Working Farms and Food

Farmland and forests produce the necessities of life and provide essential ecosystem services. In PEC’s nine-county area, approximately 200,000 acres of farmland and 198,000 acres of forests are protected through private, voluntary land conservation.


Buy Fresh Buy Local

PEC’s Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign helps consumers find local products while building relationships between growers, food artisans, farmers’ markets retailers, restaurants, and institutions.

Use our Buy Fresh Buy Local Piedmont website to find farms, grocers, caterers, restaurants, CSAs, and farmers markets.

The Community Farm

PEC’s Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows serves to connect area residents to Loudoun’s vital agricultural history while providing locally-grown fruits and vegetables for its food insecure population today.

Find out more at pecva.org/farm

Improving Pastures

At Bean Hollow Grassfed, Mike Sands wanted to use his training to revive Over Jordan Farm’s worn-out pastures and develop a financially stable farm model.

Learn more about sustainable pasture management in this conservation case study >>

Finding a Place to Grow

In order to help potential next-generation farmers, and non-farming landowners who are interested in leasing their land, PEC has put together “Finding a Place to Grow: How the Next Generation is Gaining Access to Farmland”, which includes eight profiles of successful farmland lease arrangements in Virginia. 


Community-based Partnerships Take Root & Grow in Loudoun County

Community-based Partnerships Take Root & Grow in Loudoun County

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Woman running on trail in Loudoun County. Photo credit: Will Parson, Chesapeake Bay Program. For Immediate Release Contact: Cindy Sabato, Communications Advisercsabato@pecva.org; 540-347-2334, x7021 ALDIE, VA. (May 25, 2021) - At its 141-acre Roundabout Meadows property at Gilberts Corner and elsewhere in Loudoun County, The Piedmont Environmental Council is proudly ...
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Buy Fresh Buy Local Northern Piedmont guides connect consumers with local food and farms

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Northern Piedmont Buy Fresh Buy Local guides are arriving in mailboxes now For Immediate ReleaseContact: Matt Coyle, Local Food Systems Coordinatormcoyle@pecva.org; 540-347-2334, x7026 WARRENTON, VA (April 23, 2021) – With the spring growing season upon the Virginia Piedmont, The Piedmont Environmental Council is pleased to announce the release of its ...
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farmer Dana waters seedlings

Spring Update from the Community Farm

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Our third season at the Community Farm is underway! Dana and Pete have already planted more than 12,000 seedlings in the greenhouse and are hard at work preparing the outdoor beds. All of the produce grown at the farm will be donated to Loudoun Hunger Relief. There will be many ...
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We Hope You Can Join Us

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The following announcement was sent out via email. Sign up for PEC email alerts>> Dear Supporter, March is our Membership Month, a time of year when we celebrate our current members and encourage others to join or renew! I’d like to take a minute this week to highlight three upcoming ...
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red barn farmland photo by patricia temples

Action Alert: Protecting Farmland Now and For the Future

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Support: 97 #2h - Farmland Preservation Fund Patron: Delegate Wendy Gooditis For much of Virginia’s history, land devoted to farming and forestry covered most of the state. However, Virginia saw a significant loss of farmland in the second half of the 20th century and into the 21st century, including a ...
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