Loudoun County Farm Bureau, Inc.

Loudoun County Farm Bureau, Inc. Loudoun Farm Bureau exists to support and promote Loudoun's farms, overall agricultural economy, and to build and secure a strong future for the next generation of farmers in our county.

Rapidly growing Loudoun County borders both West Virginia and Maryland, and parts of this county are less than 20 miles from the nation’s capital. Despite being part of the Washington DC metropolitan area, Loudoun still has 121,000 acres of farmland. Loudoun ranks #1 in Virginia in number of wineries and vineyards, as well as in total acres planted in grape production. Loudoun also ranks #1 in the

Rapidly growing Loudoun County borders both West Virginia and Maryland, and parts of this county are less than 20 miles from the nation’s capital. Despite being part of the Washington DC metropolitan area, Loudoun still has 121,000 acres of farmland. Loudoun ranks #1 in Virginia in number of wineries and vineyards, as well as in total acres planted in grape production. Loudoun also ranks #1 in the

09/13/2021

Time to RSVP!! (For the Loudoun Farm Bureau Annual Meeting that is!) Members should have recieved their post card invites over the past few weeks, if you didn't, there's still time to join and RSVP for the meeting which will be held Tuesday, September 21st, outdoors on the patio at Walsh Family Wine and Vineyard in Purcellville. To RSVP, or to join Loudoun Farm Bureau AND RSVP, contact Karen Aronhalt at the Loudoun Farm Bureua office in Purcellville at [email protected] or call 540-751-1111.

This year's meeting will include as usually a Loudoun-sourced dinner, as well as a young farmers panel discussion led by Pam Jones of Gathering Springs Farm in Middleburg. Panel members will include Casey Wisch of Long Stone Farm in Lovettsville, Stephen Bradford of Potomac Vegetable Farm in Wheatland, and Nate Walsh of Walsh Family Wine. They'll be talking about issues and opportunities facing younger working farms in Loudoun. We'd love to see you there!

A reminder for Loudoun landowners enrolled in the agricultural land use tax deferral program...the deadline for new or r...
09/02/2021
Land Use Assessment Program | Loudoun County, VA - Official Website

A reminder for Loudoun landowners enrolled in the agricultural land use tax deferral program...the deadline for new or re-applications is November 1st. If you last renewed in 2016, this is your year for renewal. For more information check out: www.loudoun.gov/landuse

The Land Use Assessment Program provides for the deferral of real estate taxes on property that meets certain agricultural, horticultural, forestry, or open space criteria. Eligible land is valued and taxed based on its use versus being valued and taxed at fair market value. The deferred tax is the....

08/28/2021

USDA Prime Agricultural Soils...they matter! Lets protect them for future generations of Loudoun Farmers.
https://fb.watch/7G1YAhXnet/

Another local ag job opportunity!https://www.facebook.com/100063571091567/posts/235037165291985/
08/18/2021

Another local ag job opportunity!

https://www.facebook.com/100063571091567/posts/235037165291985/

Hey folks! We’re HIRING! With the departure of a few members of our team we are soon going to be shorthanded and need some extra help. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in working outside who wants to learn about small scale agriculture! Please contact Charlotte at [email protected] to discuss details.We’d love to see you out here! Come join the force of small farmers!! ☀️👨‍🌾☀️

08/11/2021

A Farm Less Ordinary is hiring for an assistant farm manager position. If you aren't familiar, A Farm Less Ordinary works with differently abled folks and grows some really awesome produce to boot. If you're looking for a local ag job, here's a start!

https://www.afarmlessordinary.org/

Another successful Fair Week is in the books.  Loudoun Farm Bureau was excited to support our 4-Hers at the auction Frid...
08/02/2021

Another successful Fair Week is in the books. Loudoun Farm Bureau was excited to support our 4-Hers at the auction Friday night (although our actual purchase ended up being a second hog in a private sale from a 4-Her!). President Tia and Education and Outreach chair Sara were on hand to bid and purchase, kudos to all the hard work this years competitors put into their animals. Hopefully in a few years we'll be seeing some of you on our Loudoun Farm Bureau board!

We're encouraged to see the USDA Prime Agricultural Soils ZOAM moving its way through the county zoning process!  Protec...
07/27/2021
Supervisors Seek to Rework Rural Cluster Zoning - Loudoun Now

We're encouraged to see the USDA Prime Agricultural Soils ZOAM moving its way through the county zoning process! Protecting prime ag soils is plain and simple making sure some of the east coasts best farming soils remain available to the next generation of Loudoun farmers. Supervisor Buffington stated it perfectly in this article: “Loudoun has a rich history of farming, we have a lot of farmers that want to farm, and the farms and open spaces in western Loudoun County is a lot of what attracts people to Loudoun County,”
https://loudounnow.com/2021/07/27/supervisors-seek-to-rework-rural-cluster-zoning/?utm_source=Loudoun%20Now%20Newsroom&utm_campaign=fc10e309a5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2021_07_27_08_14&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1ec2f141cc-fc10e309a5-124139861

Cluster zoning, which in Loudoun allows developers to build more houses on a plot of land than under a conventional

Its a big investment on behalf of our members, and one we think is worth it!  The Lovettsville Co-op Market will provide...
07/13/2021

Its a big investment on behalf of our members, and one we think is worth it! The Lovettsville Co-op Market will provide a new retail outlet for our producer members to sell to while providing a new outlet to purchase locally grown and raised food for all our members, so we felt, a win-win. As President Tia Walbridge said: "We're so excited to support not only a great group of people, but an operation that so many farming in western Loudoun will benefit from!"

A huge THANKS and heartfelt gratitude to the Loudoun County Farm Bureau for their $10,000 donation to our Co-op!! Presenting the check are Tia Walbridge, President, and Kim Fry, Treasurer. Accepting for the Co-op are John DeSaix, Chair, and Julie Harner, Vice Chair. The Bureau recognizes the important role of co-ops and having a food co-op here in western Loudoun will contribute to supporting our local farmers and producers. And, we so much appreciate the Farm Bureau’s support!! #loudounfarms #supportlocal #gocoop

We're always excited to share visits to our farms with our eastern Loudoun neighbors!  Thanks for Broad Run Supervisor S...
06/28/2021

We're always excited to share visits to our farms with our eastern Loudoun neighbors! Thanks for Broad Run Supervisor Sylvia Glass and her staff for touring Northern Virginia Growers nursery and veggie operation in Paeonian Springs, Dunthorpe Farm in Hillsboro's equine, orchard, and swine operation (along with a veterinary practice and B&B!), and finally a stop at Long Stone Farm in Lovettsville's cattle, poultry and swine operation.

05/10/2021

Recently, two more large Loudoun farms near Between the Hills, as well as another south of Lovettsville have been sold and slated for large scale by-right residential development. Under current AR-1 zoning, these developments don't require any additional approval by the Board of Supervisors.

These three farms include hundreds and hundreds of acres of prime agricultural soils. While we can't expect to stop all land conversion in Loudoun, these types of developments show the need to fill our county's farmland preservation "toolbox", and quickly. We need to carry through and establish the USDA Class 1 Prime agricultural soils Zoning Ordinance Amendment, fund our newly reestablished Purchase of Development Rights Program (PDR), and continue our support for Conservation Easements. No single one of these measures is the answer alone, but together they protect our best farming soils for future farmers, and give currently landowners as many choices and opportunities as possible to protect their farmland for future food and fiber production here in Loudoun!

05/03/2021

Lovettsville Co-op Market was one of our first Loudoun Farm Bureau grant winners several years ago to help fund refrigeration equipment for the store...the store which will become very real beginning this fall when construction is set to begin! The Co-op will be a full service grocery store and will be a great resource to Loudoun farmers marketing their products and will provide them a seven day a week outlet for sales. Even if you don't live in Lovettsville, the Co-op Market will be worth the trip, and we'd encourage you to join to take advantage of the benefits of membership, and to chip in to their capital campaign. Check out the store location and layout below!

This could be a great option to alleviate some of our processing bottleneck for sheep and goat producers here in Loudoun...
04/14/2021
VSU’S Mobile Processing Unit On The Move Soon — Virginia Cooperative Extension - Virginia State University

This could be a great option to alleviate some of our processing bottleneck for sheep and goat producers here in Loudoun. Reach out to Extension and Virginia State to let them know there is interest up north!

https://www.ext.vsu.edu/blog/2021/1/19/vsus-mobile-processing-unit-on-the-move-soon?fbclid=IwAR2GfEf7OjXoTDb5FLNWohVduVYisSxxTcmMzp-kAe2EswgHIaqxNlO4GXo

VSU’s Small Ruminant Mobile Processing Unit has been in the making for five years, but is scheduled to finally be unveiled and fully operational this spring. It couldn’t come soon enough for O’Brien and many small ruminant producers.

Couldn't have said it better ourselves!
04/12/2021

Couldn't have said it better ourselves!

The best place to be. Land worth protecting!

For a long time, the groups that represented the "Agricultural Community" really weren't representing the whole ag commu...
04/06/2021
Relief on the Way for Black Farmers

For a long time, the groups that represented the "Agricultural Community" really weren't representing the whole ag community.

The last few years, Loudoun Farm Bureau has been pushing Virginia Farm Bureau to increase its outreach to minority farmers and to the full diversity of consumers as well. We're finally starting to see some traction both within the Commonwealth and on the national level, but this process is repairing centuries of bad behavior, so its just that, a process.

NBC 4 ran this story yesterday about some Black Maryland and Virginia farmers and new funding available to alleviate some of the past wrongs in the last stimulus bill. In addition, if you're involved or want to be involved in farming in Loudoun, we'd love to hear from you! We're always looking to better represent the full breadth of our community and we've got committees, state programs, and more to share!

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/relief-on-the-way-for-black-farmers/2630780/?amp

In President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, $5 billion are earmarked for Black farmers impacted by decades of discrimination made worse during the pandemic. Prince George’s County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports.

03/26/2021

Local Ag Job! Perfect work-from-home, part-time "off farm" gig for a farmer (or anyone else with an interest in promoting regional grains!)

Exciting news: Common Grain Alliance is hiring an Executive Director!

CGA is seeking a passionate, self-motivated individual to lead the organization as part-time Executive Director. This person will report to the Board of Directors and work with the part-time Social Media Manager and Project Administrator to direct, execute, and coordinate our programs, operations, and communications, and assist with development and fundraising.

This position is remote, but the Executive Director must reside within the CGA region, which includes Maryland, Delaware, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

For more information, and to apply, please visit goodfoodjobs.com/jobs/139254/executive-director.html

03/26/2021
loudouncoalition.org

This morning the farmers of the Loudoun Farm Bureau Board were joined by a crowd of additional Loudoun farmers to meet (virtually) with Loudoun County staff to discuss the importance of moving ahead with the protection of USDA Class I Prime Agricultural soils. In short, we all want to make sure this generation, and succeeding generations of Loudoun farmers have access to our best farm-able soils and that they aren't lost under houses and septic drainfields in poorly designed cluster subdivisions.

A special thank you to all the "non-board member" farmers that attended including beef, pork, and poultry producer Casey Wisch from Longstone Farm, Hops grower and president of Loudoun Hops Association Denise Rowell, Former owner of Wheatland Vegetable Farm (now part of Moutoux orchard and CSA), Chip Planck, Grain grower and seed cleaner Trent Tebbe of Three Monkeys Farm in Leesburg, Maura Walsh Copeland of Copeland Homestead Farm, Beef producer Andrew Crush of Spring House Farm, Dairy Goat, pork, and poultry producer Sam Kroiz of Georges Mill Farm, Leesburg native Brian Walsh, our Field Services Rep, Dairy goat producer Erin Walter from Catoctin Creamery, and finally equine and cut flower producer Leyla Dorsey.

Finally, a extra special thanks to Robin Bartok from Supervisor Buffingtons office and Laura TeKrony from Chair Randall's office. You and your "bosses" have been wonderful supporters of the effort to keep Loudoun's remaining best farmland...for farming!
Here's hoping county Staff and the rest of the Board of Supervisors will follow through with a strong Prime Soils ordinance!

For some historical background on this effort, check out this letter from Loudoun's Rural Economic Development Council:
https://loudouncoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/6-REDC-Letter-to-BOS-Cluster-Development-and-Prime-FarmlandFinal.pdf

Well hey (hay!), its National Ag Day.  We celebrate it every day, and everyone celebrates it every day they eat, are clo...
03/23/2021

Well hey (hay!), its National Ag Day. We celebrate it every day, and everyone celebrates it every day they eat, are clothed, etc...but its always good to take a minute to celebrate farming, and the folks who get our products to market!

Happy National Agriculture Day!

We are deeply grateful for every single person who plants, harvests, processes, packages, transports, sells, and serves our nation’s food. Thank you for all that you do!

03/19/2021

We want to thank the producers that responded to our recent survey e-mail that was sent to all our producer members on what issues were important to them as we begin our Virginia Farm Bureau policy development process for 2021. We heard loud and clear on:
1. Increased local meat processing options and capacity (a continuing effort for us)
2. Protection of Loudoun's best soils for ag production (another we're working on right now!)
3. The lack of multiple local affordable sources for feed and seed (one we need to dig into more!)
4. The property tax assessment issue/ag structures (another one we're actively engaged on!)

Thanks to those of you who responded for participating in our grass roots policy development process!

We recently had to say goodbye to one of our producer board members, Collin Thompson, who is headed to Maine as he accep...
03/17/2021
nvwgrowers – Norther Virginia Wholesale Growers

We recently had to say goodbye to one of our producer board members, Collin Thompson, who is headed to Maine as he accepted a position managing a farm for Johnny's Seeds (if you're a veggie producer, you know those folks!). Good luck to Collin as he takes his skills north!

Luckily, we were happy to vote in Ramesh Seetaram who runs Northern Virginia Wholesale Growers https://nvwgrowers.com right on Rt. 9 in Paeonian Springs this week to fill Collins position. Ramesh's operation grows both nursery stock as well as veggie plants and produce on the 30+ acre operation. Welcome aboard Ramesh!

03/15/2021

If you or someone you know is looking for an Ag job, here’s a great opportunity at a direct market produce operation! Go visit Paige for more info.

My name is Kimberly Fry.  I am a lifelong resident of Loudoun County; however, I am a first generation farmer.  I grew u...
03/08/2021

My name is Kimberly Fry. I am a lifelong resident of Loudoun County; however, I am a first generation farmer. I grew up in Eastern Loudoun showing horses in 4H and Pony Club and always dreamed of having my own farm.

In addition to a full time non-farm job, I currently own and operate Magic Arch Farm, a small horse board operation in Hamilton. Owning a farm has taught me even more about horses and agriculture than I initially imagined but it has been one of my greatest pleasures. I have become more mechanically inclined. It has also given me an opportunity to introduce so many of my friends and family in Eastern Loudoun to farming and educate kids on horses and animal care.

I have been involved with Loudoun County Farm Bureau for the last 6 years and strongly believe in advocating for small farms, creating opportunities for new and first generation farmers and helping to educate the next generation of farmers.

#internationalwomensday #iwd2021 #farmher #womenwhofarm

I’m Sara Brown, 9th generation farmer at Oakland Green Farm  near Lincoln VA. We raise and sell beef cattle. I got my fi...
03/08/2021

I’m Sara Brown, 9th generation farmer at Oakland Green Farm near Lincoln VA. We raise and sell beef cattle. I got my first steer when I was 11 (12?) in 4H. A couple years later I got a heifer and kept her and as happens, I got a calf, and so on and so forth. Currently I host a herd of 23 breeding cows all of whom have been born and raised here.

We’ve implemented several conservation measures on the farm in terms of water protection and we’re planning to install additional forage options for them as well so as to lengthen the grazing season.

#internationalwomensday #iwd2021 #farmher #womenwhofarm

I’m Sara Brown, 9th generation farmer at Oakland Green Farm near Lincoln VA. We raise and sell beef cattle. I got my first steer when I was 11 (12?) in 4H. A couple years later I got a heifer and kept her and as happens, I got a calf, and so on and so forth. Currently I host a herd of 23 breeding cows all of whom have been born and raised here.

We’ve implemented several conservation measures on the farm in terms of water protection and we’re planning to install additional forage options for them as well so as to lengthen the grazing season.

#internationalwomensday #iwd2021 #farmher #womenwhofarm

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I invite you to visit Loudoun Station Farmers Market, open every Saturday from 9am-noon. Our farm, Lydia's Fields at Wheatland, sells our naturally grown vegetables there (no harmful chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers). You can find the other vendors as well as Loudoun's other farmers markets here. And check out my page to see photos of our farm and what we have growing. Thanks for supporting local agriculture.