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104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States

November 2017

Monthly Meeting: Local Author Jim Minick

November 20, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States
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Grayson LandCare and Blue Ridge Discovery Center have partnered for a reading by local author Jim Minick from his new book: Fire is Your Water on November 20th, at the LandCare office in Independence at 7:00 pm. Minick will share a presentation on folk healing tradition, answer questions, and sign books. There will be a limited number of his books available for sale that evening. Jim Minick is the author of five books, including the novel Fire Is Your Water…

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January 2018

International LandCare Member to speak!

January 15, 2018 @ 2:00 pm EST
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States
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We are excited to announce that Steve Burgess, an international Landcare member from Kandanga, Australia, will visit Grayson LandCare and speak Monday, Jan 15th at 7 pm. Steve, the 2016 Bob Hawke LandCare award winner, resides in the Kandanga community which is very similar to our community in the Twin Counties. He will discuss how they are overcoming issues which are very similar to ours.  His current work includes an action research project on “Feeding Hungry Soils” Trialling tools, techniques and…

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February 2018

IFM Online Market Pickup

February 14, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 4:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 18, 2019

Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States
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Customers can place orders online at independencefarmersmarket.locallygrown.net anytime from 7 pm Wednesday until Monday evening. On Monday evening, we will disable ordering for that week and send that week’s orders to our vendors. This will give our vendors time to prepare orders for customer pickup at the Grayson LandCare Office at 108 Courthouse street on Wednesdays from 4 pm - 6 pm.

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Promote Your Farm or Business with Video & Drone Technology

February 19, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States
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A passion for permaculture and organic farming drove local couple Ian and Candice Stevenson to establish Tiny House Farm in Grayson County, VA. While working as a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Ian recognized the need for a proactive approach to help educate and promote healthy and organic eating habits. Candice's experience in Marketing and Videography supplements her beginner farm income. Candice will present how Drone Technology and Videography are helping to connect Farm to Food, and how she is using…

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March 2018

Grayson Permaculture Meeting

March 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
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An event every month that begins at 6:00pm on day Second of the month, repeating until December 12, 2019

Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States
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The Grayson Permaculture Group is a group of people interested in learning more about permaculture and working collaboratively on a food forest garden project with LandCare and Church of the Good Shepherd. Interested in joining the GraysonPermaculture Group? We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month from 6-8pm at the LandCare office or at a member's home. Email Cynthia@graysonlandcare.org for more info or join our Facebook Group.

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Care Talks: Sharing Stories of GLC Mini Grant Projects

March 19, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States
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The Grayson LandCare March meeting will be our Annual "Care Talks" series. Modeled after TED Talks, these short presentations will feature projects that received mini-grant funding from LandCare in 2017. Ideas for new projects will also be presented. Grayson LandCare awards mini-grants up to $500 for projects led by members that have significant interest and fit our mission. If you have an idea for a project, please contact Kathy Cole info@graysonlandcare.org

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April 2018

IFM Pre-Season Vendor Meeting

April 6, 2018 @ 6:00 am - 9:00 am EDT
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States
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Have you thought about becoming a vendor at the Farmers Market? Here’s your chance to join returning vendors and find out about the coming season and enjoy a potluck lunch. Tentatively scheduled for the Grayson Landcare office at 108 Courthouse street unless we need to move somewhere larger. 1) If you plan to sell any kind of food: canned or baked goods or offer samples, including meats, please come at 10 am for a presentation by Sandy Stoneman. Rules have changed and…

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Spotlight on Independence Farmers Market

April 16, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States
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Get a behind the scenes look at the Independence Farmers Market! Join Michelle Pridgen, Market Manager, for a brief history and behind the scenes tour of the Farmers Market and learn about our other agricultural initiatives. We'll have drawings for a free IFM t-shirt and shopping bag.

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May 2018

Non-Native Invasive Plants: Looking for a Solution

May 21, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States
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LandCare board member, Cynthia Taylor will discuss the problem of non-native invasive plants in our area and possible solutions. Cynthia is past-president of the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council and worked for many years in Georgia restoring native habitats by removing invasive plants and restoring streams. She developed the first Cooperative Weed Management Area in the eastern US to help coordinate local, state, and federal agencies in the fight against invasive plants.s for patients and sharing resources.  

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June 2018

IFM Ice Cream Social

June 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States
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Celebrate Dairy Month with our 2nd Annual Ice cream social fundraiser Sunday June 24 from 2-5pm. We close down Courthouse Street and serve ice Cream with delicious homemade toppings and desserts. $10, kids under 10, $5.  All proceeds go to fund the Farmers Market

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July 2018

Life Cycles of Butterflies with Ellen Reynolds

July 16, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States
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August 2018

IFM Ice Cream Social

August 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States
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The first one was so much fun, we decided to do it again! Join us for another Ice Cream Social Fundraiser Sunday, August 19 from 2-5 pm. We close down Courthouse Street and serve ice Cream with delicious homemade toppings and desserts. $10, kids under 10, $5.  All proceeds go to fund the Farmers Market.

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September 2018

Stream & Wetland Restoration

September 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States
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Dr. Curtis Richardson, Professor of Resource Ecology Nicholas School of the Environment, Director, Duke University Wetland Center, will give a presentation titled: Stream & Wetland Restoration: The Key to Improving Water Quality and Habitat Diversity on your Land.  Dr. Richardson owns property in Grayson County and has spent many weekends here. Dr. Richardson's research interests in applied ecology center on long-term ecosystem response to large-scale perturbations such as acid rain, toxic materials, flooding, or nutrient additions. He has specific interests in wetland ecosystems,…

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October 2018

Annual Meeting, Dinner & Silent Auction

October 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States
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Join Grayson LandCare for our Annual Meeting Potluck & Service Auction at Ward Manor, 6:00 pm, Monday, October 15th, 2018. Come learn more about LandCare and support our initiatives in the community. Please bring a friend and a dish to share!  RSVP online http://evite.me/7vgTT2QXm3 A Sampling of Auction Items Include: Weekend stay at Dream Rock Silo or Creekside Bungalow Homemade marmalade Bring your kids or grandkids to play with adopted Grayson Highland ponies Kayak trip to see fall colors Sewing machine repair lesson…

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November 2018

The Community Food Forest Handbook

November 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States
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Catherine Bukowski is a researcher, author, educator, and communicator. She is currently wrapping up her Ph.D. at the College of Natural Resources and the Environment at Virginia Tech, where she co-taught an agroforestry and whole-farm-planning course that incorporated permaculture principles. She studied with Dave Jacke on food forest design, has a certificate in Collaborative Community Leadership, and is a trained facilitator. Catherine previously co-coordinated a forest farming virtual community for the online Cooperative Extension network and now sits on the…

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December 2018

LandCare Christmas Party

December 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States
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Join LandCare as we celebrate the holidays at 7:00 pm Monday, December 17th at the LandCare office in Independence. Bring an appetizer or drink to share. This year, we will collect items to support the Backpack Buddies program, which provides local students with child-friendly meals each Friday that they take home for the weekend. Please bring a donation of: Fruit cups or individual servings of applesauce Canned Vegetables Peanut Butter Nutrigrain Bars We will deliver all items to be distributed to the…

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January 2019

Intervening on Normal: Trauma, Substance Use, and Counselling in Appalachia

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States
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Intervening on Normal: Trauma, Substance Use, and Counselling in Appalachia presented by Darlene Vaughn at the Landcare meeting on Monday, January 21st at 7:00 pm.  

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IFM Grow More Vegetables Workshop

January 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States

Saturday, January 26– Grow More Vegetables for farm and garden workshop. 9 am to noon, 108 Courthouse St. $10 includes snacks.  Learn how to grow more in less space. Planting dates, spacing, interplanting and succession plantings will be addressed. Using information from the best national and local gardeners you’ll learn to apply these techniques to a single raised bed or a full-sized market garden. We’ll break into groups and design gardens for maximum production. We’ll also have our favorite tools, books, and…

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February 2019

Opioid Analgesics: Pain and Abuse

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States

Dr. Linda Dykstra, Kenan Professor Emeritus in Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina (UNC) @ Chapel Hill will give a presentation titled: Opioid Analgesics: Pain and Abuse. Linda and her husband, Bill Hylander, became members of Grayson Landcare upon retiring to Grayson County where they own a farm in the Spring Valley community. Linda received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1972 and moved to North Carolina the following year to accept a position at UNC. During…

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IFM Workshop: Pest, disease & Fertility

February 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States

Saturday, February 23- Pest, disease, and fertility for farm and garden.  9 am to noon, 108 Courthouse St. $10. Get ready for the growing season. Learn to use the handy fertilizer calculator, how to set up a worm bin for making your own compost, and planning for likely diseases and pests so you can catch things early when they are easier to control. We’ll bring our favorite tools and control measures.

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March 2019

Intervening on Normal: Trauma, Substance Use, and Counselling in Appalachia

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States

Intervening on Normal: Trauma, Substance Use, and Counselling in Appalachia will be presented by Darlene Vaughn at the Landcare meeting on Monday, March 18th, 7 pm at the LandCare office. Darlene has provided substance abuse counseling for twenty-five years, specializing in adolescent substance use, most recently, in Appalachia. Currently employed in rural community mental health, she serves a five-county area where she works collaboratively with politicians, emergency responders, and systems of care. She also teaches college courses in Human Services…

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April 2019

Independence Farmers Market News & Updates!

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States

Learn more about the Independence Farmers Market and what's new for 2019 at the Landcare meeting on Monday, April 15th at 7:00 pm.

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May 2019

Reclaiming the Biodiversity of Sri Lanka

May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States

One of our founders, Jerry Moles, has been working with Sri Lankan environmentalists for decades; and this winter several of us were able to go see what they are doing. This presentation will inspire you to think about native plants and trees, and the services they provide for us!

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June 2019

Matthews Farm Potluck

June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States
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July 2019

Natural & Sustainable Building with April Magill

July 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States

April will be presenting on her work as an Architect, Natural Builder, and Community-Building leader, working to advance sustainable, high-performing natural methods of construction.  Methods such as Rammed Earth, Hempcrete, Cob, natural plasters & paints and more are regenerative systems, often sequestering carbon, environmentally friendly, and healthy for the laborers and the inhabitants.  April is working to pioneer these methods in the southeast through her work as an architect and through education. April is an Adjunct Professor with ACBA where she teaches…

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August 2019

Composting with Tom Simpson

August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Grayson LandCare Office, 104 Courthouse Street
Independence, VA 24348 United States
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