Potluck, 50 mile Lunch
Please bring a vegetarian dish to share. To support local agriculture, try to source the ingredients within 50 miles of your home.
This is a free event. Please RSVP.
Click here for information about our next Permaculture Design Course that is starting on Sept. 12-13, 2015!
We will reschedule for March; check back next week.
Poetry Reading (FREE of charge)
“Even adjectives are untamed in Lisa Couturier’s exquisite poems,” says author and poet Chris Cokinos. “Things beckon and die. Beloved creatures and parts of the human heart come back to the world of human and animal kinship. Though there is, here, a ‘sadness for animals’–deer, horse, vulture, seal, child, parent–and though she wonders if ‘absence asks/if it has all been enough”–we discover that by having a body, we have the wild, and these poems are vivid sinews. This is wise, heartbreaking and beautiful work.”
Writer, Sven Birkerts, says about Every Root a Branch, “Elizabeth Rees’s poetic imagination, imagistic and psychologically honed, projects back into history, as far back as the myths of origin–and these poems, weighted with mattering, give a picture of the narrative behind our daily projections: longings, sorrows, retributions and redemptions. We feel a poet doing the poet’s hard work, processing what is.”
Questions and answers, book signing with authors:
- Elizabeth Rees, Every Root a Branch (Codhill Press, 2014)
- Lisa Couturier Animals/Bodies (Finishing Line Press, 2014)
FREE Register by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Washington Regional Food Funders (WRFF) formed in 2011 to build/remove barriers to a more equitable food system in our region. That means increasing opportunities for small and medium-sized farmers within the communities of the broader Chesapeake Foodshed, and supplying that locally grown healthy food to the people living within it.
The Greater Washington area is the definition used by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG). [One MWCOG report found that] products grown in Greater Washington comprised little of the total food sold here.
To address that, the WRFF has the following goals:
Goal 1: Elevate policy solutions and opportunities for action and aligned investment in the supply side of our region’s food system – from production to aggregation and distribution – to advance equitable workforce solutions and sustainable practices.
Goal 2: Identify opportunities for action and investment to support increased demand for good food among regional consumers, particularly for those who do not currently have access to good food.
Goal 3: Maintain and expand a strong community of diverse funders with interdisciplinary interests to broaden the coalition committed to regional action to eliminate barriers to good food.
Fox Haven staff will come to your classroom
to start teaching environmental literacy and what we are doing.
When you come visit us at Fox Haven, we provide you the on site tools to help you teach youth and young adults about natural systems, their importance to human kind and – ironically how our heavy footprint impacts the living system on which we depend. We want to engage young minds in learning how to reverse destructive trends and solve environmental problems. Visit our educators page!
Pledge to Fledge: Introduce Someone New to Birding
This year the GBBC is joining with the worldwide “Pledge to Fledge” program, inviting all participants to consider introducing someone new to birding when you take part in the count this year. It could be a friend, family member, a co-worker…take your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day!
More than 14,000 GBBC participants responded to a survey following the 2014 count. When we asked if they had taught someone else how to go birding, only 20% said yes. So, let’s make this the year we make an extra effort to involve others in watching and appreciating birds. Find out more about Pledge to Fledge and get some tips on how to introduce someone new to this wonderful pastime.
Download the Audubon Bird Watching Resource Guide (PDF) before you head out.
Fox Haven will be doing a bird count on Sunday, February 15th at 4pm. Please join us!
Children and Nature Network (started by Richard Louv, author of “Last Child in the Woods”) is hosting their annual event! Learn more.
Winter Workshop Series
Future Harvest CASA’s Foodshed Field School and Beginner Farmer Training Program kick off tomorrow with a winter workshop series: Starting a Small, Intensive Commercial Farm for Local Markets.
Learn farming fundamentals, from business planning to soil health to crop selection.
Participants who complete the series will receive a certificate of completion, issued by Futre Harvest CASA and UMD Extension.
Jan. 28, 6:30 – 9:00 pm: Marketing Essentials: A Key Part of the Business Plan
Mark Powell and Ginger Myers
Feb. 4, 6:30 – 8:45 pm: Methods and Management of Season Extension Using High Tunnel Production
Dave Martin and John Foster
Feb. 11 6:30 – 8:45 pm: Strategies for Pest Management and Examples of Pest Management Success
Jerry Brust and Jack Gurley
Feb. 18, 6:30 – 8:45 pm: Soil Fertility, Nutrient Management, and Conservation on the Small Farm
Trish Steinhilner, Vinnie Bevivino, and Jim Ensor
Feb. 25, 6:30 – 8:45 pm: Cover Crops, Planning and Rotations
Chuck Schuster, Rick Hood, and Tim Clippinger
Mar 4, 6:30 – 8:45 pm: Business Planning and Financial Management for Your Small Farm
Dale Johnson and Will Morrow
Mar 11, 6:30 – 8:45 pm: Integrating Livestock into a Small Farm
Susan Schoenian and Lisa Duff
Mar 18, 6:30 – 8:45 pm: Small Farm Business and Marketing Experiences Panel
Beginner Farmer Training Program Graduates: Laura Beth Resnick, David Paulk, and John Dove
March 25, 6:30 – 8:45 pm: Quality Assurance, Post-Harvest Handling and Other Certifications
Dave Martin and Joan Norman