The Impact blog


Cibola Farms // Farmer Profile

Cibola Farms is one of the largest bison farms in the state of Virginia. Several hundred years ago, Virginia is thought to have been home to the largest population of bison in the Mid-Atlantic. An estimated 70 million American Bison once roamed in...

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Berry Simple Farm // Farmer Profile

Berry Simple Farm is not your average produce farm. Compared to more traditional field to fork operations, Berry Simple Farm is quite small. Tucked away on the edge of a rural development, Berry Simple Farm is made up of 3-acre area of land in...

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Superfood Farm is a 19-acre farm in Culpeper, VA  This sustainable family farm is largely run by the eldest child of the Ayad family, Raymon Ayad, who gave us a tour of the farm on a warm summer afternoon. The Ayad family immigrated from...

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Messick’s Farm Market // Farmer Profile Messick’s Farm Market was established by the Messick Family in the 1920’s on 1,000 acres of land in Bealeton, VA. This 3rd generation family farm is made of pristine fields and scenic skies in Faquier...

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Sweet Valley Farm Dairy // Farmer Profile

  Six miles down the road from the 4P Foods distribution hub in Culpeper County, VA is Sweet Valley Farm Dairy. In terms of rural life, Cecilia and Al Schallenberger, the married duo who own and operate Sweet Valley Farm, are our neighbors....

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Fruitcycle // Producer Profile

When Elizabeth Bennet visited an apple orchard in the summer of 2013, she was startled by what she saw. Tons of fruit were going to waste because they were bruised or didn't meet the grocery store beauty standard. She had been working for a small...

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Hamilton Heights Dairy // Farmer Profile

Hamilton Heights Dairy has been in the Hawbaker family for over 160 years, and Cliff and Maggie Hawbaker are the 6th generation to farm the land, but they're the first generation to grass feed their cows and be certified organic. Cliff told us, "We...

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Farmer Profile // Underground Greens

Underground Greens is helping to redefine what the word farm means. Located in a warehouse next to Union Market, Maryna Higgins grows 18 different kinds of microgreens hydroponically. With a life cycle of 9-12 days, and an easy setup, they are...

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Producer Profile // Trickling Springs Creamery

As you step into the farm store at Trickling Springs Creamery in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania your eyes can't help but feel hungry at the sight of local ice cream, yogurt, milk, homemade butters and jams and local cheese. The ladies behind the...

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Producer Profile // Back Pocket Provisions

Siblings Jen Beckman and Will Gray cofounded Back Pocket Provisions with a serious goal: to create a better Bloody Mary while also doing their part in creating a better food system. "A better bloody mary to change the world," is what Will called it....

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