Farming

Increasing demand for locally grown food is creating new markets for small farmers.  But boutique growers face challenges that factory farmers don't. And for them, a little help can make a big difference.

Take, for example, a farm in Floyd County that won a cool prize in a competition designed to help niche agriculture-based companies grow. 

State Legislators Taking Closer Look At Biosolids

Oct 18, 2017
Pamela D'Angelo

Unless you're a farmer or an avid gardener, you probably don't know much about fertilizers. You put some down and your lawn gets greener and your tomatoes bigger.

For people living next door to a farm field, fertilizers have become a worry as some farmers use treated human waste to enrich their soil. 

Miranda Bennett

The economic impact of agriculture is growing and it remains the largest private industry in the state. The Shenandoah Valley is still lush with fields of wheat. Almost none of that wheat is destined for the bread or cereal on your table, though. Some local farmers and bakers are working to change that.

A Year with Chickens: Wisdom from the Flock

Apr 28, 2016

It’s been about a year now since a quick stop at the hardware store to pick up some duct tape and grass seed turned us into part-time poultry farmers.

Not that I blame my husband. Those little balls-of-fluff are enough to melt any man into a can’t-say-no-kind-of puddle. 

But I had no idea what I was in for when I let my overjoyed children carry three peeping to-go boxes inside my kitchen.

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Virginia is home to the world’s largest pork producer – a Chinese owned company called Smithfield, and this region produces nearly nine million hogs a year.  It’s also a hotbed of opposition to the factory farms where most of those animals live.  

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