Farming

Agriculture and Tourism
8:22 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Agri-Tourism is a Growing Industry in Virginia

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You’ve heard of ‘Eco-Tourism’ where visitors go to learn about the local the ecology of a place.  Now there’s variation on that theme.  It’s "Agri-Tourism" and it’s a growing thing in Virginia. 

You might think the largest industry in Virginia is defense or some other government related sector, but in fact it’s Agriculture and third largest, tourism.  So it’s no surprise that the ‘Agritourism’ sector is growing.

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Indoor Greenhouse Venture
2:15 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Red Sun Farms Means Business in the NRV

It’s harvest time for tomatoes in the New River Valley. That’s not as strange as it sounds because these tomatoes are growing inside a huge greenhouse in the New River Valley.

The new venture promises to bring jobs --and more locally grown tomatoes to the region. 

 

You may have already seen tomatoes from Red Sun Farms in supermarkets. The parent company in Mexico has hundreds of acres of greenhouses there and in Canada, but this is the first time they’ll grow the fruit here. And by here, we mean Dublin Virginia.

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Local Food and Farming
6:40 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Farmer-Chef Express: Checking Out Local Farm Foods Online

The Internet has become a popular place for people to buy and sell products and for individuals in search of dates and mates to meet.  Now, a group in Charlottesville has launched a website where chefs can find producers of local farm products.  

If you’re looking for ghost peppers or baby ginger, quail eggs or chicken feet for stock, oyster mushrooms, organic hopes or goat milk ice cream, you’re in luck.  The Piedmont Environmental Council’s Rex Linville says his group has created a website that’s already offering those things and much more to the needy chef.

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Conservation Easements
4:25 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Property Rights Dispute

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The Virginia Outdoors Foundation has agreed to act as a mediator in a property rights dispute between a Fauquier County farmer and the Piedmont Environmental Council. 

Depending on the outcome, some farmers say the case could have a negative impact on the state's conservation easements program and create a hostile environment between landowners and government entities.
 

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Apple Cider Rules
6:25 am
Tue November 4, 2014

VA Apple Cider Makers are Getting Serious About Their Craft

There’s a new appreciation for well known fruit and Virginia is leading the way.  Heirloom apples, coveted for their nuanced flavor, are in demand for making hard cider.  And if a recent tasting is any indication, that demand will surely grow. 

Megan McGuire: So this one is called, “Serious Cider.”  We compare it to like a brewed Champagne.

Megan McGuire is pouring 5 different varieties of hard apple cider made here at Foggy Ridge Cidery .

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