THE HEART OF VIRGINIA
BUY FRESH BUY LOCAL CHAPTER
IS HOSTING A
FOR LOCAL PRODUCERS, DISTRIBUTORS,
RETAILERS PURCHASERS, CONSUMERS AND
LOCAL FOOD ENTHUSIASTS.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014
HALIFAX FARMER'S MARKET
(209 S. Main Street, Halifax, Virginia 24558)
The Heart of Virginia Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter is a "local" chapter of a national Buy Fresh Buy Local program (FoodRoutes Network, LLC) and an initiative of the Old Dominion Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc.
The Heart of Virginia Chapter includes the counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway and Prince Edward.
Program overview, sustainability, how "you" can become involved, and other important information will be discussed at the meeting.
Make plans to attend.
For additional information, please contact:
Pet waste is Affecting water qualiity in Halifax County, so what do we do about it?
What is the problem? Scooping up behind your pet isn't just a courtesy for those walking behind you; it is also the healthy and environmentally sound thing to do. Pet waste can be a significant source of water pollution. When pet waste is not properly disposed, it can be carried by rain or snow run-off directly into nearby water bodies or into storm drains. Storm drains in streets and neighborhoods usually flow directly to a stream, river, or estuary without any treatment. Untreated animal fecal matter and wastes can become a source of harmful bacteria and nutrients in water. Just as we don't want human sewage in our water, it is important to prevent pet waste from being carried into our waterways because of negligence.
How bad is it? Is it affecting our health? People are at risk of getting sick from drinking or swimming in water contaminated by pet waste. Dogs can be significant hosts of disease causing organisms, including Giardia and Salmonella, which are protozoan and bacterial infections transmitted to humans by animals. As a result, fishing, swimming and other water activities could be limited or shut down due to bacteria contamination.
The latest research The environmental impact of dog waste has gone unrecognized for decades. Researchers have been able to match bacteria found in water with animal types. Technology has been developed that allows for fingerprinting of bacterial sources from the water source to the bacteria of specific animals. the conclusion of these findings is that certain portions of the Lower Banister River have high concentrations of bacteria that warrant both concern and preventive measures.
This is where we can all take an active part.
You can follow these easy steps to be part of the solution to pet waste contamination.
PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION
This meeting will be held at the Town of Halifax's Farmers' Market on Saturday - October 11, 2014 from 8 am to 12 noon.
For more information contact: Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc.
Contact Name & Phone Number: Bill Coleman - (434) 575-7916, Ext. 224
Saturday, November 1 from 11am to 2 pm
South Boston - Halifax County Museum
Seed Saving and Winter Sowing - Barbara Royster, Southside Master Gardener
Everything You Need to Know about Turfgrass - Randee Brown, Danville Master Gardener
Classes are free and open to the public. Registration is requested by calling 434-476-2147 or
Friday Garden Lectures
South Boston - Halifax County Museum
November 14th from 11 am to 1 pm - Climate Reality Through a Permaculturist's Eyes - Rev. Dele, Certified Permaculturist
November 21st from 11 am to 1 pm - The Importance of Composting - Ben Capozzi, Southside Masterr Gardener
A biscuit in the United States is a small bread with a firm browned crust and a soft interior. Come to Hudson Heritage Farms Studio and learn to make Biscuits, Lard, and Fresh Butter. Just in time for the Holidays. Personal Chef, Sue Graves will be on hand to teach you how to make the best biscuits you will ever taste or serve on Saturday, November 1st from 1:00 - 3:00pm. The cost is $25* and each participant will learn a little about the history of lard, butter, and biscuits, and leave the class with a small container of fresh lard. Several biscuit recipes will be made, and Chef Graves biscuit handbook will be emailed to all participants. Tea with biscuits will be served at the conclusion of the class.
How to register: Call or email the farm to get on the list. Then send us your check to confirm your space. Class sizes are limited.
*Please note our classes are non-refundable. If we have a similar class scheduled at a future date we will try to accommodate you in it, but there is no guarantee. We hope you understand that we hae this policy because we are a small operation and have to pay our instructors and buy supplies for all registered participants.