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. 


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Restaurant chef prepares food

The Wine Kitchen

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A few years ago, Jason Miller and Michael Mercer noticed a hole in Leesburg’s restaurant scene. The quaint town was surrounded by farms and vineyards, and yet there was no farm-to-table restaurant -- no restaurant that seemed dedicated to relying on local food sources. Justin Garrison, Chef at The Wine ...
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Potomac Vegetable Farm farmers

Potomac Vegetable Farm

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The vision of “the American farm” has long been that of the family farm -- a plot of land that is worked and managed by a family, and then passed down from generation to generation. Today, however, that is often not the case -- and Potomac Vegetable Farms (PVF) is ...
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Saving the Farm

Saving the Farm

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How conservation can help working farmers achieve their goals David and Terry Ingram are father-son farmers who recently donated conservation easements on their farms in Brandy Station, in Culpeper County. Brandy Station is a great place for farming, with rich soils and moderate slopes. In fact, a full two thirds ...
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Farm and Restaurant Profiles

Michael Clark

Planet Earth Diversified

You might think it unlikely that a farmer as grounded as Michael Clark of Planet ...
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Pannill’s Gate Farm

Pannill’s Gate Farm

“Come ‘ere babies, who’s gonna come visit?” Patty Johnson calls out as we climb the ...
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