Category Archives: Starting a Farm

  • Farming Grapes for Virginia Wineries

    Virginiaโ€™s soil and temperate climate are ideal for growing wine grapes, but since Virginiaโ€™s wine industry has taken off in local years, local wineries canโ€™t seem to get enough fruit! Many farmers in Virginia looking for financial security are transitioning to growing wine grapes since the demand is only going to grow in the next few years. Wineries generally buy grapes by the ton, so farmers can easily sell off their entire harvest to a single buyer. Whether youโ€™re considering buying a farm in Virginia for the first time or transitioning your current farm to wine grapes, consider this advice on finding the right winery to sell to and how to pick the best wine grape varieties for your farm. Continue reading

  • What You Need to Know When Starting an Organic, Sustainable, or Regenerative Farm

    While farmers are affected more than most by the extreme weather conditions caused by climate change, many farmers still use farming techniques that degrade the environment. In the face of rising temperatures, desertification, and declining soil and water quality, many farmers are choosing to fight for the health of their land and the local environment by choosing safer agricultural practices. Organic farming, sustainable farming, and regenerative farming involve environmentally-conscious practices that aim to preserve or improve the health of local ecosystems. Whether you have been farming for years but want to transition to organic, sustainable, or regenerative farming to protect the health of the community and ecosystems, or youโ€™re new to farming and excited to adopt practices that can help combat global warming, these tips will start you on the right track to operating a successful farm.ย  Continue reading

  • Dog Days of Summer

    Summer in the Soil

    In most years, depending on the farm, the planting season is about a month long. By June, most of the crops are already in the soil, and many ask themselves, what next? Continue reading

  • Grains in Virginia

    Growing Grains in Virginia

    Grains in Virginia

    If you want to feed your family more affordably, consider growing your own cereal grains.

    Growing grains in Virginia is a great choice if you want to produce food for yourself and your livestock. There is a growing demand for cereal crops across the world, and many flourish in Virginia.

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  • Berries and vine fruits in Virginia

    Growing Berries and Vine Fruits in Virginia

    Berries and Vine Fruits in Virginia

    Virginia’s climate and soil conditions makes it the perfect place the grow a variety of fruit. While fruit trees are a good, low maintenance choice if you’ve got a lot of land, they may not be ideal for a backyard garden. If you don’t have much land, try growing berries and vine fruits. And if you’re considering selling your yield, keep in mind that there is a high demand for berries commercially. Continue reading

  • Fruit Trees in Virginia

    Growing Fruit Trees in Virginia

    Fruit Trees in Virginia

    If you’re looking to start growing fruit trees in Virginia, you probably have questions about which trees will do best given Virginia’s climate and soil conditions. Picking the right trees for your land means that your plants will require less care and will be more productive. Fruit trees are an investment, so you don’t want to plant fruit trees in Virginia that will die after one season, or that are prone to diseases common to the area. Keep in mind that many plants will grow in Virginia – particularly in the northern climate region – but not all will thrive.

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