The Blue Ridge Permaculture Institute is sponsoring a
Community Night with Joel Salatin of PolyFace Farms
on Building a Local Food System that Works
Saturday March 14, 7:00 pm at the Montessori Community School on Pantops
Mountain in Charlottesville–305 Rolkin Rd., Charlottesville, VA
Suggested donation $15
To preregister contact Terry Lilley at
For more info and directions, see the website:

Grow Your Own Food!

Do you want to grow your own food organically, but are overwhelmed with information rather than hands on experience? We will come to your home and plan and install your new garden beds with you. We will hands on guide you through the joys of organic methods of growing vegetables, composting, growing your soil, seed saving, and techniques of raised beds, companion planting, crop rotation, and cold frames to maximize your harvest. We promote the use of heirloom seeds and varieties of plants suited for this region. Some crops we will directly seed into your beds while others will be started for you in our greenhouse, while others you may prefer to buy. By extending our spring and fall season with cold frames you will eat salad all year long, and oh the summer vegetables you will grow! KITCHEN GARDEN BUILDERS AND COACHING will work with you through the year so you will end up with the know how to continue confidently gardening on your own!


We are ready to take on a limited number of residential garden installation projects this spring. Working in a collaborative manner with you we will install beds and guide you through the seasons. Integrated with flowers, your beautiful vegetable garden can be grown in a small space with a system to improve your soil and produce organic food year round with pleasure.

Among the vegetables we can grow are: various types of arugula, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, kohlrabi, collards, chard, peas, onions, radishes, kale, beets, carrots, edible flowers, the bean family, the tomato family, okra, a variety of peppers, summer squash, zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, potatoes, winter squash, and culinary herbs such as basil, oregano, thyme, lemongrass, garlic, rosemary, parsley, chives, lavender, cilantro, mint(s), catnip…

Do you want to grow food that is in sync with nature and our times? Are you ready to get dirty in your own back yard? Are you ready to start that garden?

Grow well, Eat well, Live well!
For inquiries and pricing please contact Nellie Appleby at

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Please join us for a Volunteer Intro, Info & Orientation Session, Saturday March 7.

Are you ready to volunteer your skills with Tricycle Gardens? Or pick up some new skills? Meet new people who share your passion? Ready to get dirty?

Tricycle Gardens is getting ready for spring by holding an Late Winter Volunteer Intro, Info & Orientation Session, followed by (of course) eating. So bring a brunchy lunchy dish to share.

Saturday, March 7th 11:30am-1:30pm at the Tricycle Gardens Headquarters, 211 W. 7th St. or call 231-7767


Here is a great way to send Arbor Day!Learn From the Tree Pros at Celebrate Trees! on April 4

Four certified arborists will lead free workshops at Celebrate Trees! an Arbor Day event on Saturday, April 4, at the Carillon in Richmond’s Byrd Park.
“We want to help homeowners and other people interested in trees make the best decisions they can,” said Michael Mather, Richmond Urban Forestry arborist who will lead the workshops on tree identification.
“The only requirement is to dress for the weather if your choice of workshops will be outside,” said Suzette Lyon, president of the Richmond Tree Steward Advisory Panel.
Adults won’t be the only family members learning about trees and the environment at Celebrate Trees! which will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Children can participate in Radio Disney’s “tree trivia game show” led by Ranger Spruce Sassafras and enjoy other hands-on educational activities. The Ranger Spruce Sassafras shows will start at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
And most everyone can try tree climbing, courtesy of Riverside Outfitters, weather permitting.

Go here to read more about free classes and the presenters:


Shahriar Abbassi’s got the goods, and the chickens in Randolph College’s organic garden know it.

As soon as he nears the bucket where their food is stored, they circle him and the bucket, waiting and occasionally pecking at his shoes and pants.

The real scrambling begins, though, when he starts tossing out handfuls of grain all over their pen.

Every now and then, the rooster — Abbassi calls him Bruce — makes a low, guttural noise that sounds almost like a growl. Abbassi says Bruce does this to let the other three, all hens, know he’s found food.

“I have a hard time coming here and leaving,” says Abbassi, night supervisor of the college’s library and the faculty/staff adviser for the garden. “They’re just so entertaining.”

They also serve many purposes in the garden, which Abbassi and a group of students from the college’s Environmental Club are cultivating, using the principles of something called permaculture. READ MORE>>


Humphrey Calder Community Garden now has it’s own website! Check it out and stay in touch with the newest community garden project in Richmond! Garden on!


    Please join Tricycle Gardens for our FIRST Annual Seed Swap & Pot Luck

FEBRUARY, Saturday 14th, 11am-2pm

Start your Valentines Day with a seed swap! Bring some seeds / perennials to trade, and a dish to share.

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We will be joined by our friends and neighbors from Mineral Virgina, The Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.

Go home with new varieties, tips, stories and a full belly!

LOCATION: Tricycle Garden’s Office, 211 West 7th Street (in Old Manchester)

FREE! (Donations always accepted!)