TOGA’s Annual Oyster Float Workshop

Williams Wharf Landing ,1039 Williams Wharf Rd., Mathews, VA 23109 

from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, October 5, 2019. 


TOGA’s Annual Oyster Float Workshop

New Location Is Williams Wharf Landing


TOGA will hold its Annual Oyster Float Workshop at Williams Wharf Landing (1039 Williams Wharf Rd., Mathews, VA 23109) from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, October 5, 2019.  This region of Virginia is great for oyster gardening, and Williams Wharf has a long and colorful history with oysters. The event is open to the public with no fee and no requirement to purchase anything.


Everything you need to become an oyster gardener will be available. TOGA will have floats, cages, accessory tools, float components and crab pot line for sale along with an education display and literature to hand out. Several Master Oyster Gardeners (MOGS) will answer your questions or discuss the latest ideas in raising oysters to eat and clean the Bay. Vendors will be on hand to sell oyster spat/seed, accessories, float alternatives and provide advice.


New this year, TOGA will also conduct a class on basic oyster gardening at the pavilion at 11:00 AM.  The new Tidal Tumbler float will be available for sale.  This float tumbles your oysters as the tide rises and falls, keeping them cleaner and helping to develop a deeper cup. 


If you plan to order a float please visit our website for descriptions of the floats, and to download an order form.  Please assist TOGA by completing this form by September 28 so your device will be available for pick-up.  Extra floats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The new TOGA Tidal Tumbler Floats, Taylor Floats, Flip Floats and Bottom Cages will be available.


The Mathews Land Conservancy (owner of Williams Wharf Landing, and TOGA are non-profit 501(c) 3 organizations.  This event is TOGA’s primary fund-raising activity with all proceeds from the sale of TOGA floats going to the VIMS/TOGA Fellowship Endowment. TOGA is an educational charity that encourages citizens to learn the benefits of growing oysters.


In preparation for the workshop, volunteers will be building floats on Saturday, September 7, and Thursday, September 26, at 136 Arrowhead Drive, Weems, VA 22576 (same place as in recent years). For questions, please contact Charles Yarbrough, MOG (

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