When Steve Tipsword of Rockbridge County manages the forested areas of his property, he leaves behind a small footprint … by using hooves.
Herb Collins’ strong sense of the past and expert restoration skills have preserved his historic family farm for future generations.
Janet Gayle Harris’s Aspen Grove Farm has a storied past, but its present role teaching young people about wetland stewardship is one thing that will help ensure its future.
On Threlkeld Farm, an easement safeguards open space while organic practices build the soil.
Clarke County has protected 24% of its land mass through conservation easements. Winkie Mackay-Smith is an important reason why.
Smith makes room for agriculture, wildlife habitat, and rescue-dog training on her 92-acre property in Goochland County.
The Thayers’ early support of conservation in Washington County has been key to VOF’s success in the region over the past 20 years.
At Winding River Farms, Wes Kent does the conserving while robots do the milking — and the land, streams, and cows are better for it.
Sally Johnson has made her way as a cattle farmer in Southwest Virginia by combining the power of family with the power of the sun.
Several years ago, a neighbor asked Shelley Waddle if she and her husband, Jeff, had ever considered protecting their 1,158-acre Saltville farm from development with a conservation easement. She was skeptical at first. “We didn’t understand the process, the terminology,” says Shelley, a farmer and schoolteacher who was born and raised in Smyth County. “Once […]