This Land is Our Land: April 16 Focus in Floyd

Doors open at 9:30. Speakers, vendors, food, conversation.

Floyd County’s April 16th Earth Day event, Land’s Sake: Floyd’s Journey Ahead, will be held at Floyd County High School, with programs from 10 to 2 pm.


The event will offer a variety of speakers and vendors focused on nature and nature resource education, conservation and responsible use towards a sustainable future.

The event is free, food, information and good discussion will be abundant. More information at the Land’s Sake web site. Click image to enlarge.

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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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  1. My only contribution was the image. Got to pass this off to some pros at a local green enterprise whose owners are very active in sustainability issues locally and can tap the skill sets of their employees for civic purposes.

  2. Ann is correct in saying that your written and visual imagery do contribute to folks wanting to move here. After a friend suggested this region it was your blog that made me decide to come and see for myself. I do hope to be a good steward of the land and want to create a riparian buffer zone along the 1,000 or so feet of Greasy Creek that run through my property. Hoping to learn more about that issue at the conference in April.

    Thanks, Rigel

  3. I take some credit and some blame. What I find is that folks already with a longing for a place like Floyd find out more about HERE through Fragments perhaps than they can about other similar places; the blog gives HERE a face. What I find is that the folks who are drawn here, in part, by what they learn from the blog, have been the kind of folks who FIT here, and come to help rather than change HERE into THERE. Look forward to seeing you on April 16, Rigel.