The Piedmont View

Winter 2014 Piedmont View

The 2014 winter editon of the Piedmont View includes a feature article about our building renovation, a tale of Small Farm Dream Course alums, grants and awards we've received recently and much more.You can read individual articles online or view a PDF for the entire issue, if you prefer.   

An illustration of how the office on 45 Horner Street will appear

We are delighted to share some wonderful news with you. In September, the PEC board passed a resolution to improve our headquarters—and now construction is under way! Work kicked off on November 10, 2014 on the expansion of our 45 Horner Street office. This addition will allow all of our Warrenton staff to be under the same roof for the first time in more than five years.

Pablo Teodoro stands outside of his store, Great Harvest Bread Co., in Old Town Warrenton.

Since 2009, PEC has offered the Exploring the Small Farm Dream course to aspiring farmers—helping them take a long hard look at their dreams and to answer the question, “Is starting a farm business a good fit for me?” As the title of the course suggests, every partici­pant comes to the course with their own unique dream—an idea that they want to explore. It is these dreams that form the starting point of the course, which evaluates student’s goals, skills, interests, physical and financial resources, and the merits of their ideas in order to settle on a course of action.

Photo by Patricia Temples

One of the most exciting things to observe over the past year has been examples of reinvestment in our communities. At PEC, our hope is to encourage sustained efforts to make Piedmont towns, farms and open spaces even better. We want to be a part of broader community efforts, both as a direct investor and by supporting the investment of others. At the end of the day, it is the sum total of individual investments in time, resources, and effort that makes a community great. And, it is the sum of all of your investments in PEC and its programs that advances the common vision for the Piedmont region.

Tree planting

An interview with PEC’s Sustainable Habitat Program Assistant Celia Vuocolo: What type of restoration happened at the Overlook this past fall? We did a large forest-edge planting of about 2,000 trees and shrubs. The goal was to create a “soft edge” where the forest meets the meadow...

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation awarded PEC a $200,000 grant from the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund this past October. With this grant, PEC will collaborate with Loudoun County, the Town of Lovettsville, Loudoun County Master Gardeners and Loudoun homeowners associations to implement projects that involve planting native trees and shrubs, improving stormwater facilities and reducing polluted runoff in Loudoun County communities.

Students plant trees with their teachers as part of the Mill Run Elementary habitat restoration project

PEC teamed up with Mill Run Elementary School to create a naturally landscaped outdoor area for educating students, parents and the community. This past November, the school’s fourth and fifth grades participated in the project by planting 75 native trees and 135 native plants!

Boys and Girls Club

A partnership between PEC and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia has cre­ated new opportunities for Orange County youth to experience the natural environment and history of the surrounding region.

PEC receives the Madison Family Cup Award at Montpelier. Photo by Kelley Spurlock, courtesy of The Montpelier Foundation

In early November, the National Society of the Madison Family Descendants honored PEC with the Madison Family Cup for its noteworthy conservation efforts at Montpelier and the surrounding Orange County environs.

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