Balancing Rural Conservation & Economic Development Part 3

If you live in central Virginia and are interested in balancing rural conservation and economic development, make plans to join the conversation TONIGHT, Wednesday, April 27 at the Centerville Firehouse in Manakin-Sabot.

Partnership for Smarter Growth, in collaboration with Citizens Concerned with Goochland Growth, Capital Region Land Conservancy, the 35 Mile Drive Association, and the Goochland County Chamber of Commerce, presents…

GOOCHLAND VILLAGE SERIES

BALANCING RURAL CONSERVATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Part 3: Community Design Goals and Processes
for Goochland Villages

Wednesday, April 27th, 7:00 – 9:00

Centerville Firehouse
52 Broad Street Road
Manakin, VA 23103

Enjoy presentations and opportunities for Q&A and dialogue about the process, challenges, opportunities, and context of engaging the community in village development in Goochland County. 

REBECCA DICKSON

County Administrator, Goochland County

DAN HOLMES

Director of State Policy, Piedmont Environmental Council

RACHEL FLYNN

Former Director, Planning and Development, City of Richmond and Lynchburg

PARTNERSHIP FOR SMARTER GROWTH

Partnership for Smarter Growth (PSG) is the regional hub for smarter growth education and implementation.  PSG’s mission is to educate and engage the communities in the Richmond region to work together to improve quality of life by guiding where and how we grow.  We address the interconnected issues of land use, transportation, housing, conservation, food security, and economic development integral to our quality of life. 

GOOCHLAND VILLAGE SERIES

The Goochland Village Series engages high quality speakers and local citizens and leaders to explore how conservation coupled with appropriately designed communities in the right places can ensure preservation of rural character and a strong economy for Goochland county.  PSG is pleased to work closely with Goochland organizations and residents to present this program. 

Our first event, entitled What Makes a Village and held in November of 2009, was a partnership with the County of Goochland and featured architect Carlton Abbott and landscape architect Ralph Higgins.  Our second event, Learning from a Neighboring Village Model, was held on February 9th and brought together public and private stakeholders involved in creating  a village in New Kent on existing infrastructure. This final event in the series, Community Design Goals and Processes for Goochland Villages, highlight the perspectives of Goochland County decision makers and land use and planning experts on how to engage the community in village development in Goochland.

www.35miledrive.com

Go Green with Local Food- Co-ops, Markets, Boutique Butcher

Happy Earth Day!

As Kermit the Frog famously said, “it’s not easy being green!”  Or is it? Challenge your GREEN IQ with the following quizzes at National Geographic–

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/green-guide/quizzes

How green are you? Test your knowledge and learn about: sustainable food, green gardening, organic foodie, seasonal food, plastics, water conservation, green kitchen, green laundry room, green bedroom, green bathroon, home insulation, saving gas, energy conservation, energy IQ, going green, air conditioning and home heating.

So how can you green up your food choices? To quote Mr. Peanut this time, “you are what you eat from your head down to your feet.” As someone who grew up in the late 70’s and 80’s with the likes of  Wonder Bread and Little Debbies in my diet, that’s something to ponder for sure!

In today’s complicated world, the best way to green up our diet is to simplify. Eat organic when possible, buy local and/or grow your own fruits and vegetables.  Eat unprocessed, unpackaged food when possible. If you eat meat, choose free-range organic grass-fed options. When possible, avoid genetically modified crops (GMO) like wheat, soy, corn and cotton. But that is a topic for another day. In short, get the chemicals, hormones and antibiotics out of your food.

Did you know? Each pound of local food you purchase prevents a quarter pound of climate change (CO2 emissions.)

Here in Goochland County, in central Virginia, we are fortunate to have a vibrant local food community. As you think about making smart food choices, remember to buy fresh, buy local and get the good stuff on your table.

Brookview Farm is a family owned and operated grass-fed and finished cattle farm located in Manakin-Sabot, VA. The Fisher family has owned and operated Brookview Farm for over 25 years. Our animals’ diet of grass and clover, coupled with the fact that they are fit and active, produces meat that is high in protein and anti-oxidants. This creates meat that is as low in fat and cholesterol as boneless skinless chicken. www.brookviewfarm.com

Brookview Farm has been a participant of Lulu’s Local Food along with many other farms. The co-op offers a wide variety of meats, produce, and other local grown and handmade products and is dedicated to connecting family-owned and operated farms serving the Richmond area with local customers in search of fresh food all year long. Weekly pick up in convenient locations in Goochland, Powhatan and eastern Hanover. www.luluslocalfood.com

 The Tuckahoe Farm Market is open each Sunday from Noon-4pm.  Stop by to visit and take home our delicious meats and eggs. Tuckahoe Plantation Livestock offers grass fed beef, pasture raised lamb, free range eggs,  pasture raised rabbit, pasture raised chicken, wool and yarn. www.tuckahoeplantationlivestock.com

ChiknEGG Productions promotes Sustainable Agriculture & FOOD – growing, selling, cooking, preserving, eating & celebrating with a farmer’s market in Manakin-Sabot. Visit their website at  www.chiknegg.com

Nadolski’s Butcher Shop in Goochland serves as a broker of small Virginia Farms that produce artisanal breed Cattle, Hogs, Lamb and Game Birds, we specialize in being able to link Premium Breeds of livestock to the community and offer certain cuts from entire animals. www.nadolskisbutchershop.com

Be Green. Be good to each other. Be good to yourself.

www.35miledrive.com

Spring Jubilee Ticket Treasure Hunt

The Spring Jubilee Heritage & Wine Festival at Rassawek in Goochland County will be May 21-22.  Enjoy Byrd Cellars and six other Virginia wineries, a variety of music stages including bluegrass, old time, blues and country, traditional arts and crafts, antique cars and farm equipment, fishing derby, wholesome food, early American homesteading demonstrations including hearth cooking, canning, spinning and bee keeping, 4H livestock show and children’s activites.

Tickets for the wine festival and heritage festival are $20 for adults/ $35 a couple. Tickets to the heritage festival only are $10. Children 12& under are free.

Follow us on Twitter (@35miledrive) to join in the ticket treasure hunt! Follow the clues to find your own tickets to the event compliments of the 35 Mile Drive Association! Stay tuned for the first clue.

www.rassawek.com, www.35miledrive.com

Rural Conservation and Economic Development

If you live in central Virginia and are interested in balancing rural conservation and economic development, make plans to join the conversation on Wednesday, April 27 at the Centerville Firehouse in Manakin-Sabot.

Partnership for Smarter Growth, in collaboration with Citizens Concerned with Goochland Growth, Capital Region Land Conservancy, the 35 Mile Drive Association, and the Goochland County Chamber of Commerce, presents…

GOOCHLAND VILLAGE SERIES

BALANCING RURAL CONSERVATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Part 3: Community Design Goals and Processes
for Goochland Villages

Wednesday, April 27th, 7:00 – 9:00

Centerville Firehouse
52 Broad Street Road
Manakin, VA 23103

Enjoy presentations and opportunities for Q&A and dialogue about the process, challenges, opportunities, and context of engaging the community in village development in Goochland County. 

REBECCA DICKSON

County Administrator, Goochland County

DAN HOLMES

Director of State Policy, Piedmont Environmental Council

RACHEL FLYNN

Former Director, Planning and Development, City of Richmond and Lynchburg

PARTNERSHIP FOR SMARTER GROWTH

Partnership for Smarter Growth (PSG) is the regional hub for smarter growth education and implementation.  PSG’s mission is to educate and engage the communities in the Richmond region to work together to improve quality of life by guiding where and how we grow.  We address the interconnected issues of land use, transportation, housing, conservation, food security, and economic development integral to our quality of life. 

GOOCHLAND VILLAGE SERIES

The Goochland Village Series engages high quality speakers and local citizens and leaders to explore how conservation coupled with appropriately designed communities in the right places can ensure preservation of rural character and a strong economy for Goochland county.  PSG is pleased to work closely with Goochland organizations and residents to present this program. 

Our first event, entitled What Makes a Village and held in November of 2009, was a partnership with the County of Goochland and featured architect Carlton Abbott and landscape architect Ralph Higgins.  Our second event, Learning from a Neighboring Village Model, was held on February 9th and brought together public and private stakeholders involved in creating  a village in New Kent on existing infrastructure. This final event in the series, Community Design Goals and Processes for Goochland Villages, highlight the perspectives of Goochland County decision makers and land use and planning experts on how to engage the community in village development in Goochland.

Rockabilly and Elvis at White Hawk Music Cafe Tonight

 Put on your blue suede shoes and head out to the White Hawk Music Cafe for an evening of rockabilly and Elvis with Wrenn Mangum tonight!

Tonight, Friday, 4/8

Where: White Hawk Music Cafe, 1940 Sandy Hook Road, Goochland, Va 23063 (804) 556-3388

Time: 8 pm to 10 pm, $5 cover

Wrenn Mangum celebrates the music of the 50’s- commanding the stage with only a guitar, microphone and amp, he takes you back when life seemed innocent and cars were cool. www.wrennmangum.com

The White Hawk Music Cafe is a member of 35 Mile Drive. Visit our website at www.35miledrive.com