The Piedmont View

View articles published in our quarterly membership newsletter, The Piedmont View. To become a PEC member or renew your existing membership, visit our donations page today!

To access PDFs of prior editions, view the Piedmont View archive.

Two men stand at farm fence.

Conservation at Work

5 conservation stories from around Fauquier County, including Cool Lawn Farm, Environmental Studies on the Piedmont, Hopefield, Rappahannock Station and Hunger Run Farm: …
Talking Taxes and Growth

Talking Taxes and Growth

Over the past year, there has been a heated discussion of issues tied to growth and taxes in Fauquier County, both in the local papers and in casual conversation. In these discussions a host of …
Fauquier's PDR program helps working farms

Fauquier’s PDR program helps working farms

Fauquier’s Purchase of Development Rights program pays landowners of agricultural operations to limit the development potential of their land through a conservation easement. Unlike a donated conservation easement, the PDR program pays farmers a flat …
Horner Street addition

The New Addition

We are delighted to share some wonderful news with you. In September, the PEC board passed a resolution to improve our headquarters—and now construction is under way! Work kicked off on November 10, 2014 on …
| | The Piedmont View
Diana Boeke and Amir Abdelmalek

A Tale of Two Alums

Since 2009, PEC has offered the Exploring the Small Farm Dream course to aspiring farmers—helping them take a long hard look at their dreams and to answer the question, “Is starting a farm business a …
PEC receives NFWF grant

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation awarded PEC a $200,000 grant from the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund this past October. With this grant, PEC will collaborate with Loudoun County, the Town of Lovettsville, Loudoun County …
PEC receives the Madison Family Cup Award at Montpelier. Photo by Kelley Spurlock, courtesy of The Montpelier Foundation

PEC Awarded Madison Family Cup for Conservation Efforts

In early November, the National Society of the Madison Family Descendants honored PEC with the Madison Family Cup for its noteworthy conservation efforts at Montpelier and the surrounding Orange County environs …
Students plant trees with their teachers

Planting the Seeds of Habitat Restoration

PEC teamed up with Mill Run Elementary School to create a naturally landscaped outdoor area for educating students, parents and the community. This past November, the school’s fourth and fifth grades participated in the project …
tree planting at the overlook

Two Thousand Trees Planted

An interview with PEC’s Sustainable Habitat Program Assistant Celia Vuocolo: What type of restoration happened at the Overlook this past fall? We did a large forest-edge planting of about 2,000 trees and shrubs. The goal …
Youth from the Boys and Girls Club

Down the River and Through the Woods

A partnership between PEC and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia has cre­ated new opportunities for Orange County youth to experience the natural environment and history of the surrounding region …