Fauquier County has for years been attracting new residents who are looking for a balance of modern conveniences and country life. These days, there are a lot of reasons for them to feel good about the move.
Board of supervisors Chairman Richard Gerhardt said in his recent state of the county address that real estate growth, low unemployment and development projects made it a very good year for the county.
Gerhardt also said in the county remained one of the state’s top producers in dairy, crops and livestock. It’s not surprising, since Virginia farms and farmers are some of the country’s best.
For a list of all the county’s successes, click here to read more from Fauquier.com.
Fauquier Now reports:
Homeowners and local businesses can get financial help for projects that improve water quality.
Known for stream fencing practices on agricultural lands, the John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District offers homeowners and local businesses incentives to address stormwater issues through the new Virginia Conservation Assistance Program.
The program provides incentives for reducing stormwater pollution from urban and residential properties in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, by providing cost share for a menu of “Best Management Practices.” It operates in a similar manner to the statewide agricultural cost share program, reimbursing eligible practices at 50 to 75 percent of the allowable cost.
For more information, contact Kris Jarvis or Michael Trop at JMSWCD at 540-347-3120, extension 3.
Fauquier Now reports:
The response to Tuesday’s community visioning workshop in Warrenton took him aback.
“I was very impressed with the size and the passion of the turnout,” said Carter Nevill, chairman of the Partnership for Warrenton, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting Old Town.
The partnership has struggled financially and has been without of an executive director since March 1. A grand jury last week indicted the group’s former chairman for embezzlement.
But, this week’s discussion focused on opportunities. Town government hosted the meeting that drew about 140 merchants, property owners, citizens and public officials.
Mr. Nevill and other community leaders hope the workshop attracted people who will get involved and help relaunch the Main Street program.
It represents the first step toward revitalizing Warrenton’s 27-year-old Main Street program.
“The sky’s the limit,” Kathy La Plante of the National Main Street Center told them. “What are the things you want Old Town to be known for in five years?”
Fauquier Now reports:
“A Feast from the Field” dinner to benefit the Fauquier Education Farm will take place Saturday, July 30, just outside of Warrenton.
Featuring local meat, produce, beverages and dessert, the fourth annual farm-to-table dinner will begin at 7 p.m. at Moriah Farm on Meetze Road. A tour of the Fauquier Education Farm, just across the road, will begin at 6 p.m. The Cabin Raiders, a local bluegrass group, will perform during the dinner.
“The Fauquier Education Farm is truly a unique community resource, serving Fauquier County and the entire Northern Piedmont,” said Jess Palmer, Buy Fresh Buy Local Coordinator at the Piedmont Environmental Council, which sponsors the dinner.
“By promoting agricultural education through on-farm demonstrations and promoting agricultural best practices, they enable communities to produce fresh healthy vegetables in an economically sustainable way.”
Fauquier and surrounding counties have been experiencing a nice influx of youth the last few years. Many of these people grew up here, others come out from the city to experience a little peace and quiet, not to mention the beautiful countryside, hiking and small business opportunities.
Fauquier Now’s “Face of Fauquier” this week profiles just one of those young people:
Maggi MacQuilliam, the Southern Fauquier and Culpeper land conservation officer for the Piedmont Environmental Council, grew up near Marshall, spending lots of time outdoors.
‘Growing up on Wildcat Mountain really helped shape me. There are large tracks of land, and I could go anywhere in this open space. To have such freedom instilled in me at such a young age gave me respect for open space,’ Ms. MacQuilliam said.
Read more here: http://www.fauquiernow.com/index.php/fauquier_news/article/faces-of-fauquier-native-devoted-to-great-outdoors-2015
Fauquier Now points out that your garden needs extra attention during the summer months. Are you watering well… and wisely? Here’s what they recommend:
June has given us some wonderful weather and rain. The conditions have been ideal for gardening!
Vegetable gardens are now full and wonderful harvests are becoming ready to collect. Harvest vegetables at optimal size to continue production. Monitor for pests and diseases. If you see something you don’t know about, remember that Master Gardeners will have an answer for you either at the Horticulture Help Desk, the Warrenton Farmers Market or the Fauquier Educational Farm on Meetze Road east of town.
Practice water-wise gardening. If the weather should turn dry, consider watering. A long, slow drip is more beneficial than a quick spray and should be performed in the morning or late in the day to reduce water lost to evaporation. Water enough to saturate the top 8 inches of soil and stop watering if runoff occurs. Don’t try to water your impervious surfaces like driveways or walks. (They don’t need it!) Mulch to conserve moisture in the soil and minimize soil temperature fluctuations. And, it takes three years for trees and shrubs to become established, so give special consideration to watering new plantings. Don’t forget the evergreens!
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There’s a lot going on in the Virginia Piedmont this month, whether you’re interested in history, music, literature or even quilting. The Washington Post has a nice rundown here. Some highlights include:
Mosby Equestrian Ride and Lunch, 9 a.m. Saturday. Union and Confederate cavalrymen will join a two-hour ride, and Hope Porter, author of “The Saga of North Wales,” will talk about her efforts to save the historic house North Wales from developers in the 1960s. Meet at North Wales Estate, 7272 Great Arne Lane, Warrenton. Sponsored by the Mosby Heritage Area Association. $75; nonmembers, $100. Lunch only, $30; nonmembers, $40. 540-687-6681 or www.mosbyheritagearea.org.
Friends of Film,1 p.m. June 18, Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester St. Screenings and a discussion of the 1998 and 2008 versions of “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” 540-422-8505.
Bluemont Concert Series fundraiser, 6 p.m. Sunday, Airlie Center Pavilion, 6809 Airlie Rd., Warrenton. Featuring Paul Reisler and A Thousand Questions. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar beginning at 5 p.m. $25; in advance, $20. 540-955-8186 or www.bluemont.