Places That Connect: Richard’s Fruit Market, Frederick County

Richard’s Fruit Market in Frederick County sells more than just fruit. “We can grow your whole meal,” owner and operator Eddie Richard says, “even down to the flowers for the table.” And it’s more than just a market. The farm is open to the public for events throughout the year. There
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Places That Connect: Gravely Nature Preserve, Henry County

Situated a few miles south of Martinsville on the Smith River, the 75-acre Gravely Nature Preserve has many stories to tell. One of these comes from the old tobacco barns and a family cemetery on the property, which bear witness to its 19th-century history as a tobacco plantation. Ano
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Portrait of a Steward: Wes Kent, Augusta County

Wes Kent has always had farming in his sights. “My father didn’t own a farm, but he managed one, and it’s what I always wanted to do,” he says. “Being able to feed people and produce a quality product is important to me.” Kent owns and runs Winding River Farms in Augusta County, which
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Virginia Military Institute Cadets Give Back at VOF’s House Mountain Reserve

Armed with loopers and handsaws, cadets from Virginia Military Institute (VMI) helped to clear a section of trail in VOF’s 875-acre House Mountain Reserve last week as part of their spring field training exercises. The trail has become clogged with mountain laurel, rhododendron branch
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Places That Connect: Rust Nature Sanctuary, Loudoun County

When she decided to place her home and its 63 acres of forest and meadow under easement with the Virginia Outdoors Foundation in 1994, Margaret Rust was beginning to feel surrounded. The town of Leesburg had recently built houses near her property line to the east, and a 600-lot resid
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Portrait of a Steward: Sally Johnson, Washington County

After twelve years of running her family farm, Sally Johnson still sounds surprised to be there. “It was not something I was thinking to do. When I was a teenager I couldn’t get away fast enough,” she says. When her father died and her mother needed help, however, she took over and ha
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Places That Connect: Scheier Natural Area, Fluvanna County

“We all live downstream.” It’s a popular catchphrase in conservation circles nowadays, communicating in a nutshell how our waterways connect us all. Homesteaders Howard and Neva Scheier may not have heard it put quite that way when they arrived in Virginia in the 1950s, but they knew
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Places That Connect: Shirley Plantation, Charles City County

As you walk up the drive to the “Great House” on Shirley Plantation, it’s hard to miss the three-and-a-half-foot wooden pineapple on the roof. A symbol of hospitality, pineapples appear in the woodwork inside of the house as well — a fitting accent to a home that has been welcom
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Norfolk museum builds coastal resilience with living shoreline

In the 1930s, a red brick wall stood between the iconic Hermitage Museum and Gardens in Norfolk and several hundred feet of undeveloped shoreline. By the early 2000s, the wall marked the edge of the Lafayette River, which had whittled away the shoreline after several devastating storm
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Places That Connect: Claytor Nature Study Center, Bedford County

For all those 3- to 5-year-old adventurers with cabin fever, the Claytor Nature Study Center has a cure: a four-day “Animals in Winter” hike series that will get them exploring the forest throughout the month of February, searching for traces of wildlife and learning about animals’ wi
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