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How to Winterize Your Ranch

Farming is a big part of our community in the Virginia Piedmont, whether it’s growing or breeding horses and livestock, and all of the equipment used at these farms can be a big investment. So, it’s nice that United Country has provided a helpful list for winterizing your ranch.

It’s certainly good timing, seeing how cold it is!

Some of them you might not have thought of before, like checking for any damage before the cold sets in.

Click here for the complete list.

New Tax Credit Helps Virginia Farmers

Virginia farmers with excess products now can get tax relief and help a very good cause.

Starting in the 2017 tax year, those who own and operate Virginia farms can receive up to a 30-percent tax credit for donating excess product to nonprofit food banks.

Commissioner Sandy Adams says that farmers often have more product than they can sell. Farmers are encouraged to take advantage of the tax credit to help supply food banks with more fresh options.

Read more here.

Virginia Proud of its 1,400 Century Farms

In our part of northern Virginia, farming shapes the character of the area, from the hard-working people who love the land, to the beauty of the landscape. It’s not hard to understand why some of these great farms have stayed in business for a century.

According to Morning AG Clips, Virginia’s Century Farm program recognizes these farm families who have run their farms for more than 100 years. Since the program was established in 1997, nearly 1,400 Virginia farms have been designated as “Century Farms.”

Fast Facts About Virginia’s Century Farms

  • 92 of the state’s 95 counties have designated Century Farms; Southampton County has the highest number of Century Farms at 90.
  • Six independent cities have Century Farms; the city with the most Century Farms is Suffolk at 24.
  • Virginia’s oldest designated Century Farm is Summer Hill Farm in Hanover County. The Newton and Page families have owned the farm since 1672.
  • More than 20 family farms in Virginia are designated as over 250 years old.

How Photos Can Sell Your Farm

United Country Real Estate has been creating some very helpful content for home sellers and buyers lately. This recent one explains why it’s important to use visual methods to showcase farms for sale. Virginia farms for sale have a particular beauty, too.

Here’s an excerpt of the article from United Country:

Whether you’re trying to sell your farm, attract visitors or sell some of your produce, marketing will play a big part in accomplishing your goal. Putting your farm in the best light will require taking interesting and beautiful photos. You’ll be surprised how much good lighting and the right angle can make your farm shine to potential viewers.

Taking photographs on a farm will expose you to a variety of interesting subjects from the landscapes and animals to the architecture and produce.  You know your farm better than anyone else so get started by making a list of everyday processes like planting, harvesting, birthing, and other events. This will help you plan better for timing and lighting purposes. Here are some more tips to help you get the perfect shot to showcase your farm.

Click here for the rest.

And if you’re looking to buy or sell a Virginia farm, we’re happy to answer your questions.

 

How to Eat Locally in Our Area

If you receive the Buy Fresh, Buy Local flyer in the mail, you probably know about this campaign, which helps locals find nearby sources of food to both support local producers and heat healthier.

The Culpeper Times has a new article on how to truly eat locally in the Virginia Piedmont.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Local food is a hot topic of discussion nowadays. More and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of sourcing food locally — from boosting their community’s economy to having a smaller ecological ‘footprint.’

“Over 10 years ago, The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) launched Virginia’s first Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign. Today, there are eight Buy Fresh Buy Local chapters throughout the state. The program is designed to promote the local food economy by connecting local farms with consumers.”

Click the link above to read more.

Listing of the Week: Prince William Virginia Farm for Sale

26 acres of premier rural Virginia real estate in Nokesville with open rolling grassland for pasture, cropland, small patch of woods along the southern boundary which Kettle Run flows through. In an area where 10ac is the norm, this larger tract offers a complete package for many uses.

Perfect for your horse farm, agricultural property, recreational or sustainable lifestyle. Currently leased by area farmer, front fields in crops, back fields in orchard grass hay. These fields could be fenced for immediate pasture.

Lovely 5 bedroom farmhouse in excellent condition, just in need of a cosmetic update. It has a new roof and energy efficient geothermal heat/ac.

Perfect country property bordered by the bustling Washington D.C. Metro area to the east and bucolic rural Virginia to the west, this farm is located in the heart of the Virginia Piedmont, providing the best of both worlds—the cultural amenities of our Nation’s Capital, and a friendly relaxed family environment for everyday living. This property retains the rural qualities of Virginia farms and land while being conveniently close local commuter routes to the Washington D.C. metro area and northern Virginia’s tech corridor.

For more information on this property or any other real estate properties that may interest, please contact Toni Flory Real Estate Broker with United Country Piedmont Real Estate located in Culpeper County VA serving the Northern Piedmont, at the foot of the Blue Ridge, from Charlottesville to Northern Virginia. If you are looking for farms, land or country property contact me at 540-229-7760 or toniflory@ucpiedmont.com. You can like our Facebook page and get periodical property postings and area information. Our Facebook is Toni Flory United Country Piedmont Real Estate.

Virginia Farmers Are Taking the Lead

One of the best aspects of living in rural Nortnern Virginia is the quality of life. Food is a major part of that, thanks to the hard work and great farmland of Virginia farmers.

Below is the report, and if you’d like ot find your own local Virginia farmers market, click here: VDAC

McLean Patch reports:

Virginia is an up and comer in local farming, ranking 9th out of 30 states for direct farm sales in a first-ever survey released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The first-ever nationwide Local Food Marketing Practices Survey this week was designed to collect data related to the marketing of foods directly from farms and produce official benchmark data on the local food sector in the United States.

In 2015, 3,415 Virginia farms reported direct farm sales of food, including value-added products, bringing in a combined $217,343,742, according to the survey. Virginia ranks 9th in the United States for direct farm sales.

Protecting Virginia Crops From a Cold Snap

The Daily Progress reports:

Farmers across Central Virginia are preparing to protect their crops from another cold snap as below-freezing temperatures are in the forecast for Saturday night.

According to the National Weather Service, it’s going to be breezy during the day, with wind gusts of 30-40 mph, especially during the afternoon. There is a slight chance for snow and rain, but accumulation is unlikely. The wind will gradually diminish, and temperatures will be in the mid-20s overnight.

This past Tuesday night and Wednesday morning saw similar low temperatures, and many farmers tried to protect their crops with everything from fans and sprinklers to fires and helicopters.

“There was a lot of damage on Tuesday night, and that was in spite of significant efforts all over the state … in the hopes that you could stir air and protect against the frost,” said Jeff Sanders, owner of Glass House Winery. “As far as I know, it did not appear to work for virtually anyone.”

Featured Listing: Lake Front Farm in Fauquier

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Old Mill Road, Midland, VA 22728

Wonderful farm with frontage on Lake Ritchie. Nice mix of open cropland, 133ac and woods, 66ac with Frontage on a 50ac lake makes this an opportunity not to be overlooked by farmers or sportsmen. Easy access to Route 17,Fredericksburg and Interstate 95.

Located in beautiful Fauquier County, this property in Virginia’s historic northern Piedmont, known for the Blue Ridge Mountains, equestrian sports, exceptional Virginia farms and land and a relaxed lifestyle with its own special charm and casual sophistication. Fifty-five miles from Washington D.C., 25 miles from Fredericksburg, 60 miles to Charlottesville, 45 miles to Dulles Airport, this property offers the proximity of cultural attractions in a Virginia Hunt Country setting

Featured Listing: Smith Island Farm

Screen Shot 2014-06-18 at 4.49.25 PMLocated within in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountain valley, Smith Island Farm offers the rare opportunity to own a large tract of horse and livestock acreage in the bucolic Virginia Piedmont.

Consisting of 365 well-tended acres with excellent, fencing and plenty of water, Smith Island Farm provides the perfect environment for horse enthusiasts, cattle ranchers and agriculturalists alike. With 95 percent open land, Smith Island Farm’s wide-open spaces are the perfect setting for those who love to both work and live off the countryside. With highly productive soil, this farm offers excellent potential for crops. production.

Smith Island Farm’s lovely farmhouse and exquisite river valley views exemplify the best of the Virginia Piedmont lifestyle, far enough from the sounds and lights of the city while just 40 minutes from the restaurants and culture of historic Charlottesville, Va., home to the University of Virginia.

Here are just a few of Smith Island Farm’s offerings:

Beautiful farmhouse

365 acres of open land, ideal for horse and livestock operation

Extensive fencing and water

Excellent potential for crop production – highly productive soil

Exquisite river valley views

Extensive road frontage

40 minutes to Charlottesville, 90 minutes to Richmond and 2 hours to Washington, D.C.

Named for the pioneering family that produced President James Madison, Madison County’s rich colonial and Civil War history retains the rich agricultural tradition and architectural heritage of 18th and 19th century. Maintained for 20 years by owners who took great care of the property with low environmental impact, Smith Island Farm represents Virginia horse and farming country at its finest.