The Piedmont View

Summer 2015 Piedmont View

The 2015 summer editon of the Piedmont View includes a feature article about "Finding a Place to Grow," the production of eight stories on how the next generation is gaining access to farmland. Plus, learn about Dominion's transmission line proposal and how a family turned their property into a native plant and wildlife haven. You can read individual articles online or view a PDF for the entire issue.   

Photo Courtesy of Local Energy Alliance Project

For as long as I have been at PEC, we have been engaged in fights to keep unnecessary infrastructure projects out of the Piedmont. In response to recent transmission line cases, we have called attention to the need for less reliance on long distance transmission of electricity produced at huge power plants and a greater focus on clean distributed generation.

This summer marks our ninth Summer Fellowship Program, an annual seven-week educational program for college students and recent graduates.

When you first visit Bruce Jones’ property, you’re apt to get overwhelmed. Everywhere you turn, something is fluttering, flowers are blooming, and life is happening. “Once you get it in your blood,” Bruce says, “it’s hard to switch to TV.”

Developers pushed Loudoun Board of Supervisors for more houses in the Transition Area and the Loudoun community pushed back!.

This past May, 125 people gathered at the Rapidan fire hall to discuss how to protect the community and its historic and scenic landscape from Dominion’s newly proposed Remington-Pratts-Gordonsville Transmission Project.

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.

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