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11:48 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Opening the Gate: Farmers on Fencing

For two years, the state of Virginia has been begging cattle farmers to keep animals out of streams on their property - offering to pay the full cost of fencing to prevent pollution of rivers and, ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay. 

Irvin White raises cattle in Central Virginia - calling recently weaned calves to the feeding trough as part of his evening routine.  From the beginning, he’s seen good reason to fence his farms - to keep cows out of the streams where they like to drink and cool off when the weather turns warm.  After all, those streams are loaded with bacteria.

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Environment
3:57 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

VaNews: Brewery Resistance, Biosolid Controversy

Residents in one of the remaining rural areas of Fairfax County have stopped  a plan to open a micro-brewery in their community. And in Spotsylvania there's controversy over whether biosolids – which are made partly from human waste – should be allowed as fertilizer on farm fields. 

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link onvpap.org.

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Shalom Farms in Goochland
11:46 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Down on the Farm: Discovering Local Food Sources

A recent survey showed 28% of Virginians have a hard time getting fresh fruit and vegetables in their communities.  What’s more, half of kids said they would head for a fast food restaurant or convenience store if given $5 for food. 

To counter those problems, a group of teachers is taking Richmond kids to the farm, where they dance, sing and discover the wonders of compost. 

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Student Environmental Coalition
11:33 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Pipeline Resistance Ride

Credit Photo by Drew Gallagher

Last week, 30 students began an unusual protest – riding bicycles along the path of a proposed natural gas pipeline.  

Kendall King with the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition says protesters wanted to increase public awareness of plans for the 550-mile underground pipeline that would link fracking sites in West Virginia to customers in North Carolina.

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Community Service & Volunteerism
4:00 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Give a Crop - or Chop - to those in Need

Plenty! in Floyd.

Food banks are a lifesaver, but they don’t always make for the healthiest of diets.  A volunteer organization in Floyd County is moving to bring more fresh vegetables and healthy proteins to the table. 

The food bank and farm known as PLENTY in Floyd County, is constantly coming up with ways to provide that missing link.  Connecting people who have surplus food with others who don’t have enough. 

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