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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Video: Connecting Local Beef Farmers with Food Pantries

Video: Connecting Local Beef Farmers with Food Pantries

Building on the success of our dairy initiative, The Piedmont Environmental Council worked with Fauquier Community Food Bank and Lakota Ranch to pilot a new initiative — purchasing high-quality, locally-raised beef to donate to local …
Strengthening Local Food Systems

Strengthening Local Food Systems

Early one May morning, a Maola Dairy delivery truck took an unusual turn through the gates and into the parking lot of the Fauquier Community Food Bank. Nearby, Director Sharon Ames’ excitement was palpable as …
Webinar: Strengthening the Local Food System

Webinar: Strengthening the Local Food System

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 …
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 …

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