Clarke County

Clarke County

Clarke County has a time-honored tradition of promoting and protecting its agricultural roots. It was one of the first counties in the nation to adopt protective zoning regulations, and continues to conserve its unique heritage.

  • Our Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign helps people find local food and drink options!The campaign also builds relationships between growers, food artisans, farmers’ markets, retailers, restaurants, and institutions.
  • Over 400 acres of land in Clarke County were protected by conservation easements in 2014. This brings the total protected land in the county to over 23,500 acres.

From the Piedmont View

The following articles appeared in PEC's Membership Newsletter -- The Piedmont View

President's Letter - Fall 2015

Oct 20, 2015
Family at Hollin Farms in Delaplane. Photo by Debby Taylor.
We all love the Piedmont region. For many of us, that emotional connection stems from specific places. Our home. Our land. Our yard. Our familiar routes along byways and trails. A particular view, or a special stretch of stream. That strong, direct connection has motivated thousands of families to volunteer to conserve their land.

A Day to Graze

Oct 20, 2015
At a recent pasture management field day, over 25 farmers, landowners and service providers toured Over Jordan Farm in Rappahannock County with Bean Hollow Grassfed owner Michael Sands. Sands gave advice on everything from fencing layouts and watering systems to the number of animals he grazes. He runs roughly 20,000 pounds of livestock per acre per day in a pasture for two days before rotating and letting the field rest for 90 days.

What a Summer!

Oct 20, 2015
The Fellowship group of 2015, selected from a competitive national pool of applicants, took advantage of the incredible opportunities made available by PEC and its partners. From visiting the Jones Nature Preserve to participating in a mock Board of Supervisors meeting to harvesting organic garlic at Sunnyside Farm, the fellows immersed themselves in learning about the Piedmont region’s land conservation, watershed health, sustainable agriculture, historic preservation, land use issues and more.

Look at All the Stars!

Oct 13, 2015
A few weeks ago, friends from D.C. were visiting for the weekend. As the evening wore on, we found ourselves outside discussing current events, the latest gossip, and our plans for the fall—when, inevitably, eyes turned toward the sky, and I heard something I often hear from friends visiting, “Wow! Look at all the stars.”

Finding a Place to Grow

Jun 10, 2015
Access to affordable tillable farmland and pasture is one of the primary barriers for next-generation farmers and a healthy evolution of the agricultural economy in the Virginia Piedmont. Many next-generation farmers from non-farming backgrounds have contacted PEC seeking access to available farmland. Conversely, many non-farming landowners are interested in agricultural land use, but the process of leasing land for this purpose can be daunting.

More Local Issues

  • Dec 11, 2014

    Clarke Update -- Dec 2014

    Text from our Dec 2014 Member Newsletter: PEC worked closely with Powhatan and Clarke County schools to coordinate the 8th annual Clarke Conservation Fair, which focused on habitat this year. Read More
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    Jan 15, 2013

    C Spout Run

    There are some exciting initiatives coming up in Clarke County to improve the Spout Run Watershed. One of those is a citizen stream monitoring program - a fun opportunity for you to get involved in a very hands-on way. Read More
  • Feb 17, 2012

    Support Nature & History, Support the Cool Spring Battlefield Park

    Update: Today, March 5th, the Board of Supervisors voted to reject the park proposal in a 3 to 2 vote. To read more about thier decision see the Clarke Daily News article available online. Read More

Gem Bingol
Clarke and Loudoun County
Land Use Field Officer

Carolyn Sedgwick
Clarke & Rappahannock 
Land Conservation Officer

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