Friday, June 22, 2012

upcoming events

Greetings All,

Below is an amazing collection of upcoming permaculture and sustainability events in the central Virginia bioregion, including great workshops this weekend. 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

PERMACULTURE (101!), Using it to Win Friends, Influence People, & Improve your Life!

June 22 at 7:00pm until June 23 at 6:00pm in EDT

211 West 7th St, Richmond, VA 23224

Join us for a fast paced, interactive introduction to permaculture.

Where: 211 West 7th St (Manchester, One Tribe Studio)
Why: Because it makes a heck of a lot of sense
Contact : Lisa Taranto, 804-783-0719,

It will include some things like this:
How Nature can Make us Feel Puny, and why That's OK; When Architecture & Permaculture have a Baby; What really is going on Underground?; Bringing in the Sacred; Relationship, Relationship, Relationship; What is your niche?

Co-Teachers: Lisa Taranto, Heather Holub, Mark Jones, Jared Karnes, John Lewis

Costs: Suggested Donation $25-50. Please pay at the end of the course, as we are curious as to how you value the information you have gained. Proceeds from this workshop will go towards the work of Renew Richmond. Renew Richmond is committed to helping empower individuals from all walks of life to cultivate healthier lifestyles through the growth of food.

*Limited to 25 participants.*

RSVP to Lisa Taranto, 804-783-0719,

Permaculture for the Homestead and Farm
June 24, 9 am - 4 pm - Radical Roots Farm in Keezletown, VA

If you would like to learn more about permaculture and how you can integrate permaculture methods into your own farm, garden, or homestead, then join us for this Permaculture Workshop on June 24, 2012!

Taught by Dave O'Neill of Radical Roots Farm, the workshop will cover:
What is Permaculture? - Ecological Design
How to live More Sustainable & Abundantly? ­ Integration
Radical Roots Farm Tour
Radical Roots Farm, Keezletown VA
Cost: $40 for general public (free for Local Food Hub partner producers)
RSVP: or (434) 286-2176

Piedmont Environmental Council - Meet the Farmer dinner!

Purchase tickets for a local food feast on June 29th. All proceeds will benefit our Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign.
Join us for a celebration of local food, wine, beer, and regional music at King Family Vineyards on Friday, June 29th at our Meet the Farmer: Eat Like a King dinner. Three outstanding chefs will create delicious plates featuring the summer bounty of our local, sustainable producers. Farmers will also be on hand to chat about what they do and why it's important to reclaim our food system.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit our Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign -- a successful program that strives to deepen the connection between local producers and consumers.

When: Friday, June 29th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: King Family Vineyards -- Crozet, VA

Tickets are $100 per person -- Casual attire. Reserve your seats today!

I hope to see you there! Special thanks to our community partner, Hill and Holler, for sponsoring the event. Sponsorship packages are still available -- contact Kate Hopkins at or 540-316-9978 for more information.

Farm intern position includes hands on experience with medicinals and some produce 1-2 days per week on a beautiful farm in Nelson County, VA.  Duties will include weeding, garden bed preparation, mulching, seed sowing, plant propagation, harvesting, drying and medicine making.  Compensation will be the experience gained, medicinal herbs and occasional produce, and possible payment for harvest of milky oats in late June early July.
Please contact Terry Lilley at 434-361-1672 to inquire.


Edible Forest Garden Design Intensive 2012

Spiral Ridge Permaculture will be hosting our second 9 day Edible Forest Garden Design Intensive with Dave Jacke and friends.  We will be designing Spiral Ridge Permaculture Gardens in this course. 

The Farm, Summertown, TN
Join us for a nine-day intensive that will empower you to start designing your own edible ecosystems. An optional practicum will follow the course.

Intensive dates: October 5-14; Practicum dates: October 16-21

Cost for intensive is sliding scale: $1200-$1600. First 15 registered get $50 discount. Any fees paid above the minimum goes to a scholarship fund for fellow students. Food and housing is included.  Contact with questions, for more information on scholarship details, and to register.

Visit for more details.

Virginia Sustainable Building Network
 17th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting
Highlighting Sustainable Community Initiatives

June 28, 2012 -- 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

DuCard Vineyard, Madison County, Virginia

·       Special Guest Speaker: Mary Paul Smith Jesperson, Senior Commercial
·       Advisor, Royal Danish Embassy , SamsØ Island – The Danish Energy Self-Sufficient Community
·       Panel: Highlighting Virginia Sustainable Community Initiatives
·       2012 VSBN Green Innovation Awards Presentations

VSBN would like to thank all our sponsors and members for their support over 17 years of promoting environmentally sound building practices and sustainable development in Virginia.

Greensboro Children’s Museum Garden Teacher & Volunteer Coordinator
Position Description
This position is responsible for designing and executing garden based curriculum and volunteer management. This position has a 5-day, 40 hour work week with rotating weekends.

Position includes: Curriculum and Teaching
  • ·Design, conduct, and evaluate garden-based and environmental lessons and activities for guests of all ages
  • ·Design, conduct, and evaluate field trips and summer camp programs that feature the garden and kitchen and other duties

220 N Church Street, Greensboro, North Carolina 27401 336.574.2898
To apply, send a letter and resume to Stephanie Ashton at by July 6, 2012. No phone calls please.

The documentary film, “The Vanishing of the Bees,” will be shown next Thursday (June 28) at 7 pm at Central Library in Charlottesville, VA.  The film will be shown in the McIntire Room which has been renovated and updated with a new sound system.  The film is free, as are the refreshments!  Please tell your bee-loving friends!

Wayside Commons - A Celebration of Movements for Justice in our Region
o   July 7, 2012 near Charlottesville, VA
This is our annual celebration of the struggles for justice in our region. Join other organizers and activists from all over for a day of networking, community building, cultural events and lots of great food!

The Wayside Commons has been called a family reunion for resistance movements in our region. Where else can you spend a weekend with 200 of your best friends and closest organizing contacts? Come early for a day of socializing, networking, skill-sharing, music-making, creek-swimming, talking, laughing and eating. Find out who will receive the 2012 Wayside Center People’s History Award. Stay late to join in or watch the Wayside’s Got Talent Show followed by singing around the bonfire into the night. Ask early if you want a bed in the house, or bring your tent and have at it in the meadow. Don’t miss it!


Southern Appalachian Wisdom with Phyllis D. Light

July 27 – 29

Last year our three-day weekends with Phyllis were so successful that we are hosting them again this year -- we recommend early registration. We are keeping some of the March topics.
There are two ways to participate in these classes. You may come to just a weekend, $295 or participate in all three days for $395.  
Including Appalachian spirituality and constitutions and natural mental health approaches.

Firefly Gathering - Skills for living with the Earth
June 21-24, 2012
Post-Camp Intensives: June 28-July 1
Just outside Asheville, NC


Thursday - Sunday July 12-15, 2012
HomeGrown HideAways, in the beautiful Red Lick Valley - Berea, Kentucky

Several excellent Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF) events may be found at the website:

Webinar - Grass-Based Dairy
July 19, 2012 at 3:30pm Eastern

         Managed grazing can be a highly profitable business - with low inputs, and high margins, even adding more value to your land as your soil gets deeper. After an overview of the farming techniques, hear a case study of a very successful business, and learn about a new apprenticeship program, and how it works.
        Panelists: Laura Paine, Grazing and Organic Agriculture Specialist, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection Joe Tomandl, Dairy Farmer and Grass Works Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program Director

Register Now -

Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) - 38th Annual Summer Conference
August 10-12, 2012 - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

Keynotes by Chellie Pingree, organic farmer and Member of Congress from Maine who introduced the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act in 2011; and by Jeffrey Smith, world-renowned expert on health risks of genetically engineered foods.  For registration and conference details, visit 


Welcome! Better World Betty

Welcome to Charlottesville’s Favorite Green Resource!
A non-profit organization dedicated to providing you with the tools you need to be more sustainable
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§  Who is busy cooking up MORE ways to make green living easier for you? BETTY!

Backyard Revolution
 2012 Calendar of Events

Questions? Please Email or call 434.263.6625

Join us for in-depth explorations of age old skills, wisdom, and experience, led by leading, local traditionalists.

Wildcrafting and Foraging - Identifying Edible & Medicinal Plants

June 30 - 10am - 3pm. $50 - lunch provided

DIY Dairy - Cheese, Butter & Ice Cream making

July 1st - 10am - 5pm  $100 - lunch provided

Forrest Green Farm hosts a number of classes and events east of Charlottesville