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    Poetry in Nature

    Explore the creative force that plein air writing brings to your poetry. Poet Sarah Kohrs will guide and inspire us with hands-on activities and advice from nature poets. There will be time to write and share amidst Blandy’s beauty. FOSA & SM members $10, nonmembers $15 Reservations Recommended: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/m3fBd5HR09VYSz68

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    Grower to Grower: Spring Networking

    The life of a professional grower isn’t easy. Join your peers at our second quarterly Grower to Grower to share challenges, solutions, marketing thoughts and ideas for working together to pool resources.   All professional growers, serious homesteaders and those in grower-adjacent fields (professional buyers, lenders, etc.) are welcome.   For those who are interested…

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    Fiesta in the Garden

    On Cinco de Mayo, join Sustainability Matters at the Barns of Rose Hill for a Fiesta of sustainable gardening. The half day workshop includes three talks on environmentally friendly gardening practices, delectable Farm-to-Table Mexican snacks by Sexi-Mexi Burritos, and a preview of an exciting new sustainability-themed art exhibition curated by Sustainability Matters. Bring the family:…

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    Earth Day Shenandoah & Community Plant Swap

    Join new environmental non-profit Sustainability Matters for Shenandoah County’s first big Earth Day celebration! Environmentally themed activities, locally sourced food, adorable animals, sustainability friendly vendors, educational presentations, displays, demos and giveaways. Free and family friendly. Earth Day will run concurrently with Sustainability Matters’ first Community Plant Swap of 2019. Divide your perennials, start extra seedlings,…

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    Mushroom Growing: a Hands-On Workshop

    Ready to upgrade from tomatoes and lettuce? Mushroom growing is the ideal way to use those shady spaces where the sun-lovers won’t produce. New conservation organization Sustainability Matters partners with the Virginia Dept. of Forestry and the US Forest Service for an introduction to mushroom growing, suitable both for home gardeners and potential forest farmers….

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    Seed Swap

    Kick off the growing season by joining new conservation organization Sustainability Matters at our first annual Seed Swap. Bring your vegetable, herb, annual, and perennial seeds to share and swap with others. The swap is free to all and will operate on a ”bring what you can; take what you need” basis. Thanks to the…

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    Greener than Grass: a Sustainable Landscaping Series

    Landscape for both beauty and sustainability. New conservation organization Sustainability Matters has collaborated with the Virginia State Arboretum (Blandy) on a four-part “Greener than Grass” series, aimed at encouraging participants to replace turf grass with more environmentally friendly landscaping. The fourth workshop in the series explores no-mow, steppable ”Alternative Groundcovers”. Cost is $ 5 for…

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    Winter Tree ID: Walk & Talk

    They all look the same without their leaves, don’t they? Join Sustainability Matters and Edith J. Carrier Arboretum for a guided walk and ID primer by Virginia State Forester Jordan Herring. We’ll learn how to recognize trees by bark, buds, leaf scars and other characteristics. There’ll be time for Q&A and chat in the Frances…

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    Dump Day

    Join Sustainability Matters for a free guided tour of Shenandoah County’s Recycling Center, Landfill and Wastewater Treatment Facility. Take a deep dive into the environmental nitty-gritty of the trash business, and find out what really happens to your recyclables. See the site where Sustainability Matters is working with the landfill to make trash bloom: we’re…

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    Native American Plant Use Workshop

    Learn how Native Americans used the plants they lived with, for medicinal, culinary and other purposes. Native American herbalist and environmental educator Chris Anderson will begin with an overview in the library, then we’ll identify relevant plants in Blandy’s gardens, discussing how those can be used today. We’ll return to the library to enjoy traditional…

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