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Winterizing your garden

by Staff on November 21, 2014

The leaves have fallen off the trees, the air is cold and the holidays are fast approaching. Homeowners take a lot of time to winterize and protect their home from the long, cold winter. But what about your garden? Taking some simple steps now will help make a tremendous difference next spring!

Remove weeds, dead leaves and any plants that have died. When in doubt- pull it up, roots too! Insects lay eggs on old plants which can survive the winter months. Cut back any old and dead foliage.
Virginia Plant IdentificationNow might be a good time to record in a journal- what you planted, did it grow and any techniques you used that worked or didn’t work. Chances are- you won’t remember in 6 months!

Dig up your summer bulbs like begonias and store them in a paper bag in your cellar. These bulbs won’t survive the winter. Also, late fall is the time you can plant spring bulbs. However, it needs to be done before the ground is too frozen to work with.

Protect your garden by spreading mulch everywhere. It will help protect the roots. Don’t forget to water your trees and shrubs. They need water during the winter months. You can also continue to water them when it’s warm in the winter, typically above freezing.

If possible, bring potted plants inside or wrap them in insulating material.

A little extra effort and time now will help you have vibrant, colorful and healthy garden in the spring.

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2014 Virginia Beginning Grazing School

by Sue on November 3, 2014

Virginia FarmNovember 18 and 19, 2014
Clermont Farm
Berryville, VA

This is a great school to learn more about the science and practice of controlled grazing. Some of the topics to be covered are soil fertility and management, foraging and grazing management and farm and pasture design. The registration deadline is November 12th. You can register and find more information at the Virginia Beginning Farmer website.

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Equestrian World and Grand National Championships

by Staff October 1, 2013

The IFSHA Friesian World and Grand National 2013 Championships are being held in Lexington VA, beginning today,  Oct 1.     Competitors and horse-lovers from around the world will be seeking recognition in divisions such as Hunter, Dressage, Western, Saddle Seat, and Sport. You can learn more about the 5-year-old stallion in the photo by clicking HERE.


Buy Fresh Buy Local Fundraiser

by Sue September 11, 2013

September 16, 2013 Chipotle 953 Emmett Street North Charlottesville, VA Buy Fresh Buy Local is holding a fundraiser at the Barrack’s Road Chipotle in Charlottesville. 50% of proceeds between 2PM and 8Pm will go to Buy Fresh Buy Local and Piedmont Environmental Council’s Rural Agriculture programs. For more information and to download the flyer visit [...]


How To Buy A Farm 101

by Staff July 26, 2013

It seems like an obvious process.  If you want to buy a farm, you just go find a farm that you like and buy it.  But without a few more details in that process, you’re cruising for a disaster. Almost anyone can “sell” you a farm.  It’s possible to buy directly from the existing owner or contact [...]


Farm Equipment on Virginia Highways

by Staff July 12, 2013

When it comes to laws that regulate the usage of farm equipment on Virginia’s highways…. size matters.   Weight matters too. For travel on interstate or designated highways in VA, the maximum width for equipment is 102 inches, and the maximum height  is 13 feet 6 inches.   If the equipment is driven on interstate roads, it can’t weigh [...]