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Slug Lines Come to I-66 Corridor Farm to Table at Your Own Home – Join a CSA!
BY SARAH MCGOWAN
Spring Into These Activities This March and April
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on the cover Historic Garden Week in Virginia celebrates 85 years, April 21-28. See this featured house on the tour. Photo courtesy of Winchester – Clarke Garden Club.
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April 22nd marks the 51st anniversary of Earth Day. A day of celebration of the mother ship. But perhaps we need to focus our efforts more directly on the human impacts that are affecting our earth. If the last four years are used as a barometer of what is happening with our climate, then we are surely getting warmer. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continues to track our weather patterns and 2017 now adds up to the fourth straight year that we have recorded the warmest weather since 1880, when weather records were first being recorded. As such, I believe DATA’s mission, to reduce single occupant vehicle use, continues to be a critical line of work to abate climate change and global warming. @livemore and DATA attempt to bring this focus to your everyday lives by
educating you on the choices you have that can really make a difference, not only in your quality of life, but also on the sustainability of our world habitat. In this edition of @livemore, we highlight a number of festivals that are being held in conjunction with the area’s recognition of Earth Day, as well as the fledgling emergence of spring. We are also highlighting Historic Garden Week – one of the most popular and visited occasions in Virginia; learning more about Community Sourced Agriculture (CSA) networks; and where to send you children to summer camp. It doesn’t hurt to start planning ahead. And speaking of planning ahead, is your business resilient to interruptions in service or product delivery? Particularly when unforeseen weather or other severe events
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occur. Contingency planning, for most businesses, means developing a plan B, C or D to ensure that you keep the lights on (even remotely) and the doors open for business. We highlight some great opportunities in this edition of @livemore. Seek us out if you need any consultation on contingency or continuity planning. As the calendar shifts from winter to spring, we hope that this edition of @livemore gives you some motivation to give Mother Earth a hug on her special day (which is every day) by making one simple change in your life, once a week, that helps our environment. Take transit, carpool, telework, recycle more, plant a tree, etc. By doing so, we hope your actions also help you Live More and Commute Less!
Historic Garden Week in Virginia Celebrates 85 Years - April 21-28
Photo by Louise Kraft.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (left), photos courtesy Virginia Tourism Corporation. For the past 85 years residences and public gardens throughout Virginia open their doors to the public to celebrate Garden Week. “Virginia is especially beautiful during Historic Garden Week,” notes Nina Mustard, President of the Garden Club of Virginia, the sponsoring organization of the country’s oldest statewide house and garden tour. For one week in April, nearly 25,000 visitors tour beautiful homes and gardens across Virginia and enjoy all the Commonwealth has to offer. The 2018 event encompasses 29 tours organized and hosted by 47 member clubs. Nearly 250 private homes, gardens and historical sites will be open especially for Historic Garden Week. Every year the properties opened and the tours offered are dif-
ferent, making each year a unique experience. A beloved spring tradition, Historic Garden Week in Virginia gained important recognition when the Garden Club of Virginia reported the results of its first economic impact study of this successful fundraiser. “The Garden Club of Virginia was able to provide reliable figures estimating the cumulative impact over almost fifty years to be over $425 million,” states Mustard. “It’s the largest ongoing volunteer effort in Virginia that promotes so many of its communities, both large and small,” says Stephie Broadwater, State Chairman of Historic Garden Week. “We felt that an economic impact study would help validate that work.”
The inspiration for Historic Garden Week dates to 1927 when a flower show organized by Garden Club of Virginia volunteers raised $7,000 to save trees planted by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. The first tours took place two years later, and proceeds from tours have continued to fund the restoration and preservation of the Commonwealth’s significant historic public gardens ever since. “Historic Garden Week has raised millions of dollars to keep Virginia beautiful,” notes Lynn McCashin, GCV Executive Director. “The grounds of Virginia’s most cherished landmarks including Mount Vernon and Stratford Hall have been restored with tour proceeds. As the Garden Club of Virginia approaches her Centennial in 2020, we
are also supporting Virginia State Parks with a portion of HGW proceeds.” “It’s hard to conceive of the scope of Historic Garden Week, so we like to share some surprising numbers,” Karen Cauthen Ellsworth, State HGW Director and Editor of the Guidebook (a 240-page publication produced annually in support of Historic Garden Week) adds. “In addition to the amazing interiors and gardens on display, Garden Club of Virginia volunteers will design over 2,000 spectacular floral arrangements to decorate rooms open to the public. Most of the plant materials will come from their very own gardens.” The 2018 marketing materials will feature the Kwanzan cherry blossom and a historic Gloucester property on the
water. “The Kwanzan cherry is the star of the Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C. and such a lovely symbol of the beginning of springtime,” explains Ellsworth. She emphasizes, “Historic Garden Week would not be possible without the hard work of our 3,300 Garden Club of Virginia members across the Commonwealth.” The Garden Club of Virginia celebrates the beauty of the land, conserves the gifts of nature and challenges future generations to build on this heritage. The 3,300-member organization presents educational programs and makes awards to encourage community conservation and beautification projects. Most notably, the Garden Club of Virginia is recognized for its Historic Garden Week, a statewide tour of gardens and homes. Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic gardens, landscapes and state parks.
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Continuity and Contingency Planning for Your Business You are working on a major proposal for your firm, an opportunity to possibly make or break the budget for the next fiscal year. It is due by close of business tomorrow. You’ll need every minute to make this a winner. In the frantic scramble to put the pieces of the proposal puzzle together, you overhear some of your co-workers discussing the weather. You finally ask “What’s up?” A coworker responds, “What the weathermen predicted to be a passing snowstorm a day or so ago, is now being deemed – A BLIZZARD!” “What?” you ask. “Yup, upwards of 18 to 20 inches coming in tonight, paralyzing the region’s road and transit networks,” the co-worker says. A sinking feeling sets in and you realize that it looks like you’re sleeping in the office the next day or so.
But it doesn’t have to be that way if you and your company have a continuity of operations plan in place. Such plans are developed to preserve business operations during natural or man-made events that may prevent workers from getting into the office for a day or more. Surprisingly few businesses have examined such plans or adopted policies for implementing contingency/continuity plans…even when the prospect of short or long term shutdowns or slowdowns can mean significant lost revenue and productivity. DATA staff can assist you and your business in developing contingency plans, and have been doing so since the major disruptions that occurred during 9/11 and the subsequent sniper episode. Rising tensions with North Korea don’t help either, but in-
terest has waned considerably since these previous events – until the next Snowmaggedon arrives or a surprise shutdown of Metro occurs again. Without adequate preparation and contingency planning, many businesses struggled to get employees to work and thus lost important productivity. Although contingency/ continuity plans are individualized for each particular business, most of these plans include some core elements. Telework Having employees who can work from home in the event of a natural or man-made emergency (like the recent Metro shutdown) is like your company’s electronic insurance policy. No way to get to work... no problem! Your employees can still fill orders, complete important projects (like our snowbound friend above) and
even teleconference. In addition, Global Workplace Analytics reports industry leaders like Dow Chemical, Best Buy and British Telecom find their teleworkers are 35-40% more productive, while a Stanford University study found teleworkers are 50% less likely to quit than employees who work strictly in the office. Consider
that statistic when it can cost you $10,000-$30,000 to replace a valuable employee! And most teleworkers still spend more than 50% of their time in the office, so concerns about supervision, collaboration and team-building are unfounded. Right now, the Telework!VA program offers free technical assistance to
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MAR/APR 2018 companies interested in starting or expanding a formal telework program…including helping you decide which jobs are suitable for teleworking, what kind of equipment and security you need, how to supervise your teleworkers and more. There’s additional information on the many benefits of teleworking at www.teleworkva.org. Transit Information With the opening of the Silver Line, many locations that were unserved by public transportation are now connected to the system. Now you can take Metro from your home in Largo to your office in Tysons Corner. But your employees may not realize how easy and economical it can be to leave their single occupant vehicle in the driveway and take transit to work. Fairfax County now offers the Plu$50 Program through which your employees can qualify for a $50 SmarTrip card to try transit if you institute the simple-to-administer SmartBenefits program. And even though a major weather event can curtail transit service, it’s usually more reliable than trying to drive alone.
Ridesharing When your employees share a ride to work – either in a cost-effective vanpool or a convenient carpool – you’re doing a lot more than helping reduce congestion on area roads and improve the environment. With shared driving responsibilities, you’ll probably find your employees are late less often and arrive in a better frame of mind from not having to battle traffic each and every day. In addition, you may be able to turn in some of those expensive parking spaces you’ve been leasing from the business next door or reduce the cost of the valet parking you currently provide! And if one of the carpoolers has a four-wheel drive vehicle, ridesharing can become a preexisting means of getting essential employees to work in an emergency. Biking or Walking Dust off your old twowheeler or investigate Capital Bikeshare; biking to work is easier than you think! Reston alone boasts over 15 Bikeshare docking stations, strategically placed at many employment locations.
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association provides classes, seminars and events at a reasonable cost for cyclists of every skill and commitment level. County websites can help you plan a safe route to work or to a transit terminus. And with affordable and convenient Capital Bikeshare, you don’t even have to own a bike to take advantage of this efficient, environmentally conscious commuting option. Or try hoofing it. Walking a few days a week could replace the expensive gym membership you’re not using. Think a mile walk to the nearest Metro stop is too time-consuming? It can add as little as 15 minutes in beautiful spring weather to your commute! Technology Consider CarFreeAtoZ, Moovit, Uber and Lyft, Commuter Connections CarpoolNow, and other alternatives. How can DATA help keep you in business? Making your sure your employees are aware and familiar with these types of technologies can keep your business going, particularly in short term interruptions of transporta-
tion services. DATA staff can provide insights on all of these services and conduct training, if necessary, on how to use the applications and technologies. DATA’s experts will work with you to develop a continuity of business plan that suits your organization and your workforce. There’s no charge for the consultation and no obligation. We’ll probably start with a simple survey that tells us how your employees are currently commuting. We’ll spend some time learning about your business…are you interested in green initiatives, do you
like to conduct contests to motivate your employees, are your employees tech-savvy or more likely to respond to the traditional approaches? Then we’ll suggest the best way for you to keep doing business when you can’t conduct business as usual. Call DATA at 703.817.1307 and get connected to Kelly Woodward or Sarah McGowan. We even have bi-lingual assistance available! Think you don’t have time to talk to us? Well, what would you rather lose? A few minutes or a few thousand dollars?
New International Routes from Dulles in 2018 BY ROB YINGLING Good news for travelers looking for a long-distance getaway: Cathay Pacific will offer nonstop flights four times per week from Dulles International Airport to Hong Kong beginning September 16. The airline’s new Airbus A350-1000 will enable the 7,085-nautical-mile route to become the longest
flight serving either Dulles or Hong Kong. The service was announced in December, and reservations are available at cathaypacific.com. Globetrotting also just got easier to Dulles’s most popular foreign destination: London. Primera Air, a low-fare European carrier, announced new service from
Dulles beginning in August. Five weekly flights will whisk passengers to London Stansted Airport, located just northeast of the city and connected by express train service. A new Airbus A321neo will operate on the route, fitted with a total of 198 seats – 16 in premium economy and 182 in the main cabin.
Introductory fares are as low as $199 each way at primeraair.com. A new seasonal route previously announced from Dulles to Edinburgh, Scotland, on United Airlines will begin daily service on May 23 using Boeing 757 aircraft. Dulles is the region’s premier international airport
– serving 57 nonstop destinations outside the U.S. on 33 different airlines. In 2017, the airport handled more than 7.8 million passengers – a new record.
The Quest for the Perfect Summer Camp
Belle Island State Park. Photo credit: Ali Zaman, Virginia Tourism Corporation. It’s hard to believe, but those long, lazy days of summer are just around the corner! While the summer months can conjure up nostalgic memories of relaxed, school-free days, they can also be a challenge for parents who work, or who are looking for ways to keep their kids engaged and active as the summer wears on. Luckily, in the DC-metro area, there are a variety of camps available that range in price and cater to different interests. With so many available options, keeping a few things in mind can help you find the perfect camp for your child:
What interests your child?
This is probably the most important question to answer. With so many themed camps to choose from, it helps to think about the types of topics and activities that interest your child. Some camps are very focused. Would your child be happy playing soccer or basketball every day? Is your child happier playing indoors or outdoors? As a camp instructor, I witnessed more than one unfortunate mismatch between camp and child. Picture a kid who is fearful of worms and finds fishing boring at a camp
Lake Drummod. Photo credit: John Henley. Virginia Tourism Corporation.
where that was the activity all day, everyday - this actually happened. The camp, aptly named “Fishing Camp,” was a dream come true for most of the kids, but perhaps the parents of this young man didn’t realize to what extent the kids would be fishing, or thought he would “warm-up” to the sport. Do your homework. If you can, talk to someone who has a child who has previously attended the camp. If you have any questions or uncertainties, call the camp director. And, by all means make sure your child is part of the camp decision process. By the way, STEM camps are all the rage right now, so if that is something that interests your child, be sure to sign up early!
Most overnight camps are offered to children starting at about seven years old. Camps range from highadventure (think ziplines, white water rafting and horseback riding) to performing arts-focused to traditional camps that touch on a little bit of everything. Once again, think about what interests your child. You might also want to consider accommodations - is the camp single sex or co-ed?
How many kids attend the camp? Do campers spend the night in tents or cabins? These types of details can make or break a camper’s experience.
When we hear “camp,” many of us think of the traditional “sleep-away” camp, but there are many exciting day camps to look at too. Day camps are typically offered to children beginning at four years old. Similar to overnight camps, think about the theme and camp size. While many day camps offer a variety of activities, there are a number of specialty camps focusing on sports, the arts, nature, etc. Additionally, you want to think about transportation – is busing an option, or will you need to drive your child each day? Do camp hours coincide with work hours, or do they have an aftercare program? You may also want to inquire about lunch options for your child.
The following are more resources to help you and your child make some decisions about how to spend a week (or eight weeks!) of their next summer. Week-long day camps are offered
through the Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William County Parks and Recreation Departments. With zoology, soccer, fishing, gymnastics and chess camps (to name a few), there truly is something to fit every child’s interests.
Prince William County:
www.pwcgov.org/government/ dept/park/summercamp/Pages/default.aspx For a comprehensive listing of private day and overnight camps, check out Washington Parent’s 2018 summer camp guide: www.washingtonparent.com/guides/ guide-camp.php The American Camp Association has guides on how to choose and prepare for camp, as well as comprehensive information on topics like camp accreditation, the value of camps and camps as an industry: www.acacamps.org
Slug Lines Come to I-66 Corridor Slug lines, or informal carpool rider pick ups, have been used in the DC area for decades. Most of the slug line activity revolved around use of the I-95/I-395 corridor, whereby “drivers” would pick up “riders” to enable them to use of the HOV lanes. The riders would typically be dropped at the Pentagon or along the route that the driver would take to his/her place of employment. Most riders would be picked up at park & ride lots or at bus stops. Riders get a free ride and the driver gets use of HOV lanes and has a faster commute. Now that I-66 HOT lanes are operational, a whole new slug line culture is emerging within this corridor. In fact, a website has been developed with information on where and how to take advantage of I-66 slug lines. This information is reproduced below. Slug on commuters and take advantage of this winwin situation for drivers and riders alike!
How do they work? • The driver pulls into one of the many known locations for slug lines, where riders line up. • The driver holds up a SIGN or rolls down the window to CALL OUT his/her destination. • Riders first in line head to the driver’s location get into the car and off they go!
Reproduced from I-66 Slug Lines. Slugging is a unique form of commuting, different from carpooling; driver and rider(s) are dynamically matched at the slug pickup location based on their destination. Slug lines assist drivers by reaching the two person HOV requirement to avoid tolls, and rider(s) get a free ride. We have about 10,000 commuters along I-95 corridor using this unique form of commuting. With the conversion of I-66 HOV lanes to toll lanes, about 14,000 clean fuel vehicles lost their exemption to travel on I-66 during peak hours. After a month of coordination and communication with I-66 commuters, we came up with few accessible pickup locations. We still have to run it through the local government and other organizations. Most of the afternoon slug lines are co-located with the existing slug lines in DC. Slug lines grow organically and depending on the demand and convenience, locations may be added or modified by the commuters.
West bound afternoon slug lines: Virginia: 1. The Pentagon 179 S Rotary Rd. VA 22202 2. Rosslyn 1901 N Moore St, VA 22209
SLUGGING RULES & ETIQUETTE •
Say hello and thank you
NO MONEY EXCHANGED
First come, first served
Feel free to pass a rider or a ride
Buckle up and drive safely
Roll up the windows,
maintain room temp
Keep it clean for the ride:
body and car
Play acceptable news or music
Drop off at the pickup location
Keep your phone conversation
short (less than 2 minutes)
Do not force conversation
Looking to coordinate rides? Join www.facebook.com/groups/i66sluglines.
Do not eat, drink or smoke
Riders do not operate the car
Have questions? Post them at https://sluglines.com/a/forums/ forum/sluglines.
No personal grooming in
East bound morning slug lines: 1. Vienna Metro South KnR 9550 Saintsbury Dr, VA 22031 2. Fairfax Govt. Center PnR 12000 Govt Center Pkwy VA 22035 3. Stringfellow PnR 4734 Cochran Pl. VA 20120 4. Cushing PnR 7312 Cushing Rd. VA 20109 5. Herndon-Monroe PnR 12530 Sunrise Valley Dr. VA 20191
Washington DC : 1.Foggy Bottom 23rd St NW & I St NW bus stop 2. 15th & NY Ave 1445 New York Ave NW, DC 20005 3. 19th & F St 554 19th St NW DC 20431 4. L’Enfant Plaza 679 D St SW, DC 20024 5. Navy Yard 300, M street SE, DC 20003
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Farm to Table at Your Own Home – Join a CSA! BY SARAH MCGOWAN As the sun stays with us a little longer and days are warmer, many of us can’t help but think of summer cookouts and the good food that accompanies them. One way to take full advantage of those perfectly sunripened tomatoes, sweet corn and crisp greens is to join a CSA (community supported agriculture). A CSA provides “city-folk” with direct access to food produced by local farmers. Basically, CSA shareholders pay for a “share” of vegetables for a set number of months (usually by season). This cost allows the farmer to plan for the season, repair equipment, purchase seed, etc. In exchange, each week shareholders receive a box of locally farmed, seasonal vegetables. Many CSAs also offer options to purchase locally produced meat, cheese, eggs, flowers, breads, and other goodies! Each CSA is a little different, but there is usually a “host site” (this can be an individual’s home, a school, farmer’s market, etc.). This is where the vegetable boxes are dropped off by a CSA representative and picked up by CSA participants. Your CSA will work with you to find a host site that is closest to your home to facilitate pickup. Alternatively, many farms offer CSA share pick-up at the farm itself. Most CSAs also have different sized “shares” – full, half and even quarter shares – depending on how many individuals you are feeding and your budget. Another option is to split the share with another individual or family if smaller shares are not an option.
Why would I participate in a CSA when I can just go to the grocery store? The produce is fresh. The typical American meal travels 1,500 miles before it is consumed. That lettuce you just purchased was picked and stored up to 4 weeks ago. And how about that tomato? In the U.S., tomatoes can be
picked and stored for up to 6 weeks. In order to transport our produce long distances, it is often picked while still unripe and then gassed to “ripen” it after transport. Am I making you hungry? Conversely, the vegetables you are getting through your CSA have been picked the week you receive your box. Yum! CSAs are more sustainable. Remember that 1,500-mile road trip your veggies took to get to your plate? That trip contributes to your food’s carbon footprint. Vegetables from your CSA box generally come from farms within 100 miles of its drop-off point. Additionally, CSA vegetables are seasonal, meaning that you are not going to get a tomato in January. Vegetable production accounts for a large percentage of a vegetable’s carbon footprint – think of the energy needed to heat and light a tomato hothouse.
By eating local and seasonal, you are cutting down on both transport and production emissions. Bonus: Your support also helps to keep the farmer’s small business sustainable! It expands your palette. Garlicky scapes, Jerusalem artichokes, and stinging nettles – oh my! While CSA boxes include common seasonal vegetables – tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, etc., if you are lucky, you will get a few surprises. Initially, it may feel a little bit like playing Iron Chef each week, but most CSAs give you a list of what to expect in your box a few days before pick-up, which helps with planning - some CSAs even provide recipe ideas! As five-year CSA veteran (with kids), I have found that it has really pushed my family to incorporate vegetables into our meals that I would never have considered – with (mostly) very positive results.
It’s an opportunity to meet new people. Since most CSAs have a central pick-up point, it is not uncommon to meet participating neighbors at these pick-up points. The question, “What do you usually do with all of these turnips?” is an easy conversation starter and you may find that you have a lot more in common than a turnip problem! Our gracious CSA host has also held potlucks for our CSA group and put those who are interested on a listserv where we can exchange emails regarding vegetable storage, recipes and food swaps.
Are you sold?
Interested in trying a CSA this summer? Here are a few that cater to those living in Northern Virginia:
Fair Oaks Farm Aldie, Va. Mollie Madison 571-257-4243 email@example.com www.fairoaksfarmva.com $495 full share, 16 weeks; or flexible CSABucks program in which members choose produce, meat, eggs, flowers and more for pickup at farm shop Pickup locations: Alexandria, Arlington, Chantilly, the District Pickup at the farm: Yes
Great Country Farms Bluemont, Va. Mark Dewey 540-554-2073 firstname.lastname@example.org www.greatcountryfarms.com $499-$649 (depending on pickup or delivery site), 20 weeks; delivery to homes or businesses in Northern Virginia. Pickup locations: Aldie, Arlington, Ashburn, Chantilly, Fairfax, Herndon, Lansdowne, Leesburg, Sterling, Vienna Pickup at the farm: Yes
Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative Leola, Pa. CSA department 717-656-3533, ext. 2 email@example.com www.lancasterfarmfresh.com $599-$855 vegetable share, 26-week summer season; fall and winter seasons available; chicken, meat, fruit, flower, herb, bread, cheese and egg shares available. Cooperative of about 100 farmers. Pickup locations: Arlington, Baltimore, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Columbia, Damascus, the District, Fairfax, Falls Church, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Great Falls, Herndon, Kensington, Leesburg, Montgomery County, Olney, Potomac, Reisterstown, Rockville, Silver Spring, Springfield, Takoma Park, University Park, Vienna Pickup at the farm: No
Polyface Farm Swoope, Va. Sheri Salatin 540-885-3590 firstname.lastname@example.org www.polyfaceyum.com
Pay-as-you-go buying club for meat (beef, chicken, turkey and pork) and eggs; monthly March through November. Delivery. Pickup locations: Alexandria, Annapolis, Arlington, Ashburn, Centreville, Fairfax, Falls Church, Kensington, Laurel, Leesburg, Manassas, Occoquan, Potomac, Reston, Silver Spring, Springfield, Takoma Park Pickup at the farm: Yes
Potomac Vegetable Farm Vienna, Va., and Purcellville, Va. Hana Newcomb 703-759-2119 email@example.com www.potomacvegetablefarms.com Full Share: Three share sizes: mini ($25/week), regular ($34.50/ week), robust ($46/week) 16 week summer share, 8 week autumn share Delivered shares cost $3/week more. 1/2 Share: mini share is $25 per week, 16 weeks in summer, 8 weeks in fall. Either or both. Pickup locations: Alexandria, Arlington, Burke, Falls Church, Fairfax, Herndon, Reston, Springfield Pickup at the farm: Yes
Spring House Farm Lovettsvile, Va. 703-999-6636 firstname.lastname@example.org www.springhouse.farm $220-$672 for three-month, meatonly shares (bi-weekly delivery). Pickup locations: Arlington, Ashburn, Centreville, the District, Hamilton, Leesburg, Vienna Pickup at the farm: Yes
Willowsford Farm Ashburn, Va. Michael Snow 571-297-6900 email@example.com www.willowsfordfarm.com $729 large share, $513 small share, 27 weeks; vegetable, egg, prepared food items, flower, chicken, milk and other shares available, as well as weekly pre-orders for all farm stand items. Additional delivery sites may be available. Pickup locations: Aldie, Ashburn Pickup at the farm: Yes
Spring Into These Activities This March and April Have you had enough of these February weather swings? Ready to get outdoors more often? Perhaps get rid of some cabin fever? Fortunately, with Earth Day and spring just around the corner, there are numerous opportunities to visit and participate in some local festivals. Below is a sampling of some in our region. Go ahead, get out there and live a little more!
28th Annual Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival
April 21 – 22. Downtown Leesburg, Virginia. Contact: Ida Lee Park Recreation Center at 703-777-1368 or visit www.flowerandgarden.org. Historic Leesburg will once again be in full bloom as lush landscapes and gorgeous gardens fill the streets. On April 22 and 23 over 120 vendors will
be featuring landscape designs, gardening supplies, outdoor living items, plants, flowers, herbs and so much more! Stroll through the streets and take in the sights and sounds of springtime. Whether it’s gathering ideas for your new outdoor patio, stocking up on gardening supplies, or searching for a perfect gift for the avid gardener in your life, this event will have something for everyone! The event runs from 10:00am-6:00pm on Saturday and 10:00am-5:00pm on Sunday. Festival goers can take a break from exploring the treasures vendors have to offer by stepping inside the Beer and Wine Garden located on the Town Green. Here, they can relax and sample ice cold brews and wines from around Loudoun County and beyond.
The Flower and Garden Festival will also host two entertainment stages. The Main Stage, located on the Loud-
oun County Courthouse grounds, will feature acoustic performers all day on Saturday and Sunday. The music kicks
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MAR/APR 2018 off on Saturday with local favorite, Gary Smallwood. This is a great place to sit under a tree, take in the tunes, and savor a tasty treat from one of the many food vendors onsite. The second stage is all about our younger festival attendees and is located in the Children’s Area. The Children’s Stage will feature interactive, live entertainment all day Saturday and Sunday afternoon. In addition to the entertainment, children can paint large wooden animal cut-outs, create a garden marker, or participate in one of the other crafts available in this area.
The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, a six-day festival held annually in Winchester, Virginia, is known for its many guest celebrities and events. The festival was first held Saturday, May 3, 1924, and was originally celebrated as a one-day event (although not held in 1942-1945 due to World War II). Features include a Grand Feature Parade, Firefighters’ Parade (first held on Thursday, April 18, 1929), a carnival and midway, luncheons, races, walks, dances, and concerts, as well as a field show competition which formerly gave out the Queen’s Cup trophy to the winner, starting with the original Queen, Elizabeth Steck. Go to Thebloom.com to learn more about the scheduled activities.
This is Fairfax County’s official Earth Day and Arbor Day event. Once again Clean Fairfax welcomes Fairfax County Park Authority’s Healthy Strides Expo–workshops, 91st Annual Shenandoah Apple vendors and activities to help us Blossom Festival be healthier and happier. ”Healthy Springfest Fairfax April 27 – May 6. 135 North CamPeople-Healthy Planet.” Over 75 venApril 21. The Sully Historic Site, eron Street, Winchester, VA 22601; dors, exhibitors and food trucks will be DATA-2017-6-58125x4-rev-1.pdf 1 4/6/17 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly,10:03 Phone: 540-662-3863 at AM SpringFest–and admission is still FREE! Learn about the great work VA 20151; Phone 703-324-5471.
ladybugs do for our gardens; ride a pony; try a fun run; participate in environmental crafts; check out the bees and the trees; consult with Master Gardeners; buy plants for your garden and MORE! Entertainment includes: Food trucks; The Recycling Pirates puppet show; petting zoo; Touch-a-Truck; and more!
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April 22: Earth’s Special Day
Isn’t every day Earth Day? It’s where we live. Its soil, weather, and atmosphere help provide us sustenance. Its beauty inspires art and poetry. More recently there are many concerns that Mother Earth is under increasing stress. However, we’re all about the earth…so how did a special day to celebrate our symbiotic relationship with the planet Earth finally come to be? The “creation” of Earth Day was motivated by the emerging social consciousness embodied in widespread anti-Vietnam War protests and partially inspired by the international popularity of Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking ecological exposé The Silent Spring, published in 1962. During an era seemingly oblivious to the effects of leaded gasoline and unregulated manufacturing on air quality, a true bi-partisan
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effort to protect Mother Earth emerged. In 1970, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson – shocked by the devastation wrought by a massive oil spill the previous year in Santa Barbara – convinced conservation-minded California Congressman Pete McCloskey to join him in sponsoring a “national teach-in on the environment.” Denis Hayes, now president of the Bullit Foundation (dedicated to preserving the natural environment of the Pacific Northwest), became national coordinator. Hayes marshalled a staff of 85 to promote the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. Over 20 million people nationwide participated in Earth Day activities. Friends of the Earth came from all walks of life, from both political parties, from blue collars to blue
bloods. And that was just the beginning. The United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts all trace their origin to the success of that first Earth Day. By 1990, more than 200 million people in 141 countries “celebrated” Earth Day, leading to Senator Nelson receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role in protecting the environment. Despite occasional setbacks prompted by lobbyists, a sometimes apathetic public, and cautious politicians, what is now the Earth Day Network has grown April 22 into the largest secular observance in the world, involving 22,000 partners, 192 countries, and more than a billion people in activities that reach far beyond a single day of observance. With history in mind, the Earth Day Network has set amazing and achievable goals to celebrate the 51st Anniversary of this monumental day. Learn more about how you can be part of the 2020 celebration at www.earthday.org. After all, the Earth belongs to all of us. And we belong to it!
DATA doesn’t “take it for granted” that behavior change is easy, and is always seeking innovative ways to get commuters to consider choices like ridesharing or taking transit. Through grants funded by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, DATA encourages commuters to live more by commuting less. Here’s an update on how we’re doing! It’s how DATA rolls at special events in support of its Live More Commute Less: FOCUS! grant. We’ve reported on the Believe It! community created through this grant in previous issues. According to Grant Manager Sarah McGowan, the community now numbers almost 300 motivated Reston employees, employers, and residents interested in trying biking (or walking) to cover that “last mile” between their home or workplace and the Reston Metro or a transit stop. Pedals and Pizza was held on the Plaza at Reston Station and featured bike experts who demoed different bikes (including one from Capital Bikeshare) and helped interested bikers plot safe travel routes on a super-size Fairfax County bike map. There were giveaways, a raffle…and, of course, pizza! Other engaging events for the Believe It! folks included two “sold-out” Capital Bikeshare rides from the WiehleReston East station to DATA partner Oracle where riders were rewarded with a box lunch and a Believe It! tshirt…and a new appreciation for how little time it takes to bike the trip. The riders actually arrived back at the Capital Bikeshare docking station before DATA organizers traveling in a van. In early April, DATA will sponsor another event at
Reston Station featuring the Beeline, a mobile bike tune-up van from Reston Town Center cycle shop The Bike Lane. A social media- driven contest in March will give commuting and recreational bikers a chance to win one of six free tune-ups. Check livemore.us/believeit/ later this month for details or follow @BelieveItReston on Twitter and Believe It, Reston on Facebook. SchoolPool? Dive In! Have a child who attends a private or magnet school that provides little, if any, transportation for its students? DATA is promoting Commuter Connections’ SchoolPool program, which helps parents whose children attend the same school share driving responsibilities by forming carpools. It’s easy to start a SchoolPool and DATA’s already interested nearly half a dozen schools in participating! First, a school enrolls in SchoolPool. Parents register online and SchoolPool creates a personalized “matchlist” with the names and contact information of other parents interested in carpooling. Only the parent’s contact information appears on the matchlist, ensuring the safety and anonymity of the children. The parents arrange to meet to see if SchoolPool is a good fit. DATA helps the school promote the program by holding tabling events, addressing the PTO/PTA, creating promotional materials, and providing content for the school’s social media platforms. For further information on SchoolPool, contact Mobility Manager Karla Nativi (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Grant Manager Sarah McGowan (email@example.com).
Fairfax County Commuter Services Ridesharing Carpools and Vanpools: Fairfax County Ridesources fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/sources.htm NuRide: Online ridematching nuride.com Commuter Connections: Resources for commuters commuterconnections.org Slug Lines: Organized system of casual carpooling slug-lines.com
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