Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

Shenandoah Valley farmland. File photo. Shenandoah Valley farmland. 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 

Birds of a feather: On the first Saturday of every month, Monticello Bird Club members lead a free bird walk at the Ivy Creek Natural Center. The early bird gets the worm, so make sure you’re in the parking lot by 7:30am on Saturday, October 5, to join the group. Binoculars will be available to share, and beginning bird watchers are always welcome.

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 for more sign-up information.

Fun at the farm: Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Culpeper County’s farms. Starting at 10am on Saturday, October 5, 18 Culpeper farms—including both traditional and unconventional farm sites—will be open to the public for the weekend, offering tours and hands-on activities. For more information, visit