Agriculture

Editorial: Birds, bees and baby steps

By
0
June 21
editorial

We have two choices in the face of the earth’s environmental degradation. The first is to feel like we humans are all hospice patients just waiting for the inevitable, apocalyptic end. The other is to take action – countermeasures, albeit small but still meaningful.
Read More »

Photo: Making the cut

Photo: Making the cut

John Stacey Clark lucked into an usually cool spring morning Wednesday for the season’s first cutting of hay in Harris Hollow near Washington.
Read More »

Test-driving the future of farming

By
0
May 31
farmingMcNearWide-31webfront

Farming isn’t just a job. For most farmers, it's a way of life, a family enterprise, a connection with the land and a means of making a living Five local farmers spent last year analyzing those motivating forces, and in many cases altering their farming operations to improve profitability, sustainability and the quality...
Read More »

Washington column for May 31

By
0
May 31

Park maintenance and repair, CFC's locally produced feed, and best wishes for birthdays and anniversaries. D.A.R.E. festivities are upcoming, as are the Bolen cemetary trip, graduations, Garden Week and Homecoming at Gid Brown Hollow Bible Baptist Church.
Read More »

The Rapp for May 17

theRappMullany-17webfront

Miss Rappahannock, Relay for Life and more this weekend; Pennsylvania bluegrass at the Theatre; how to learn more about Future Farming and invasive plants; another mural shaped in Flint Hill and shipped out; "students" return to Scrabble; a Father's Day folk date.
Read More »

Amissville woman spins 18th-century style

By
May 17
Rachel Summers

It is often difficult to find goods made in America, much less locally by hand. But in Rappahannock County, there are those who preserve techniques developed generations before industrialization.
Read More »

Editorial: Who’re the real agroterrorists?

“The $10 Buy Local Challenge!” That’s the recent call to action from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS): If each household in Virginia spent just $10 a week on locally grown agricultural products, consumers would invest an additional $1.65 billion back into the local economy annually. “The challenge is not limited...
Read More »

The View From Massies Corner: Things I miss most in Rappahannock

By
April 26
RNThisWeekNew

There are things I miss about Rappahannock County and things I don’t. This article will deal primarily with what I miss the most.
Read More »

Photos: The fruits of cooperation

By
April 26
Photos: The fruits of cooperation

Rappahannock fruit growers meet with visiting agricultural scientists from Senegal.
Read More »

Food Pantry is landmark of a caring community

foodpantryShelves-26webfront

All of those hungers are eased at the Rappahannock Food Pantry. The little “grocery” on Mt. Salem Avenue, next door to the old Washington School, is the first stop for those who need help in keeping food on the table in difficult times.
Read More »

The Rapp for April 26

theRappBridge-26webfront

Fourth (Estate) Friday; internationally known pianist Audrey Andrist at the Theatre; "The Decendants" at RAAC's movie night; time to start planning for the fall's Farm Tour; turning wine into gold and more.
Read More »

Photo: Walking the walk

By
April 26
Photo: Walking the walk

Members of the 4-H Community Club (Maddie Heneghan, treasurer; Henry Mason; and Shelby Burnett, president) present Roger Welch, chairman of the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors, with a $1,000 check for county parks and recreation improvements. The funds were earned via the club’s first-ever Jingle Bell 5K Race/Walk, held in the town of Washington...
Read More »

Washington column for April 26

By
April 26
Washington column for April 26

Ginger Hill goes to DC; 4-H news; Food Pantry benefit; Trinity arts and crafts fair; politics, health and community greetings
Read More »

Virginia ham in China, soybeans in Morocco, apples in Cuba

Carter Bruce restored and painted this 1950 Farm All H tractor in Rappahannock High School shop class. Photo by Manly Bruce.

Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Matthew J. Lohr says he's spent his life working in agriculture in the state, but in those 40 years has never seen anything quite like what is happening now with the state's exports to other countries.
Read More »

Soybean, corn planting up; hay, cotton down

  The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today that acres planted in soybeans, corn and peanuts are up this year. Virginia’s soybean producers intend to increase acreage in 2012 to 590,000. If realized, planted acreage would be 30,000 acres above last year. Farmers announced their planting intentions in response to...
Read More »

Early spring brings fears of late frost

By
March 29
The Sperryville School House, seen last Friday behind the fresh blossoms on the young cherry trees that line the walkway leading to and from Sperryville’s Main Street.

In Rappahannock County, as in most of Virginia, spring has sprung early.

Fruit buds are blossoming, flowers are in full bloom, leaves are appearing on trees and shrubs, grass is popping up thick and dark.
Read More »

Editorial: Nice weather?

By
March 29
editorial

Spring in Rappahannock, though beautiful as always, feels a bit unnatural this year. It’s as if the latitude has shifted south and we’re now a part of north Florida. Or maybe it’s not spring at all, but an early summer. The ancient Greeks, in their wonderful way of mixing the poetic with the analytical,...
Read More »

Letter: Thanks from the Livestock Club

The 4-H Livestock Club would like to thank everyone who donated baked goods and for those who came out to purchase items from us on Saturday at the Rappahannock CFC. We would also like to thank those who donated items for our raffle. We are very blessed to live in such a supportive community....
Read More »

Ag department asks you to buy $10 worth of local foods a week

The Farm at Sunnyside production manager Emily Cook, furthest from the camera, sells produce to visitors who came to the Washington organic farm for the 2010 Farm Tour last weekend. Staff Photo/Roger Piantadosi.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is asking Virginians to spend at least $10 per week on locally grown foods and beverages.
Read More »

The Rapp for March 8

r_theRappMiddle-08webfront

Civil War painterly photos at Middle Street and a benefit art show in Madison; update on AT&T cell towers and Piedmont Broadband plans; the annual county cleanup is underway; Angus news around the county.
Read More »

Farm Bureau volunteers mark Agriculture Literacy Week

THE FARM BUREAU’s Ashleigh Cannon Sharp and Alex Sharp VII are shown reading last year to students at Rappahannock Elementary from “Ready Set GROW,” as part of Agriculture Literacy Week.

As Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom program celebrates its second Agriculture Literacy Week concurrently with National Agriculture Week (March 4-10), the Rappahannock County Farm Bureau’s Ashleigh Cannon Sharp will join volunteers from more than 40 other Farm Bureaus and other organizations to read books about agriculture in their local schools. Many will be reading...
Read More »

In 2011, 650-plus acres protected

r_easementMap-19webfront

Data released this week shows that three properties in Rappahannock County totaling more than 650 acres were protected by conservation easements in 2011.
Read More »

Photo: The mitigators

Courtesy photo

From left, participants in last week’s Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation District (CSWCD) all-day workshop on restoring and protecting streambeds, wetlands and habitat included Rappahannockians Beverly Hunter, Jonathan Marquisee, David Massie, Don Loock and Donna Marquisee and CSWCD staffers Richard Jacobs and Evan Blumenthal. Attendees learned about private conservation-incentive programs (besides those long offered...
Read More »

Letter: Farming is the credential to consider

RNletter

In the 1930s, during the pit of the great depression, an ecologically disastrous event occurred in the heartland of America. Soil from barren, dry fields began blowing away and created what we now call the Dust Bowl. In the wake of this disaster, soil and water conservation districts were formed as a way to...
Read More »

Letter: ‘My goal is . . . to make a difference’

RNletter

I am Bob Zwick and I am running for a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates because I believe that my knowledge and experience will best serve the citizens of the 18th district. When I heard that Todd Benson was running, I was delighted. After he dropped out, I kept waiting for someone with...
Read More »

Farm-to-Juggle in Sperryville

By
Oct. 9, 2011

Rappahannock News Staff Photo/Roger Piantadosi

After getting a decent show of hands from the 30 or so kids present who were sure “it’s impossible,”
Jazzy Juggler Nathan Bynum (jazzyjuggler.com) got up on his unicycle and kept the juggler’s club, the tennis ball and the ring in the air for a good long time Saturday afternoon at Waterpenny Farm’s annual Fall Festival for CSA shareholders and friends of the Sperryville organic farm. Bynum is the brother of Rachel Bynum, who owns and runs the small Rappahannock County farm with husband Eric Plaksin, who also helped press cider and give a tractor-driven farm tour to the attendees.

Farm Tour vendors wanted

The Rappahannock County Farm Tour’s “All Things Rappahannock Market” at The Link is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25. Space is available for vendors to sell produce, plants, food items, textiles, soap, crafts, etc. or to provide information regarding their organization. Vendors and organizations must have ties to the land and/or farming in...
Read More »

Bull in a . . . tractor shop?

r_bullshop-11webfront

The hazards are different than the better-known dangers involving china shops, as this bull discovered when he wandered overnight into Bill Fletcher’s farm shop near Sperryville last week and apparently fell into the repair pit, where he remained until farm hands fashioned a sloping ladder out of lumber and plywood and helped him out....
Read More »

A full moo . . . oon

r_moon-04webfront

On the crest of a hill near Massies Corner, two cows appear to be admiring the full moon as it hung last month over Rappahannock County — although they were not, exactly. For the full story behind this photo by Kaye Kohler, see the Washington column on page 9 of this week’s Rappahannock News...
Read More »

The Rapp for July 28

By
July 28, 2011
Staff Photo/Jan Clatterbuck

New slogans (or maybe not), an Angus Show award for a young Sperryville woman, Ballard's summer sale ends Saturday, amazing vegetable-growing news, pretty good peach-growing news, and the Piedmont claims another Soap Box Derby champion.
Read More »

River of rocks

r_river-28web

Though it’s the season for low water levels, those levels — illustrated here by the meager flow of the the Thornton River Wednesday in front of the Glassworks Gallery on U.S. 211 in Sperryville — are the subject of a draft of a county water supply plan, which will be presented to the Rappahannock...
Read More »

Sustainability: The dance goes on

By
July 15, 2011
Farm at Sunnyside owner Nick Lapham stands amid a yellow sea of lance-leaved coreopsis, eastern gama grass and echinacea in one of his native-plant meadows. Staff Photo/Roger Piantadosi.

As if it wasn’t enough of a challenge to follow all the rules and guidelines necessary to have your products designated as “organic,” Nick Lapham has also tackled . . . biodiversity. Certain newspapers that would attempt to cover certain rural Virginia counties filled with singularly distinctive people must exercise caution when calling out...
Read More »

Plant sale: 10 years and growing

By
April 28, 2011
r_waterpenny-28webfront

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Rappahannock Spring Plant Sale. Local and nearby growers will be gathering at Waterpenny Farm in Sperryville, again this Saturday (April 30) from 9 to 3, rain or shine.
Read More »

View From Massie’s Corner: First, define the problem

By
April 14, 2011
The actual view from from Massies Corner, looking west from the northeast corner of U.S. 522 and 211. Rappahannock News Staff Photo/Roger Piantadosi.

Cattle farmers most certainly have a lot to be thankful for this spring. Compared to last winter, this winter was a breeze, and this spring is so far so good. If a cow had the ability to dial up the weather she would want when it came time to deliver her calf, a spring...
Read More »

Down Memory Lane/Out of the Attic

By
April 14, 2011
r_attic-14webfront

The headlines from the Rappahannock News of 50, 25 and 10 years ago, plus a photo from the attic files.
Read More »

Washington column for March 31

By
March 31, 2011
r_wash-31webfront

The 4-H Livestock Club visits the vet, and the 4-H talent show is a big success; take a break from cooking Sunday at Washington Baptist for a good cause; birthdays, prayers, Grandma's Attic and a wish for spring.
Read More »

Farm tour gears up

By
March 24, 2011
The Farm at Sunnyside production manager Emily Cook, furthest from the camera, sells produce to visitors who came to the Washington organic farm for the 2010 Farm Tour last weekend. Staff Photo/Roger Piantadosi.

Spring farming season is here and plans are already underway for the 2011 Rappahannock County Farm Tour, to be held September 24-25.
Read More »

The Rapp for March 17

By
March 17, 2011
The winners of the Rappahannock County Lions Club's 28th annual James A. Bland Music Competition.

Lions' music contest winners; a new 4-H horse club; Headwaters goes ahead with after-school program plans; workshops on dealing with conflict; an artists and galleries tour application deadline.
Read More »

Farm Bureau to read in schools

By
March 17, 2011

As the National Agriculture Week is celebrated this week, the Rappahannock County Farm Bureau will join Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) and volunteers across the state in reading “Ready, Set, Grow! A Tour of Virginia Farms and Agriculture” to students learning about agriculture in the commonwealth.
Read More »

The Rapp for March 10

By
March 10, 2011
r_theRappMiss-24webfront

Micro-climate blues in Bean Hollow; it's Miss Rappahannock time again; a holistic farming field tour in Sperryvile; time to clean up Rappahannock's roads and streams; everything old is fun again at the Antiques Appraisal.
Read More »

frontroyalbattle on Facebook




The forecast for 22747 by WP Wunderground