Portrait of a Steward: Jake Cutchin

For more than a century Jake Cutchin and his ancestors have worked the soil on Shady Grove Farm near the small Suffolk town of Holland. In 2012, he protected the property’s conservation values by donating an easement to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. This video is the second
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Portrait of a Steward: Dorothy-Lee Rosen

As part of our 50th anniversary celebration in 2016, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation will be publishing a series of video vignettes featuring landowners who have protected their land with VOF easements. Our first vignette features Dorothy-Lee B. Rosen of Mount Crawford, who protected
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Shenandoah easement donor: “We’re going to take care of the land”

In the middle of Shenandoah County, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, on the western banks of the Shenandoah River, is the town of Woodstock. With main thoroughfares like Water Street and Spring Street, an amateur baseball team called the River Bandits, and Seven Bends State Park
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Survey finds VOF easements largely protecting working farms and forestland

A new survey of 631 landowners who granted conservation easements to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) since 2000 reveals that landowners are primarily managing those lands for agricultural production and/or forestry, and that they are reinvesting many of the tax credits they rec
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Family protects 350-year-old farm along the Mattaponi River

It’s one thing for a farm to stay intact for 350 years. It’s another thing for a farm to stay in the same family for that long. Next year, Locust Grove will achieve both. The King and Queen farm has been owned and operated by the Walker family since February 26, 1665, when the King of
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VOF protects 700,000th acre with easement on New Kent farm

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation recently protected its 700,000th acre of open space thanks to a conservation easement donated on a 116-acre Bicentennial Farm in New Kent County. It’s VOF’s second easement in New Kent County. The other easement is on Crawfords State Forest. Silver Hal
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Easement Spotlight: Craun Farm, Augusta County

Jim Craun celebrated a 100th birthday in June. Not his—his barn’s. The barn is one of several buildings that Mr. Craun has restored on his family’s 165-acre farm in Augusta County. The cavernous interior is barely enough to contain his memories of summers spent working there as a boy,
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White House Farm Foundation blends agriculture, education, and conservation

In 1760, about 30 years before construction began on the White House in the District of Columbia, a Mennonite settler named Martin Kauffman II built his own little White House in Page County, Virginia. Kauffman constructed the building as a residence and Mennonite meeting house, locat
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Bath County farmer protects 315 acres along two miles of Back Creek

Ed Cook was just a boy when he fell in love with the Bath County farm he now owns. Back then, the property belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Law, who had owned it for 50 years. The young Cook admired the land and dreamed of one day owning a property like it. In 1949, he went into the military
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Middlesex easement saves family farm, protects seven miles of tidal shoreline

Originally released through the Office of the Governor Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that one of the largest waterfront farms along the lower tidal Rappahannock River has been permanently protected from development by a conservation easement produced through a partnership of
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