Saturday, June 17, 2017

Upcoming events

Upcoming Events 

June 2017

Greetings all,

Happy summer! Below is an amazing collection of upcoming events in the central Virginia bioregion including the Wildflower Music Festival, SE permaculture gathering, an Agroforestry conference, and job opportunities!  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, Terry, and the BRPN team 

 Wildflower Music Fest is a 3-day music festival on July 28th - 30th, 2017 near Charlottesville featuring bands, community art, vendors, camping, wine, workshops, and wildflowers. Our mission is to raise funds for sustainable agriculture while showcasing some of the best underground music in Maryland and Virginia!

Bands include: Deaf Scene, Squaring the Circle, The Dirty Grass Players, A MARC Train Home, Tomato Dodgers, Humbalaya, 4our Flights Up Orchestra, Diamond Canopy

With First Colony Winery at Natural Time Farm is located on six beautiful acres in Charlottesville, Virginia. It is a permaculture farm dedicated to the ideal of human flourishing in harmonious relationship with our Earth that sustains us.  Natural Time Farm will be hosting camping, workshops, vendors, and all other events at Wildflower.
​Proceeds from the festival will be donated to the Blue Ridge Permaculture Network.

Buy Tickets
General Admission- $30, Camping pass (per tent)- $20, Parking pass (per car)- $5 

The 2017 North American Agroforestry Conference in Blacksburg, VA June 27-29, 2017

Come join to learn about the latest advances in agroforestry research, practice, outreach, and policy; see innovative on-the-ground systems with agroforestry farmers; share your agroforestry experience, skills, and knowledge; and participate in pre-conference training and tours. Find out more information and register at this link.

24th Annual Southeastern Permaculture Gathering
August 4th-6th, 2017
nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains
Celo, NC

We come together after another year for our yearly late summer Permaculture Gathering having gone through another full season cycle and experiences that take us beyond our past experiences and imagination, and back to ourselves.

Call 303-931-7586 or email

C'ville Foodscapes, based in Charlottesville, VA is looking for new collaborators with experience in ecological/edible landscape/permaculture design, installation, maintenance, education, financial management, customer service, marketing, cooperative culture, food justice, and just generally being awesome. If that sounds like you, shoot us a cover letter, resume, and references to info[at]cvillefoodscapes[dot]com.

Sacred Plant Traditions Courses in Charlottesville, VA
The ART of FERMENTATION   June 24, 2017,    10am – 2:30pm

Learn to make delicious lacto-fermented foods in this hands-on workshop. Fermentation is a traditional way of food preparation that not only preserves the harvest but also yields greater nourishment, a healthier digestive system, and thus increased vitality.  We will make kimchi, brined garlic, lacto-fermented beets and ginger carrots as well as fermented and cultured beverages including kombucha, honey wine and sodas that are good for you. You will leave with the skills necessary to begin lacto-fermenting foods at home. Taught by community herbalist, Suzanna Stone

Herbal teas will be provided at all the one day workshops. Please pack a bag lunch.
Fee for the class is $75.      
Click here for REGISTRATION

From our friends at VABF:

Organic Seed Alliance - Seed Internship Program
This is your chance to participate in addressing one of the most pressing needs in organic agriculture - and to develop a new enterprise for your farm.
Organic Seed Alliance ( is seeking to match the organic seed growers of tomorrow with the experienced growers of today.
The Seed Internship Program combines online and classroom learning, farm-based independent study, and real-world experience through a diverse network of family farms. Hosted by Organic Seed Alliance and the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), the Seed Internship Program matches individuals who want to learn about seed production with experienced growers.
Learn more and apply today

Become an Intern
The Seed Internship Program matches interns with host farms that provide on-farm experience and formal training in seed production. The six-month internships offer interns:
        Online, class, and field-based education
         Independent studies on the host farm
        Experience with the organic seed trade
Become a Host
Are you experienced seed producer looking for interns? We need you to train the next generation of seed producers! Host farms receive:
        Assistance with matching the right intern for your farm
         Educational materials, webinars, and other support

The Catawba Sustainability Center is now accepting applications for its 2017 Small Farm Incubator program!
Download the program overview and application.
The Catawba Sustainability Center’s Small Farm Incubator Plots program aims to incubate and grow viable, independent farm businesses and to serve as a model new-farmer program by providing access to land and resources in a low-risk environment.
Program Goals
  • Accommodate up to 8 new growers and small farms
  • Build infrastructure necessary to fulfill mission and serve as a model agricultural development organization
  • Provide educational opportunities and skills training
  • Support the local economy and local food system
The Catawba Sustainability Center (CSC) is establishing “Land-Use Agreements” with new and established farm businesses to utilize a portion of designated farmland to grow produce. The Center is committed to developing the incubator program, facilitating learning opportunities, and ensuring that land is available annually for new participants. All participants must follow the CSC’s Land Use Protocol and new farms must participate in one of the Catawba Sustainability Center’s training programs.
For questions, please contact:
Adam Taylor
Catawba Sustainability Center Manager

Living Earth School presents

Living Earth Adult Foundations (LEAF) – Empowering 9 Weekend Adult Program
One weekend per month beginning Sept 2017 – May 2018

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 have 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 real skills, 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.
This Just In…Early Bird Discount if you register by June 1! Check out other discounts at the bottom of the page…

 Come to Learn and Network
Leave with Resiliency Tools and Know-How
The theme of the 2017 Resilient Virginia Conference, August 1–2 — Connecting Communities, Business, and Educators for Resiliency Solutions — means that for the second year, this statewide conference aims to inform, educate, and activate leaders from the public, private, and academic sectors.

Leaders from local government, the private sector, academia, and Virginia Sustainable Building Network have come together to form Resilient Virginia, a new organization to accelerate resiliency planning in Virginia communities.
Click the icons below for information on select resiliency components.

Allegheny Mountain Institute
The Annual Farm to Table Event is hosted in partnership with the VSDB Foundation and will take place Saturday, August 12, at 5:00 PM, at the AMI Urban Farm on the VSDB campus. The event will feature produce grown on the AMI Urban Farm and fresh regional foods. Chef Mike Lund will prepare the evening’s fare be on-site that will be served in an open air seating under a tent at the campus farm. Attendees will also enjoy Virginia cider, craft beer and wine from Highland Counties and Augusta Counties. The evening will include music, tours of the Urban Farm, and a Live Auction.

Tickets are $75
To purchase your tickets online, please CLICK HERE
Tickets can also be purchased Young True Value Hardware in Staunton, VA. 
For more information, contact the VSDB Foundation at 540-332-9039.

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