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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted July 15, 2022

Monday, 07/25/2022: In the Weeds: Realistic Weed Management (Online)

Weeds getting you down? It’s that time of year! (For some of us, it’s always that time of year.) Join us for a no-holds-barred discussion on environmentally responsible, realistic weed management. We’re warning you now: there’s no magic bullet, and you won’t achieve perfection. However, you can learn: Priorities: which weeds are worth going after?…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted April 15, 2022

Tuesday, 05/17/2022: Composting For The Clueless (Boyce Virginia )

Composting doesn’t have to be hard, smelly, or (too) messy! Keep your food and garden waste out of the landfill and use it to feed your soil instead. Join us at the State Arboretum of Virginia (Blandy) for a workshop on composting basics, taught by our compost queen Deborah Abercrombie. There’ll be plenty of time…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted March 9, 2022

Saturday, 05/14/2022: Sustainability Matters Community Plant Swap (Harrisonburg Virginia)

Join conservation non-profit Sustainability Matters at the Friendly City Food Co-op   (150 E Wolfe St Harrisonburg, VA 22802) to SWAP PLANTS!! Divide your perennials, start extra seedlings, and come see what others have. Bring seeds, garden books, and tools as well. All non-invasive plants welcome; please label everything! SCHEDULE: 1-2 pm EARLY ACCESS for Sustainability Matters…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted March 9, 2022

Tuesday, 04/12/2022: Native Gardens for Your Woodland Neighbors

If you’ve always wanted to discuss gardening with an opossum, now is your time. Join Sustainability Matters and the adorable animal ambassadors of Blue Ridge Wildlife Center to learn how to manage your woods – or create a micro woodland if you don’t already have one – for the benefit of native wildlife and yourself….

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted February 9, 2022

Tuesday, March 1, 2022: Grow Your Dinner, for Beginners

Learn how to grow and harvest your dinner straight from your garden, even on a very limited budget! Want to grow your own dinner, but not sure where to start? Get the secrets of success just in time for spring! Follow Sustainability Matters‘ favorite transplanted English gardener, Paula Brownlee, and her brave American sidekicks through…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted February 9, 2022

Tuesday, March 8, 2022: Grow Your Dinner, for Beginners

Learn how to grow and harvest your dinner straight from your garden, even on a very limited budget! Want to grow your own dinner, but not sure where to start? Get the secrets of success just in time for spring! Follow Sustainability Matters‘ favorite transplanted English gardener, Paula Brownlee, and her brave American sidekicks through…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted February 9, 2022

Tuesday, 02/22/2022: Grow Your Dinner, for Beginners

Learn how to grow and harvest your dinner straight from your garden, even on a very limited budget! Want to grow your own dinner, but not sure where to start? Get the secrets of success just in time for spring! Follow Sustainability Matters‘ favorite transplanted English gardener, Paula Brownlee, and her brave American sidekicks through…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted January 19, 2022

Sunday, January 23, 2022: Volunteer with Sustainability Matters Information Session – VIRTUAL

Looking for a fun, eco-focused volunteer activity? Come work with Sustainability Matters! We’re a young, fast-growing non-profit, bringing conservation to unexpected places. Our volunteer opportunities are both online and in person (in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Northern Piedmont, and NoVA regions). Join us virtually for an overview of Sustainability Matters and what our volunteers do, tell…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted January 4, 2022

Sunday, January 23, 2022: Greener than Grass: a Sustainable Landscaping Workshop

Turfgrass is America’s #1 “crop”…yet has no ecological value whatsoever. Learn to landscape more sustainably, replacing your lawn with no-mow alternatives that offer food and beauty to pollinators, wildlife, you, and your family. This will be a virtual workshop, with time for Q & A. It’s free, but space is limited, and registration is required….

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted October 28, 2021

Saturday, November 6, 2021: Blue Ridge Sprouts Festival (Winchester Virginia)

Celebrate the culinary community and lifestyle of the Blue Ridge Demonstrations, cooking competitions, workshops, storytelling, and more await! Love locally sourced food and want to learn more about the “real food” movement? Be sure to put Blue Ridge Sprouts on your culinary calendar! This fun-filled, educational celebration for ages 8 to 80 will have attendees…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted October 28, 2021

Tuesday, November 16, 2021: Get Paid to Go Green: Funding for Agricultural Conservation Practices

Thought about planting trees along your creek or putting in a livestock watering system, but put off by the expense? Join Sustainability Matters for a free webinar on how to get state (Virginia) and federal funding to cover most of the cost of improving your land. Funding is available for fencing, erosion control, tree planting,…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted October 28, 2021

Saturday, December 11, 2021: Winter Tree ID Walk & Holiday Potluck (Boyce Virginia)

They all look the same without their leaves, don’t they? Join Sustainability Matters and the State Arboretum of Virginia (Blandy) for an approximately 90 minute guided walk and ID primer by Virginia State Forester Matt Wolanski and Blandy curator Carrie Whitacre. You’ll never mistake an oak for a walnut again, or a spruce for a…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted October 28, 2021

Sunday, October 31, 2021: Spokescats & Spiders Artist Reception Muse Vineyards (Woodstock Virginia)

On Halloween, you’ll have the opportunity to chat with the artists whose spooky work has been on display in the tasting room in October. This invitational exhibition, inspired by the fauna of Halloween and highlighting recycled materials, is presented by conservation nonprofit Sustainability Matters. It pays homage to two of the most traditional and misunderstood…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted June 16, 2021

Saturday, July 10, 2021: Herbal Medicine with Native Plants (Edinburg Va)

Learn the basics of herbal medicine using native plants, at the pilot plot for Sustainability Matters’ “Making Trash Bloom” project Herbalism at a landfill?! Yes! Join conservation nonprofit Sustainability Matters at our “Making Trash Bloom” project at the Shenandoah County Landfill, and learn the basics of herbal medicine using native perennials. The workshop will be…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted June 16, 2021

Thursday, June 24, 2021: Plants & Pollinators: a Family Workshop (Edinburg Virginia )

Bring the kids to learn why you should care about native plants and pollinators that eat them Bring the kids to see the pilot plot for “Making Trash Bloom”, a partnership between conservation nonprofit Sustainability Matters and the Shenandoah County Landfill, and learn about why native plants and the pollinators that eat them matter so…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted May 12, 2021

Thursday, May 20, 2021: DIY Composter Building for the Clueless (Virtual)

Make your own compost bin Compost bins don’t have to be expensive or hard to build. Learn how to make your own from “junk” you might just have lying around, and get to composting! Join conservation nonprofit Sustainability Matters and theCity of Winchester (VA) for this FREE virtual workshop. DIY Composter Building for the Clueless…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted May 3, 2021

Thursday, May 6, 2021: Composting for the Clueless (Virtual)

Composting doesn’t have to be hard, smelly, or (too) messy! Keep your food waste out of the landfill and use it to help your garden by turning it into soil-enriching compost. Join conservation nonprofit Sustainability Matters and the City of Winchester (VA) for a virtual workshop on composting basics. Composting for the Clueless is open…

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CarolHarris added a new Announcement in Chesapeake Network

Posted April 27, 2021

Auction for the Earth- Sustainability Matters

Our Earth Month auction is about experiences, not things. Each curated adventure is unique to Sustainability Matters, our friends, and our supporters. None is available commercially. We think this captures the spirit of our fledgling nonprofit: anchored in our community, and always excited to share knowledge and adventure. We hope you’ll bid generously on the…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted March 26, 2021

Sunday, April 18, 2021: Greener than Grass: a Sustainable Landscaping Workshop

Turfgrass is America’s #1 crop…yet has no ecological value whatsoever. Learn to landscape more sustainably, replacing your lawn with no-mow alternatives that offer food and beauty to pollinators, wildlife, you, and your family. This will be a virtual workshop, presented by conservation nonprofit Sustainability Matters. Registration is required through the Eventbrite ticket here. Upon registering,…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted March 26, 2021

Monday, April 19, 2021: What’s Up With Recycling?

This Earth Week, join us for a deep dive into the recycling industry. Find out why you can’t recycle many plastics or glass anymore, and what you can do to help the situation. Also learn what happens to that can or bottle after it arrives at the recycling center, why recycling rules vary among localities,…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted March 26, 2021

Tuesday, September 7, 2021: Garden Guidance

Garden questions? Get personalized answers to all your horticultural dilemmas from Sustainability Matters’ Garden Gurus! Monthly on first Tuesdays throughout the growing season, the Gurus will be Zooming in to recommend the perfect tree to screen your neighbors or fill that tricky shaded spot, help revive your drooping bloomers, and figure out what’s gone wrong…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted March 26, 2021

Tuesday, August 3, 2021: Garden Guidance

Garden questions? Get personalized answers to all your horticultural dilemmas from Sustainability Matters’ Garden Gurus! Monthly on first Tuesdays throughout the growing season, the Gurus will be Zooming in to recommend the perfect tree to screen your neighbors or fill that tricky shaded spot, help revive your drooping bloomers, and figure out what’s gone wrong…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted March 26, 2021

Tuesday, June 1, 2021: Garden Guidance

Garden questions? Get personalized answers to all your horticultural dilemmas from Sustainability Matters’ Garden Gurus! Monthly on first Tuesdays throughout the growing season, the Gurus will be Zooming in to recommend the perfect tree to screen your neighbors or fill that tricky shaded spot, help revive your drooping bloomers, and figure out what’s gone wrong…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted March 26, 2021

Tuesday, July 6, 2021: Garden Guidance

Garden questions? Get personalized answers to all your horticultural dilemmas from Sustainability Matters’ Garden Gurus! Monthly on first Tuesdays throughout the growing season, the Gurus will be Zooming in to recommend the perfect tree to screen your neighbors or fill that tricky shaded spot, help revive your drooping bloomers, and figure out what’s gone wrong…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted March 26, 2021

Tuesday, May 4, 2021: Garden Guidance

Garden questions? Get personalized answers to all your horticultural dilemmas from Sustainability Matters’ Garden Gurus! Monthly on first Tuesdays throughout the growing season, the Gurus will be Zooming in to recommend the perfect tree to screen your neighbors or fill that tricky shaded spot, help revive your drooping bloomers, and figure out what’s gone wrong…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted March 26, 2021

Tuesday, April 6, 2021: Garden Guidance

Garden questions? Get personalized answers to all your horticultural dilemmas from Sustainability Matters’ Garden Gurus! Monthly on first Tuesdays throughout the growing season, the Gurus will be Zooming in to recommend the perfect tree to screen your neighbors or fill that tricky shaded spot, help revive your drooping bloomers, and figure out what’s gone wrong…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted March 26, 2021

Thursday, April 22, 2021: Earth Day Sustainable Business Summit

Spend Earth Day with us at a virtual celebration of sustainable business. This is the real deal, with real success stories peppered with setbacks, and an honest examination of how environmental sustainability intersects with economic sustainability. It will also be a ton of fun, so have your chips and local beverage ready, and join us…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted February 5, 2021

Vegetable Gardening for the Perplexed – 3 Part Series Virtual Event Tuesday Nights in March

Demystify vegetable gardening in time for the 2021 season! About this Event Did you catch the gardening bug in 2020? But maybe that “victory garden” didn’t turn out quite as planned…or you’re even more ambitious for 2021. Get the secrets of success just in time for spring! Follow Sustainability Matters’ favorite transplanted English gardener, Paula…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted February 5, 2021

Greener than Grass: a Sustainable Landscaping Virtual Workshop- Tuesday, 2/16 7-8:30pm

Turfgrass is America’s #1 crop…yet has no ecological value whatsoever. Learn to landscape more sustainably, replacing your lawn with no-mow alternatives that offer food and beauty to pollinators, wildlife, you, and your family. This will be a virtual workshop, with time for Q & A. Presented by conservation nonprofit Sustainability Matters. Upon registering, you will be…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted November 19, 2020

November 21, 2020: Save Happy Creek Demonstration (Front Royal Virginia)

The Town Council of Front Royal is responsible for destroying a vital riparian buffer and trout habitat along Happy Creek. They’re clear cutting and uprooting hundreds of native trees and razing the creek bed and banks – in a zone where occasional rising waters were effectively and naturally managed by the riparian buffer. Help us…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted November 19, 2020

December 13, 2020: Winter Conifer ID & Virtual Holiday Party

Celebrate the holidays online with your friendly local environmental organizations! Just in time to ID your Christmas tree, join Front Royal/Warren County Tree Stewards, the State Arboretum of Virginia, and Sustainability Matters for a free and festive Conifer ID & Holiday Party. Learn to tell the difference between fir, spruce, and pine and follow Assistant…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted November 19, 2020

November 20, 2020: Trees & Your Local Watershed: the Habitat of Happy Creek

Join Sustainability Matters and the Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley to learn why riparian buffers – trees & natural plantings along the banks of waterways – are essential for clean water, erosion control, and wildlife habitat. We’ll be using Happy Creek in Front Royal, Virginia, as an example. ***Advance registration is required for the Zoom…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted September 15, 2020

November 10, 2020: GET PAID TO GO GREEN: Funding for Conservation Practices Online Event

Hosted by Sustainability Matters Free Online Event REGISTER Thought about planting a pollinator meadow or riparian buffer, but daunted by the expense? Find out how to get state and federal programs to cover most of the cost of eco-friendly improvements to your land! There’s no minimum acreage required for several of the programs, and funding…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted September 15, 2020

September 22, 2020: Greener than Grass: A (Virtual!) Sustainable Landscaping Workshop

Presented by Sustainability Matters Hosted by Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at JMU and Sustainability Matters Online Event $15 Registration Turf grass is America’s #1 crop…yet has no ecological value whatsoever. Learn to landscape more sustainably, replacing your grass with no-mow alternatives that offer food and beauty to pollinators, wildlife, you, and your family. This will…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted August 11, 2020

August 15, 2020: HiveLive: Live from the Beehive! Online Event

On #NationalHoneybeeDay, hang with the bees for Sustainability Matters very first #HiveLive! Join everyone’s favorite schoolteachers, Amy & Jennifer, to meet the bees of Seven Bends State Park. Go inside the hives maintained by Shenandoah County Beekeepers. Meet the queen and get to know her social structure. There’ll be time for Q & A, and the event…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted August 11, 2020

September 5, 2020: Grapes & Graze: A Virtual Wine Tasting (with Sheep!) Online Event

A fundraiser for Sustainability Matters, hosted by Star in the Valley. Real wine. Real sheep. And for extra crunch, real Route 11 Potato Chips, paired with the wine! Support Sustainability Matters and celebrate Labor Day weekend from the comfort of your own home, at a virtual wine tasting. Join us via Zoom, with wine & chips…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted February 21, 2020

March 1, 2020: Growing Edibles in Containers (Aldie Virginia)

No garden? No problem! Learn to grow delicious edibles in containers. Sustainability Matters educators will cover soil, drainage, container size, type and placement. We’ll highlight the types of vegetables that do best in containers, when to plant them, and how to maintain your plants for the best harvest. Hosted by PEC at their Community Farm….

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted January 24, 2020

March 11, 2020: Sustainability Matters Volunteer Orientation – Clarke County (Boyce Virginia)

Looking for a fun, conservation-based volunteer activity in 2020? Come work with Sustainability Matters! We’re a new, volunteer-driven non-profit, with a focus on conservation education and community building. Join us for a brief volunteer orientation in Blandy’s library before Not in Our Backyard: How to Fight Spotted Lanternfly. Get an overview of Sustainability Matters and…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted January 24, 2020

May 19, 2020: Get Paid to Go Green: Funding for Conservation Practices Hosted by Sustainability Matters (Maurertown Virginia )

Thought about planting a pollinator meadow or riparian buffer, but daunted by the expense? Find out how to get state and federal programs to cover most of the cost of eco-friendly improvements to your land! There’s no minimum acreage required for several of the programs, and funding is available for wildlife & pollinator habitat, tree…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted January 24, 2020

February 25, 2020: Get Paid to Go Green: Funding for Conservation Practices (Edinburg Virginia)

Thought about planting trees along your creek or putting in a livestock watering system, but put off by the expense? Come find out how to get state and federal programs to cover most of the cost of improving your land! *** PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is geared at the agricultural community. Those who are not…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted January 16, 2020

April 18, 2020: Earth Day Shenandoah & Community Plant Swap (Woodstock Virginia)

2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! SAVE THE DATE to join Sustainability Matters and our official media partners, 92.5 WINC FM and the Northern Virginia Daily/Winchester Star, for the NSV’s largest Earth Day celebration. Free & family-friendly! #EarthDayShenandoah There’ll be: – a mega Community Plant Swap – Tesla Test Drives – free Tai…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted January 16, 2020

March 21, 2020: Greener than Grass: a Sustainable Landscaping Workshop (Harrisonburg Virginia)

Greener than Grass: a Sustainable Landscaping Workshop                    Presented by Sustainability Matters Saturday, March 21 | 9 AM – 12 NOON $30/Registration Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at JMU Turf grass is America’s #1 crop…yet has no ecological value whatsoever. Learn to landscape more sustainably, replacing your grass…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted January 16, 2020

March 11, 2020: Not in Our Backyard: How to Fight Spotted Lanternfly (Boyce Virginia)

Get it before it gets your garden, orchard or vineyard! Spotted Lanternfly, arguably the worst invasive insect to enter Virginia in 150 years, has now spread from Frederick County to Clarke. It has the potential to threaten agricultural crops, forests, and home landscapes throughout Virginia. Learn how to ID, report sightings, and slow the spread…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted January 16, 2020

February 3, 2020: Sustainability Matters Volunteer Orientation – Woodstock (Woodstock Virginia)

Looking for a fun, conservation-based volunteer activity in 2020? Come work with Sustainability Matters! We’re a new, volunteer-driven non-profit, with a focus on conservation education and community building. Join us for a brief volunteer orientation after Environmental Trivia Night. Get an overview of Sustainability Matters and what our volunteers do, and tell us what interests…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted January 16, 2020

February 3, 2020: Environmental Trivia Night (Woodstock Virginia)

Sustainability Matters and Fort Valley Nursery partner for the second year to offer a fun, educational, and deeply challenging evening of environmental trivia!! Bring your friends, and come test your knowledge of plants, bugs, birds, and environmental issues. All new questions for 2020. Trivia starts at 7 pm sharp, but Woodstock Garden Cafe inside the…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted January 16, 2020

January 19, 2020: Sustainability Matters Volunteer Orientation – Winchester (Winchester Virginia)

Looking for a fun, conservation-based volunteer activity in 2020? Come work with Sustainability Matters! We’re a new, volunteer-driven non-profit, with a focus on conservation education and community building. Join us for a brief volunteer orientation after the Houseplant & Seed Swap. Get an overview of Sustainability Matters and what our volunteers do, and tell us…

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CarolHarris added a new Event in Chesapeake Network

Posted January 16, 2020

January 19, 2020: Houseplant & Seed Swap (Winchester Virginia)

As winter gets annoying but the garden is still dormant, plan for spring and enjoy the indoor greenery. Join Sustainability Matters at Winchester Brew Works for a fabulous afternoon of Houseplant and Seed Swapping….and: – Brews (well, yeah…!) – Live Music from Sustainability Matters’ band, the Plant-Based Jam – Paint your own Plant Pots with…

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