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

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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Webinar: Strengthening the Local Food System

Webinar: Strengthening the Local Food System

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Join PEC staff for a look at the importance of local farms and food during the Covid-19 pandemic. This webinar was recorded on June 5, 2020. The impact Covid-19 has had on our food system is unprecedented. Food banks and pantries are working to meet the increased need of the ...
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Connecting Local Dairy Farm and Food Pantry Needs

Connecting Local Dairy Farm and Food Pantry Needs

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Photo by Marco Sanchez. This video was posted on our Youtube, Facebook and Instagram accounts on 5/28/2020. Local dairy farms are being hit particularly hard by Covid-19, so we decided to step in with an innovative way to get milk they produce to those most in need right now. When schools ...
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Charlottesville’s Drive-Through Farmers Markets

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This video was posted to our Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram accounts on 4/30/2020. Now more than ever, local food producers are demonstrating their value and continued dedication to serving our communities local, healthy, fresh foods. Charlottesville’s City Market and Local Food Hub have led the way in our region by developing ...
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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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