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Virginia Farm to School Program ~ Farm Tours

Virginia Farm-to-School Program

Virginia Farm to School Program Coordinator
Leanne DuBois
P.O. Box 1163
Richmond VA 23218
Phone: 804.225.3663 or leanne.dubois@vdacs.virginia.gov

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The Virginia Farm to School program is an effort to increase the amount of fresh and nutritious Virginia Grown products offered in schools and to promote opportunities for schools and local farmers to work together.

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Virginia Farm to School Program ~ Farm Tours

HOMESTEAD CREAMERY 
7254 Booker T. Washington Highway
Wirtz, VA  24184
540.721.2045
Host:  Nancy Overton
540.721.2045 x3111
E-mail: nancy@homesteadcreameryinc.com

Tour Date:  Thursday June 6, 2013   
10 a.m. – Noon.
  

Two local farms, both in their third and fourth generations of family ownership, provide milk for Homestead Creamery.  The milk is free of all hormones and antibiotics, and because the milk is sold in recycled glass bottles it tastes fresher longer and is environmentally friendly. From cow to consumer, minimally processed milk and dairy products.
Amenities:  Farm Market and Deli with fresh sandwiches; home delivery service in our local area.

JOHNSON’S ORCHARDS
2122 Sheep Creek Road
Bedford, VA  24523
540.586.3707
Hosts: Danny and Nancy Johnson
E-mail: appleseed@earthlink.net

Tour Date:  Tuesday June 4, 2013
10 a.m. - Noon

Johnson’s orchard is a family owned and operated farm located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Our 200 acre farm featured about 7500 apple trees of over 200 different varieties. We grow apples, cherry, berries, plums, nectarines, peaches and pears along with making fresh fruit jams and jellies.  We are starting a hydroponic greenhouse for year round production and also offer a wide variety of fruit wines. 
Amenities: Lunch pavilion available for Brown Bag lunch and wine tastings available.

PUBLIC HOUSE PRODUCE
357 Liberty Bell Lane
Luray, VA  22835
540.222.3625
Hosts: David and Heather Sours & Diane Dovel, Food Service Director Page County
E-mail: dsours@embarqmail.com

Tour Date: Thursday May 23, 2013 
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Public House Produce is a family farm owned and operated by David and Heather Sours of Luray. The farm is located one mile from downtown Luray and offers over 80 varieties of fresh produce and free range brown eggs. Our goal is to provide our community with high quality local produce and poultry from a source you can trust.
Our produce and poultry are available through our Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA), at the Luray/Page County Farmer’s Market from June through October and through wholesale sales.

On the tour of the farm we will discuss the crops that we produce for Page County Schools and the growing practices used to produce those crops as well as harvesting and handling procedures.  We will discuss our irrigation system and cropping practices and answer questions pertaining to growing, harvesting and handling of our produce and eggs.

When we have completed the farm tour we will head over to Luray High School to sample foods prepared by the Page County School’s kitchen staff. There we will discuss the relationship between our farm and the Page County School system with the Page County Food Service Director.   (Page along with Orange and Rappahannock County school districts were recipients of the 2012 USDA Farm to School Planning Grant).

LOCAL FOOD HUB 
556 Dettor Road, Suite 108
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Office: 434.244.0625
Host:  Emily Manley
E-mail: info@localfoodhub.org

Tour Date: Tuesday May 14, 2013  
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Local Food Hub is an innovative nonprofit working to connect farms, families and food grown close to home. We enable small farmers and food producers to access large consistent markets like grocery stores, hospitals, restaurants, and public schools. By creating one number to call for fresh, local food, and working closely with cafeteria managers and school nutritionists, Local Food Hub removes institutional barriers and enables the procurement of healthy, local food for school cafeterias. Today, we deliver fresh local food from 80+ family farmers to more than 50 public and private K-12 schools and universities.

WINDMILL PRODUCE FARM
3167 Trenholm Road
Powhatan, VA
804.601.2608
Cell:  804.439.0428
Hosts: Curt and Debbie Nellis
E-mail: info@windmillproducefarm.com

Tour Date:  Thursday May 30, 2013 ~ 10 a.m. - Noon

Windmill Produce Farm, LLCwas formed for the specific purpose of growing and marketing high quality specialty crops, fancy lettuce, cucumbers and other leaf crops, including microgreens, herbs, tomatoes and other vegetables.  Our products are grown in a controlled environment greenhouse operation utilizing the most recent technology in a 100% soilless hydroponic growing system.  We specialize in unique, nutritious and delicious specialty microgreen varieties including agugula, mizuna and tatsoi.

AGRIBERRY
4465 River Road
Mechanicsville, VA  23116
Host: Anne Geyer
E-mail: afgeyer@yahoo.com

Tour Date:  Wednesday June 12, 2013
 10 a.m. - Noon

Red, black, and purple raspberries, blackberries, tree fruit (peaches, nectarines, plums); other products as available.  Come to our newly built farm facility with walk-in cooler, freezer and certified commercial kitchen for processing added value items from our fruits. Sample our current jam and more. Visit 2 farms established since 2009 with above berries and fruits. Farm was a recipient of a three year USDA Value Added Producer Working Capital Grant. Tour will introduce you to our Team Agriberry harvest crews. 

Amenities: Certified commercial kitchen and picnic tables

   
ARCADIA CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
9000 Richmond Highway
Alexandria VA 22309
571.384.8845
Hosts:  Morgan Maloney and Lammot du Pont
E-mail: morgan@arcadiafood.org

Tour Date:  Tuesday June 11, 2013
10 a.m. - Noon

Arcadia is a nonprofit dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system in the DC metro area. The Farm includes small-scale vegetable production and an educational children’s garden. It currently encompasses four acres, providing a sustainable model of agriculture to new farmers, students and the public through hands-on community engagement. Arcadia’s Farm to School Program works to improve our local food economy and the health and well-being of schoolchildren by helping schools get more local, healthy and sustainable foods into school meals. 
Amenities:  Mobile Market with stops in DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland serving low income areas with local, sustainably grown produce from Arcadia Farm and local farmers. Arcadia is open to the public.

CULLIPHER FARM MARKET
Hunter Walsh
1444 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, VA  23456
757.721.7456
757.403.2085
Host: Hunter Walsh
E-mail: hlwalsh@rocketmail.com

Tour Date: Monday June 3
10:30 - Noon

Cullipher Farm is located atop the fertile Pungo Ridge in southern Virginia Beach. The farm is family owned and operated by fourth, fifth, and six generation Cullipher’s. We are proud to grow over 250 varieties of the highest quality fruits and vegetables specializing in strawberries, sweet corn, and tomatoes on our more than 200 acres of land. We are the only USDA certified organic produce farm in Tidewater. We specialize in homegrown tomatoes, sweet corn, tree-ripened peaches, handpicked berries, you-pick strawberries and specialty melons.  

Amenities: On site bakery and farm store. Picnic tables available for brown bag lunch. (List of restaurants will be provided for lunch options.)

PICKETT’S HARBOR FARM
3111 Pickett's Harbor Drive
Cape Charles, Virginia 23310
757.331.1610
Host:  WT Nottingham
wtnottingham@verizon.net

Tour Date: Tuesday May 14, 2013
10 a.m. - Noon

For over 100 years, Pickett's Harbor Farms has been owned and operated by the Nottingham Family on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  Traditionally fresh vegetables of all types were grown right here on this 300+ acre family farm and then shipped fresh throughout the entire United States. We grow a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables. 

Discover the bounty of Virginia's Eastern Shore...we proudly provide fresh fruits and vegetables, including peaches, melons, nectarines, blackberries, watermelons, strawberries,  asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplant, kale, peppers, pumpkins, squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, white potatoes and winter squash. We also offer flowers and herbs, upon request. If you're interested in seafood, we provide clams year round and oysters when in season.  We are very interested in incorporating school educational tours on our farm.

Amenities:  Farm store, list of local restaurants will be provided for lunch

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