Saturday, January 31, 2009

Diversifying Your Treepholio

The New Urban Forest
March 4, 2009
8:00 a.m. -- 3:30 p.m.
Virginia Western Community College


Jennifer McKee, Virginia Geospatial Extension Program Urban Tree Canopy, the Structure of our Future What is the Urban Tree Canopy and Why is it so important for the future, how can we develop?

Dr. Appleton, VA Tech Professor of Horticulture, Diversity Is the Answer.

Alexander Niemiera, VT Dept of Horticulture, Recommendations for the Next Urban Forest.

Greg Paige, Bartlett, Hurting the Ones we Love: Why We do such Bad things to such Nice Plants in our Landscapes Bad cultural practice we do to plants and highlight correct practices and procedures to avoid death and destruction of our landscape investments.

Barbara White Urban & Community Forestry Partnership Coordinator 900 Natural Resources Dr, suite 800 Charlottesville, VA 22903434-220-9041

"Urban Forestry is America's Front Line Defense Against Global Climate Change"

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

They're at it again...

Introduction to Butter- and Cheesemaking

Agenda Summary:

This is a demonstration workshop which will provide participants with thebasics of making butter using a blender, beating out the milk, and molding it.

We will also demonstrate methods of making chevre and seasoning it with various ingredients; making mozzarella with two different methods ofstretching; and making ricotta from the mozzarella whey.

Participants will have opportunities to ask questions. Recipes and methodology will be provided as hand-outs.

When and where:

Saturday, January 24th 2 - 5 p.m. at Brambleberry Farm, Fincastle
Cost: $35.00
To reserve a place, call 992-5529
Or email

Sponsored by Botetourt Family Farms

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Catawba Sustainability Center

Greetings to all who hope to see Tech's Catawba Farm turned into a productive community asset!

Catawba LandCare invites you to a community meeting to view a presentation of its vision to transform Tech's farm into the Catawba Sustainability Center to support farming, forestry, and recreation in our region.

Please join us at Roanoke County's Catawba Community Center at 6:00 PM on Jan. 15th.

The Community Center is located just off Rt 311 on VA 779, also known as Catawba Creek Road.

The powerpoint presentation, created by Christy Gabbard, will run 45 minutes, to be followed by brief reports on activities and events coming at the Catawba Sustainability Center.

Plan to linger afterwards over coffee, cocoa and cookies to share your thoughts for the future of the Catawba Sustainability Center, a key to the preservation of the Catawba and North Fork valleys.**

For Catawba LandCare,

Ned Yost

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Woodland Answers Conference

Get the new year off to a good start with this local workshop provided by Virginia Cooperative Extension/Virginia Tech/Virginia Department of Forestry and co-sponsored by Valley Conservation Council.

Jan. 30 - Woodland Answers conference

Greenfield Education Center, Daleville, VA.

Contact Matt Yancey at 540/564-3080

Friday, January 2, 2009

Here's a Thoughtful Article on Small Farms vs. Agribusiness

A Change We Can Believe In - Dumping Industrial Agriculture

by Jim Goodman

As 2009 approaches, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) notes nearly a billion people a day go hungry worldwide. While India supplies Switzerland with 80% of its wheat, 350 million Indians are food-insecure. Rice prices have nearly tripled since early 2007 because, according to The International Rice Research Institute, rice-growing land is being lost to industrialization, urbanization and shifts to grain crops for animal feed.

Yet, according to FAO statistics, world food supplies have kept pace with population growth. There is enough food to adequately feed everyone. Clearly, root causes of the food crisis lie in politics, problems with food distribution, poverty and a failure of the industrial food system to deliver its promises.

Dr. Bob Watson, chief scientist for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the UK, places the blame for the food price spikes on several factors; grain being shifted to animal feed, drought, increased use of grains for biofuels and speculation in food crops. While proponents assert that industrial agriculture is the only hope to end the food crisis, it appears that industrial agriculture is *causing* the food crisis.

See the rest of the article by clicking HERE.