Lynnhaven River NOW E-News  
September 8, 2014   
Mark Your Calendar for these  
Great Events

September 13 --River Cleanup at Birdneck

September 13 --Hampton Roads Sustainable Living Expo at Kellam High School

September 18 -- CBF Oyster Roundup

September 20 -- Master Gardener Fall Festival

September 21 -- Buy Fresh, Buy Local Farm to Fork

October 3 & 4 -- VCN VA Environmental Assembly

October 11 -- LRNow Fall Festival

Volunteers Needed

September 20 -- Master Gardener's Fall Festival, 10-3, Agriculture Research Center
2 volunteers needed: 1 from 9:30-12:30 and 1 from 12:30-3:30

September 21 -- BFBL Farm to Fork, 2-6:30 PM, Agriculture Research Center
2 volunteers needed: 1 from 1:30-4:30 and 1 from 4:30-7:00

September 26-28 -- Neptune Festival
2 to 3 volunteers

October 25 -- Shellfish Company Fall Festival
2 volunteers

If you are interested in helping LRNow at any of these fall events, please contact Trista at 962-5398 or

Farm to Fork
BFBL Celebration of Local Food 
Join us for an afternoon of local food tastings, drinks, music and more!

Sunday, September 21
3-6 PM

Agriculture Research Station
1444 Diamond Springs Road
$40 in advance/$45 at door
$15/$20 for children 8-12
under 8 free

For tickets & info visit:
Musicians Needed:
Do you have musical talent that you are interested in sharing with a very friendly audience?  If so, contact
Swamp Milkweed September
Native Plant of the Month

CBF Oyster Gardener Roundup and New Gardener Workshop

If you are currently an oyster gardener, you can
turn in your oysters at the date and time below.  If you are interested in becoming an oyster gardener, you can come at the same times to learn about how to get started.

Thursday, September 18
6:00-8:00 PM
Norfolk Academy
1585 Wesleyan Drive

Register in advance at or by calling 757-622-1964. 

Scoop the Poop 
Scoop the Poop Sticker
Stop by our office or call 757-962-5398 to get a sticker for your big black trash can.
Help spread the message.
VA Environmental Assembly
October 3 & 4 

The Virginia Conservation Network Virginia Environmental Assembly will be held at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 & 4.  For more information or to register, go to or call 804-644-0283

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Rain Barrel Bonanza
Order Yours Today -- $65

It's a rain barrel bonanza.  We have a special promotion going on for our October 11th Fall Festival at Rosemont Elementary School in Green Run.  Order a locally made rain barrel for $65 (our lowest price ever) and pick it up at the Fall Festival.

Find the details and place your order at this link --  

Saturday, October 11, Noon-5 PM 
at Rosemont Elementary School 

Parking onsite at the school

Children's Activities
Fun and Educational Booths
Native Plant Sale
Eco-Friendly Craft Vendors
Farmers Market and Seafood Market
Delicious Locally-Sourced Food
Rain Barrel Market
Hourly Raffle Drawings

For more information, visit
call 757-962-5398 or email Join the Fun!
Social Media Update: 
LRNow is on Pinterest!

Follow us on Pinterest (especially our "Pearl Home Green Practices" board) for more ways to live a green lifestyle. Click here:  
Find and follow our BLOG here:  

River Cleanup -- Birdneck Launch
Sat., Sept. 13, 9 AM-Noon

Join the fun and help clean up the river.  We will be gathering at the Birdneck Canoe and Kayak launch at the end of Old Virginia Road at 9 AM.  Access to a canoe or kayak is needed to participate in this cleanup.  An empty seat is sometimes available so contact our office if you are interested but do not have access to a boat. 

For more information or to register for this cleanup, call 757-962-5398 or email

Thanks to the great group, over 30 people, who came out to the August cleanup at Hutton Circle.  Almost 300 pounds of trash was collected that morning. 

Become a Pearl Home and Win Tickets to Next Year's Oyster Roast -- 2014 in 2014  
Pearl Home Flag
We have surpassed 1,700 Pearl Homes and have set a goal of 2,014 in 2014! 

Become a Pearl Home or recruit a friend or neighbor and you will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to next year's Oyster Roast.

The Pearl Home information and application are available on our website or in our office. If you recruit a friend or neighbor, make sure your name is at the bottom so you are entered into the drawing also.

Help us get to 2014 in 2014!

 Native Plant of the Month: September 
Asclepias incarnata
Swamp Milkweed

Swamp Milkweed will grow to 4-5 feet tall and spread to 2-3 feet. 

It likes full sun, blooms in July and August, and is the host plant for the monarch butterfly. 

It is long-lived and a good alternative to invasive Purple Loosestrife

To order a  Swamp Milkweed plant, call, 962-5398, or email
Cost is $8.