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

Video Updates from the Community Farm

Video Updates from the Community Farm

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Dana Melby and Pete Walton working on at the Community Farm. Photo by Marco Sanchez Check out the latest video updates from Dana and Pete at PEC's Community Farm! Supporting those in need in our community is more important than ever. Everything grown at the farm is donated to Loudoun Hunger ...
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4/15/2020 Community Farm Update

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This update was posted to our Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram accounts on 4/16/2020. Dana and Pete are doing amazing work at the Community Farm!! Yesterday, they harvested, packed and delivered 30 pounds of vegetables to Loudoun Hunger Relief. Supporting those in need in our community is more important than ever. If you'd ...
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matt coyle headshot

Partner Alert: Buy Fresh Buy Local

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The following text was pulled from an email alert sent to Buy Fresh Buy Local farms in the Piedmont region by PEC staffer Matt Coyle.  -- Dear Buy Fresh Buy Local Partner, Hi there! My name is Matt Coyle and I am writing to introduce myself as The Piedmont Environmental Council’s ...
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Carina and Dean Elgin at their fence.

Fronting the Costs: Fencing at Mountain Hollow Farm

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Carina and Dean Elgin at their fence. Photo by Hugh Kenny, PEC. Eight generations of cattle farming had taken its toll on the streams at Dean and Carina Elgin’s Mountain Hollow Farm in northern Fauquier County. Historically, “all the cattle had access to the creek. That was our watering system ...
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Spring at Roundabout Meadows

Spring at Roundabout Meadows

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A lot is going on, at and around our 141-acre Roundabout Meadows property at Gilberts Corner in Loudoun County. We’ve got a new trail opening, the second season for the Community Farm and news to share about the market property at the northeast corner! New Trail Opening We are excited ...
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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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