Little Hat Creek Farm

Murphy & Rude Malting Co. founder Jeff Bloem malts only Virginia-grown grain, and sells his product to local breweries like Random Row and South Street. 
Photo: Eze Amos

Our daily bread: A new crop of farmers, millers, and bakers is working to restore Virginia’s local grain economy

When Will Brockenbrough walks across the sloping, wide-planked floors of his grain mill in Nelson County, he’s stepping through 225 years of history. Built in 1794, the mill was then a crucial link in the local farm economy, using water power derived from the Piney River to stone-grind grain from nearby fields. On this late-spring […]

Bellair Farm’s Jamie Barrett says joining CSAs gives community members an opportunity to join farmers on their journey.

CSAs offer benefits for farms and consumers

To-may-toes. To-mah-toes. ’Maters. No matter what you call them, if you want to be slicing into the freshest ones around come summer, you’ll want to sign up to participate in community-shared agriculture. And now’s the time to do so. The community-shared agriculture (or CSA) model of farming, which developed in North America in the 1980s, […]