Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

The Blue Ridge in winter. Photo by Jack Looney. The Blue Ridge in winter. Photo by Jack Looney.

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

Work hard, play hard: Join other nature lovers and volunteers for the Ivy Creek Foundation’s bimonthly volunteer work day. Dress in warm clothing you don’t mind getting a little dirty, and meet everyone in the Ivy Creek Natural Area parking lot at 9am on Saturday, January 26. Work projects may include invasive plant removal, field restoration, or any number of trail improvements.

Plant party: On Saturday, February 9, Albemarle County will host the Piedmont Native Plant Symposium. The free event begins at 1pm in the County Office Building on Fifth Street Extended, and is open to anyone with an interest in the local market of the area’s native plants. Only 100 spaces are available, so register online at For more information contact Repp Glaettli at

Farm store: The Albemarle County Agri-Business Marketing Conference takes place from 8am-1pm Monday, January 28 at the County Office Building on McIntire Road. The $10 event aims to connect farmers (and farm-to-table foodies) with marketing resources. Local crop and livestock farmers, vintners, value-added farm product makers, marketers, and restaurateurs are encouraged to sign up. Register via the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce website.