Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 21st, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Maidstone Road 9670, Delaplane, Virginia

Join us and our friends at the Piedmont Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS) for the first talk of their 2018 Winter Speaker Series. The theme of this series is "Restoration."

VWL program director Amy Johnson will discuss citizen scientists' many contributions to wildlife research, conservation, and restoration.

VWL relies on their talented and dedicated citizen scientists to advance conservation, natural resource management, and environmental protection efforts. If you are interested in becoming a VWL citizen scientist, please sign up here!

Friday, January 26th, 2018 12:00 AM – Sunday, January 28th, 2018 11:59 PM
Location: Princess Anne Recreation Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Presented by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries​.

Witness winter wildlife all around Virginia Beach; whether it’s following fascinating bird activity, exploring the natural areas of our community or the musings of harbor seals​. Learn what it takes to properly observe and identify wildlife in their natural settings.

For information about registration fees, festival workshops, field trips, and speakers, see website here.

Monday, January 29th, 2018 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Location: Wytheville Meeting Center, Community Boulevard 333, Wytheville, Virginia

Theme: If It Don’t Make Dollar$, It Don’t Make Sense: Adapting in a World of Change

Presented by the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council (VFGC) and Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE).

The daylong conference will be repeated at four locations:

  • January 29, 2018 - Wytheville, Wytheville Meeting Center
  • January 30, 2018 - Chatham, Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex
  • January 31, 2018 - Madison, Fire Hall
  • February 1, 2018 - Weyers Cave, Weyers Cave Community Center

This year’s conference highlights the realities of grassland farming and what it takes to adapt to the changing circumstances.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Dennis Hancock from the University of Georgia, where he is an associate professor in the Crop and Soil Sciences Department and the Forage Extension Specialist. Better Grazing: Lessons on Efficient Forage Management from the Best in the World will be the morning keynote, and the afternoon presentation will be The Technical Revolution: Tools and Techniques Worth Considering in 2018 and Beyond.

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Rockingham County Fairgrounds, South Valley Pike 4808, Harrisonburg, Virginia

The Virginia No-Till Alliance (VANTAGE) celebrates their 10th anniversary of their winter conference with support from the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Binkley & Hurst, and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

This year’s conference will focus on the economic impacts of no-till production. Two practitioners of no-till will share their experiences in developing profitable operations.

  • Kevin Matthews, owner/operator of Matthews Family Farms of North Carolina, Precision Nutrient Management, Inc., and Deep Creek Grain, Inc., in East Bend and Yadkinville, NC. He and his wife oversee farming operations that include 6,500+ acres and nearly 800 acres of custom work. Kevin has adopted subsurface drip irrigation on many acres and investigates new technologies using test plots with a focus on no-till conservation and irrigation management.
  • James “Jay” Hundley, III, a third generation farmer who has worked with his father and brother since the 1980’s. He raises corn, soybean, wheat, and barley on approximately 7,500 acres in Essex, Caroline and King George counties. Most of the soybean, wheat and barley are grown under contract for Hundley Seed Company

Sunday, February 11th, 2018 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: PVCC Earl Dickinson Fine and Performing Arts Center, 501 College Drive, Charlottesville, Virginia

Wildlife habitat isn’t just wide open spaces and dense green forests. Habitat can be created almost anywhere. This free educational event features a screening of Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home, the acclaimed film that shows homeowners, landowners and community leaders how to improve wildlife habitat and revitalize ecosystems right in their own backyards and neighborhoods.

Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home is an environmental film by Catherine Zimmerman, an award-winning director of photography and independent documentary filmmaker (more information about Catherine and The Meadow Project here!). Included are helpful pointers by Dr. Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, about how our landscape choices can sustain insects, birds, and other wildlife around us. Zimmerman will be in Charlottesville for the February 11 event to introduce the film, and selected segments will be shown.

Sunday, February 11th, 2018 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Manassas Community Park, Adams Street 99, Manassas Park, Virginia

Join our partners at the Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS) for a talk with landscape architect and author Larry Weaner. Mr. Weaner is the co-author of the book Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes can be a Source of Environmental Change. This lecture will encapsulate ideas covered in this book, with particular attention to work, experiments, and lessons from Mr Weaner's own residence.

This event is free and open to the general public. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, February 15th, 2018 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Location: Farm Credit Office, South Valley Pike 4646, Harrisonburg, Virginia

This 3-day course is designed for both beginning and experienced beef and sheep producers. The last night will offer the opportunity to sit down with instructors to begin developing a custom grazing plan for your operation.

Workshop discussions will cover a multitude of topics, including grazing management, matching forage quality and animal needs, pasture renovation and improvement, and many others!

February 15 & 19, 2018
Farm Credit Office
4646 South Valley Pike
Harrisonburg, VA

February 21, 2018
Massanutten Tech Center
325 Pleasant Valley Rd
Harrisonburg, VA

Space is limited to the first 30 participants. Please RSVP no later than February 1, 2018. A $30 registration fee will be due at the first workshop.

For more information, please view the event flyer and visit the Farm Credit Knowledge Center.

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