The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is offering oyster gardening seminars this June across Tidewater Virginia to help waterfront homeowners grow oysters for restoration efforts.
Oyster gardening volunteers raise oysters from their dock or a marina, a low-maintenance and fun family activity. Since last year, CBF’s growers have used a new method that involves cages filled with baby oysters attached to empty recycled oyster shells.
After a year, CBF places the oysters on a Virginia sanctuary reef near where they were raised. CBF’s oyster gardening seminar teaches oyster growing basics to new gardeners and provides them with a growing setup and baby oysters. On the same day, CBF holds “round-ups” where returning gardeners can swap out their full-grown oysters for new baby oysters.
In Southside Hampton Roads, CBF will hold seminars Tuesday, June 7, at 6 p.m. at the Norfolk Yacht & Country Club and Saturday, June 25, at 9 a.m. at the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach. On the peninsula, CBF will hold seminars Thursday, June 16, at 6 p.m. at Hampton University in Hampton, and Thursday, June 23, at 6 p.m. at the Mariner’s Museum in Newport News.
Registration is required, and a $30 suggested donation helps offset the cost of the program and includes CBF membership. Participants can register online at cbf.org/vaoystergardening or can call 757/632-3804 or e-mail oysterGardener@cbf.org