Rappahannock County

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.

RCCA was founded in 1999 and had the mission of ensuring “that Rappahan­nock County remains a scenic, rural community by promot­ing conservation easements and farmland preservation.” PEC is excited to have two RCCA board members, Jen­nifer Aldrich and Ralph Bates, now serving on the Krebser Fund board. Gary Light, one of RCCA’s founding board members, also serves on the Krebser Fund advisory board.

In other news, PEC participated in Farm-to-School Week this past fall at the Rappahannock County Elementary School. Throughout the week, lunch menus included food from the County’s farms. Sarah Moore, Rappahannock County Public Schools Farm-to-Table Program Coordinator, and Carolyn Sedgwick, PEC’s Rappahannock Land Conservation Officer, spent a day visiting lunch tables of students grades K-5 and talking with students about the benefits of local food and supporting local farmers. When asked why local food is important, students’ answers included “It keeps my body healthy,” “Good for farmers,” “It’s fresh,” “It saves gas,” and “It tastes good!”


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