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd, Charlottesville
Details soon: all welcome as usual!

Native Plant Walk
April 15th, 9 am, Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd, Charlottesville. Cosponsored by Ivy Creek Natural Area. Meet at the kiosk near the parking lot.

Jefferson Chapter Virginia Native Plant Society
Annual Native Plant Sale!
Sunday, April 30th, 1:00-3:00 pm, the Barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road, Charlottesville, VA
Choose from over 50 species of native perennials, trees, shrubs, and wetland plants. There will be a large selection of spring wildflowers and groundcovers including trillium, Virginia bluebells, Dutchman’s breeches, wild geranium, Mayapple, Jacob’s ladder, wild blue phlox, heuchera, spring beauty, and wild ginger. Later season species turtlehead, purple coneflower, blue flag iris, scarlet bee balm, oxeye sunflower, goldenrod, asters, and more. Most Perennials will be $ 4.50 each; most trees and shrubs $ 7 each. Cash and checks accepted.
Plants and volunteer needed: on Saturday 3:00-6:00 pm and for on Sunday morning beginning at 10:30.
Proceeds support Jefferson Chapter’s educational and conservation efforts.

Virginia Native Plant Society Meeting: Tom Wiebolt on Mo Stevens
Wednesday, May 10, 7:30 pm, Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd, Charlottesville
Tom Wieboldt, Charlottesville native and recently retired botanist at Virginia Tech will speak about the life and accomplishments of Charles “Mo” Stevens, his mentor and colleague in field botany. Mo traveled over Albemarle County and the entire state of Virginia seeking out notable habitats for plants, and annotating USGS topographic maps with his finds. The value of his work today and in the future is noteworthy as a record of plant locations during the time when Mo was exploring the state. Now and in the future, we can compare locations then with locations now: are the populations still in the same area, have they moved, etc. Other friends and colleagues of Mo’s will join Tom in recounting Mo’s achievements and telling noteworthy stories about Mo—and there are many (achievements AND stories).
  http://vnps.org/

10.
Radical Roots CSA in Central VA

Spring is just around the corner and your farmers are busy sowing seeds and planning the abundance of the coming season. Register now with a $100 deposit to get 18 weeks of fresh, organic and thoroughly loved food.  CSA starts May 29th.

www.radicalrootsfarm.com


11.
Building and Loving Where you Live
Wednesday, March 22, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM
at the Crozet Library, 2020 Library Avenue

Anthony Flaccavento (Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up: Harnessing Real-World Experience for Transformative Change), and Melody Warnick (This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live) will discuss their works on developing one’s home and community.  A Virginia Festival of the Book program!


12.
NOW HIRING! Allegheny Mountain Institute Village Manager 
The AMI Village Manager serves as a residential leader, mentor and mediator to the AMI Fellows. This is a seasonal position, managing the day-to-day operations of the Village Campus, Kitchen and Fellowship schedule at our Highland County Campus. Working closely with the Education Director and Farm Manager, and reporting to the Education Director, the Village Manager assists with farm planning and management, curriculum development and instruction, and in planning and facilitating educational sessions, workshops, and field trips. The ideal candidate will have at least one season of experience working on a vegetable farm, experience living in an intentional community, and be comfortable mentoring and teaching peers. Work hours may fluctuate and are dependent on the time of year and organizational needs.

For a complete Village Manager job description and AMI application, please visit www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org.

TO APPLY:  Please send a single compiled .pdf file that includes a cover letter, resume, AMI application form, and at least 3 professional references to: jessa@alleghenymountainschool.org


13.
Local Food Hub -- Associate Director of Philanthropy

Local Food Hub is a nonprofit organization that partners with Virginia farmers to increase community access to local food. It provides the support services, infrastructure, and market opportunities that connect people with food grown close to home. Local Food Hub depends on outside support for approximately two-thirds of its budget, and seeks an Associate Director of Philanthropy to join its small but dynamic team. The position is based near the Local Food Hub warehouse in Ivy, Virginia.  The Associate Director of Philanthropy works with the Executive Director on all aspects of fundraising, including strategic planning, grant submissions, special events, donor cultivation, and annual gift appeals. The successful candidate will have excellent writing and communications skills and a proven track record in fundraising.

Flexible working environment, competitive salary and benefits. Qualified candidates please send cover letter and resume to jobs@localfoodhub.org.


14.
Camp Light Summer Camp 2017!

Our application process is officially open from January 9th through April 28, 2017.  Campers ages 6-17 can apply to attend one of our four day sessions in June or July. We will be holding five weeks of camp for children with special needs diagnoses, and two weeks of camp for children classified as at risk youth. Last year, we saw 115 campers with over 40 different diagnoses, like autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, adhd, and many others. We will also be looking for awesome people wanting to volunteer with us as counselors, aides, nurses, and many other roles during summer camp. Our goals are to help campers develop or improve social and interpersonal skills, elevate self-esteem, inspire them to be creative, and provide opportunities for campers to learn and play in a natural and safe environment.

www.campLIGHT.org