Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

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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 

Trail training: Want to become a volunteer guide at the Ivy Creek Natural Center? Check out the free guide training session on Tuesday, September 24 at 9:30am. Topics covered include wildlife like reptiles, amphibians, and mammals, as well as plants, birds, and the history of River View Farm. For more information, contact Bruce Gatling-Austin at

Perma-eats: Sign up now for the weekend-long Edible Forest Gardening workshop hosted by the Blue Ridge Permaculture Network. The three-day 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@gmail. com for more sign-up information.

Farming by the numbers: According to the most recent USDA Census of Agriculture, more than 158,000 acres of Albemarle County is farmland—just over a third of the county’s total acreage. There are 895 working farms with an average size of 177 acres. The next Ag Census is released in February 2014.