Working Farms and Food

A local food and farm speaker series in downtown Culpeper

Keep farming and local businesses thriving in the Piedmont! Join us for a summer community speaker series to hear from growers and producers who bring food to your table. Come meet your farming neighbors and develop your own gardening and foodie dreams.

This free speaker series will be held in downtown Culpeper, select Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

From Small Farm Dream to Reality 
Thursday, June 12 @ Moving Meadows Farm Market, 254 East Davis Street, Culpeper 
Do you think you can't grow much on a few acres in your backyard? Think again! Join James and Holly Hammond of Culpeper's Whisper Hill Farm as they share their story of creating a successful farm business on a few acres – and making it their full time job! Whisper Hill produces vegetables, flowers and herbs without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or other chemicals. Learn about their journey and get inspired to dig up your turf.

The Hidden Value of Eating Local
Thursday, June 26 @ Culpeper Museum, 113 S. Commerce Street, Culpeper 
If you're weighing the cost and health benefits of buying local, join Susan and Dean Vidal of Brightwood Vineyard and Farm in Madison County to discuss how to get the most from your investment in locally grown food. The hidden value isn't just in the form of better nutrition, but also supporting the growth of locally owned businesses.



Local Cultures: A Cheesemonger's Tale
Thursday, July 10 @ Culpeper Cheese Company, 129 East Davis Street
Join us to sample our favorite cultured product - cheese! At Culpeper Cheese Company, Jeffery Mitchell has some ideas on how to bring cheeses of our region to your plate. It’s no easy task, especially when there are so few dairies left in the Piedmont. Come hear his thoughts on cheese’s future in our region, and try some local varieties. 


Thinking Outside the Jar: In-Home Canning (with a twist!)
Thursday, August 14 @ St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 115 N. East Street, Culpeper 

Interested in prolonging the shelf life of those tasty local berries that you picked or purchased at the farmers market? Join Caroline Mello of Caroline’s Specialty Foods as she gives the basics of home canning, with the added twist of unusual flavors that enliven the palate. Come sample flavors, such as Blueberry Lemon, Peach Balsamic, Cherry Amaretto, and Apple Jack (Daniels), and have a jam session about other unique flavor combinations.


For more information, contact David Holtzman at (540) 967–7557 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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