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CHURCH HILL PRODUCE // FARMER PROFILE

Michael and Kari Sponaugle of Church Hill Produce in Highland County have grown fresh fruit and vegetables since 2011. They expanded from 8 acres to 25 acres in 2017, growing and managing an acre of you-pick strawberries, an acre each of sweet...

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100 BOWLS // PRODUCER PROFILE

When Katharine Mardirosian was living with her mother-in-law in Romania, she was inspired by how every meal was cooked from scratch. The whole chicken was cooked down into broth and ingredients from a modest pantry were sliced and simmered into...

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APPALACHIAN HARVEST // FARMER PROFILE

APPALACHIAN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (ASD)’s mission is to transition Appalachia to a more resilient economy and a healthier population by supporting local agriculture, exploring new economic opportunities and connecting people to healthy...

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RADICAL ROOTS COMMUNITY FARM // FARMER PROFILE

When Dave and Lee purchased their farm in 2003, it was a hayfield with just a few species of grass. Today, it is a thriving, Certified Organic produce farm, and home to their family. Their swales, or low, moist tracts of land that help manage...

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DOUBLE H FARM // FARMER PROFILE

Richard Bean ran Double H Farm in Nelson County with his longtime partner Jean Rinaldi from 1997 until Richard’s passing in November 2013. Richard was a kindred spirit to so many in this community, and with his vibrant personality and can-do...

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CROWN ORCHARD // FARMER PROFILE

FOR FOUR GENERATIONS, Crown Orchard Company has been one of Central Virginia’s most prolific fruit growers, boasting seven major orchards spread over a 15-mile radius. Owned and operated by the Chiles family, the company has many acres of peaches,...

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HARTLAND FARM // FARMER PROFILE

WHEN YOU SEE the beautiful variety and taste the incredible quality of produce from Hartland Natural Farm, you might imagine it to have been grown by a seasoned farmer. However, this produce is grown and harvested by college students at the...

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SUNRISE FARMS // FARMER PROFILE

SUNRISE FARMS was founded in 2003 by the Miller Family, and raises a variety of all-natural meats, eggs, honey, and non-GMO feed.Sunrise Farms is approximately 150 acres of pastured land located in Stuarts Draft, VA. 4P partners with the Miller...

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Triple J Organics // Farmer Profile

In 1983, a devastating freeze wiped out nearly 75% of the citrus groves in Rio Grande Valley, the premier citrus region of Texas. As citrus farmers left the business, Jesse (Jesus) Lozano sought opportunity as an aspiring farmer. With the help of...

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Cibola Farms // Farmer Profile

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 herds across the the country. Due to mass over-hunting which escalated...

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