Hampton Roads Oyster Gardening Roundups

Returning Gardeners

Each year, CBF oyster gardeners turn in their "mature" oysters at CBF Oyster Roundups at various locations throughout Virginia. This year we will be collecting oysters from June into August. CBF transplants the oysters the same day we receive them to state-managed sanctuary reefs, where they are allowed to continue growing and spawning—helping to jump-start local oyster populations.

These roundups are also a way to get new baby oysters for the year. A $25 fee is required for spat-on-shell set up (baby oysters and two 18" x 10" 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.

Registration is now open. Click on the location links below to register.

2019 Oyster Gardener Roundups
Virginia Beach Saturday, June 8
9:30-11:00 a.m.
Norfolk Thursday, June 13
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Deltaville Saturday, June 15
9:30-11:00 a.m.
Eastern Shore Tuesday, June 18
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Hampton Thursday, June 27
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Smithfield Tuesday, July 9
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Williamsburg Saturday, July 13
9:30-11:00 a.m.
Newport News Tuesday, July 23
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Lancaster Saturday, July 27
9:30-11:00 a.m.
Colonial Beach Tuesday, July 30
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Virginia Beach II Saturday, August 3
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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