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.

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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. 

A man and woman crouch in a farm bed.

“Exploring the Small Farm Dream”

Alumni of the course, Holly andJames Hammond of Whisper Hill Farm in Culpeper County.Photo by Rose Jenkins. This course is for people who are considering launching a small farm enterprise, but are not sure where to start. Designed to guide students through an initial exploratory decision-making process, "Exploring the Small ...
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Revolutionary Soup: Pushing for a Food Revolution

When Will Richey bought Revolutionary Soup in downtown Charlottesville five years ago, he started working with local farmers to provide as many of the restaurant's ingredients as possible -- from fresh, flavorful salad greens to the meat in his popular lamb curry soup. Will Richey. Photo by Katherine Vance. "I ...
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Gail and baby goat

Caromont Farm: Farmstead Cheeses with the Flavor of Virginia

Gail Hobbs-Page was given her first pair of goats as a young child growing up on a farm in North Carolina. Her father gave her the animals because he wanted to try goat's milk. Little did he know, that decision would mark his daughter's life. Photo by Katherine Vance. "I ...
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Retreat Farm sheep

Retreat Farm: Healthier Food, Healthier People

Frank and Cindy Gillan manage 100 acres of the beautiful Retreat Farm in Rapidan, VA. When the Gillans came to the farm almost 12 years ago, they started with a small vegetable garden. Today, that garden has grown into a five acre plot that produces a variety of fruits and ...
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Potomac Vegetable Farm farmers

Potomac Vegetable Farm

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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