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The Shelton family farm in North Garden is home to approximately 250 varieties of apples, many of them Virginia heirlooms from past centuries. The farm orchard is one of 13 host farms for this year's Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour. Photo by Andrea Hubbell.

Contemporary cideries are key to keeping heirloom apple varieties alive

Appalachia is home to more apple varieties than the rest of the country combined, legacy of a bygone era when mountain settlers experimented with fruit trees in relative isolation. According to Gary Nabhan, an Arizona-based conservation biologist, sustainable agriculture activist, and “scholar in residence” during Virginia’s first annual Cider Week, the American apple is inextricably […]

Jacquelyn Fisher talks with other veterans at Piedmont Virginia Community College. A veterans advisor, she helps walk former military servicemen and women through the process of applying for college credit and receiving the benefits owed them. Photo by Elli Williams.

For veterans, the job hunt comes with extra challenges

Kerry Rock had been in Charlottesville a week when the then-22-year-old Iraq War veteran found himself in the grocery store, a packet of chicken in one hand and his phone in the other. “I’d done Chinese food and pizza,” he said. “I finally realized I needed to learn how to cook. So I called my mom from […]

Trader Joe's, the California-based grocery chain, is coming to Charlottesville November 14. Photo: Laura Ingles

The shopping mall battle: Stonefield vs. Barracks

After a decade of planning, the largest development project in Albemarle County’s history is finally almost open for business. Last Friday Pier One Imports made its debut as the first retailer to open at The Shops at Stonefield, the new upscale shopping center on the corner of Hydraulic Road and Route 29. I was one […]