Friday, November 9, 2012

Upcoming Events

Greetings all,

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

Time to go hands-on -- we are not planning a full Permaculture Design Course for winter / spring 2013, but we are planning hands-on workshops and skill shares.  Stay tuned for more information.  Apologies for a pause in BRPN e-newsletters – we have shifted to a new newsletter format and email address, which we gladly bring to you with this BRPN newsletter.  If you know anyone else that would like to sign up for this newsletter, or if you have an announcement, email us at for the next update, which are sent monthly.  

Christine and the BRPN team  

Forrest Green Farm Winter Classes

WILD GAME PROCESSING – November 11, 2012 - $65     Time: 12 to 5pm
       General discussion of processing various game
       Overview of processing tools and equipment
       Actually see a deer hanging and aging
       Process and package deer venison

BUILDING A DEBRIS HUT – December 2,2012 - $65      Time: 12 to 4pm
The debris hut has been used for survival since our ancestors were hunter-gatherers. This shelter is constructed very much in the same way a forest animal constructs its home or nest, and allows you to stay warm and safe even without a fire or proper clothing. In this very hands-on class, we will hike into the forest and discuss what is needed for a strong and safe debris hut and then build one.

GARDEN EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS – January 13, 2013 - $65    Time: 12 to 4pm
Why pay for costly repairs – learn how to implement a preventative maintenance plan
       Sharpening and maintenance of various cutting tools and pruners
       Change oil and tune up (check plugs, air filter, etc.) a riding mower, rototiller, & tractor

COMPASS AND ORIENTEERING – February 10, 2013 - $65     Time: 12 to 4pm
Orienteering is using navigation with maps and a compass to find various points in unfamiliar terrain. In this course, you will learn the basics of topographical maps and how to read a compass.  We will have hands on activities/games to reinforce these skills.  

MUSHROOM LOGS – February 24, 2013 - $65    Time: 12 to 4pm
Shiitake and Oyster Mushroom logs (hands-on to inoculate and take one home)

 SEED STARING INTENSIVE – March 10, 2013 - $65    Time: 12 to 5pm
This class will teach you the basics of growing your own herb and vegetable plants by seed starting.  You will take home a sown flat of your choice of herbs and/or vegetable seed to tend in your setting.  This is a very hands-on class and you will get a chance to make and formulate various potting soils and have practice sowing seeds.There will be handouts and tip and tricks of seed sowing culinary & medicinal herbs and vegetable plants.

Forrest Green Farm
Rob and Krista Rahm
(540) 967-1165
(434) 882-2648 cell

Forest Garden Training Day
Come see, touch and taste a new working forest garden and get training that will set you up to succeed in growing your own productive ecosystem. The day will include ecology, design and hands-on exercises. Upcoming dates: November 10. For more information, go to

Mason Sustainability Institute (MSI) – Permaculture Design Course
   George Mason University

March 9th – 16th, 2013 - MSI will be hosting a 72-Hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course, taught by Wayne Weiseman of the Permaculture Project LLC.  

The course will cover such topics as Plant Propagation, Grafting, and Seed Saving; Healthy Use of Animals in Permaculture Systems; Aquaculture and Aquaponics; Renewable Energy; the Waste Stream; and many more. 

This intensive course will take place from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm with breaks for lunch and dinner, with some additional evening activities. Catered lunch and dinners from Everlasting Life Café will be provided. The total cost for this course is $1,000, and there are some partial and full scholarships available from the Office of Sustainability.

This course is ideal for anyone who would like to learn more about how they can be more sustainable, particularly individuals who have access to a garden. In addition to earning the certificate in Permaculture Design, participants will earn 7.2 Continuing Education Credits through the Office of Continuing Professional Education (

This course is also available for 3 undergraduate art credits as an independent study for an additional fee (totaling $1777.50 to cover tuition). 

Wayne Weiseman is certified by The Permaculture Institute of Australia and the Worldwide Permaculture Network as an instructor of the Permaculture Design Certificate Course. He is also certified by the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) to teach continuing education in Permaculture to licensed architects and landscape architects. 

More information on Wayne Weiseman can be found here: 

You can register for the workshop here: 

2012 Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference and Buy Fresh Buy Local Mixer
Wednesday, December 5, and Thursday, December 6, 2012
Blue Ridge Community College
Plecker Workforce Center
One College Lane, Weyers Cave, VA 24486

Virginia Farm-to-Table is an initiative and program to promote and develop healthy farms and healthy food for the common wealth and common good of all Virginians.  The theme of the two-day conference is ‘Food and Farming at a Profitable and Sustainable Scale.’ A specific focus of the conference will be to encourage collaboration, conservation and community. Day 1 will focus on food and farming in the 21st century and the second day will focus on community supported investment, capital needs of emerging and beginning farmers and entrepreneurs, cooperatives, community food enterprises, and scale.
More conference and registration information is available at and

Cider Week Virginia
NOVEMBER 9-18, 2012
Many great events around Virginia

“The Courage to Be” clowning workshop - Saturday 11/10
Transitioner Jenny Benson of Cville Circus Arts invites you to “come find that free, fun, spontaneous part of you that copes with life without being concerned about getting it right or being clever all the time. Through play, games and short improvisations, we will learn to let go of our control over things and be surprised by what reveals itself to us.”

When: Sat. 11/10, 10am-5pm
Where: Charlottesville Waldorf School, 120 Waldorf School Road (across from Pen Park)
Cost: $70 ($60 if register by October 27)

Transition Skill Share: Assembling Your Winter Pantry - Monday 11/12
Transitioner Lorrie Delehanty will help us calculate how much to can and save, find sources for bulk storage items, and more.
Want to help plan a skill share workshop? Contact Melissa Wender at (434) 327-8805.

When: Monday 11/12, 7-8:30pm
Where: The Bridge PAI, 209 Monticello Rd.

Appalachian Community Economic Series
…Better known as ACES, is a series of workshops to share information about sustainable economic opportunities, and cultivate ongoing discussions about economic issues facing Wise County and Southwest Virginia.
WHEN?   Every other Saturday from October 20th  to December 1st, 2012 1-8 pm.

1-2 pm. “Making Medicine from our mountain’s plants” by Carol Judy, Root Digger from East TN. Learn how to make a medicinal salve to take home!
2-3 pm. “Making Good Forestry Pay” by Carrie Ray of MACED. At the Appalachia Senior Center in downtown Appalachia, VA.
3-4 pm. Asset Based Community Development: Making Conservation an Opportunity in the southwest Virginia Coalfields” by Chris Clark of The Clinch Coalition. At the Appalachia Senior Center in downtown, Appalachia, VA.
3-6 pm.  “Business Basics Workshop” by Cindy Green of People, Inc. At the Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards (SAMS) Office in downtown Appalachia, VA.REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP. Contact Lara Mack at to reserve your place!
6 pm. FREE Local Meal at the Appalachia Senior Center in downtown Appalachia, VA.
7 pm. FREE Live Entertainment with The Railsplitters! At the Appalachia Senior Center in downtown Appalachia, VA

Sacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville, Virginia
Foundations of Herbalism Program 

These programs are for those wishing to help their friends and families maintain health, deepen their plant knowledge or begin the training as a community herbalist.

The curriculum is dynamic, contemplative and provides a sense of community as we move through the seasons learning each step of the process.

First weekend in 2013 is March 16-17 and we meet once a month until November. For complete dates and more details please visit our site. 

From Transition Charlottesville-Albemarle (
UVA Lecture - Our Energy Future: Developing Domestic Resources - Sat. 11/10
By 2050, the global energy demand is expected to double or triple current levels. Join Professors Brent Gunnoe (University of Virginia) and Harry Gray (California Institute of Technology) as they discuss approaches to increasing utilization of natural gas and solar energy, including scientific challenges and research efforts to address them.
Public Transportation Rally Sat. 11/10
Join the Transit Riders Association of Charlottesville (TRAC) to call for more mass transit funding from Albemarle County. 2-4pm at the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Rd.

Cville Swaps - Fall Swap - Sun. 11/11
Bring your home made, home grown or foraged items to swap! Noon to 2pm at the Charlottesville Cooking School. Please register (free).

Women’s Bike Night Tues. 11/13
Drop-in series at Charlottesville Community Bikes. From October 9 through November 13, Community Bikes will be open each Tuesday evening, 5-7pm, especially for women to stop by with questions and work on repairs. New location! 405 Avon St. Visit for a map.

For more upcoming events, visit the Transition Charlottesville Albemarle community calendar at See you soon!

Presenting The Buncombe Fruit and Nut Club's 1st fun(d)raiser:
The Carnival of Nuts
"Truly an event nut to be missed!"
Admission is FREE!
When: Saturday November 10th, 5:30-9:00 PM
Where: West End Bakery, Haywood St. West Asheville
Visit our website at

Barkslip's Micro Nursery Fall dig up day
November 17th details and inventory T.B.A.

Virginia State University’s Ginger Field Day
November 14, 2012; 9:00 - 11:00 am - Dayspring Farm in Cologne, VA

         Are you interested in learning about the many benefits of growing ginger?  Then, we welcome you to come and see high tunnel production of baby and mature ginger. Learn about marketing, growing, harvesting and cleaning fresh ginger!  For more information, please see attached flyer, or contact Mollie Klein at 804.524.5960 or email
         Pre-registration is required, and the event is limited to 50 people.  Sign up now to be sure you are in. The cost is only $10 per person.

        This event is hosted by VABF members Charlie and Miriam Maloney of Dayspring Farm in the Tidewater region of Virginia. Directions to Dayspring Farm:
        Take I-64 East from Richmond towards Virginia Beach
        Take Exit 220 to merge onto Rt. 33 E / Eltham Rd. towards West Point
        Continue 14 miles on 33 E, through West Point and across 2 bridges
        Turn right onto VA-14 E/ Buena Vista Rd, toward Mathews
        Continue 2.8 miles. Farm will be on left hand side

If lost, call:  804-785-9401

Farm Manager Position Open
Meadowview, VA

We have an opening for a salaried full-time restaurant farmer/grower, starting as soon as someone is willing to commit. The job includes onsite housing. Attached is a poster of the position, and there is a more thorough description available on our website:

Better World Betty Fall Newsletter
Great resource of green events and living ideas in the Charlottesville area

Sharondale Farm
Urban and Rural Resiliency Workshops.  Spring and Summer 2013.  Charlottesville and Richmond, VA.  Stay tuned for more information.

New River Valley Ag Expo
Saturday November 17, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm - New River Valley Fair Grounds in Dublin, VA

Note - a catered lunch (barbeque, baked beans, cole slaw, drink) will be offered for $6; however you need to reserve your lunch today (November 9) by contacting: Pulaski County Extension Office at 540-980-7761 or email Scott McElfresh, with your name, phone number, and number of people attending.
        I apologize for the short notice on this - I only learned about the event and received the promotional material this week.

There will be a number of vendors and exhibitors, including Virginia Beginning Farmer Coalition, and short presentations on topics related to farm management during winter.  See attached flyer for more information.

2013 Growers' Academy
Roanoke, VA - Tuesdays January 22 – March 12 at 6-9 pm  (no class on February 19)

         Registration for the 2013 Growers Academy is underway. Please forward this email to anyone who may be interested. For more information, see attached poster, or visit the Growers Academy web site:

        The Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center is offering the fourth annual Growers Academy, a series of courses specifically designed to help new and transitioning agricultural businesses succeed. An eight week learning series focused on low input, small scale production and starting your own agribusiness. Instructors include resource professionals and farm business owners.
        Topics include:
• Planning for Success: Setting Goals and Establishing Targets
• Soils and Composting
• Marketing
• Business Plan Development
• Equipment for Small Farms
• Preventative Pest and Weed Management
• Crop Production and Planning
• Business Plan Review
• Farm Tour on Saturday, March 9

        Classes will meet at the Virginia Tech Roanoke Center ( in the Roanoke Higher Education Building at 108 North Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA.

         Contact:  Josh Nease, Manager, Catawba Sustainability Center,, 540) 553-2311


Southeast Regional Gathering of the Minds, Hearts, and Hands

Asheville, NC
 Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Dear fellow Southeast and Western NC Transitioners,

If you are currently involved in a Transition initiating group or working group, please consider joining us for a day of sharing and learning!

Transition Asheville would like to invite you to a Gathering of the Minds, Hearts, and Hands of Transition in Western North Carolina and the Regional Southeast on Saturday November 17th, from 10am-3pm at the West Asheville Library Meeting Room, 942 Haywood Road

This gathering aims to inform, inspire, connect, and establish support systems for regional Transition Initiatives.  In other words, to teach and learn from each other and weave a web of resilience and connection among ourselves as Transitioners!

We're looking forward to sharing with you!

Transition Asheville 


Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
January 23-26, 2013 – Little Rock, Arkansas

Watch your mailbox for your conference brochure

We've put together an outstanding program for you this year. There are more conference sessions this year than ever before--62 educational sessions, plus networking sessions! We've got a lot of valuable pre-conference offerings also (see below)! Don't miss this year's Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms conference.

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