Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

According to the Nature Conservancy, using a real tree at Christmas is better for the environment. File photo. According to the Nature Conservancy, using a real tree at Christmas is better for the environment. 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

Genuine article: The Nature Conservancy, which has its Virginia offices here in Charlottesville, has weighed in on the real vs. fake Christmas tree debate. Their take: Real trees help keep land open and take carbon dioxide out of the air while growing, and they require less fossil fuel to produce and are easier to recycle than fake trees. Get choppin’.

Lens lessons: Pick up some tips for capturing your best birdwatching moments from award-winning nature photographer Victoria Dye at a presentation offered by the Monticello Bird Club on Thursday, December 13. Meet at the Ivy Creek Natural Area’s Education Center at 7pm.

Farms and finance: Also on Thursday, join the Local Food Hub to learn how to make your farm more profitable. Farm manager Ellen Polishuk will lead the workshop, going over management practices and marketing strategies. For more information and to RSVP, check out

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