Thursday, April 16, 2015

Upcoming events

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:, or click here to view this email as a webpage. And check out the BRPN on Facebook here.  

  Enjoy this amazing spring!
Christine, Terry, Emily and the BRPN team  

9th Annual Gaia Gathering – May 1-3
Still time to sign up for our splendid Ninth Annual Gaia Gathering Event. Take a look at the fabulous classes and offerings for this years very special weekend.                Schedule of Classes!!!
We have many of our favorite teachers returning such as Kate Knott and her earthly Mud Tribe and Kate White with her beautiful work in the prenatal realms and how we engage with community.
Some new teachers are Kelly Silliman with classes on music, melodies and movement. More guest teachers will be featured in the weeks to come.

Brought to you by Local Food Hub:
Date: Thursday, April 30
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: City Space Meeting Room, 100 5th St. NE, Charlottesville, VA
Cost: $15

Register Online:

Join us for a very special workshop on multi-species grazing, presented by Forrest Pritchard of Smith Meadows farm. Pritchard is a full-time farmer, holding degrees in English and Geology from the College of William and Mary. His farm was one of the first “grass finished” farms in the country, and he has sold his products at leading farmers’ markets in Washington, D.C. for more than fifteen years. His book, Gaining Ground, A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm was named a Top Read by Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post and NPR’s The Splendid Table.  Consumer demand for grass-finished meats are at an all-time high, and more and more farmers are getting into multi-species operations to diversify their farm operations and product offerings. Rotational grazing with several kinds of livestock and poultry on the same pasture produces many benefits. Parasite cycles are broken, poultry can scatter manure, and economic returns on each acre can be increased. But making it all work together can be a little like running a three-ring circus. Pritchard offers solutions that have worked on his farm, together with some compelling insights into why multi-species grazing makes economic and environmental sense.

Learn more about Pritchard here on his website. This workshop will also include a reading from his new book, Gaining Ground.
For more information, contact Director of Grower Services, Adrianna Vargo, at or 434-244-0625.

Wednesday, May 13, 7:30 pm
Virginia Native Plant Society Meeting:"Growing Food and Biodiversity"

Biologist Sam Quinn, Conservation Manager for The Farm at Sunnyside, Little Washington, will speak about the relationship between agriculture and biodiversity, and how farmers can manage their land to grow food while simultaneously supporting beneficial wild species. He will also touch on his role as the farm's Conservation Manager and how a farm business, as well as its resident native plants and animals, can benefit from integrating conservation science.  
Sam Quinn received his M.S. in Conservation Biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  Since 2010 he has served as The Farm at Sunnyside's Conservation Manager where he directs initiatives to monitor environmental health, inventory biodiversity and manage wildlife habitat.

PLANTS - culinary & medicinal herb plants, heirloom vegetable plants, and flowers for pollinators
Market on the Farm open Thursday thru Sunday 9-5

WORKSHOPS:  sign up time is now
NATURE SKILLS & CONNECTION - survival skills, wild edible identification and meals, medicinal plants and uses, sit spot and naturalist studies/experience
MEDICINE MAKERS - group gathering to make medicine from the plants at the farm, supplies included - should have some basic medicinal plant knowledge

The Mother Daughter Herb Day here at Owlcraft Healing Ways is coming up and registration is now open. The workshop is Saturday April 25th, from 10:00-2:30. We'll spend the day learning about backyard medicinal plants, making medicines to take home and deepening the bonds of family while also depending our relationship to the earth mother. Registration fee is 75.00 per mother/daughter pair and 35.00 for each additional daughter and includes all materials. For more info and to register, please go to and click on Day Classes.
*Suzanna Stone*
*Owlcraft Healing Ways*
*A school of herbal medicine to enable and empower those who hear the call
of the plants.*

LEAF- Living Earth Adult Foundations – Living Earth School
9 month, one weekend per month, adult nature connection 
Sept 2015-May 2016

~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 has 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 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. $1650 
(One weekend  per month beginning Sept - May 2015)

Coyote Mentoring Weekend
Calling all teachers, parents and educators! Learn age-old mentoring practices that engage students fully with life. Coyote Mentoring emphasizes a powerful heart-centered journey of growth and discovery for the student.
June 6-7, Sat 9am- Sun 3pm
register by May 21: $195, after: $225. ages 18+

Wild Edibles- Foraging & Feasting
Learn to identify, harvest, and prepare local edibles into tasty meals cooked on the fire
April 19, 10-4 $60. adults and mature teens

Building a Wooden Long Bow
Make your own wooden long bow and hone your skills in shooting under the guided care of an expert bowmaker, Peter Yencken. May 2-3, Sat 9-5 Sun 9-4
register by April 15: $200, after: $225. ages 18+.

Women on Fire!
Wild Women Unite and learn the ins and outs of friction bowdrill fire and make your own kit!. May 30, 9-5, optional potluck til 6. $60. ages 18+

Father/Son Weekend
Spend quality time together with one of our two great options: Bowmaking or Earth Skills
April 25-26, Sat 9am- Sun 11:30am
Earth Skills: $180/pair Bow Making: $250/pair additional child: $75. ages 6+

Mother/Daughter Weekend
Bond with your child  and other moms, in nature and learn amazing skills!
April 25-26, Sat 9am- Sun 11:30am $180/pair, $75 each additional child. ages 6+

Vision Quest
Join us on a quest for personal awareness and spiritual development, spend 4 solid days questing alone as an age old tradition.
Aug 15-22 deposit $150, suggested donation $595. ages 18+

Charlottesville Tracking Club
Come join the Trackin' Club! Learn about and find animal tracks around Charlottesville with other animal enthusiasts and trackers. 
April 11 & May 3, 9am-12pm. sliding scale $2-$10/person. all ages

Introduction to Animal Tracking
Hands-on workshop of the basics of clear-print wildlife tracking
April 8, 6:30-8. free, all ages

Designing Perennial Polycultures - An Intermediate Edible Ecosystems Weekend
With Dave Jacke, Dynamics Ecological Design 
Johann Rinkens & Lindsay Napolitano, Fields Without Fences

The Ecological Essence of Edible Ecosystems
Evening Talk, Friday Night, May 29, 2015 7-9 PM
Duke Farms Orientation Center, Hillsborough Township, NJ

Mimicking natural ecosystems in our farms and gardens promises the 
regeneration of healthy ecological functions while meeting our food and other material needs.  What forms the essence of this way of seeing, thinking, and horticultural practice?  We’ll frame and review core concepts of ecosystem mimicry, explore some historical and recent examples, and take apart a system or two to see how they tick.  Come ready to have your worldview challenged while having fun along the way.

This public introductory talk also serves as the opening of the two-day weekend workshop, providing concepts central to the observation and design experiences we’ll explore together Saturday and Sunday. Co-sponsored by Duke Farms. Tickets: $10 

Designing Perennial Polycutures
Weekend Workshop, Sat & Sun, May 30-31, 2015 
Saturday, 8:30 AM-5 PM, BYO lunch, with potluck dinner
Sunday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, BYO lunch
Fields Without Fences, Frenchtown, NJ

How do we create healthy edible ecosystems?  Conscious 
ecological design provides the key. With clear scientific theory and practical design processes we can combine plants into effective guilds and  polycultures, and polyculture patches into functional habitats.  When we do so, beneficial ecosystem properties emerge: minimal competition, maximum cooperation, additive yielding, and reduced work and outside inputs.  

This multi-faceted two-day workshop explores the essential ecological theories and design processes behind habitat, guild, and polyculture design. We’ll apply the science, observe and interact with in-ground systems, and analyze and design plant polycultures.  You will leave having experienced more than one way to design guilds and polycultures, with practical tools and information in hand so you can go forth and design on your own.  Be ready to be outdoors in all weather, develop new skills, and learn with and from others in a layered educational ecosystem!
Fri-Sun Cost: $225, space is limited.

 Organic Gardening:  Controlling Pests & Building Soil  - May 13
Wednesday, May 13, 2015  7:00 p.m.

St. Mark's Lutheran Church
100 Alderman Road in Charlottesville
"Farmer" Todd Niemeier will speak on organic gardening and the use of sustainable practices.  Todd works at the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville.  UACC brings Charlottesville residents together across racial, economic and other social barriers to work side by side and learn from each other by collectively growing, harvesting and sharing organic produce.

Stephen Bach has been gardening for 40 years without chemicals and will talk about specific techniques to control pests and other gardening challenges.
Refreshments provided by the Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club
For more information please contact Suzanne at (434) 245-9898 or

Charlottesville Earth Week
Live music, local food, presentations & workshops, free raffle, book swap, kids' activities, and local environmental groups!

Sunday April 26th from 11am-5pm
Main Street Arena
230 West Main Street, Charlottesville

Visit Better World Betty's booth for green recipes, the #LITTERATI #CVILLE campaign kick-off, and sustainable living guides!
To volunteer with us, sign up here!

Forest walks of 2015 – Join Sacred Plant Traditions Graduate and forester, Shirlea Pemberton on more of her wonderful walks through the woodlands to ID trees/flora of the forest with past/present herbal medicinal uses. FOR REGISTRATION, PAYMENT & all other INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT HER DIRECTLY AT or call 540.287.4325

Edible Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation Workshop:  Saturday May 2nd from 9am-noon. Join us for a workshop with Allegheny Mountain Insitute Alum Charlie Aller. Discover easy, low-cost methods for growing delicious gourmet shiitake, garden giant, and oyster mushrooms. Learn how to inoculate logs and wood chip beds so that you can harvest mushrooms right from your garden year after year!

Spring Training on Livestock Nuitrition, Grazing Management, and Soil Health
Raphine, VA - Tuesday May 12, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

This training, held at McCormick Farm, 128 McCormick Farm Circle, Raphine, VA, will focus on various aspects of forage management, livestock nutrition and health.  A special afternoon presentation will give an update on a NRCS Virginia Conservation Innovation Grant entitled Grazing Management Impact on Soil Health, comparing continuous grazing, rotational grazing, and a management intensive "mob grazing" system, which has shown promise for restoring soil health (while continuous low intensity grazing can degrade it).

This program is approved for NRCS Certrified Conservation Planner credits (4) and Certified Nutrient Management Planner credits (2),
The event is free - bring your own lunch. 

UACC Orchard Work Days
Wednesdays in April; 4-7PM
Friendship Court Garden at the corner of 6th & Monticello in Charlottesville

Earlier this month, we began work on the second phase of the community orchard, native plant sanctuary, and pollinator magnet at Friendship Court.

Existing annual vegetable gardens will be supplemented by new plantings of blueberries, honeyberries, bush cherries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries, as well as a native plant community that will provide nectar and habitat for critical pollinators.

More details at If you're down to join the fun and learn about fruiting plants, native pollinators, and traditional stone masonry, join us Wednesdays in April, 4-7pm. Active rain cancels. 

Please RSVP by calling Farmer Todd at 434-989-0150 or emailing

Cultivate Kingdom Fungi: Mushrooms for People & the Planet
April 24-26th -- Keswick, VA

Spawn the Myco-Cultural Revolution!

Tradd Cotter and Ethan Levesque join Mark Jones of Sherondale Farm to lead this weekend immersion into Kingdom Fungi, Mushroom Cultivation, and Mycoremediation.
Take home advanced skills and over $150 worth of living mushroom cultures.

More info at

From our friends at Transition Cville:

Friday 4/17 Toads, Frogs and Critters of the Night Workshop
8-11pm at the Scheier Natural Area, Palmyra
Co-hosted by the Rivanna Conservation Society and the Virginia Master Naturalists, you will identify and listen to the sounds of the night which include frogs, toads and other critters that live in the woos, in or around the Scheier ponds.  With flashlights, participants will explore Scheier with professional educators and Master Naturalists.  The event will conclude with s’mores and hot chocolate around the campfire.  While this is a free event, please register at

Saturday 4/18 Preppers Festival
9am-5pm at Main Street, Newcastle
This festival includes preparedness, homesteading and survivalist-related vendors, local artisans, workshops, live music, and a cook-off. 

Saturday 4/18 Medicinal Plant Walk
10-11:30am at the Saunders-Monticello Trail
Come meander with Heather of The Elderberry and learn to identify the variety and beauty of our local medicinal plants and trees. Seeing the emerging beauty of the woodlands and meadows helps us appreciate the richness and diversity of where we live! Meet at the stone wall beside the parking area off of Route 53 not far from the intersection of Route 20 South and 53 East.  Free.

Saturday 4/18 Green Grannies Flash Mob
11:00am at the City Market
Yes!  This is your chance to be part of a Flash Mob to promote the environment.  Learn the song and movements here: .  And then join the fun with the Green Grannies and others as you transform the City Market at 11 sharp!  Questions?  Contact

Saturday 4/18 fleaVille at Tom Tom Founders Festival
noon-7pm at Lee Park
FleaVILLE will once again join Tom Tom Founders Festival for Picnic Day, an afternoon of live music, art, food and craft beer in downtown Charlottesville's Lee Park. There will be over 30 fleaVILLE vendors so come early to get the first pick of the 2015 season!

Sunday 4/19 350 Central Virginia Earth Day Gathering
2:30-5:15pm at the EcoVillage, 480 E. Rio Rd.
Spring is here and 350 Central Virginia is gathering folks to have a few hours of fun out in the EcoVillage’s lovely back area. There will be lots of games to play and you can hang out with friends new and old.  This is a great way to enjoy good company and be outdoors in celebration of Earth Week .  After the gathering you are welcome to  stay  for the EcoVillage’s Sunday weekly potluck at 5:30. Remember to bring along a dish to share.

Mondays 4/20 - 5/4 Design a Medicinal herb Garden
6-8pm at the EcoVillage, 480 E. Rio Rd.
Join herbalists Kathleen Maier, RH, PA and Heather Wetzel, RH, MEd for this hands-on three class series. Learn about permaculture and other tried and true planting techniques as you create a beautiful medicinal herb garden at the Charlottesville Ecovillage. Come dressed to get dirty! Instruction also includes learning about the medicinal properties of the plants plus when and how to harvest.   $79.  Register through PVCC at

Monday 4/20 UVA Sustaina Supper
6pm at Thorton Hall, D221, UVA
UVA's Green Grounds and Student Council Sustainability Committee invite your organization to send one or two representatives to this Earth Week event. This will provide a space for students and community members to share their ideas to further enhance sustainability through short, 3 minute long, high-energy verbal pitches. Participants will have the opportunity to hear what great ideas are present in the community, as well as gather support for present and future initiatives. Pitching an idea is optional and due to time constraints, only the first 20 organizations to respond will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas. Dinner will be provided at the event.  Please fill out this form no later than Wednesday, April 15th in order to secure your spot:
Monday 4/20 Author of "The New American Herbal" Event
6-8pm at Monticello
In celebration of Garden Week in Virginia, join in for a conversation with Stephen Orr, Executive Editor, Condé Nast Traveler and author of The New American Herbal, a historically minded but modern approach to using herbs.  Orr is also the author of Tomorrow’s Garden: Design and Inspiration for a New Age of Sustainable Gardening. . Informal tours of the gardens and grounds will be offered prior to the event. $65 per person (includes reception and a charitable gift).  Register at

Tuesday 4/21 Climate Symposium
12:30pm at the University of Richmond, Ukrop Auditorium at Robins School of Business
The symposium will address how to protect the state's wildlife and natural areas from the threat of climate change, followed by a meeting of the Virginia Governor's Climate and Resiliency Commission.  Keynote speaker Healy Hamilton is chief scientist at the international conservation nonprofit NatureServe. A leading researcher on the effects of global change on biodiversity, she will address the economic importance of natural systems for Virginia's future, and the impact of climate change.  A group of University of Richmond environmental studies students will present their research and recommendations for the Climate Commission and Governor Terry McAuliffe.  Pease RSVP at URCLIMATE4.21@GMAIL.COM so you can receive parking information.  Both sessions are free and open to the public.

Tuesday 4/21 Soap Making 101
6-8pm at The Elderberry, 1917 Commonwealth Dr.
Do you want to make your own soap but aren’t sure how to start? Do you feel daunted by the process? Join in for a beginner’s soap-making class! You’ll leave with a bar of soap and the knowledge and confidence to begin your own journey into soap-making at home. The class will be taught by Miska Collier who owns the Broken Elm Apothecary and Mercantile where she crafts all natural skincare products and soap. $25.

Tuesday 4/21 350 Central Virginia Meeting
6:30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 1104 Forest St.
Glen Besa, Director of the Virginia Chapter of Sierra Club, will speak about "Good news and positive developments for the climate - many reasons to be hopeful".

Tuesdays and Thursdays 4/21 - 5/7 Basic Home Maintenance/Repairs
6:30-9pm at PVCC
A home is often your biggest investment but home repairs can be costly. In this class, see what to look for in your home to take care of maintenance issues and prevent costly repairs. Gain skills with hands-on practice in the classroom. Topics include roofs, siding, tool safety, painting, caulking, plumbing, electrical and energy efficiency. Class fee includes supplies. $249.

Thursday 4/23 Herbs for First Aid
5:30-7:30pm at The Elderberry, 1917 Commonwealth Dr.
When faced with an acute care situation, having the herbal medicines you need right at hand is not only empowering but a wonderful way to enact effective healing quickly. In this class you will discuss the healing properties of some first aid herbs and how to use them for commonly faced first aid situations such as sprains, burns, bites and more. Join Suzanna Stone from Owlcraft Healing Ways as she creates a basic First Aid kit.  $20.

Friday 4/24 2015 Food Entrepreneur Workshop
9am-4pm at Longwood University, Farmville
This workshop targets people interested in developing commercial value-added food products such as baked goods, family recipes, and products from farm-grown produce. They will NOT be addressing meat or dairy products at this event. The panel of experts will help explain every step of the way to create a food product ready for resale.  Bring a sample of your product if you would like to review it with Virginia Tech’s Food Safety and Packaging Specialist, Joell Eifert.  Sponsored by Virginia Food Works, VA Cooperative Extension, VSU, and Homegrown Virginia.  To register email  $15, includes lunch.  Contact Allie Hill at or 434-960-8958 with questions.

Friday 4/24 Film:  "Chasing Ice"
6:30pm at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, 717 Rugby Rd.
"Chasing Ice" is a multiyear chronicle of the planet’s rapidly melting glaciers.  James Balog, a National Geographic Photographer, and his team on the Extreme Ice Survey, made this award-winning film to dramatically document the melting ice.  Their extraordinary images of crumbling ice sheets speak volumes.  This film, which a reviewer has called heart-stopping, will give you the information you need to refute climate change deniers.  Free.

Saturday 4/25 Rivanna Sojourn
9am-noon starting at the UVA Boat House, 276 Woodlands Rd.
Come paddle the Rivanna Reservoir! Lunch is provided afterward. Fee is $25 per person and covers all equipment fees and lunch. Please register here:

Saturday 4/25 OR Sunday 4/26 Fruit Grafting and Propagation All day Intensive
9am-5pm at Magnolia House, 217 Fredericksburg Ave., Louisa
Participants will learn how to prepare fruit tree seeds for planting, how to root cuttings, and how to graft.  Numerous propagation techniques will be demonstrated.  You will learn about growing disease-resistant fruit and nuts in Virginia without pesticides and fungicides.  The focus will be on techniques that can be used at home with a minimum of tools and expense.  Each person will take home 5 fruit trees that they graft themselves.  $50.  To register or for more information contact Debbie Piesen,, or 540-205-0433.

Saturday 4/25 Men Who Cook (MACAA Benefit)
6-11pm at Fry's Spring Beach Club
Come hungry: 50 amatuer chef's bringing their best to share with all!   Come thirsty: wine and beer included and a cash bar for the speciality mixes.  Come energized: Entertainment provided by "180" to dance your socks off!   Leave fulfilled: Bid on the silent auction, purchase a raffle ticket or just make a straight up donation. MACAA needs the support and you'll feel better giving to a worthy cause (especially after one awesome party!).  Get tickets at

Saturday - Sunday 4/25 -4/26 Fracking Field Tour to West Virginia
Doddridge County, WV
Come see for yourself the source of the gas that would flow through the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Learn about what this extraction process means for communities and the environment. Outing participants will travel to Doddridge County, West Virginia.  You'll be greeted there by West Virginia Host Farms, a Partnership Program linking West Virginia landowners with the environmental community that studies the impacts of Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling.  That afternoon and the next morning arrangements will be made to get you close to the rigs, the drilling pads, and well heads to experience the noise, light and air pollution that is slamming this West Virginia community.  There will be time to speak with affected landowners.  $20 for lunch and dinner, $45 for travel, and $20 for lodging.  Scholarships available.  Registration link:

Sunday 4/26 Cultivate Cville Garden Tours
1pm at Greenbrier Elementary School
Meet other gardeners from around the city, share experiences and ideas, and strengthen urban agriculture connections. Please RSVP to 

Sunday 4/26 Native Plant Sale
1-3pm at Ivy Creek Natural Area's Barn
This annual sale from the Jefferson chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society lets you choose from over 50 species of native perennials, trees, shrubs, and wetland plants.   Discounts for VNPS members.  Proceeds support the chapter's educational and conservation efforts.

Sunday 4/26 City Schoolyard Garden Volunteer Orientation & Workday
2-4pm at Greenbrier Elementary School
Twice a year CSG hosts a training for parents, teachers, and community members interested in participating as volunteers. It's a chance to share the vision and mission of CSG, talk about how to engage with youth, and look at opportunities for digging in. Snacks will be generously provided by Sticks Kebob Shop.  Please RSVP with Sam Taggart,

Monday 4/27 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.   If you can, bring a dish to share, and carpool or bike if possible.  All are welcome!

Wednesday 4/29 Albemarle County 2015 Neighborhood Leadership Summit
5:30-8pm at the County Office Building, 401 McIntire Rd.
The Neighborhood Leadership Summit is an initiative to connect with and support both growing and active neighborhoods throughout the county. Anyone interested in learning how to make their neighborhood more vibrant, safe, and connected should attend.  You'll:
   Network with other neighborhood leaders
   See how Albemarle County is working for you
   Connect with County resources for neighborhoods
   Meet key staff from Police, Fire Rescue, Community Development, Parks & Recreation, and Facilities Development
   Gain skills and knowledge on leadership, public safety, new parks and trails, development projects, water quality, solid waste, and the Comprehensive Plan
The Neighborhood Leadership Summit is free and open to all Albemarle County residents. Register online at

Wednesday 4/29 Fair Housing Film Screening & Discussion
6pm at the City Council Chambers
The Piedmont Housing Alliance and the Charlottesville Office of Human Rights present this annual Fair Housing Month Film and Discussion.  Free.

Saturday 5/2 Piedmont Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale
9am-noon at the IX Complex, 944 2nd St. SE

Saturday 5/2 - Sunday 5/3 The Bridge PAI Revel!
7pm-1am at the IX Warehouse, 955 2nd St. SE
Keep redefining the modern, nonprofit fundraiser!  Live art making, delicious food & libations, silent auction, unexpected performances, abundant visual delights, and guaranteed booty shakin’. All to support YOUR local arts organization! It’s always the best party of the year!  $75 for dinner and whole evening, or $25 for just 11pm-1am.
Two Sundays/month from 5/3 - 10/11 Whole Living From the Ground Up
noon-6pm at Forrest Green Farm
Over 12 classes you will lay the groundwork to healthy living by exploring and learning how to live in rhythm with the natural world.  These hands-on classes include everything from gardening from seed to wildcrafting, to vermicomposting and fermented foods.  $800 plus $400 materials fee.

Saturday 5/9 -  Tuesday 5/19 Atlantic Coast Pipeline Resistance Ride
All across the state of Virginia!
Support the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition as they cycle across Virginia following the proposed path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to amplify the voices of Virginia communities and landowners directly impacted by the ACP and demonstrate a unified student movement against climate change.

Pesticide Free Charlottesville Action Alert
On April 20 the Charlottesville City Council will be considering a policy on the use of synthetic chemical pesticides (Roundup, 2,4,D, Surflan spray, etc) in city parks, school grounds and other city-owned property.  The Sierra Club needs your help!  Please email or call the city councilors and ask them to adopt a written policy which clearly states that synthetic pesticides will be reserved for emergency use only (where there is an immediate threat to human health or irreparable damage to the environment and safer methods have proven ineffective), and that the public will always be informed prior to the use of pesticides.  Email:, Phone:  (434) 970-3113.

Many More Events at the EcoVillage!
Keep up with all the happenings at

CIC Showcase at Tom Tom Fest
Saturday, April 18th
Charlottesville City Market

For the third year in a row, C'ville Foodscapes will participate in the Community Investment Collaborative's entrepreneur showcase at Tom Tom Fest.

Come chat with us, then meet some of the newest home-grown businesses in Charlottesville. Sample and buy products, learn about useful services, and find out how you can help the next group of entrepreneurs building our community.

More information at