Wednesday, May 19, 2010

upcoming events

Greetings All,

Below you will find info on upcoming permaculture and sustainability events in the near future in the central Virginia bioregion.

For more information about permaculture events, see our website: If you know anyone else that would like to sign up for this newsletter, or if you have an announcement, email Christine at for the next update, which are sent monthly.

Christine and the Blue Ridge Permaculture Network team

Radical Roots Farm Plant Sale and Farm Tour

May 22nd 11-4 with the tour at 3:00

Certified Naturally Grown Vegetable Transplants,
Culinary Herbs and Fruiting Shrubs!
We use all organic soil mix and fertilizers to bring you the highest quality edible plants for your organic garden. Over 100 varieties of edible garden plants to choose from.

Directions and more info


Market Central, a non-profit organization dedicated to promote and preserve the Charlottesville City Market, is sponsoring an event at the market on Saturday, June 5, 2010, (9 am to 1 pm) and we're looking for organizations and programs to participate as exhibitors.

The event, "Connecting the Dots in our Local Food System", will be an educational venue for market customers to learn about organizations and services that impact the area's sustainable food system. Although farmers markets play a vital role in the availability of healthy, fresh foods, there are many other ways that consumers can support the local food system. If you have an interest in local foods, we invite you to exhibit at this event. Thousands of dedicated market customers attend the market every Saturday, and this event will be a fantastic opportunity to:
• educate the community about your services/programs
• motivate consumers to learn what they can do to eat locally, sustainably, and well!
• enlist support and/or volunteers for your programs

Tents and tables for "Dots Day" will be available to exhibitors at no charge -- but you must reserve a space. Market Central will have a booth for resource information, and will be conducting an interactive survey of market customers on that date to gather data to use in long range planning for the City Market. For more information, please contact:, or visit

Thank you -- and ENJOY this gorgeous weather!

Kathy Kildea

GreenWorks Symposium at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville

June 28th - EarthCraft Virginia Single Family Builder Training
June 29th - Advanced Energy: Arnie Katz
June 30th - Green Marketing / HVAC / Energy Star changes - 2011

501 College Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22902

$225 two day conference
(June 29-30)
$275 includes EarthCraft
pre-conference training
(June 28-30)

Contact Daisy Massey
Phone: (804) 225-9843
Contact Steve Reed
Phone: (804) 929-8395

EarthCraft Virginia . 1431 W. Main Street . Richmond VA 23220 .

Six Week Introduction to Herbal Healing at Sacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville
Few more spaces remaining!
June 1 - July 6
and September 14 - October 19

This six week series is great for beginners as well as those who want to deepen their knowledge and use of herbal medicine. This course will include history, herbal actions, apothecary practices, recipes, sacred use of plants and more. The weeks fly by as we spend time in the classroom, the kitchen, the lab and best of all, the garden. We will learn how to identify basic back yard medicines as well as those cultivated in the garden. We will learn harvest techniques, how to dry and preserve our medicines.

Fee $200 (Deposit: $50).
Fee includes all materials & text.
Tuesdays Morning Classes, 10am - noon


Upcoming Classes
Saturday June 26, 9:30 - 2:30

Designing a Medicine Garden; Intro to Permaculture

Sunday June 27, 9:30 - 2:30

Kitchen Apothecary; Make your Own Medicines

Growing Gardens Workshops in Washington DC

June 3rd: Cooking Class #1. Th 5:30 - 7pm. ð

June 12th: Container Gardening. 11am -1pm. If you’ve always wanted to grow vegetables in that empty spot in your backyard or on your porch, this workshop is for you. We’ll show you how to fit plants in your space using pots, raised beds or even that old bathtub or tire that’s been laying around the backyard. Teacher: Jennifer Jefferson. (About Jennifer: Jennifer is a native Washingtonian with over 20 years of experience in gardening and container gardening. She has worked at Behnke’s Nursery as a perennial specialist and has a vast library on plants, flowers and herbs. Register Now!

July 10th: Cooking Class #2. 11am -1pm. ð Teacher: Tesia Love, of Register Now!

August 14th: Uncommon Uses for Common Herbs. 11am -1pm. Parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme -- you grow them in your garden and use them to flavor your cooking, but how else can they benefit you? Learn medicinal uses for the herbs in your spice rack, including fennel, mint, oregano, chamomile, and catnip by making teas and brews in this hands-on workshop.Teacher: Tricia McCauley of

August 23rd: Preserving Summer Bounties. M 5pm - 7pm. Have too many summer veggies? Learn to can fruit and pickle veggies.
September 11th: Preserving Summer Bounties. 11am -1pm. Have too many summer veggies? Learn to can fruit and pickle veggies ð
October 9: Winterize your Garden

Charlottesville Community Design Center lunch

AIA+CCDC Lunch Series: Connecting People with Place

Description: WaterStreet Studio is a multi-disciplinary environmental design firm providing landscape architecture, civil engineering, and conservation planning services to both public and private sectors. They endeavor to connect people to place, balancing a profound land ethic with an understanding and appreciation of built form. 1 AIA learning unit available. RSVP to

Date: Friday, May 21, 2010
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Updated: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 4:28pm GMT

Permaculture email listserve (different from this newsletter listserve)

Vicky Peterson, a grad from the first Permaculture Design Course, has set up a yahoo group for discussion of all things relating to permaculture in the Central Virginia region. From Vicky: With your help, the group will be a place to ask questions, share information and help permaculture take root in our area.
Here is a link to follow if you would like to join:

There should be a blue button that says "Join this Group!"

If you know of anyone else who might be interested in joining, please feel free to pass this info along.
Other questions? Email me.
Vicky Peterson