Monday, May 18, 2015

May 19, 2015 @ByrdHouseMarket

Support this Neighborhood Support: Make a cash donation or when you swipe your credit or debit card and get a free Back to the Market shopping bag with BHM bumpersticker and poster to share with friends! 

College ID $10 Deal

Attend or work for a university or college? Show your current ID card to a participating vendor and get a great deal on great, fresh foods! Current Participating Vendors: Agriberry, Two & A Half Irishmen, Tomten Farm, Deer Run Farm.

WELCOME nonprofits: 

Renew Richmond - March Against Monsanto
and the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood

Chill out in the Garden! 

Play corn hole toss, enjoy your spring rolls and kombucha, your strawberries and carrots... Relax in the shade surrounded by spring garden beds...

Did you know your SNAP EBT will buy PLANTS?

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And learn more about William Byrd Community House at

Saturday, May 16, 2015


Dear Friends

I received an email about this new film released by director and filmmaker Rob Stewart, Revolution, which is apparently already winning awards at festivals across the world. The email states, "His last film, Sharkwater, has been one of the most successful and impactful environmental films of all time, winning over 40 awards internationally and leading to the worldwide banning of the cruel, wasteful and destructive practice of shark finning. In his research after Sharkwater, Rob, together with the scientific community, has discovered that our oceans are racing towards total collapse within the next 3 decades. Rob made this new film, Revolution, aimed to again galvanize international action to save the very ecosystems that keep us humans alive."

Click here to watch the film.                          Visit the website:

In exchange for watching and blogging a review of the film, WBCH Grace Arents Library will receive a free copy of the film, and will therefore be able to offer it as a resource to the greater Richmond community. So, here is my review:

My family and I watched the film last Saturday evening. It is a feature length film, lasting 86 minutes. The film-maker is a photographer and scuba-diver with a life-long love of the ocean, and of sharks - something which I understand while being simultaneously convinced that the actuarial tables indicating I'm next on a shark's menu are not in my favor should I take them for granted (a child of "JAWS" obviously).

After explaining how amazing and essential the oceans and all who live in it are, the film's warning is clear: human time on earth may be running out. Life was born of water - and if we treat our oceans like dumping grounds or a giant toxin filter  - if we continue to "assume" the water can absorb everything and anything we throw or rain into it, we will kill it. And we will not have the capacity to fix it. Mama Earth-Air-Water will fix herself, on a geological timeline that may decide to leave humans out of the picture going forward. We have evolved to become an economic species that consumes at levels that continue to out-perform the last for destructive capacity, at macro and micro levels. In effect we are consuming our planet and refusing to to fathom that we may very well be consuming ourselves. 

The film is not as depressing as I made it sound above. Revolution has useful and compelling information as well as beautiful and compelling imagery; and tells its story well. It shows what is causing this pending collapse of the world's ecosystems as we know them, and what the solutions must be - if we have the will to implement them. The activists and scientists shown in the film come from all over the world, are of many nations and economic levels. And, in fact the film does a good job of showing that it is the educated and/or socially experienced people of the poorest nations that tend to understand the harmful effects of these negative changes to the planet. Having fewer modern infrastructure conveniences, they tend to live closer to the earth's own rhythms for providing water, food, shelter, health, education. So when those rhythms are disrupted or disappear, they are a little faster to recognize what is happening, and may tend to act, or want to act more quickly than developed countries' global corporations that pollute on the largest scale, and at the fastest rates for the biggest profits. Bigger and faster are the operative terms, though they do take a long view as well, and have the capital to be busy over here while patiently, intractably, and patiently planning the next resource extraction over there.  

Narrated by the film-maker, a young guy with a singular focus on understanding and saving the planet, Revolution also tries to show how people of any age can counter-impact the world for good. Constant learning accompanied by constant action fed by high energy, focus, observation, thought, and documentation - the stuff that builds movements and individual character.

The film's approach, the issues raised, the science, economics and sociology brought to bear should be open for examination and development. But clearly, the long view is needed as we figure out what values to impart to those who will inherit whatever we let happen.

Let me know if you'd like to attend a pot-luck screening and discussion later this summer.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Welcome Back! Byrd House Market 2015!

Poster artwork by Autumn Haynes,


May 5, 2015 

3:30-7:00 pm

Click here for the Market Map to find your favorite Vendors. Or here to search by Product!

Welcome friends from 
Richmond Co-Housing (spot #2)
Richmond Public Library (spot #11)
Virginia League for Planned Parenthood (spot #21)

Children's Activities in the Garden! Create beehive paintings, enjoy face painting, play corn hole toss, relax in the shade surrounded by spring garden beds...

Get a Free Tote Bag! 
Bring in the Back to the Market post-it note from home delivered issues of the Richmond Times Dispatch and get a free Back to the Market tote bag! Learn more about the Capital Area Farmers Market Managers Association.

SNAP EBT $1 for $1 Byrd House Market Match
Double your spending power at the Market! Swipe your EBT card for $1 and get $1, swipe for $5 and get $5, $10 will get you $10 (the max). Breastfeeding WIC Moms and Seniors on Medicaid also qualify. (Offer good while funds last.) Thanks to the Carillon Civic Association and Healthy Community Action Team for making this incentive possible!

College ID $10 Deal
Attend or work for a university or college? Show your current ID card to a participating vendor and get a great deal on great, fresh foods!

Brews for Byrd House @ Triple Crossing Brewery, 113 S Foushee St., RVA, 23220
Brews for Byrd House is taking place this Thursday, May 7, starting at 4 p.m. Be one of the first 50 people to arrive, and you'll get a beer on the house (the Byrd House, that is)! Hosted by the Byrd House Board, the event will feature food trucks and lots of raffle items donated by Richmond restaurants, shops and other local businesses. 5% of the evening's sales and all raffle ticket sales will go directly toward funding William Byrd Community House's valuable programs. (804) 308-0475 and