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Our Common Agenda Educational Series

The Virginia Conservation Network will be hosting a week of education and content for each of the chapters within Our Common Agenda, including webinars featuring each chapter's authors. These events will highlight and explain the policy suggestions contained within each briefing book chapter while celebrating the people who have worked diligently for months to craft the 2022 Our Common Agenda policy briefing book.

Poultry Processing Education and Training Session

Poultry processing is the term used by the poultry industry to describe the conversion of live poultry into raw poultry products fit for human consumption. Attendees to this workshop will learn about the equipment necessary for poultry processing and about American Farmland Trust's low cost portable processing equipment rental program.

63rd Annual Garden Club of Virginia Conservation Forum, Birds: Feathers, Fields, Forests, and Flowers

Birds: Feathers, Fields, Forests and Flowers, the 63rd GCV Conservation Forum, offers an impressive roster of speakers who will entertain and educate attendees on the “brilliance of birds” and some of the threats that are causing their numbers to diminish. Learn how our actions can help protect birds and their habitats, now and in the future. A question and answer session will follow each presenter.

Halloween Bike Ride

Get your costume, scare up some friends and join the Piedmont Mobility Alliance for a free, fun, relaxed and social bicycle ride through the streets of Charlottesville!

Volunteer tree planting at Sky Meadows State Park!

Join The Piedmont Environmental Council, Friends of the Rappahannock, Goose Creek Association, John Marshall Soil & Water Conservation District, and Casey's Trees for a volunteer tree planting at Sky Meadows State Park on Friday, October 29 - Saturday, October 30! Volunteers will be needed in two shifts, from 9am-noon and 1-3pm, for planting 1,060 native tree tubelings (scalping, digging holes, planting, and pounding wooden stakes). This is a family friendly event, and volunteers of all ages are welcome! Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tree planting at The Clifton Institute

In the spring, The Clifton Institute planted 975 tree seedlings along the stream in our native grassland. They need your help finishing the planting with a few more trees. Please bring your own work gloves if you have them.

Rapidan River – Clark Mountain Rural Historic District Community Meeting

Join neighbors and friends to learn more about the initiative to list the Rapidan River – Clark Mountain Rural Historic District on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. Staff from The Piedmont Environmental Council, along with the Fairfield Foundation and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will lead this discussion about what a rural historic district is, the nomination process and the historical significance of the area.

Butcher Training Course

Rappahannock Center for Education has a new meat cutting program designed to prepare students to work in the meat processing field at a wholesale processing facility or in a restaurant or butcher establishment. Tuition is $900 for 12 classes commencing November 6, 2021. The program was created in partnership with American Farmland Trust and The Piedmont Environmental Council.