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Farm Life in Virginia

Winter Safety

by Staff on December 22, 2014

The winter months are cold, dark and unpredictable. The weather can change suddenly, so being prepared and informed can help you stay safe this winter season. These tips can help you whether you are working/playing outside or traveling in a car.

Always watch the weather report if you plan on spending long hours outside or traveling. The weather station can keep you properly informed of precipitation, wind chills and other factors you should be aware of.

REFRM river snow scene TSMBBROC2014 DSC_0145If you are working or playing outside, dressing appropriately and staying dry are two important points. Dress in waterproof clothes and boots and make sure to wear a heavy jacket, gloves and a hat. It’s important to avoid frostbite and hypothermia, which can affect the body very quickly.

If you plan on ice fishing or skating, it’s very important to check the ice. Simply looking at the ice isn’t a reliable method of gaging its strength. It is recommended that a responsible adult measures the thickness of the ice and it must be at least 6 inches thick, more if you plan on having snowmobiles and cars on the pond. Remember that ice thickness will vary throughout the pond, so you might have to measure several areas. Also- always have a friend with you when are doing activities that involve ice.

If you must shovel due to heavy snowfall, take it easy. Cold air can make it harder to breath and shoveling can result in falling and put a strain on your heart. Here are some wonderful tips on safely shoveling snow .

Sledding is one of the most favorite winter activities for kids and adults. However, individuals each year visit the ER due to accidents. Avoid sledding near a fence or any other stationary object. Choose a nice open field and go in the daytime. Also – consider wearing a bike helmet to prevent a head injury. Don’t sled near busy roads or on icy hills.

The winter can be a dangerous time of year- but with some preparation, you can enjoy all winter has to offer!

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Federal and Virginia State Duck Stamps

by Staff on October 4, 2014

Duck Stamps In Virginia If you want to hunt for any kind of water birds, duck, geese etc … you will be required to first have a Federal Duck Stamp.  It will be the ‘conservation’ type that allows hunting of migratory birds.  These Duck Stamps can be found at licensed locations which include the USPS Post Offices, so that should make it convenient for you.

For one thing, it’s a law that you must have the Federal Duck Stamp and you could be on the receiving end of some major fines if caught hunting without one.  Another benefit for you is that the Duck Stamp provides you with free entry to avoid fees at some National Wildlife Refuges.  The Federal stamps is necessary for any waterfowl hunters aged 16 or more.

In addition to the Federal Stamp, Virginia also requires a Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp unless they are hunting on their own private property.  The monies that they collect are used to preserve/protect waterfowl and habitat.  One more requirement: hunters of Virginia’s migratory gamebirds (like quail, woodcock etc) must also register for free at the Virginia Harvest Information Program (HIP), details in link above.

On the flip side of the Duck Stamp requirement are the artists who compete to have their waterfowl art works chosen to be featured on the Duck Stamp.  It’s a big boost to an artist’s career to be selected.  And arguably an artist has an unfair advantage by choosing a Wood Duck with its brilliant plumage … but you didn’t hear that here.  This year’s Duck Stamp winning art was done by artist Guy Crittenden, and it’s below.

Virginia Duck Stamp 2014


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Virginia Farmers Honored By Award

by Staff September 30, 2014

Tom and Kim Nixon own Glenmary Farms in Rapidan VA.  This month they were honored as the ‘2014 Farmers Of The Year‘ by the Virginia Cooperative Extension and we want to add our own congratulations to them as well. The Nixons are very enterprising and creative farmers.  Though they farm thousands of acres, some of [...]


Farmers React to Central VA Gas Pipeline

by Staff September 10, 2014

Here’s another update link in the conversation about the gas pipelines that are scheduled to run through Central VA.  (For our background blogs on this subject you can click HERE.) One Augusta County farm family shares their concerns about the immediate personal impact that the pipeline land acquisition is having on their own 200-acre family [...]


Charlottesville Hosts 2-Day Agriculture Fair

by Staff September 7, 2014

DAY 1: – Agriculture Celebration on Main St. in Charlottesville Friday, September 19, dinner time Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall  On Friday Sept. 19th on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall there will be a special food event.  Restaurants on the downtown mall have teamed with the Local Food Hub and the Albemarle Farm Bureau to provide special local [...]


Farm Tour on Labor Day

by Staff August 20, 2014

Hey Central Virginia food lovers!   Save Labor Day, Sept. 1st, for a time to attend a FOOD FEST from the specialty farmers of Central VA.  More than a dozen farms will welcome you on your tour and you can sample treats from their herbs, organic foods, creameries, mushroom farms, apple cider farms and many other unique and [...]