God’s Pit Crew held their 8th Annual Benefit Banquet Thursday, January 25th through Saturday, January 27th. This has been a year of catastrophic hurricanes and attendees heard first hand personal testimonies from those affected in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. During 2017 God’s Pit Crew distributed nearly 3 million pounds of relief supplies to disaster victims. 

Over the course of three nights, Sodexo and the IALR Conference Center team, served 550 volunteers and donors each night, representing participation by over 1600 people. Tickets for next year’s banquet went on sale February 8th. If you are interested in reserving a table for 2019, please call their office at 434-836-4472. 

To learn more about God’s Pit Crew work in Disaster Relief, Building Projects and Local Distribution, visit their website www.godspitcrew.org.

Virginia State University (VSU) held their 2018 Small Farm Cut-Flower Growers Conference on January 31st and February 1st.

The 225 attendees participating in the event came from all over the region. This conference served small farm growers interested in beginning or improving their cut-flower businesses. Sessions & demonstrations provided helpful training and advice for best industry practices from growing, producing and marketing. Several nationally recognized speakers participated in the two-day event.

Sponsors included Virginia Cooperative Extension, VSU College of Agriculture, and Farm Credit.

Danville Master Gardeners held their annual Spring to Green – Gardening for Southside on Saturday, February 3rd. 

The day long conference attracted close to 200 people who had an opportunity to gather advice and information from 21 vendors, as well as hearing from a certified arborist whose presentations included Trees & Turf and Progressive Horticulture.

A highlight of the day long event, was a presentation from the lead Horticulturist with the Smithsonian Gardens, who also has the responsibility for year round garden care and plantings in the area surrounding the National Museum of History.