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WENGER GRAPE FARM // FARMER PROFILE

The Wenger family has been growing grapes in the Shenandoah Valley since before the Civil War. Today, Dave and Mim Wenger continue the family tradition at Wenger Grape Farms in Augusta County with the help of their daughter Wendy, and her husband,...

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WAYSIDE PRODUCE // FARMER PROFILE

If asked what's available from Wayside Produce, father and son duo Alex and Andrew Mason will respond in unison, “Name a crop.” That’s the same “all or nothing” mentality that brought the Masons to Virginia to begin a new family...

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WALNUT WINDS FARM // FARMER PROFILE

After retiring from a career in the military, Delmer Livengood Sr. began Walnut Winds Farm in Pittsylvania County. Drawing on his early study in agriculture at West Virginia University, he established a produce farm that specialized in cantaloupes....

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WADEL’S FARM WAGON // FARMER PROFILE

Dean spent his childhood days in central Florida where he grew up raising produce. Later they moved to a dairy farm in western Missouri. In both operations, they experienced firsthand the devastation that large-scale brokers can have on the family...

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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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