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LRNow Oyster Gardener Seminars, Taylor Float Workshops

Published: June 16, 2011 | Updated: June 16, 2011

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Lynnhaven River NOW will again be partnering to offer residents an opportunity to become an oyster gardener, to turn in one year old Taylor Float oysters to be placed on a conservation reef and to build a Taylor Float to house baby oysters over the next year.

New gardeners need to attend one of the new Gardener Seminars before beginning. The seminar helps oyster growers learn how to maintain your oyster garden throughout the next year.

Seminars will be offered on:

Tuesday, August 9th, 6:00-7:30, at VA Weslyan College and Tuesday, August 30th, 6:00-7:30, at the Great Neck Rescue Squad Building.

Pre-registration is required and a donation to CBF of $30 is suggested to offset the program costs. For more informaiton or to register contact CBF at 757-622-1964 or

To build a Taylor Float to house baby oysters, growers should plan to attend one of the Taylor Float workshops at the LRNow office on the following dates:

Thursday, August 4th, 6:00-7:30 and Thursday, August 25th, 6:00-7:30

The address is 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108.

The cost for all materials, dock lines and a small mesh bag is $75.  Staff will walk you through the construction process.  Pre-registration is required.  For more information or to register contact LRNow at 757-962-5398 or

If you are already one of our many volunteer oyster gardeners, you will have an opportunity to turn your oysters in at one of two Virginia Beach Roundups this summer at First Landing State Park, 64th Street Boat Ramp: Saturday, July 23rd, 9:00-11:00 and Saturday, August 27th, 9:00-11:00.

Please register with CBF, 757-622-1964 or in advance of the roundup to guarantee that you will be able to receive your new batch of seed oysters.  A $30 donation is suggested per 1,000 seed oysters to offset program costs.

source:  Lynnhaven River NOW