Blue Ridge Community College, a partner of the Greenforce Initiative, will host Growing Green in the Valley for agricultural producers, agri-tourism operations, and related businesses and interested individuals on Thursday, May 19 from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Plecker Workforce Center on the Weyers Cave campus.
The one-day symposium focuses on sustainable living and making the most of agricultural and agritourism enterprises, while also emphasizing the market appeal and benefits of environmentally-friendly practices. Senator Mark Warner will deliver the keynote address (via video teleconference).
Joel Salatin of Polyface Inc. and other experts will be there to share their knowledge.
Participants will have the opportunity to explore various topics with experts in the field in breakout sessions throughout the day including:
• Farm bio-energy
• Small scale wind and solar
• Alternative fuel vehicles
• Sustainability
• Buying local, and much, much more!

Attendees will also be able to visit exhibits sponsored by local agri-tourism businesses and organizations that provide resources and support for growing agriculturerelated enterprises.
Register today!
Can’t make it? Check back after May 19 to read our blog about some of the interesting things we learned and what came out of the day.