Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. File photo. Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. File photo.

Each week, C-VILLE’s Green Scene page takes a look at local environmental news. The section’s bulletin board has information on local green events and keeps you up to date on statewide happenings. Got an event or a tip you’d like to see here and in the paper? Write us at 

Eco fair: On Saturday, October 20, bring your kids to the Ivy Creek Natural Area for an afternoon of nature walks and other interpretive experiences. The event begins at 4pm with outdoor activities, then the group will gather in the barn for an environmental history lesson and lots of hands-on activities and displays.

Perma-eats: Sign up now for the weekend-long Edible Forest Gardening workshop hosted by the Blue Ridge Permaculture Network. The October 25-27 course at Fiddlehead Farm near Charlottesville will include an overview of edible forest gardening, permaculture design, and profiles of perennial polyculture plants. Class size is limited, so contact Terry Lilley at tygerlilley for more sign-up information.

Food for thought: Calling all students with big ideas and a love for agriculture. The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology recently announced the Agricultural Innovation Prize, a contest for students nationwide. Proposals must focus on developing a business plan that would have a positive social or environmental impact. Visit for more details.