One of the challenges of farming is how difficult it can be to try new methods—even if they have been shown to lead to reduced costs, increased productivity or improved farm health.
We are eager to assist farmers in adopting new bird-friendly practices such as delayed spring haying and summer pasture stockpiling.
By weaving together the conservation staff knowledge and all available funding sources, we are able to channel resources to achieve the greatest impact.
This year, we honored the late John Adamson with our first North Star recognition. In his words: Anything is possible with patience, politeness and persistence.
We are the first stewards of the water that travels from our springs into our streams, through our fields and towns and eventually into the Chesapeake Bay.
The Cumbia family have grown and adapted their management so that their farm operates in concert with the resources they steward on their property.
This summer, more than 60 area producers joined Shenandoah Valley Conservation Collaborative (SVCC) partners to tour two local farms.
Several of the bills that we supported are on Governor Northam’s desk awaiting signature, and the budget ended up relatively strong for clean water and farmland protection programs, considering current fiscal constraints.
Hidden Springs Farm, operated by Walter and Joan Brown is not only a Virginia Century Farm, but is one of the last African American farms in Augusta County.
As always, Alliance staff tracked legislation and made advocacy trips to Richmond during the 2020 session. Your calls and emails to legislators made a difference—thank you!
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