Sustainable NoVa Archives

How To Stop Receiving Junk Catalogs…

Is it even worth getting your mail anymore? Junk catalogs, coupons, flyers, credit card offers… you’re happy just to find a bill in all that mess. Sure, you can recycle, but wouldn’t it be better if you didn’t get this stuff in the first place? Not only does junk mail waste your time — the […]

How To Turn Your Teakettle Into A Non-Toxic Weed Killer

Are weeds growing up through cracks in your driveway? Do you have a brick walkway that was laid without mortar (a common technique) and now needs weeding? But you don’t want to use toxic herbicides like Roundup1? Good news! You don’t need herbicides to kill weeds. Herbicides can trigger asthma and other serious health problems […]

Baked Summer Squash Appetizers

These make great little appetizers and are a fun way to use up squash from your garden or from the farmers market. Ingredients 1 summer squash 1 c. shredded cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano gives a nice texture) 3 T. fresh herbs — we used parsley, rosemary, chives, and a little sage 1/8 c. olive oil Directions […]

Crock Pot Dijon Pork Loin Recipe

Just toss your humanely raised, beyond organic, local Virginia pork loins from Polyface Farm into the crock pot before you leave for work. And come home to a delicious main entree, ready to serve with steamed kale and mashed potatoes or cauliflower from the farmers market. Ingredients • 2 frozen pork loins, about 2 lbs. […]

Why Buying Local Grass Fed Beef & Supporting A Woman Farmer Is Easier Than You Think

Featured Farm: Soul Shine Farms Products: 100% Grass-Fed Angus Beef, Dry Aged. Order Online. Ships to VA, DC, MD, TN, NC Owner/Operator: Leslie Hancock Passion: Humanely-raised, healthy, sustainable, grass fed & finished Angus beef About two and a half hours south, in Greenville, Virginia, a woman farmer namd Leslie Hancock is passionate about raising 100% […]

Farmstead Ferments: Charlottesville, VA

Don’t you just love ferments? And all those beneficial little probiotics that come with your crunchy veggies? You could make your own sauerkraut, kimchi or fermented veggies but there’s quite a bit of time involved. So you’ll be glad to know that artisans are making them for you at a farm near Charlottesville, Virginia, called Farmstead Ferments. Describing themselves as “a […]

Robot Tomato Sale! Organic Heirloom Seedlings

What: Fundraiser benefiting local kids’ robotics teams When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 | 9am – noon Where: Beth’s Front Porch at 792 Grant St., Herndon, VA Since when do robots and tomatoes go together? Since six years ago when Herndon resident, Beth Riddick, decided to raise funds for kids’ robotics teams by selling organic tomato seedlings grown in […]

Big Native Plant Sale coming April 25th

“Gardening with native plants is better for our watershed, our woodlands, and our wildlife, especially birds. Let’s take back the outdoors this spring after our horrific winter!” — Scott Knudsen, Organizer of the Northern Alexandria Native Plant Sale, on why you should come out to the sale The Northern Alexandria Native Plant Sale promotes the use […]

Earth Day Events In Northern VA

Earth Day is officially April 22nd. Here are some awesome local events you might want to check out. They’re fun and educational for the whole family and most are free. SATURDAY, APRIL 11 Earth Day in Haymarket 8:00am – Noon 8:00 – 9:30         Washington St clean up 9:00 – noon        Farming Exhibit at […]

March Is the Time to Plant Peas

The best time to plant peas in northern Virginia is from March 1st to March 31st according to the Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners. (See all their recommended vegetable planting dates.) Here are some more pea growing tips from Larry Shapira, instructor at the Merrifield Garden Center’s Seed Starting Class. Pre-sprout the seeds in a paper […]