Working Farms and Food

Farmland and forests produce the necessities of life and provide essential natural 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. 


The Latest

Angus Beef Cows

Ovoka Farm joins Piedmont Environmental Council’s Farm to Food Bank initiative with 10,000 pound meat donation

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PEC's Matt Coyle (right) helps unload ground beef at the Fauquier FISH food pantry that was donated by Karen Way (second from right). Photo by Marco Sanchez. **PRESS RELEASE** Contact:Matt Coyle, Local Food Systems CoordinatorThe Piedmont Environmental Councilmcoyle@pecva.org; 540-347-2334, x7026 FAUQUIER COUNTY, VA. (Nov. 18, 2020) - Ovoka Farm owner ...
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Community farm volunteer Jaiden

Summer on the Farm

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PEC's Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows welcomed volunteers of all ages back out to the farm in a socially distant manner, beginning in June, with over 300 people helping out so far! As of early September, we have surpassed our goal and donated more than 22,000 pounds of fresh produce ...
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Video: Connecting Local Beef Farmers with Food Pantries

Video: Connecting Local Beef Farmers with Food Pantries

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This video was posted to our Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram accounts on 7/10/2020. Building on the success of our dairy initiative, The Piedmont Environmental Council worked with Fauquier Community Food Bank and Lakota Ranch to pilot a new initiative -- purchasing high-quality, locally-raised beef to donate to local food pantries ...
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Strengthening Local Food Systems

Strengthening Local Food Systems

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First milk delivery from Maola Dairy. Pictured from left to right: Andrew Platt, Rappahannock County Food Pantry; Cindi Carter and Tom Baccei, Fauquier Community Food Bank; Matt Coyle, PEC; Sharon Ames, FCFB; Kenny Smith, Cool Lawn Farm. Photo by Marco Sánchez Early one May morning, a Maola Dairy delivery truck ...
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Aerial view of Gilberts Corner. Photo by Hugh Kenny.

PEC’s Gilberts Corner Farmers Market

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At the gateway to Virginia’s rural Piedmont region Aerial view of Gilberts Corner. Photo by Hugh Kenny. The Gilberts Corner Farmers Market sits at the intersections of Route 15 and Route 50 in Loudoun County, about 1 mile east of Aldie, Virginia. For years, it has operated as a popular ...
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Farm and Restaurant Profiles

Bellair Farm CSA

Bellair Farm CSA

For farm manager Jamie Barrett of Bellair Farm CSA, being a resource for the larger ...
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Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum

Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum

The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum’s motto, “We Preserve The Past—We Educate The Future” says it ...
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Lee's Orchard

Lee’s Orchard

Lee’s Orchard sits about 10 miles east of Shenandoah National Park in Rappahannock County, surrounded ...
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The Whole Ox

The Whole Ox

'Know your farmer' is a popular phrase these days, but Derek and Amanda Luhowiak, owners ...
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Farmstead Ferments & New Moon Naturals

Farmstead Ferments & New Moon Naturals

Sitting less than 100 yards from gardens and a variety of fruit trees on a ...
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Market Table Bistro

Market Table Bistro

Opening a restaurant like Market Table Bistro was always a dream for Rebecca Dudley and ...
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Moutoux Orchard

Moutoux Orchard

It’s pick-up day at Moutoux Orchard and it looks nothing like the scene at your ...
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Sheep grazing

Renovating Worn-Out Pastures

A farm in Rappahannock hopes to show the economic and environmental benefits of rotational grazing ...
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