The Albemarle County / Charlottesville office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local connection to Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. Through educational programs based on research and developed with input from local stakeholders, we help the people of Albemarle County / Charlottesville improve their lives. We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.
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Albemarle’s International Farmer’s Market
The International Rescue Committee works to improve the lives of refugees in the Charlottesville area and provide them with access to nutritious foods.
The IRC sponsors the New Roots program, in which refugees from countries such as Bhutan, Burma, Burundi, Ethiopia, Syria and Colombia have the opportunity to grow produce for their homes and to sell in local farmers’ markets.
Produce from the New Roots farm is sold at the Michie Market on Michie Drive on Thursday evenings and the first and third Saturdays of each month during the City Market season. New Roots farmers also sell their produce to local restaurants, including Orzo.
Ian Pasquarelli, a family and consumer sciences agent with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, was at the Michie Market with two interns doing cooking demonstrations for a fennel and fruit salad.
“Our main goal is to take fruits and vegetables that are being sold [in the Michie Market] and use them in a recipe and incorporate different food items — maybe food items [customers] may not be as familiar with and things that grow well here in Virginia — so we’ve got peaches here today,” he said.
To read more about the Michie Market on Thursday evenings, see the rest of the article online at: http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/24598-refugees-finds-new-roots-in-charlottesville/.
Monthly Horticulture Tip Sheets: Get the scoop on what to do and when!
These tip sheets give you the low down on what exactly to do during each month – to help keep your landscape, lawn, indoor house plants and more - green and growing!
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Submit your questions to our office to learn about programs in, or to get questions answered about –
- Youth Leadership/4-H – Kimberly Buonomo
- Family, Health and Nutrition, Food Safety & Personal Finance – Kimberly Booker
- Horses, Livestock and Pasture – Carrie Swanson
- Lawns, Gardening & Landscaping – Master Gardeners
- Virginia Master Naturalist Program Director – Michelle Prysby
If you’re not sure who to contact, please drop a line to our front office and Nancy will be able to direct you to the right person.
Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN)
The Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN) accelerates efforts, connects partners, and shares resources to solve child hunger in Virginia and create nutritious food access for all Virginians.