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Advertise Your Local Business While Supporting Others in the 2023/2024 Buy Fresh Buy Local Guides

In the two years since PEC’s last Buy Fresh Buy Local guides were printed, a lot has changed in the Piedmont and within our local food system. This is why we are incredibly excited to announce that the 2023-2024 Buy ...
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Get Listed in 2023-2024 Buy Fresh Buy Local Guides

Calling all local farmers and business owners: The Piedmont Environmental Council is working on completing its 2023-2024 Buy Fresh Buy Local guides to be printed and mailed to 300,000+ households at the end of April this year. See the 2021-2022 ...
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Virginia Black Farmer Directory

The just-launched Virginia Black Farmer Directory is a cumulative project and effort to build a community for Black farmers and centralize resources for consumers, wholesalers, markets, and other farmers across Virginia. The directory is a collective effort initiated by the ...
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Buy Fresh Buy Local and Making Connections

Since 2006, PEC’s Buy Fresh Buy Local chapters (Charlottesville, Northern Piedmont, Loudoun) have connected multitudes of families to the fresh, local products grown and raised in the Piedmont through the free marketing opportunities afforded local farmers through our annual Buy ...
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Cattle Run Farm

There’s a lot going on at Cattle Run Farm ( as I quickly discovered when I pulled into the gravel driveway on the first day of spring. I parked next to a white VW bug with a 4H sticker on ...
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George’s Mill Farm – A Taste of Place

After a visit to George’s Mill Farm Artisan Cheese, you will leave with both a sense of place and a taste of place. George’s Mill is a “Century Farm,” so named for its continuous operation by the same family for ...
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Buford’s Biscuits

The first thing you might notice about Buford’s Biscuits is the line out the door on the weekends where they often sell out to their growing loyal customer fan base. Begun just eight months ago, mid-pandemic, by partners Charles Schech ...
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Carter Farms

Michael Carter Jr. is a member of the fifth generation of Carters to own and work the land of Carter Farms, a century farm in Orange County, Virginia. His great-great-grandparents bought the 150-acre property in 1910, and the family has ...
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Strengthening Regional Processing

Along with partners American Farmland Trust and Bean Hollow Grassfed, The Piedmont Environmental Council is working to strengthen the region’s animal protein processing capabilities, in hopes of preventing the kind of challenges that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are ...
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Leading on Local Food

We believe that in order to preserve and protect the farms, fields and forests that are so characteristic of the Piedmont region, we need a strong, vibrant sustainable farm economy that keeps these rural lands economically viable. For 50 years, ...
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Nature’s Wellspring

James and Nichole Brown created their online organic plant and garden supply business with one goal in mind: to help others find wellness using the gifts of nature. Their journey has been a personal one. When Nichole developed a life-threatening ...
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Northern Piedmont Guide

Learn more about this local food guide for Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties. The Northern Piedmont Buy Fresh Buy Local guide is brought to you by The Piedmont Environmental Council and our 2021-2022 sponsors. If you are interested ...
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