Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Documentary Exploring the Local Food Movement Comes to Hollins Feb. 23

Roanoke, Va. – The farmers and chefs behind the effort to bring good food back to the table and health back to local communities are the focal point of the feature-length documentary Ingredients, which will be screened by producer and cinematographer Brian Kimmel on Wednesday, February 23 at 7 p.m. in Hollins University’s Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center Auditorium. Admission is free. Narrated by Emmy Award-winning actress Bebe Neuwirth, Ingredients travels across the United States from the diversified farms of the Hudson River and Willamette Valleys to the kitchens of celebrated chefs Alice Waters, Peter Hoffman and Greg Higgins to show the collaborative work that has resulted in great tasting food and an explosion of consumer awareness about the benefits of eating local.

According to the film’s Web site, “Attention being paid to the local food movement comes at a time when the failings of the current industrialized food system are becoming all too clear. For the first time in history, our children’s generation is expected to have a shorter lifespan than our own. The quality, taste and nutritional value of the food we eat have dropped sharply over the last 50 years. Shipped from ever-greater distances, we have literally lost sight of where our food comes from and in the process we’ve lost a vital connection to our local community and to our health.

“Ingredients illustrates how people around the country are working to revitalize that connection.”

Mark M. Corcoran of The Independent said of Ingredients, “This beautifully made and photographed film’s very positive tone was the antithesis of last year’s Food, Inc., which was a scathing, but well-deserved, indictment of agribusiness. This fabulous and informative film will make you hungry and have you running to the nearest farmer’s market eager to eat what’s in season and grown locally.” Eric Shiapak of noted, “Ingredients was one of the most expertly crafted and most effective documentaries about food that I have ever seen.”

Hollins’ screening of Ingredients is made possible by the Darci Ellis Godhard Fund for Social Justice. For more information, call (540) 362-6451.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Growing for Sustainability Workshop in Roanoke VA

Announcement Hot off the Electrons:

Growing for Sustainability Workshop in Roanoke VA

Please join us for the 11th annual Roanoke Tree Care Workshop. We have a great set of speakers and agenda. This year we have for the first time on line registration through the Trees Virginia website ( ). Here you can register and pay through PayPal; or print the registration form and mail it in with payment as usual.

Scaling Up and Scaling Down for Climate Change and Tree Care

Predictions of climate change are based on measurements of truly planetary and long-term
processes. These global processes will likely result in increased frequency of storms, and
drought. Although these challenges are real, we can improve the quality of our community
trees through applying an understanding of the basics of tree biology.

Kevin T. Smith, PhD, Plant Physiologist, USDA Forest Service

Dysfunctional Tree Root Systems and Brief Landscape Lives

This session will review the most common dysfunctional root systems, their relationship to
the premature decline of tree health and most importantly, offer some solutions to the growing
problem of short-lived trees.

Gary Johnson, PhD, Professor, Urban and Community Forestry, U of MN,

What's New in Pest Management for Landscape Plants

Don Booth, PhD Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory

Sustainable Landscapes: The Sustainable Sites Initiative

A national initiative that has developed voluntary certification standards for sustainable site
development and landscapes.

Susan Day, PhD, Assistant Professor of Urban Forestry, Virginia Tech

Three Concurrent Rotating Sessions:

1 - Bartlett – Root Examination of Locally Available Planting Stock

2 - Propagation Class in the Science Lab

3 – American Chestnut update, Katy McCune, American Chestnut Foundation

Barbara White
Urban & Community Forestry Partnership Coordinator
900 Natural Resources Dr, suite 800
Charlottesville, VA 22903


All VDOF offices are closed on Firdays

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

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Featuring presentations by Keith Yoder, Chris Bergh, and Doug Pfeiffer

Hear the most recent updates, including biology and management of stink bugs;

entomological spray guide changes; and best management practices in the dormant


Registration is $15, including lunch.

Please return the registration form

by February 1, 2011

If you are a person with a disability and desire assistance or accommodation, please notify the Roanoke VCE office

at 540-772-7524 during business hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Virginia Cooperative Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of

Agriculture, and state and local governments.
February 8, 2011

9 am - 4 pm

Brambleton Center, Room 16

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods

Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods


February 22-23, 2011


The Heritage Preservation Center
115 Spiller Street
Wytheville, VA 24382

$275 per person

The instruction fulfills the FDA and USDA Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements to certify supervisors of acidification and container closure evaluation operations during the canning of acidified foods. Companies which manufacture acidified foods must operate with a certified supervisor on the premises when processing as specified in 21CFR Part 114.10(f) (FDA).

For more information and to register . . .

Contact Ellen Reynolds

Beagle Ridge Herb Farm and Environmental Education Center
PO 419 Wytheville, VA 24382


Monday, January 3, 2011

Attend the Growers Academy

Start Your Vegetable or Flower Production Business Today

Hurry Space is Limited!

Register on-line at by January 5, 2011.

Participants will learn from a variety of resource professionals, established producers and retail/wholesale consumers.

Benefits of Attending:

Develop a business, marketing, and crop plan

Learn low-input production techniques

Receive a preliminary membership to VT EarthWorks, an incubation program for agricultural businesse

Provided space to sell at a nearby Farmers Market

Eligible to lease land at the Catawba Sustainability Center in Catawba, VA

Become part of a larger network of local food growers and buyers

Date: Tuesday nights, January 11th through March 1st 2011

Time: 6-9 pm

Location: VT Roanoke Center in the Higher Education Building Center

Address: 108 N. Jefferson St. NW, Roanoke, VA 20164

Cost: $215 per person


The Growers Academy is offered through VT EarthWorks, an incubation program for agricultural businesses, in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension (

For more information, contact Christy Gabbard, Director of VT Earthworks (tel. 540-767-6114 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 540-767-6114 end_of_the_skype_highlighting; email:, or Sheri Dorn, Virginia Cooperative Extension Roanoke (tel. 540-772-7524 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 540-772-7524 end_of_the_skype_highlighting; email: for more information or to receive a Growers Academy registration form.