Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

Keswick's Castle Hill. Photo: Nick Strocchia Keswick’s Castle Hill. Photo: Nick Strocchia

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

  • Cider celebration: The first-annual Virginia Cider Week wraps up this weekend with one final party to celebrate an emerging industry in the Commonwealth. Come to Keswick’s Castle Hill Cider to chat with some of the area’s best cidermakers, taste their wares, and enjoy food and music. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.
  • Shady city: Charlottesville is one of 51 Commonwealth municipalities to earn the Virginia Department of Forestry’s “Tree City USA” designation in 2012, marking its commitment to community forestry. To get the nod, cities and towns must have a Tree Board or Department, a tree care ordinance, a forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per resident, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
  • Farm guide: Trying to track down a free-range turkey or a responsibly farmed Christmas tree for the holidays? Look over the Piedmont Environmental Council’s 2012 holiday Buy Fresh, Buy Local guide, which lists farms and markets within a short drive from Charlottesville. The guide includes lists of where to buy Christmas trees and decorations, orchards, produce, meant and eggs, and specialty foods, with live links to websites for the producers.