Solar Energy Workshop #investinyourfuture

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Come find out what’s new in solar energy for your farm, residence, or business. Learn about the latest in solar panel technology, ground mount options, REAP grants and federal tax credits. We’re excited to share with you how quickly your initial investment can give you energy independence.

The Center For Rural Culture is excited to offer this class as part of their Homesteading Series.

Saturday November 12, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Grace Episcopal Church
2955 River Road West
Goochland, VA 23063

Click here to Register- $25

The Sustainable Technology Institute is Virginia’s leading solar training center and installation expert. 

For additional information, contact Sam Turner

Center for Rural Culture

804-539-4295
sturner12358@gmail.com

Farm to Table Dinner- Get Your Tickets!

JOIN THE CENTER FOR RURAL CULTURE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FIRE, FLOUR & FORK FOR AN EXCITING CULINARY ADVENTURE!greensThis year the 2016 Purveyor of the year, Manakintowne Specialty Greens, hosts Dutch & Co and Tom Power of Fat Canary as they bring the farm…. literally….to your table.

Sunday, November 20th, 1 p.m. and Farm Tour at 11 a.m.

TICKETS ARE LIMITED AND GOING FAST! BUY THEM AT www.fireflourandfork.com

 

 

Hello World. Meet Richmond. New Cycling Book Debuts For 2015 UCI Worlds

After a hiatus……drumroll please…..35-Mile Drive Presents Visit Goochland is back! We can’t think of a better way for a grand re-opening than to celebrate at the Manakin Farmer’s Market this Saturday, September 12th 9-1.

2015ORWcoverJoin us for a special book signing of On Richmond’s Wheel by Aynsley Fisher and Tom Houff– our hot-off-the-press new book celebrating cycling in Richmond. The book shares Richmond’s extensive cycling history dating back to the late 1890s and the high wheels and brings us up to the eve of the greatest bike race in the world– the 2015 UCI Road World Championships.

We share the inside scoop on how Richmond came to win the bid for host city, and how, once the dust settles and the 1,000+ cyclists and their teams from 70 countries, 500 international media and nearly half-a-million fans have returned to their corner of the globe, Richmond will continue to emerge as one of the country’s top bike-friendly towns.

The book showcases stunning photography of iconic Richmond cycling scenes by noted photographers Jesse Peters, Chris Johnson and Wayne Dementi.

We believe– not that we are biased, of course– that ORW is a must-read for cycling enthusiasts, history buffs, Richmond natives full of good old RVA pride, our hometown peeps and tourists looking for a timeless souvenir from their experience at the Worlds. BTW, our foreword writer, Virginia native Ben King, will ride for Team USA. Woo hoo! Stay tuned for more info or follow us on FB at 35-Mile Drive Presents Visit Goochland.

Buy the book www.onrichmond’swheel.com

Loveworks- Virginia Tourism

LOVEWORKS at VA-1

35-Mile Drive at the Virginia Tourism Summit in Richmond, Virginia

On behalf of 35-Mile Drive and tourism in Goochland County, Jenny Liesfeld and Aynsley Fisher attended the VA-1: LoveWorks Conference. The two-day event offered attendees from the tourism industry around Virginia the chance to network, learn and gain insight into the latest data. Highlights included: electronic marketing workshops, lunch with members of Virginia’s General Assembly, a report on the new statewide tourism plan, how to integrate the “Virginia is for Lovers” campaign and your own, latest consumer research and travel trends, tourism and economic development, marketing leverage grant programs and panel discussions on leading with advocacy and supporting tourism when funding is cut, frozen or nonexistent.

Fun Fact:

The highly anticipated movie “Lincoln” (in theaters November 16, 2012), directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was filmed in Richmond, Petersburg and even Goochland County. Petersburg plays Richmond, Richmond plays Washington, D.C., and the Goochland/Powhatan set from HBO’s award-winning miniseries “John Adams” also played a role. As Rita McClenny, Director of the Virginia Film Office and Interim President and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation reported, “when Spielberg saw the Capitol in Richmond, he said, ‘I want that to be the backdrop for my film!'”

Shiitake Mushroom Workshop

Want to grow your own Shiitake Mushrooms?

This workshop is for anyone who has looked at the mushrooms available in the grocery store and wished for fresher, non-bruised, local mushrooms for their table. Participants will learn the techniques and environmental conditions necessary for growing delicious shiitake mushrooms in Virginia. After a discussion of the factors necessary to get started, participants will tour the mushroom production area on Rock Castle Farm. After this quick tour, students will be given spawn and a log (3-4′) to inoculate and bring home to grow their own mushrooms.   We will provide all the necessary tools and supplies. The cost of this workshop is $25, which includes a $5.00 materials fee for the spawn and log. Participants can register online at http://crcmushrooms.eventbrite.com. Or click the link above.

Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm

Rockcastle Farm

745 Rock Castle Road

Goochland, Va.

For more information, visit www.centerforruralculture.org. Interested in more workshops? View their schedule in the popular Homesteading series.

Goochland Receives Tourism Marketing Grant Funds

Governor McDonnell Announces $800,000 in Grant Funds to Increase Tourism in Virginia’s Localities

~40 local tourism projects will receive marketing dollars to increase visitation and revenue~

 

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell announced today nearly $800,000 in tourism marketing grant funds for more than 40 local tourism initiatives across the state.  The Virginia Tourism Corporation awards the grants.  Each grant is matched by funds from a minimum of three local organizations and used to support marketing initiatives including advertising, Web development, online marketing and brochures.  The three to one matching funds provided by local partner organizations leverages the $800,000 in grant funds into more than $2 million invested in tourism marketing.  In total, more than 180 public and private partner organizations will work together as a result of the grant program. Governor McDonnell recently increased funding for the program as part of his efforts to increase economic development through tourism.

 

“Tourism is an integral part of the Virginia economy – providing nearly $18 billion in revenue and employing more than 204,000 people,” said Governor McDonnell.  “These grant funds are designed to spur economic development through tourism.  The state’s investment maximizes local marketing funds – allowing for localities to double and sometimes triple their marketing power to attract more visitors to local destinations.”

 

The Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program is designed to stimulate new tourism marketing through partnerships and to extend the Virginia is for Lovers brand.  The objective of this program is to leverage limited marketing dollars, resulting in increased visitor spending.  A minimum of three entities must partner financially to apply.  Partners may consist of Virginia towns, cities, counties, convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, other local or regional destination marketing organizations, private businesses, museums, attractions, cultural events, and other entities.

 

“Virginia’s tourism marketing has a proven 5:1 return on investment, meaning that every dollar the state invests in marketing provides $5 back in tax revenue alone,” said Alisa Bailey, president and CEO of the VTC.  “These grants are a tremendous resource for localities that helps get attention for local destinations and generate the revenue and jobs that tourism creates.”

 

Details on grant awards are below. The next round of the Tourism Marketing Leverage Program will open August 8, 2011.  Localities interested in applying should visit www.vatc.org for more information.

 

 

 

VTC Marketing Leverage Grant Awards

Organization

Project

Amount

Artisan Center of Va. Take Home a Piece of Va. $10,000
Shenandoah County Shenandoah County Shines $7322
Richmond CVB Greater Richmond Video Series $50,000
Colonial Athletic Assoc. Va is for Lovers of CAA $10,000
The Crooked Road The Collaborative Crooked Road $28,000
Draper Mercantile Trading Co. Concert Series Marketing $7300

 

Friends of Southwest Virginia Inviting the World to SWVA $50,000
Round the Mountain Digital Online Artisan Maps $40,000
Northampton County Cross the Bay for a Day $37,077
Goochland County Discover Goochland $10,000
Northern Neck Tourism One-Tank Marketing $10,000
Scott County Outdoor Recreation Marketing $9,998
Waterford Foundation Waterford Homes Tour $12,913
Tazewell County Back of the Dragon $10,000
Roanoke River to Trails Tobacco Heritage Trail $878
Roanoke Valley CVB Blue Ridge Mountain Marketing $50,000
Virginia Beach CVB Live, Love, Run the Winter $46,851
Smyth County Tourism Blue Ridge Highlands Fishing Trail $30,000
Virginia for the Arts Minds Wide Open 2012 $24,882
Boydton Historic Renaissance Southern Virginia’s Little Village $2,500
Jamestown Settlement America’s Historic Triangle $50,000
Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce It’s Closer Than You Think Campaign $9,118
Piedmont Arts Assoc. Discover Martinsville’s Museums $9,925
Depot Arts Assoc. Entertain Your Sense of Art $1,655
City of Poquoson Seafood Festival and Recreation $6,142
City of Radford Phase V Tourism Initiative $10,000
Town of Brookneal Brookneal Wine Festival at Red Hill $2,504
City of Waynesboro Rebranding and Marketing $28,211
SoVa Wine Trail Wine Through Southern Va. $7,477
City of Galax/Grayson Co. Bluegrass, Blue Ridge, Blue Skies $23,013
Wilderness Road Brochure and Marketing Plan $42,000
Thomas Jefferson Foundation Greater Charlottesville Marketing $50,000
Visit Loudoun Lansdowne Resort Family Campaign $13,000
Nelson 151 Nelson 151 $10,000
Virginia Golf Vacations Click, Play and Save $15,775
Waynesboro Tourism Assoc. Mobile Marketing $4,642
Waynesboro Parks & Rec. Run the Valley Series $5,000
Shenandoah Valley Art Center River City Fall Foliage $10,000
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Wine Festival $10,000
Hague Winery Good Life Now and Then $8,000
Visit Fairfax Banner Advertising Campaign $30,000
Abingdon CVB Entertain Your Senses $10,198
Out of Woodstock Productions Virginia Renaissance Fair $10,000

 

Tourism is an instant revenue generator for Virginia that generates nearly $18 billion in revenue, supports more than 204,000 jobs and provides $1.24 billion in state and local taxes.

 

Love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation.  Visit www.Virginia.org to learn more about vacation destinations in Virginia or call 1-800-VISITVA to receive a free, Virginia is for Lovers travel guide.

Colombia: Pictures and Stories Booksigning

Sandy and Rossie Fisher

Join Sandy Fisher for a special booksigning at the New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville Thursday, August 4th at 5:30 p.m. Sandy’s book Colombia: Pictures and Stories is a pictorial narrative, compiled from his time in the Peace Corps in Colombia during the 1960’s and coincides with the Peace Corps’ 50th anniversary.

Sandy will talk about his journey- both in the Peace Corps and in the creative process of writing his book.

During his time in Colombia, Sandy worked in community development in Tenjo, outside of Bogota. After a year there, he became a volunteer leader based in Barranquilla on the Caribbean coast overseeing 20 different sites.

Colombia: Pictures and Stories by Sandy Fisher

After finishing his Peace Corps tour, he graduated from Columbia University and then returned to Colombia, South America to run an
experimental cattle ranch in Los Llanos for eight years with his wife Rossie.  He then came back to the United States to become one of the first executive directors of a camp in Virginia for medically handicapped kids.

Sandy and Rossie returned to their farming roots which began in the Peace Corps and founded Brookview Farm in Manakin-Sabot which became one of central Virginia’s first certified organic farms. They raise grass-fed and grass-finished beef which can be purchased through Lulu’s Local Food

For more information, email bviewfarm@gmail.com or visit www.brookviewfarm.com .

New Dominion Bookshop
404 East Main Street
Charlottesville, VA  22902
(434)295-2552