1. SeedMoney: Funding opportunity for public food gardens– Online- Deadline: November 12
a. SeedMoney runs a once-a-year "crowd granting" opportunity open to public food gardens without any geographic restrictions. Funds can be used to start a new garden project or sustain an existing one. Past grantees include schools, community gardens, food banks, detention centers and homeless shelters, to name a few.
b. Participating projects set up crowdfunding pages for themselves using custom-built software and use challenge grants to motivate donors from within their communities to give.
i. Over the past 4 years, 1100 garden projects have raised nearly $900,000, which means that the average project raises roughly $800 with many projects raising $2000 or more. 255 grants will be offered this year. Grants will be on a sliding scale ($50-$700) to accommodate a wide range of projects, big and small.
ii. To find instructions on how to complete an application, please refer to the provided link in the title.
2. Virginia Association of Fairs, Caroline County Fair and Virginia Cooperative Extension Fall Judging School– November 16th– VA Tech; Blacksburg, VA
a. Who should attend Judging School?
i. Agents, department superintendents, fair board members, Master Gardeners, and anyone interested or associated with the home goods sections of local’s fairs.
ii. Please see the attached registration form for more information. All participants must agree to be listed in our on-line Fair Judging School Directory as available apprentice or certified judges for state and local fairs and other events in Virginia.
b. Our goal is to train and certify participants to judge at local fairs, State Fair, or any other related competition. There are many benefits to having certified judges including uniformity of judging standards, ethics training, and having a pool of available judges across the Commonwealth. All instructors are certified and have years of experience judging in Virginia and Maryland.
i. For more information: call Jeannie Dudding at 540-921-3455.
ii. Registrations should be sent to:
MACINE WILLIAMS, JUDGING SCHOOL
P.O. BOX 1207; RUTHER GLEN, VA 22546
a. Appomattox Master Gardeners are sponsoring a mushroom workshop in association with VCE – Appomattox and VSU.
b. Participants will learn how to grow mushrooms from a local expert!
c. Participants will learn how to prepare mushrooms to eat from a culinary expert!
i. Including live demonstrations!
ii. Morning refreshments will be provided by Appomattox Master Gardeners.
· Fee $10. Class will be held from 9am to 12 noon at the:
VCE – Appomattox: 177 Morton Lane, Appomattox, VA 24522
· Space is limited, so call 434-352-8244 to reserve your spot!
12. Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive pest insect– found in Winchester, VA- January 2018
13. eXtension Good and Bad bugs webinar series – Feb 1 – Dec 6, 2019