Forestry and Gardening http://wvtf.org en Farmers' Markets on the Rise http://wvtf.org/post/farmers-markets-rise <p></p><p>There are now&nbsp; more than 240 farmers' markets statewide, an increase of about 180% since 2006.</p><p>The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says if every household in the state spends ten-bucks&nbsp; a week on locally-grown food, it would mean a $1.6 billion dollar investment back into the economy.</p><p>You can find a list of farmers' markets across Virginia <a href="http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/vagrown/">here.</a></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:34:52 +0000 Connie Stevens 20116 at http://wvtf.org Farmers' Markets on the Rise Celebrating Woodlands http://wvtf.org/post/celebrating-woodlands <p></p><p>There’s a big weekend ahead for those who love trees, with a Historic Tree symposium in Charlottesville, a lecture in Blacksburg, and an Old Growth Forest walk at Montpelier.</p><p></p><p></p><p>James Madison’s family thought nothing of clearing the woods around their plantation in 1723.&nbsp; In fact, most Americans viewed trees as an impediment to farming, but a convenient source of building materials and food.&nbsp; Later in life, Madison would come to regret that view.&nbsp; Horticulturist Sandy Mudrinich reads what he had to say on the subject.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:27:15 +0000 Sandy Hausman 18925 at http://wvtf.org Celebrating Woodlands Saving Hemlocks from Extinction http://wvtf.org/post/saving-hemlocks-extinction <p>A tiny, invasive bug is bringing down hemlock trees from Appalachia to southern Canada. And scientists fear another treasured native tree may be going the way of the American chestnut, forever changing forest ecosystems.</p><p>Researchers at Virginia Tech are hoping to beat the invaders at their own game. They’re using a new invasive species to keep an old one in check, and save the American hemlock tree.</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:54:41 +0000 Robbie Harris 15906 at http://wvtf.org Saving Hemlocks from Extinction The Future of Stadium Woods http://wvtf.org/post/future-stadium-woods <p>A 14-acre&nbsp; stand of trees on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg recently escaped destruction when the University agreed not to build an athletic practice facility on that spot.&nbsp;</p><p>Now a Virginia Senator wants to make protection of the parcel, known as Stadium Woods, permanent.</p><p></p><p>Senator John Edwards applauds Virginia Tech’s Board of Visitors for voting to save Stadium woods from development – for now. But he’s introduced a bill that would make protection permanent with a conservation easement on the land.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:34:05 +0000 Robbie Harris 15922 at http://wvtf.org The Future of Stadium Woods Stemming Boxwood Blight http://wvtf.org/post/stemming-boxwood-blight <p>Scientists are asking the public’s help in stemming the spread of&nbsp;a blight&nbsp;on the Boxwood bush.&nbsp;&nbsp;The plant is often used in holiday wreaths and garlands this time of year.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Boxwood plant is prized for&nbsp;its emerald leaves and slow&nbsp;growing habit. But&nbsp;a blight, first seen in the US in 2011 has spread to Virginia, where it threatens home gardens as well as historic sites. The disease eventually kills the plant.&nbsp;It’s caused by a fungus spread by contact with a diseased boxwood.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:20:17 +0000 Robbie Harris 14785 at http://wvtf.org Stemming Boxwood Blight