Hampton Roads Oyster Gardening Roundups

Returning Gardeners

This year, due to COVID-19 social distancing measures, we have adjusted our oyster roundup process. Oyster returns were handled in June and July. New baby oysters will now be available at Oyster Gardening Spat Handouts in August.

For the safety of CBF staff, volunteers and oyster gardeners, gardeners will register for a specific 30-minute pick-up period and pay for their new oyster online by credit card. The pick-up process will be contact free, though we do request that you wear a mask.

A $25 fee is required for spat-on-shell set up (baby oysters and two 18" x 9" cages to grow them in) to offset program costs. 

CBF is proud to once again partner with Lynnhaven River NOW and the Elizabeth River Project to help expand our oyster gardening program. The oyster gardening event in Virginia Beach is co-hosted by Lynnhaven River NOW. The oyster gardening event in Norfolk for RiverStar Homes and RiverStar businesses is co-hosted by the Elizabeth River Project.

2020 Oyster Gardening Spat Handouts
Virginia Beach Saturday, August 15
9:30-11:00 a.m.
Norfolk Tuesday, August 18
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Hampton Thursday, August 20
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Eastern Shore Saturday, August 22
9:30-11:00 a.m.
Gloucester Point Tuesday, August 25
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Virginia Beach Thursday, August 27
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Tappahannock Saturday, August 29
9:30-11:00 a.m.

If you have questions regarding CBF's Oyster Gardening program please e-mail OysterGardener@cbf.org or call 757-644-4125.

**Please wear gloves and relevant protective clothing while handling your oyster shells or float in order to prevent waterborne illness.**

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