Friday, May 27, 2016

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.

Christine and the BRPN team  

10-Day Permaculture Design Certificate Course in Central Virginia
Hosted by Shenandoah Permaculture Institute
August 12th - 21st, 2016

Join SPI for this unique 10-day intensive Permaculture Design Certificate course in beautiful Palmyra, VA.  We have the unique opportunity of working with ShireFolk Farm's nearly 64 acres of woodland and pasture to learn hands-on skills, Permaculture Principles, and design methodology.

Topic covered include: Permaculture Ethics and Principles, Design Process, Mapping, Landscape Ecology, Zone and Sector Analysis, Social Permaculture, Edible Forest Gardening, Integrated Livestock Systems, Water Harvesting, Earthworks, Soil Management, Greenhouse Design, Natural Building, Herbal Medicine, Mushroom Cultivation, and more!

For more information and to register please visit:

Questions? Contact:

Mid-Atlantic Permaculture Convergence
  • Saturday, June 18, 2016
  • 9:00am  6:00pm

Get your tickets today for this inspiring day of connection, conversation, and collaboration featuring hands-on workshops, informative presentations, and powerful community-building.
Highlights include...
  • keynote address from Michael Judd exploring his personal journey and his perspectives on professional practices in permaculture. 
  • live recording of a round-table conversation for an episode of The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann.
  • An introduction to fermentation with food preservation instructor Diane Blust of Chicory Hill Farm.
  • Exploring the role of animals in permaculture with Nicole Luttrell of Deeply Rooted Design & Wild Song Farm
  • A look at broad acre agriculture for permaculture practitioners with Ethan Strickler. 
  • An exploration of what it means to "Live in the Gift" with Seppi Garret of Seppi's Place
  • Tree identification walks with Shawn Walker of Trees 101
  • Diving in to whole system design learning with Jen Mendez of PERMIE KIDs.
Tickets available here

From the Living Earth School near Charlottesville, VA

Don't miss your chance to get your early bird discount, which ends on JUNE 1st! Does your life seem too busy, and it is hard to slow down? Immerse yourself in the rhythm of the seasons, make everlasting connections with nature, and bond with a group of kindred spirits! If this sounds like what you are needing, join Living Earth Adult Foundations, LEAF!

What is LEAF? LEAF is a 9 month adult course focusing on nature connection, earth skills (including friction fire, shelter building, wild edible plants, and much more), community building, and a love of life! LEAF meets one weekend per month from Sept 2016 through May 2017
Check out the LEAF webpage to learn more!

It's very important work that's nourishing many lives. I don't want this class to end. I want to be that student that never graduates. -Lilia, LEAF 2016

There are just a few spots left in Summer Camps, so make sure to sign up now!

Available camps:
     Day Camp 1 Explorers, June 13-17
     Wilderness Quest, June 18-24  
     Ancient Ways, July 24-29

Sign up here!  

From the VA Native Plant Society – Jefferson Chapter
Field Trip: The Farm at Sunnyside
Sunday afternoon, June 5.  Sam Quinn, Conservation Manager at The Farm at Sunnyside and our May 2015 speaker, will give us a tour. 

The Farm at Sunnyside goes beyond the organic label to take a more quantitative approach toward measuring the interactions between agriculture and wild species. Sam will show us how The Farm builds and maintains healthy populations of pollinators, crop pest predators and other important wildlife by managing the property as habitat. You can either meet us at the Farm at Sunnyside, 27 Sweetwater Ln, Washington, VA, at 2:00 p.m. or carpool with us from Charlottesville. (Mapquest has the best directions to the farm: Mapquest web site is To carpool, meet at 12:30 in front of the Food Lion at 1740 Timberwood Blvd., in the strip mall just southeast of the intersection of Proffit Road and Rt. 29. The tour will take roughly 2 - 2 ½ hours.


“We Are the Ones: Linking Social and Ecological Justice to Design a World for All”

Pandora Thomas is a teacher, writer, designer, and speaker.  She works domestically and internationally designing programs and curriculum at the intersection of social and ecological justice, sustainability, permaculture, and youth and women’s leadership. Through stories and multimedia presentations, this interactive talk will inspire you to deepen your commitment to creating a more sustainable and just world for all!

Wednesday, June 15th at 7PM, Our Community Place, 17 E Johnson St, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Contact Jonathan McRay ( with any questions

Sacred Plant Traditions presents
ROSITA ARVIGO: Mayan Cosmology
June 24 – 26, 2016 in Charlottesville, VA
                        Very Special Weekend at Camp Albemarle
Join us once again for an amazing weekend with Rosia Arvigo in the exploration and experience of Mayan Cosmology. Last year’s class was so remarkable in the depth and breath of material covered and ceremonies celebrated. This year we are adding diverse and rarely taught topics on Mayan healing practices.
Sacred Plant Traditions - 434.295.3820

Radical Roots Farm Organic CSA
Radical Roots CSA starts on May 30th in Harrisonburg & June 1st in Charlottesville and June 18th in Burke (Fairfax County).  Reserve your share today, as space is limited. 

Benefits of our CSA:
-Everything is certified organic.   
-10% off ALL season at our market stand. 
-Newsletter reminder on the day of pick up. 
-Your vegetables are harvested the day of your delivery.
-Knowing you are supporting a local, certified organic farm with a smaller footprint and less fuel miles. 
-Sustainable farming practices 
-Solar power: our 4 kilowatt system generates clean energy.
-Farmer to consumer connection.
-Local food supports the local economy!

 From our friends at Earth Village Education (a nonprofit education center located near Marshall, Virginia, that teaches classes about nature awareness, homesteading skills, and self-reliance/resilience). See their complete class schedule (including classes later this year about nature art, shoe-making, long-bow carving, and much more) at
Saturday, June 4 - Sunday, June 12: Wilderness First Responder Course
8 am - 5 pm all nine days; $685 - $850 sliding scale.
This is a nationally recognized, 80-hour program that trains participants to respond to emergencies in remote settings. Taught by the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute, the course includes standards for urban, wilderness, and extended care situations, plus adult CPR certification. Register at
Sunday, June 19: Father’s Day Special: “Rugged Skills” for the Whole Family!
2 pm - 8 pm; $25 per adult, $10 per child.
In honor of Father’s Day, bring the whole family for a fun-filled afternoon outside learning “rugged skills!” Enjoy demonstrations, activities, and games that teach good old-fashioned life skills inspired by outdoor adventure, wilderness survival, and homesteading. Discover and practice how to throw tomahawks, build one-match fires, filet and cook fish, and much more! We’ll end the class with hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire. Register at
Saturday, June 25: Stalking, Movement, and Natural Camouflage Class
10 am - 5 pm; $60 - $120 sliding scale.
If you want to hunt more effectively, take better wildlife photographs, or simply learn to blend into the forest and observe animals at close range, this class is for you! By using the stalking and natural camouflage techniques taught in this workshop, you can become invisible in the woods. Register at
Sunday, June 26: Making Honey Wines/Meads and Healthy Homemade Sodas
1 pm - 5 pm; $40 - $80 sliding scale.
Discover the art and science of brewing honey wines and lacto-fermented sodas! Through the magic of fermentation, learn how to use wild-gathered ingredients (flowers, wild edible plants) or commonly found pantry ingredients (spices, tea, chocolate) to make delicious and nutritious beverages. Register at
Saturday, July 9: Primitive Fire Making Class (make fire by rubbing sticks together!)
10 am - 5 pm; $60 - $120 sliding scale.
The ability to make fire is one of the most important of all wilderness skills. This class will cover the basics of how to build fires, maintain them, and fully utilize them in primitive living situations. Then, you’ll learn how to “make fire by rubbing sticks together” using two different methods: the bowdrill and the handdrill. Register at

From our friends at Transition Cville
Monday 5/30 Farm and Herb Festival
10am-4pm at Forrest Green Farm, 2317 Evergreen Rd., Louisa
Tours, plant walks, essential oils, demos, vendors, and activities for kids.   You'll also get to meet their miniature Herefords!

Thursday 6/2 Krazy Kraut Workshop
5-6:30pm at Bellair Farm, 5375 Bellair Farm
Learn about the joys of fermented foods!  Join Farmstead Ferments in this workshop and bring a quart-sized mason jar to take home some of your own kraut.

Saturday 6/4 Clean the Bay Day
9am-noon at 4 locations in Charlottesville
You are invited to help save the Bay by picking up shoreline, waterway, and watershed litter during the 28th Annual Clean the Bay Day.    Every year since 1989, thousands of volunteers of all ages have dedicated their time to clear debris from Virginia’s urban, suburban, and rural trails, shorelines and waterways.  This is the eighth year that the Charlottesville/Albemarle area and Rivanna Master Naturalists has participated in this annual event!   The Rivanna Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, the City of Charlottesville and The Rivanna Conservation Alliance are sponsoring this event.  Register for locations in Charlottesville at

Sunday 6/5 Casa Alma Open House
1-4pm at 911 Nassau St.
Join this urban homestead oasis for light refreshments, tours, and Q&A.  All are welcome.

Wednesday 6/8 Cville TimeBank Orientation
6pm at the Main Street Market, 418 W. Main St.
Everyone has something to give, and the TimeBank is a way to trade services and build community at the same time.  Potential members set up a profile on the member portal, and attend an orientation prior to having their timebank account authorized.  Once your account is authorized, you can begin browsing current offers and requests – and post your own! 

Saturday 6/11 Seed Saving Workshop
9:30am-noon at Monticello
Explore the Monticello flower and vegetable gardens with Lily Fox-Bruguiere to learn about essential seed-saving techniques — including identification, collection, cleaning and storing. Participants will take home seeds harvested from the Monticello gardens during this workshop.  $24.  Register at

Saturday 6/11 Bats:  Be Afraid!
7pm at the Nature Foundation, Wintergreen
Join Bat Specialist Bonnie Miles as she puts a face on bats, why you want them in your backyard and the threats they face.  You will see bats in a new light and have a greater appreciation for the contributions this tiny animal makes. Afterwards, you will head outdoors to listen for bat calls. This program is appropriate for children ages 8 and up with adult. Advanced registration required. $3/Member, $6/Non-Member.  Register here

Sunday 6/12  "Rivers of Wind" Book Discussion with Ben Kessler
5-6:30pm at EcoVillage Charlottesville, 480 Rio Rd. E.
Ben Kessler is a naturalist, artist, gardener, teacher, activist, and permaculturalist from Afton, VA.  His new collection of essays, "Rivers of Wind: Reflections on Nature and Language", has just been published by ICRL Press. Come and gather around the fire circle for a conversation with Ben about the past, present and future of our beautiful planet. All are welcome to stay afterward for the weekly Ecovillage potluck at 6:30pm.  More about Rivers of Wind: "In the midst of ecological catastrophe, indigenous persecution, and the attempted mechanization of the living world, the beauty of the earth remains defiantly vibrant. The voice of the world still speaks in tongues of wind and water, feather and flame, whether we listen or not. Alternately lyric and scientific, critical and moving, Kessler examines the relationships between nature and language, colonial and native cultures, and extinction and memory, and so presents a unique vision of our place in an ancient, fragile living world."  Free.

Tuesday 6/14  Transition Skill Share:  Fishing 101
5:30-7:30pm at Darden Towe Park
John Schablein is an expert local fishing guide and owner of Albemarle Angler Fly Fishing. He will lead us through the basics of fly rods, casting, and catching fish. As the weather gets warmer and trout season turns into smallmouth bass season, John knows where and how to find the best catch.  This is a very special opportunity to learn from a professional guide. We will pass the hat to show our appreciation – $5-$15 donation suggested. The workshop is limited to a maximum of 20 participants. Please sign up on Facebook or email so we can provide the right amount of equipment.

Local Grower in Search of Land
Local grower in search of land to lease within the city of Charlottesville to start an urban farm.  Brian is interested in pieces of land with at least 1/4 acre of growing space, and is looking for a total of about 1 acre.  He will be growing as a for profit business, and at some point potentially serving as an educational hub for the community.  He can be reached via email at