Our Perspective
Spotlight on Giving Thanks


In the spirit of Dennis Burnett and his tireless efforts to remain positive, joyful and thankful, we are taking this month to give thanks ourselves. We are thankful for family, friends, the opportunity to work for the community we call home, and for the fullness of life.

During the month of November, we're especially thankful for food and agriculture. We move into the holiday season marveling at the bounty of the area and the farmers and chefs who work year-round to bring quality product to the table. Augusta County ranks first in the state for production of beef cattle, sheep and lambs, and ranks second in milk cow production. Shamrock Farms, which is up and running in Mill Place Commerce Park, will benefit from that milk cow production as it produces and distributes dairy products on the East Coast. With "turkey day" only a few weeks away, we also wanted to highlight that Augusta County is one of the largest poultry producers in the state - gobble, gobble.

Interest in food origin is at an all-time high. Articles such as this illustrate how Augusta County farms deliver on consumer desires. Trust us - we've eaten Zynodoa's crispy pork belly and can testify to its deliciousness.

With the holidays beginning, food will play an ever-important role in the next few months. We are thankful to live in an area that substantiates and celebrates the local food movement.

Amanda Glover & Rebekah Castle



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Attend the FEASTival!
This Saturday (November 8), be sure to check out
Project Grows' FEASTival. The harvest party, free to all attendees, will feature a book signing with author Mike Berenstain of the Berenstain Bears book series, a light lunch, live music and lots of kids' activities. More event details here.

From the Ground Up!
Focus on nutrition, health, and sustainability at the upcoming Virginia Farm to Table Conference. Plan to attend December 2-3 at Blue Ridge Community College and December 4 at Virginia State University (for more in-depth training). Register here.





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