If you’re interested in birds, you’ve probably heard of the Christmas bird count. On December 25th, volunteers head out to see what feathered friends are in their area and report to a national data bank.
You may not know that a similar enterprise is underway for frogs. In fact, the North American Amphibian Monitoring Project is looking for help here in Virginia.
American Chestnut trees used make up twenty-five percent of the Appalachian forest. A blight, in the early 1900s changed that, and today they’re all but gone from the forests from Georgia to Maine.
But the tree left us a way to resurrect it from the dead, and with it, a kind of message: Only with the help of human beings will the towering Chestnuts return.
"I was raised here in the valley and when I started hunting, about 1960 or so there were still these old gray giant trunks standing in the woods," says Carl Absher a semi-retired forester from the Catawba Valley.
There are now more than 240 farmers' markets statewide, an increase of about 180% since 2006.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says if every household in the state spends ten-bucks a week on locally-grown food, it would mean a $1.6 billion dollar investment back into the economy.
You can find a list of farmers' markets across Virginia here.