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VIRGINIA CHESTNUTS // FARMER PROFILE

Virginia Chestnuts is a family-owned and operated orchard, with deep roots in Nelson County. David and Kim Bryant were both born into farming families, providing them with a strong background to establish and manage an orchard. David learned about...

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VAN DESSEL FARMS // FARMER PROFILE

In the last years of the 19th Century, a young farmer on the fertile central plains of Belgium became frustrated because no land could be had to expand his five-acre ancestral farm and meet the needs of his growing family. He set sail for America...

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VALLEY FARMING // FARMER PROFILE

Virginia's Shenandoah Valley is known for its rich, agricultural land and skillful farmers – many of whom can trace their agricultural heritage back through several generations. Clifford Rohrer and his family have been farming for over 30 years on...

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SUNNYFIELD FARM // FARMER PROFILE

Marina and Petr Dronov immigrated to the United States from Russia, settling in the Harrisonburg area in order to be near extended family. While Petr put his skills to use in the construction industry and Marina devoted her time to tending to a...

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SUNFLOWER FLATS FARM // FARMER PROFILE

Jo Parent has spent her life surrounded by gardens — and if she has anything to do with it, her children will be able to say the same thing. Jo’s passion for organic farming began with her father, a conscientious objector and member of a...

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SINGING EARTH PRODUCE // FARMER PROFILE

Beginning with spinach and spring onions, and ending with thousands of pounds of winter squash, potatoes, and storage onions, the growing year at Singing Earth Produce includes every type of vegetable in top quality and bountiful quantity. Jose and...

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SHEPARDS HILL FARM // FARMER PROFILE

The Bontragers have been in residence at Shepherds Hill Farm since March 2010 and quickly perfected how to raise laying hens that produce delicious, beautiful eggs. Granted, this family of 10 has many hands to share the work: Glen and Margaret run...

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SHARONDALE FARM // FARMER PROFILE

Like any living organism, Sharondale Mushroom Farm changes and adapts over time. Owner/operator Mark Jones is currently building his staff, and his infrastructure, so that Sharondale can achieve organic certification and play a role in the growing...

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SEAMANS’ ORCHARD // FARMER PROFILE

Seamans' Orchard is a fourth-generation family farm tucked away in the rolling hills of Nelson County. Specializing in apples, cherries, berries, and pumpkins, the evolution of the farm since its founding in 1933 has been guided by the family’s...

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SCHUYLER GREENS COMPANY // FARMER PROFILE

Using organic, non-GMO seeds, Schuyler Greens Company grows high-quality greens, year-round in greenhouses – maintaining an optimal temperature range of 60 – 70°F. In addition to a forced-air heating system, they have invested in a “swamp...

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