Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

 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

Biodynamic farms: The 2013 Virginia Biological Farming Conference takes place this weekend, February 8 and 9, at the Koger Conference Center (1021 Koger Center Blvd.) in Richmond. The annual event is geared toward those interested in a “beyond organic” farming approach that works with natural processes. This year’s conference includes speakers and authors from all over the U.S. Register on the Virginia Association for Biological Farming website.

Stream check-ups: Want a better understanding of the health of our rivers and watersheds? Join StreamWatch volunteers on Saturday, February 9, for a free training workshop and learn how to gauge water quality and stream health through benthic invertebrate sampling. Call Rose Brown to make reservations at 434-962-3527 (or e-mail her at, and meet at 10am in the Ivy Creek Natural Area’s education building.

Mall rally: Environment Virginia is organizing a climate rally to take place February 17 in Washington, D.C., with the aim of urging President Obama to address global warming and reject the Keystone XL pipeline. Buses of Virginians will descend on the National Mall just before noon. Visit Environment Virginia’s website for more info and to find out how to get on a bus.