Friday, January 16, 2015

Upcoming Events

 Greetings all,

Below is an amazing collection of upcoming permaculture, sustainability and farming events in the central Virginia bioregion, including some wonderful upcoming classes and workshops this month
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Dave Jacke on Feb. 18, 2015

The Piedmont Landscape Association invites you to attend our 32nd Annual Seminar on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the historic Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville.  Our speakers this year include designer and author and Julie Moir Messervy, author and professor Joan Maloof, and designer and author Dave Jacke.  Topics in landscape design, native plants and ecology, and permaculture techniques will appeal to professionals and enthusiasts alike.  In addition to our daytime program, this year we are offering a separate evening cocktail hour with Dave Jacke.  Continuing education credits are available for VNLA, VSLD, ISA, and ASLA.  You may learn more about the event through the PLA’s website  Registration for the event is provided by the Paramount ( 

Capturing Carbon in the Soil
Facing the challenge of climate change, water scarcity, & food production.                   
Wednesday, January 21, 2015   7:00 p.m.
St. Mark Lutheran Church
(Corner of Ivy Rd. & Alderman Rd. in Charlottesville)

Peter Traverse is a regenerative agriculture practitioner. He manages a diversified farm for Innisfree Village, a life sharing community of adults with intellectual disabilities, located in Crozet, Virginia.  Peter's work has evolved over the past few years to include a strong emphasis on soil research. The regenerative capacity of soil can play a major role in the big challenges we face in climate change, water scarcity, food for a growing population and resilience in rural economies.  The purpose of the Innisfree Farm Observatory is to study the effect of regenerative and adaptive land management strategies on our local ecosystem. Peter will describe one of the projects at the Innisfree Observatory,  documenting the change in soil carbon in a system being managed to sequester carbon.

Refreshments provided by the Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club
For more information please contact Suzanne at (434) 245-9898 or

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.  For more information and to apply check out

Casa Alma seeks a resident volunteer Farm Manager for our .6 acres in the city of Charlottesville. Our community homestead includes raised beds, a mini-orchard, berry patch, honeybees, chickens, and dairy goats. The Farm Manager will help develop a comprehensive garden plan (soil amendments, crop rotations and expanded planting areas), complete seasonal garden tasks, select projects for seasonal volunteers, and assist with community outreach efforts. This is a volunteer position of approximately 20hrs/week and includes housing in a detached 1-bedroom cottage onsite. Utilities (gas, water and electricity) will be the responsibility of the volunteer. Individuals who are bilingual (English-Spanish) and/or persons of color are encouraged to apply. Couples will be responsible for a rental payment for housing. If interested, send an introductory letter to Laura at Please tell us about your skills and experience, interest, and availability; please include two references. Thank you!

Shenandoah Permaculture Institute Spring 2015 Permaculture Design Course to be held over 4 weekends in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley near Staunton, VA.

Dates: Feb. 20-22, Feb. 28-March 1, March 21-22, April 11-12

This 72-hour certificate course is presented by the Shenandoah Permaculture Institute and will be led by permaculture instructors Dr. Ted Butchart, Ryan Blosser, Soula Pefkaros, and Trevor Piersol. Special guests will include Dave O’Neill of Radical Roots Farm and Mark Jones of Sharondale Farm.

The cost of the course will be a sliding scale, including a discount for early registration. If you register by January 1st the sliding scale is $650-$1200. After January 1st the sliding scale is $750-$1200. Payment plans are available.

To register please contact Trevor Piersol at  A $200 deposit is required to reserve your spot in the course.

Virginia Association for Biological Farming Conference
Thursday January 29: Pre-conference Intensives

Keynote Presentation after Friday lunch, Sustaining the Sustainable Agriculture Movement by John Ikerd, University of Missouri Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics

Breakout sessions on Friday and Saturday include a Virginia organic research update, a plant disease roundtable discussion, an update by on the 43,560 project (making a dollar a square foot in a one-acre market garden managed with low tech low cost organic methods), beneficial insects and farmscaping, biointensive market gardening in Quebec, integrated compost and poultry production, and a presentation designed to help small and midscale farms get ready for the new Food Safety Modernization Act regulations.  Breakout presentations also cover gourmet and medicinal mushrooms, pasture based livestock husbandry, multispecies grazing, and livestockguard dogs; orcharding, year round gardening, and more

Register now through Sunday, January 18th to take advantage of the reduced Regular Registration Rate:v$145 for Member, $205 for Non-Members.
Late Registration Rates will increase on Monday January 19th to $170 for Members, $230 for Non-Members.

Visit to purchase tickets or see the full program schedule at

We are looking forward to an exceptional, delicious, and informative Conference.
We hope to see you there! Questions? Please contact conference registrar
Sara Schmatz at or (804) 519-1620

Virginia Native Plant Society Meeting 
Wednesday, February 11th, 7:30 pm
Education Building, Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd, Charlottesville
Naturalist and ecologist Charles Smith’s lecture: “Oh, Deer! Managing Deer to Protect and Restore Plant Communities.”
White tail deer are native members of Virginia’s ecosystems; but without effective predation, this large herbivore is removing native plants and altering our plant communities for decades or centuries to come. We will discuss the history of deer in Virginia, their current populations, and how we can manage deer to protect and restore our ecosystems for the hundreds of impacted plant and animal species.

Sunday, February 15th, 2:00 pm
Learning the Native Trees of Virginia 
Meet in the parking lot of Ragged Mountain Natural Area to learn to identify trees in the dead of winter using bark, branching, seed, and other distinguishing characteristics. Join Ellen Powell of the Virginia Department of Forestry on a Winter Walk at Ragged Mountain Natural Area. Meet in the parking lot at Ragged Mountain.
Wednesday, March 11th, 7:30 pm
Virginia Native Plant Society Meeting
Education Building, Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd, Charlottesville
Where They Grow- Plants of the Coastal Plain and Beyond  presented by Helen Hamilton
Most botanists can describe soils by identifying the plants growing in a specific habitat. Zigzag goldenrod, dog-violet and yellow lady’s-slipper require limy soils, sea rocket grows only in sandy beach soil and arrow arum requires tidal mud, frequently flooded.  Species that tolerate clay soil, salt spray, drought and heavy rains occur in every county in Virginia.  Some plants occur only in the Coastal Plain, others not at all, their range including the Piedmont and Mountain regions.   With slides and handouts, many of the plants featured in Wildflowers and Grasses of the Coastal Plain, coauthored by Ms. Hamilton and Dr. Gustav Hall, will be discussed, with emphasis on species restricted to a narrow range in Virginia.

Saturday, March 21, 9:00 am
Native Plant Walk
Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd, Charlottesville

Come enjoy a walk with a member of the Jefferson Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant. Meet by the kiosk near the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.

Wednesday, April 8, 7:30 pm
Virginia Native Plant Society Meeting: History and Wildflowers—Charlottesville’s Old Mills Trail.
Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd, Charlottesville

The Old Mills Trail runs along the east side of the Rivanna south of Free Bridge.  It is an area where steep hillsides with rocky outcrops meet river bottom, creating a particularly rich and varied habitat.  Tana Herndon and Mary Lee Epps have been participating in an on-going plant survey of the trail from Pantops Shopping Center to the I64 bridge over the Rivanna.  They will present the trail’s varied flora, which includes both exotic invasives such as Japanese knotweed and bush-honeysuckles and infrequently encountered natives such as curlyheads and fragrant sumac. The trail is also rich in history, and they will discuss remnants of an historic dam, canal locks, and the old Woolen Mills, all of which are visible along the way.   There will be a follow-up field trip to the Old Mills Trail on Sunday, May 3.

Sunday, April 12th, 2:00 pm
Ivy Talks: The Older Trees of Ivy Creek 
Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd, Charlottesville
Tom Dierauf will present his findings on the trees of Ivy Creek. Over the last few years Tom has been conducting a survey of some of the older trees at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. After his presentation we will go on a walk to look at some of the trees to better understand what he has found. No charge. Seating is limited so come early.

SAVE THE DATE: our annual plant sale will be April 26th!

Allegheny Mountain Institute Farm Fellowship

Applying for the AMS Fellowship is a competitive and detailed process. 
We look for future fellows that have ambition to make serious changes to our country's food system. We want to see past experience in growing food, raising livestock, education, culinary foundations, basic leadership skills, and the desire to perfect these skills and apply them to our communities. 
Join a Cohort. Become a Real Food Advocate. Learn to Lead. Garden. Cook. Live Cooperatively.

Deadline Extended: February 15, 2015

Permaculture Design Certificate Course in March 2015

The Mason Sustainability Institute (MSI) is an organization that provides sustainability oriented education and skills development for George Mason University and its surrounding communities.

On March 8th – 15th, MSI will be hosting a 72-Hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course, taught by Wayne Weiseman of the Permaculture Project LLC.  This course will be open to all who are interested. No prior experience necessary. The course will cover such topics as Plant Propagation, Seed Saving, Healthy Use of Animals in Permaculture Systems, Aquaponics, Renewable Energy and many more. Participants will earn a certificate in Permaculture Design, as well as Continuing Education units if requested at the start of class.

This intensive course will take place from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm with breaks for lunch, with some additional evening activities with served dinner. Catered lunch and dinners from Everlasting Life Café will be provided, and a light breakfast fare with snacks will also be available. The total cost for this course is $1,000 with an early-bird special of $900 before January 31st.

More information on the instructor, Wayne Weiseman, go to:
More information on the course can be found here:

Cultivate Kingdom Fungi
At Sharondale Farms workshop on
April 24-26, 2015

Mushrooms for People and the Planet ~ A Two and a Half Day Immersion Workshop

From our friends at Transition Cville/ Ablemarle
Saturday 1/17 or Sunday 1/18 or Tuesday 1/20 StreamWatch's Bacteria Monitoring Training
10-11:30am Saturday, 2:30-4pm on Sunday, or 6-7:30pm on Tuesday.  All training held at the Central Library, Jefferson room
StreamWatch monitors 10 to 14 sites in and around Charlottesville for fecal bacteria levels, specifically Escherichia coli (E. coli). There will be three training opportunities in order to volunteer to be a bacteria monitor. Please contact Anne Dunckel at 434-249-5306 or if you would like to sign up.


Sunday 1/18 TimeBank's Pie & Play at The Haven
2-5pm at The Haven, 112 W. Market St.
The monthly member Pie & Play will be a celebration of Cville TimeBank's 2nd anniversary.  Come on out and help a good cause and have some fun!

Tuesday 1/20 350 Central Virginia Meeting & Film:  "A Fierce Green Fire"
6:30-8:30pm at the EcoVillage, 480 E. Rio Rd. (NOTE THAT THIS IS A LOCATION CHANGE FOR JANUARY ONLY)
Come and see the inspiring movie, "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet", followed by a discussion about how to spread the fierce green fire around.  Popcorn!


Saturday 1/24 Cville TimeBank Orientation 
10am at the Central Library, McIntire Room
If you're thinking 2015 is the year that you join the TimeBank, then jump right in to find out more.  Lots of new changes are happening -- no membership fees, streamlined software, etc.


Sunday 1/25 Charlottesville Area Grassroots Climate Training
10am-5pm at the EcoVillage, 480 E. Rio Rd.
We look forward to a day of discussions and workshops to re-energize, connect and expand the climate movement in our region. This is open to all organizations and individuals committed to working on climate issues in our part of Virginia, and we hope to see lots of new faces! No matter your skill level and your main activities or area of interest, it's an opportunity to develop as active volunteers! Whether you are already active in an environmental or climate organization or have been thinking of getting involved and want more background, this workshop is for you!  Free.  Sponsored by the Sierra Club, Appalachian Voices, 350 Central Virginia, Transition Charlottesville, the UVA Climate Action Society, Wild Virginia, and the Green Grannies.  Registration at

Monday 1/26 Virginia Coast Protection Lobby Day
9am-2pm at the CenterStage, Rhythm Hall, 600 E. Grace St., Richmond
 he Chesapeake Climate Action Network is heading to Richmond to stand united with our coastal Virginia neighbors to say to the Virginia General Assembly: Take action on climate, pass the Virginia Coastal Protection Act!  People are coming together for a Conservation Lobby Day, a unique opportunity to speak directly with your legislators about this critical issue and bring stories from the front lines to the capitol building.  $25.  Food provided and transportation to be coordinated.  Sign up at


Monday 1/26 Transition Town Potluck
7-8:30pm at the EcoVillage, 480 E. Rio Rd.
Drop by for an informal meal and conversation about all things sustainable.  This month Kathy Kildea joins us from the Cville TimeBank to enlighten us about the concept, and about the new improvements to the TimeBank.   If you can, bring a dish to share, and carpool or bike if possible.  All are welcome!


Saturday 2/21 Organic Orchard Planning and Pruning
9am-3pm at 912 Woodfolk Dr.Everyone LOVES sweet, homegrown fruit! To have your own fruit, you have to know how to plan a successful orchard. The workshop will be led by Michael McConkey of Edible Landscaping and Alexis Zeigler of Living Energy Farm. For 35 years, Michael has run Edible Landscaping, a successful nursery that focuses on “less care” plants that don't need pesticides to thrive. Alexis has lived on fruit-producing farms all of his life, and teaches propagation classes every spring.  Cost: $50 suggested donation, $25 minimum. Contact: Debbie Piesen,, 540-967-0433. See flyer at


Wanted:  SWIMBY Volunteers with Transition Cville! (Something Wonderful In My Back Yard)
The hard-working members of the Transition Cville Team have been organizing skill shares, potlucks, rallies, seminars, field trips, and lots more (including our awesome local events newsletter) since 2011. Recently, a bunch of our team members have rotated out of the core group to attend to other areas of their lives.  And that's where you come in! Transition Cville is wide open for you to join in and create something wonderful. Whether you're a new activist looking for mentors... a born leader with tons of ideas... a teacher with sustainability skills to share... a policy guru who wants to engage with local government... or anyone else who is hearing the call to lead this community toward a sustainable future..... We invite you to step up and become part of the Transition Initiating Group.  Want to learn more? Contact Joanie Freeman at or (434) 987-1026

Sacred Plant Traditions workshops:
Year I: Foundations of Herbalism - Nine-Month Weekend Program
March 21 – November 22, 2015
Year I: Foundations of Herbalism - Six Month Day Program
September 15, 2015 – March 15, 2016

Year II: Clinic I - Therapeutics
April 15 – November 11, 2015

Year III: Clinic II - Practice
April 15 – November 12, 2015

FIC is hiring! The Fellowship for Intentional Community is a non profit organization dedicated to helping people build sustainable communities.

You can read more about FIC here:

Send in your applications by January 15. This is a part-time position, which can be performed remotely or in Rutledge, Missouri. Compensation is $18/hour, averaging 20 hrs/week.

The Development Director will be responsible for creating and managing fundraising outreach efforts, including donation drives, crowdfunding, large donor work, grants, etc. 

Click below to learn more, and apply by writing Please share this to people who may be interested! Thank you!

Greater Virginia Green Building Council

Richmond Luncheon
High Performance MEP Design Strategies for Higher Education
12:00-1:00PM, January 21, 2015

The GVGBC is pleased to welcome Patrick MacClenahan of Integral Group. He will present on the importance of integrated design strategies employed to successfully complete higher education buildings used for teaching science, and technology. Participants will be introduced to a variety of HVAC, lighting and plug load approaches specific to this type of building. Case studies will review three projects at GMU, VSU and one under design at UVA. Lunch will be $10 for members and $25 for non-members.

Free Hike!

Who:  General public.  No membership necessary.  Leader:  Matt Rosefsky, Wilderness EMT & Geo Medic

What:  Hike to Waterfall (Hopefully Frozen!), 5 miles round trip, 1050 feet elevation gain.  Pace 3.5 to 4 out of 5.

When:  Saturday, January 24, 2015, 9:00am - 2:30pm = Charlottesville carpool start / return times.

Where:  White Rock Falls, Blue Ridge Parkway

How:  Please follow ALL 4 STEPS::

1) At least 48 hours in advance, fill out this form:

2) Then email:  mr (at) solowfa (dot) com to say you're coming and have filled out the form (if people don't email 48hrs in
advance, leader will assume no one is interested and hike will be cancelled)

Carpool leaves at 9:00am sharp from the bicycle rack on 2nd St. SW, near Mono Loco, in downtown Charlottesville.  

Everyone will be required to sign a liability waiver.  Drivers appreciated (85 miles total), riders welcome (bring gas money & give directly to driver).

Envision Festival-Costa Rica announces Yoga/Movement and Speaker Lineup

Music and Arts festival Envision Festival-Costa Rica announced the Yoga and Speaker lineup for their annual festival taking place in the scenic jungles and beaches of Uvita, Costa Rica from February 26- March 1, 2015.

The magic of previous incarnations ofEnvision Festival - Costa Rica 2015 has driven adventurers of all types to the exotic festival grounds each February for renowned international djs and musicians, epic surf, adventure tours, world class yoga teachers, stimulating education on healthy, holistic living and permaculture, and one massive celebration.

Take a peek into the Envision mystique with this breathtaking “Vive La Experiencia! 2015 video.

Tickets are on sale now and will sell out quickly.

Please visit the Envisionwebsite and links below to find out more.  Pura Vida!

Envision Media Links:
Envision Festival-Costa Rica announced the Yoga and Speaker lineup for their annual festival taking place in the scenic jungles and beaches of Uvita, Costa Rica from February 26- March 1, 2015.

The magic of previous incarnations ofEnvision Festival - Costa Rica 2015 has driven adventurers of all types to the exotic festival grounds each February for renowned international djs and musicians, epic surf, adventure tours, world class yoga teachers, stimulating education on healthy, holistic living and permaculture, and one massive celebration.

Take a peek into the Envision mystique with this breathtaking “Vive La Experiencia! 2015 video.

Tickets are on sale now and will sell out quickly.

Please visit the Envisionwebsite and links below to find out more.  Pura Vida!

Envision Media Links: