Land’s Sake: Focus on Floyd’s Bounty and Future

Since it seems that the upcoming event is taking most of my keystrokes and neuron-firing just now, I guess I might as well let you folks in on it:

Land’s Sake: Floyd’s Journey Ahead is a land-and-natural-resource day planned for April 16.

Details are still coming into place. But NOW is the time to request free space for your land-ag-sustainable non-profit or business. Here’s the preliminary call that will appear in Thursday’s Floyd Press, but you got the jump!

Exhibitors Wanted: “Land’s Sake — Floyd’s Journey Ahead” will take place on April 16th at the Floyd County High School from 9:30am to 3:00 pm. Partnership for Floyd is seeking individuals, businesses and organizations to share ideas about our land — how to use it, preserve it, protect it. This is an opportunity for your business or organization to present information on agriculture, our natural resources, local products, energy efficiency, and more. Bring your pamphlets, displays, brochures etc. Each participant should provide their own table and chairs — plan on a 10×10 space. For more information, please contact Karin Grosshans at (540)239-0375 or Lynn Carden at (757)355-0010.

I have a really good feeling about this year’s effort. There is a broad coalition of folks coming together with a common purpose: to celebrate, understand, and act on behalf of Floyd County’s natural resources towards a sustainable, resilient future.

More details can be found in this preliminary announcement, also subject to some fine tuning. Go read it at Scribd.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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