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Apr 4, 2022

We were on the Zooms for our conversation today with Sari Carp, Executive Director at Sustainability Matters. We talked about how small things can make a big impact on sustainability and she offered a few tips for things that any person can do to reduce their carbon footprint.

Sari gave us an update on their "Making Trash Bloom" project and talked about upcoming partnerships with Rappahannock & Fairfax Counties to make their landfills more sustainable.

She also gave us all the details for several of their upcoming events:

Native Gardens for Your Woodland Neighbors on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 from 7pm - 8:30pm. If you've always wanted to discuss gardening with an opossum, now is your time. Join Sustainability Matters and the adorable animal ambassadors of Blue Ridge Wildlife Center to learn how to manage your woods - or create a micro woodland if you don't already have one - for the benefit of native wildlife and yourself. They'll discuss the importance of native plants, how to foster a thriving ecosystem and deal with invasive plants, and what native pollinators and wild animals need most. The gardening talk will be given by Executive Director Sari Carp, followed by a virtual meet & greet with BRWC's animal ambassadors! This will be a virtual workshop, with time for Q & A. It's free, but space is limited, and registration is required.

Community Plant Swap on Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 1pm - 4pm at Friendly City Food Co-op (Harrisonburg, VA) 150 East Wolfe Street Harrisonburg. Divide your perennials, start extra seedlings, and come see what others have. Bring seeds, garden books, and tools as well. All non-invasive plants welcome; please label everything!

1-2 pm EARLY ACCESS for Sustainability Matters Members only (join here) 2-4 pm Free access for all

The swap isn't a direct exchange between individuals; your plants get sorted by type as they come in. You're welcome to take as much as you bring. If you don't have plants/seeds to bring, or want to take more than you've brought, they ask that you donate the fair market value of the ''extra'' plants that you take.

Composting for the Clueless on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 from 7pm - 8:30pm at State Arboretum of Virginia 400 Blandy Farm Lane Boyce. Composting doesn't have to be hard, smelly, or (too) messy! Keep your food and garden waste out of the landfill and use it to feed your soil instead. Join Sustainability Matters at the State Arboretum of Virginia (Blandy) for a workshop on composting basics, taught by their compost queen Deborah Abercrombie. There'll be plenty of time for Q & A.

Space for this is limited and registration is required. Please note that the event will be held in accordance with University of Virginia COVID requirements as of the event date. Currently, UVA requires masking by all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, at indoor events.

$10 per person for Sustainability Matters or Friends of the State Arboretum members/$15 non-members

Many of their webinars can be found on their YouTube channel here:

We also talked about our own repurposing projects and got into more details than what you may have heard on the radio show.

For more information about Sustainability Matters including upcoming events and membership info, visit their website: and follow them on Facebook.