Rockfish News: December 2022

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Nelson County extension agent Grace Monger and master gardener officers Bill Osheroff, president, Cathy Morgan, secretary, Ron Fandetti, treasurer, Judy Olgerthorpe, vice president, Eileen Maybee, volunteer educator.

Nelson County Master Gardeners

At the Master Gardeners Association monthly meeting on November 8 at Rockfish Presbyterian Church, members voted on a by-law change to the definition of patrons and elected the officers for 2023. Newly elected officers included Bill Osheroff, president, Judy Oglethorpe, vice president, Ron Fandetti, treasurer and Cathy Morgan, secretary.

End of the year project committee reports included Devils Backbone Pollinator Garden, Schuyler Quarry Gardens, Mallory Creek Meadow, Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, Horticulture Crafts for Seniors, Plant Sale, and Farm Market table.

Eileen Maybee, volunteer educator, reported that the new training class begins in February 2023 with an application deadline on December 9. Anyone interested should call 434-263-7180 to apply.  Grace Monger, Nelson County extension agent, provided a short training session on methods for project management. 

Community Service Awards 

Ruritan National recognized the Rockfish-Lovingston Ruritan Club for community service in four different areas. Awards for volunteer hours in service to the environment, social development, citizenship and patriotism, and public service were presented to club president Camille Hicks at the membership meeting on November 7.   

Anyone interested in becoming a member should contact Ed Hicks, vice president, and attend a meeting at 6 p.m. at the Lovingston Café on the first Monday of the month. Meetings include a dinner and a speaker from the community. Donna Baker, JABA director of operations, provided an overview of services to the community during the November meeting.

Winter Markets Begin

The indoor Winter Market at Rockfish Valley Community Center will be held twice in December.  The first Saturday, December 3, will offer the familiar fare of produce, artistic crafts, and locally raised meats. A table for the Master Gardeners is a new presence this year to promote the upcoming classes for 2023.

The second special Holiday Market will be held December 17. Market hours both days are 9 a.m. to noon. One hundred Christmas trees will be available for sale outdoors in December.

No markets are scheduled in January. 

Winter Market Offerings
Here to Stay event organizers Jeff and Sue Goebel, Linda Harrington, Mary Gilliland, Beth Colmery and Gordon Walker.
Unity in Community Volunteers Elliot Louis and Milton Hudson.
All Blessings Flow with Reverend Martha Bennett (Trinity Episcopal), Francis VanLear, and Poppet Nelson.

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