Working Farms & Local 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.

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Rappahannock Food Pantry van accepting dairy donation

Connecting Local Dairy Farm and Food Pantry Needs

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 shut …
Charlottesville's Drive-Through Farmers' Markets

Charlottesville’s Drive-Through Farmers Markets

Now more than ever, local food producers are demonstrating their value and continued dedication to serving our communities local, healthy, fresh foods …
Video Updates from the Community Farm

Video Updates from the Community Farm

Check out the latest video updates from Dana and Pete at PEC’s Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows! …
4/15/2020 Community Farm Update

4/15/2020 Community Farm Update

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 …
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Partner Alert: Buy Fresh Buy Local

Hi there! My name is Matt Coyle and I am writing to introduce myself as The Piedmont Environmental Council’s new Buy Fresh Buy Local coordinator (my amazing predecessor, Jess Palmer, moved back home to Texas …
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Carina and Dean Elgin at their fence.

Fronting the Costs: Fencing at Mountain Hollow Farm

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 …
A woman stands next to buckets for harvesting produce.

Spring at Roundabout Meadows

Alot 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 …
Year One on the Farm

Year One on the Farm

Loudoun County is one of the most affluent counties in the nation and simultaneously home to some 14,000 people without reliable access to affordable, nutritious food. It is consistently one of the fastest-growing counties in …
Flavor of the Piedmont Event

Flavor of the Piedmont Event

Come taste the flavor of the Piedmont! The Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission and Piedmont Environmental Council are co-hosting a food expo to showcase the region’s locally-grown food and beverages. This two-part event will take place on …
Let There Be Fruits and Veggies

Let There Be Fruits and Veggies

The Piedmont Environmental Council’s Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows was founded with two ideas in mind: to connect residents to Loudoun’s vital agricultural economy and to provide locally grown fruits and vegetables for its food-insecure …

The Piedmont Environmental Council is a partner of the Virginia Soil Health Coalition. We support the 4 core principles of soil health management: Keep Soil Covered; Minimize Soil Disturbance; Maximize Living Roots; and, Energize with Diversity. Join the movement today at