Backyard Food Bank: Grow Your Own
is ready to sprout!


We're thrilled to be recruiting families for our new program, Backyard Food Bank: Grow Your Own! Geared at empowering vulnerable community members to grow their own food, Backyard Food Bank mentors entire families, including the children, through a full season of first-time vegetable gardening. The 2021 pilot program will be held in partnership with Friendly City Food Co-op in Harrisonburg. It will be primarily virtual, with one in-person, socially-distanced session at the Food Co-op on May 8. Interested families (or individuals) should contact Kari Souder to schedule a Zoom interview. Please spread the word and pass the flyer on!

Backyard Food Bank: Grow Your Own is a highly time-consuming and resource-intensive program to develop. It receives no public funding, and depends on community support from donors like you. If you'd like to see this project thrive and grow in our community, please make it happen by donating. If you're interested in participating as a volunteer mentor, let us know. Right now, we're primarily looking for experienced vegetable gardeners in the Harrisonburg/Rockingham area who can commit for the entire season (April-October). 

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Vegetable Gardening for the Perplexed
starts TONIGHT!


Follow our favorite transplanted English gardener, Paula Brownlee, through a 3-part series on on veggie basics, tips & techniques, and avoiding the sudden death of squash plants! Starts tonight, Tuesday, March 9, at 7 pm. Register here, or get this series and the rest of our 2021 webinars free as a sustaining member (Acorn level & up) of Sustainability Matters.

  • Session 1: From the Ground Up (March 9) covers key garden priorities - light, water, location, type of garden, and what to grow. Avoid beginner's mistakes, and get it right from the ground up!

  • Session 2: Down & Dirty (March 16) delves deeper, with hands-on specifics on soil, spacing, seed starting and schedules.

  • Session 3: Bugs, Blights & Weeds (March 23) is the problem prevention session. Head off those garden pests before they get started!

Get Ready for Earth Month!


Stay tuned for environmental education and fun throughout April:

Who is Sustainability Matters?


We're a Virginia-grown grassroots non-profit, cultivating community through conservation education. We make sustainability fun, realistic, and accessible to all. Our themes include sustainable gardening, agriculture and business; nature preservation; and environmental awareness.

Since January 2018, Sustainability Matters has organized over 130 programs and events in Virginia's Northern Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont regions, and now, virtually. We plant pollinator habitat at landfills, help vulnerable families grow their own food, host the Valley's largest Earth Day festival and Community Plant Swaps, lead Wild Edibles and nature walks, teach Sustainable Landscaping workshops, and much more.

Join in the conversation on our Facebook Page, Facebook Group, new Plant Swap Facebook GroupSustainable Shopping Facebook GroupInstagram, Twitter, or YouTube channel. Email or call us at (540) 325-5220 with any questions.

Sustainability Matters welcomes tax-deductible donations. Or support us by becoming a 2021 Member or Volunteer.

Contact: Sari Carp, Ph.D., Executive Director

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