Virginia Green

Virginia Green

We’re pleased to announce that we have been certified as a Virginia Green location.

Virginia Green is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s campaign to promote environmentally-friendly practices in all aspects of Virginia’s tourism industry. Virginia Green has established “core activities” specific to each sector of tourism, and these practices are considered the required minimum for participation in the program. However, Virginia Green encourages its participants to reduce their environmental impacts in all aspects of their operations, and this profile provides a full list of all their “green” activities.

These are the activities that guests can expect to find when they visit Riverstone Organic Farm:

  • Organic Farm and Farm Store.
  • Organic Farming is closely tired to protecting our natural resources and not pollution our soil and waterways. Being part of Virginia Green is a natural fit.
  • We have two wildlife/wetland designated areas.
  • We grow certified organic product.
  • We collect spring water and pump it with solar energy for the livestock in some pastures. We stock local, sustainable products for the farm store inventory.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:

Recycle:

  • Glass bottles
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic bottles
  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel cans
  • Newspapers
  • Office paper
  • Printer/copy machine toner cartridges
  • Fluorescent lamps (may be required by law)
  • Batteries (may be required by law for NiCad and Lead-Acid)
  • Electronics equipment – computers, etc. (may be required law)

Please identify your recycling vendor(s) or service (the company and/or local government that collects
your recyclables:  Floyd County Transfer Station

Minimize the use of disposable food service products.

  • Reduce solid waste.
    Track overall solid waste costs (required for Virginia Green)
  • Donate excess food from events
  • Compost food waste and other biodegradable items
  • Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms
  • Purchase recycled-content paper-towels and toilet paper

Office

  • Reuse scrap paper for notes
  • Reuse or donate shipping and packing supplies (peanuts, bubble wrap, etc.)
  • Use refillable pens and toner cartridges
  • Purchase recycled paper with a high-percentage recycled content
  • Make double-sided photocopies and avoid making extra photocopies
  • Use electronic correspondence and forms when possible

Buildings and grounds

  • Use green cleaning products that are dispensed in bulkUse green cleaning products that are dispensed in
    bulk
  • Use integrated pest management (IPM)
  • Minimize use of pesticides and herbicides in landscaping
  • Use water efficiently.
  • Track overall water usage and wastewater costs (required for Virginia Green)
  • Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks

Have installed:

  • Composting toilets

Have an effective landscape management plan that includes one or more of the following:

  • Utilizes native species
  • Minimizes lawn areas
  • Have an effective stormwater management plan that includes one or more of the following:
    Rain gardens
  • Minimization of impervious areas (paving, concrete, etc.)
  • Pervious pavement
  • Have installed drip line irrigation
  • Maintain vegetative buffers around streams and ponds
  • Use a nutrient management plan that minimizes the use of fertilizers

Conserve energy

  • Track overall energy bills (required for Virginia Green)
  • Use natural lighting

Source of energy

  • Generate electricity from photovoltaic solar panels

For more information on Riverstone Organic Farm, contact KatJohnson at katthefarmer@gmail.com or 650-814-6426.

For more information on the Virginia Green program, visit their website.
Virginia Green is a partnership supported by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Hospitality & Tourism Association, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.


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