Rappahannock County

Rappahannock County

PEC is proud to join other local groups and interested citizens in successful efforts to protect the magnificent natural and cultural heritage of Rappahannock County.

  • 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.
  • 116 acres in Rappahannock County were protected by conservation easements in 2014. This brings the total of protected land in the county to approximately 31,366 acres.

From the Piedmont View

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

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.”

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.

A Quest for Wildlife Habitat Restoration at Home

Jun 10, 2015
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.”

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

  • Feb 12, 2015

    The Rappahannock County Conservation Alliance (RCCA)

    RCCA was founded in 1999 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization focused on preserving open space and farmland in Rappahannock County. Its mission was to ensure that Rappahannock County remains a scenic, rural community by promoting conservation easements and farmland preservation. Read More
  • Apr 20, 2015

    Rappahannock's Mountain Heritage: An Open House at the Thornton Gap Primitive Baptist Church

    On April 11, 2015, PEC hosted our fourth annual mountain heritage celebration in partnership with Rappahannock Historical Society at Sperryville's Thornton Gap Primitive Baptist Church. More than 250 people attended throughout the day - visitors learned about the rich culture and traditions of the families that once called these mountains home and many even walked the trails through Shenandoah National Park to see some of these former home sites in person. It was a wonderful day, filled with music, memories, and a renewed appreciation for the Blue Ridge Mountain heritage. Thank you to all who took part!Please consider becoming a PEC member or renewing your membership to help make events like this one possible! Read More
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    Feb 11, 2015

    The Krebser Fund for Rappahannock County Conservation

    The Krebser Fund for Rappahannock County Conservation (the “Krebser Fund”) is dedicated to protecting important conservation lands and supporting conservation projects in Rappahannock County, Virginia. The Krebser Fund is a land conservation fund managed by the Piedmont Foundation--a 509(a)(3) supporting organization established to hold and manage the funds of The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC). Assisting with the establishment of conservation easements in Rappahannock County is one of the chief purposes of the Fund. Read More
  • Dec 13, 2014

    Rappahannock County Conservation Alliance Dissolves and PEC Participates in Farm-to-School Week

    Text from our Dec 2014 Member Newsletter: The Rappahannock County Conservation Alliance (RCCA) is planning to finalize the process of dis­solving itself as an organization and transfer its assets to the Piedmont Foundation this month. Those funds are designated for PEC’s Kresber Fund, which supports a variety of conservation efforts in Rappahannock County. A portion of the funds contributed by RCCA are prioritized for the Farmland Preservation Program. Read More

PEC's Rappahannock Office
257 Gay Street, Suite C
PO Box 532
Washington, VA 22747

Carolyn Sedgwick
Clarke & Rappahannock 
Land Conservation Officer

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