Working Farms and Food

Farmland and forests produce the essentials of life, from the food on our tables to clean water and air. 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. 


PEC to hold Family Day at the Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows, June 18

PEC to hold Family Day at the Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows, June 18

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Contact:Dana Melby, Farm ManagerThe Piedmont Environmental Councildmelby@pecva.org; 540-347-2334, x7068 Children enjoying activities at PEC's Community Farm Family Day in 2019. Photo credit (from left to right): Beth Miller Herholtz and Hugh Kenny/PEC ALDIE, VA. (June 8, 2022) - On June 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Piedmont Environmental ...
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side by side images of solar panels and a farm surrounded by forest

HB 206 – Getting Solar Siting Right

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Updated March 1, 2022 The Virginia House of Delegates has advanced HB 206, a bipartisan bill to improve the utility-scale solar permitting process in Virginia. The bill passed out of the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources committee on a 13-0 vote, and is up for consideration by the full ...
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Aerial view of PEC's Community Farm

2021 at the Community Farm

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2021 was our best year yet at the Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows! Thanks to the help of more than 750 volunteers over the course of the year, we were able to donate approximately 35,000 pounds of fresh produce to our friends at Loudoun Hunger Relief! Thank you so much ...
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A Few Highlights From 2021

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Winter in Rappahannock County. Credit: Hugh Kenny/PEC. Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and a global economic slowdown, 2021 proved to be a year of new opportunity here at The Piedmont Environmental Council. Last year, we promised to continue to strengthen our work in four key areas: (1) investing in access ...
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Webinar: Quarterly Keynote with Ebonie Alexander

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On December 14, PEC hosted its final Quarterly Keynote of 2021, which featured a discussion on retaining and protecting Black-owned land. We really appreciate Ebonie Alexander, Executive Director of the Black Family Land Trust, for taking time out of her busy schedule to talk with us about the work being ...
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