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Featured Farm: Rainbow Acres Farm, Nokesville

Products: Poultry, Eggs, Pork, & Grass-Finished Beef: Local, Seasonal, Pasture-Raised Protein Owner/Operators: James & Sally Holdener Passion: To provide local, seasonal, pasture-raised protein to the northern Virginia community Contact: … [Continue Reading]

Loudoun County Spring Farm Tour 2016

Loudoun County Farm Tour

Spend the weekend taking a self-guided tour in the beautiful countryside of rural Loudoun County — no tickets required! Meet local producers of farm-based products, learn what they do, enjoy a local foods breakfast or lunch, … [Continue Reading]

Whiffletree Farm & 4P Foods present the 2nd Annual Spring Squawker

2nd Annual Spring Squawker

Presented by Whiffletree Farm and 4P Foods Enjoy a day of... Delicious food Awesome tunes Terrific microbrews Educational farm tours Tastings from Whiffletree Farm and food friends, and Shopping in the Farm Store Whiffletree Farm … [Continue Reading]

Coal Ash Stories Film Screening

Film Screening: Coal Ash Stories

Join Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks for a screening of Coal Ash Stories, a series of short films and a call to action. Now is the time to learn about coal ash because of the Possum Point/Dominion Virginia Power coal ash issue in Prince William … [Continue Reading]

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Recalled: Fruit & Vegetables Sold at Safeway, Aldie, Trader Joe’s, Costco, & others…

As of May 2nd, 2016, CRF Frozen Foods has recalled 358 conventional and organic frozen vegetable and fruit products sold under 42 separate brand names due to possible contamination with Listeria. Eight people … [Read More...]

Northern Alexandria Native Plant Sale 2016

When: Saturday, April 30, 9am - 2pm Where: The Church of St. Clement, 1701 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria "Gardening with native plants is better for our watershed, our woodlands, and our wildlife, … [Read More...]

The Arlington Bee Initiative

All we can say is, "Wow!" These are some gorgeous bee hotels. These bee resorts are handmade by Arthur of the Bees, founder of the Arlington Bee Initiative. Read the interview below to find out how you can own … [Read More...]

Local Resources For Your Non-Toxic Yard

Build A Chemical-Free Lawn BEST Lawns Program (Building Environmentally Sustainable Turf) Take advantage of this inexpensive, sustainable lawn care program and protect your family, pets, and our precious … [Read More...]

Possum Point Coal Ash Pollution: Link Roundup

Read Overview of Possum Point Coal Ash Ponds Pollution Issue (from Potomac Riverkeeper Network) Then Take Action below! March 14, 2016 - Has Dominion's Political Power Clouded The Fight Over Coal … [Read More...]

Find A Farmer In Northern VA

Visit Sustainable NoVA's "Find A Farmer" Local Farm Directory to find local sources of sustainable vegetables, fruit, meat, poultry, eggs, herbs, and plants. The farms listed here sell directly to northern … [Read More...]

Volunteer with Prince William Conservation Alliance: Wildlife Garden Workdays at Merrimac Farm

The Wildlife Gardens at Merrimac Farm is an ongoing Prince William Conservation Alliance project that creates an area in the community where people and the environment can come together as one. The Wildlife … [Read More...]

Your Action Needed Immediately on Possum Point Power Station

Did you know there’s a power plant called Possum Point Power Station just south of Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge? And it’s leaking toxic chemicals into our water? And they’re proposing to dump 150 … [Read More...]

LOCAL GIFTS for Foodies, Locavores, & Nature Lovers…

CLICK A CATEGORY BELOW TO VIEW GIFTS... Read about the Green Holiday Gift Guide here... Gift Certificates Give a thoughtful, meaningful gift in the form of a gift certificate from one of these … [Read More...]

Eat Farm Fresh & Local This Year

Thanksgiving is November 28th. Here's where you can find a local, farm-fresh holiday turkey in northern Virginia. Briar's Farmstead Order online or call Matt at 540-664-8005. Pick up on the farm in … [Read More...]

MOM’s Organic Market Now Open In Woodbridge

People in Prince William County have a new option for organic food. MOM's Organic Market officially opened September 2015 in Prince William Square on Smoketown Road. MOM's is known for their commitment to … [Read More...]

Sharkawi Farm: Organic Herbs, Spices, Teas, Plants

Featured Farm: Sharkawi Farm Products: Organic Herbs, Spices, Teas, and Potted Plants Owner/Operator: Agricultural Engineer, Sabry Alsharkawi Passion: To provide great tasting Organic herbs, teas, and … [Read More...]

How To Stop Receiving Junk Catalogs…

Is it even worth getting your mail anymore? Junk catalogs, coupons, flyers, credit card offers… you’re happy just to find a bill in all that mess. Sure, you can recycle, but wouldn’t it be better if you didn’t … [Read More...]

How To Turn Your Teakettle Into A Non-Toxic Weed Killer

Are weeds growing up through cracks in your driveway? Do you have a brick walkway that was laid without mortar (a common technique) and now needs weeding? But you don't want to use toxic herbicides like … [Read More...]

Baked Summer Squash Appetizers

These make great little appetizers and are a fun way to use up squash from your garden or from the farmers market. Ingredients 1 summer squash 1 c. shredded cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano gives a nice … [Read More...]

How To Protect Your Plants From Pests

Deer & Other Mammals: There are so many deer in Northern Virginia that unless you live in a busy part of town, or have big dogs in your yard, you will almost always need to have a fence around your … [Read More...]

Preparing Your Soil To Plant

Rocky Soil A lot of soils in our area have 25%, 50% or even more rocks and gravel. This makes it hard to work your soil and it reduces the amount of water and nutrients the soil can hold. You can either … [Read More...]

Vegetable Gardening In Northern Virginia

Growing your own vegetables is something that many people think about doing but often they don’t know where to start. Or they do start, but quickly become discouraged because their plants die, are eaten by … [Read More...]

Crock Pot Dijon Pork Loin Recipe

Just toss your humanely raised, beyond organic, local Virginia pork loins from Polyface Farm into the crock pot before you leave for work. And come home to a delicious main entree, ready to serve with steamed … [Read More...]

Why Buying Local Grass Fed Beef & Supporting A Woman Farmer Is Easier Than You Think

Featured Farm: Soul Shine Farms Products: 100% Grass-Fed Angus Beef, Dry Aged. Order Online. Ships to VA, DC, MD, TN, NC Owner/Operator: Leslie Hancock Passion: Humanely-raised, healthy, sustainable, grass … [Read More...]

Life Of A Virginia Woman Farmer

Sustainable NoVA asked Leslie Hancock, owner of Soul Shine Farms, to talk about some of the best and worst things that have happened to her since she started farming. Here's what she had to say. "The best … [Read More...]

Farmstead Ferments: Charlottesville, VA

Don’t you just love ferments? And all those beneficial little probiotics that come with your crunchy veggies? You could make your own sauerkraut, kimchi or fermented veggies but there's quite a bit of time … [Read More...]

Robot Tomato Sale! Organic Heirloom Seedlings

What: Fundraiser benefiting local kids' robotics teams When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 | 9am - noon Where: Beth's Front Porch at 792 Grant St., Herndon, VA Since when do robots and tomatoes go together? Since … [Read More...]

Big Native Plant Sale coming April 25th

"Gardening with native plants is better for our watershed, our woodlands, and our wildlife, especially birds. Let's take back the outdoors this spring after our horrific winter!" — Scott Knudsen, Organizer of … [Read More...]

Earth Day Events In Northern VA

Earth Day is officially April 22nd. Here are some awesome local events you might want to check out. They're fun and educational for the whole family and most are free. SATURDAY, APRIL 11 Earth Day … [Read More...]

March Is the Time to Plant Peas

The best time to plant peas in northern Virginia is from March 1st to March 31st according to the Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners. (See all their recommended vegetable planting dates.) Here … [Read More...]

Polyface Farm Sausage Frittata

The secret ingredient in this delicious frittata is Italian sausage from Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. It has a perfect Italian sausage flavor, it's sugar-free, and it comes from 100% grass-fed, local, … [Read More...]

Why Is Local Food Better?

Top 8 reasons to buy directly from your local Virginia farmer… Help the environment Eat fresher food Eat seasonally Learn how your food is grown Support your local economy Support humane treatment … [Read More...]

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Roasted Organic Cauliflower

This is healthy fast food! Very quick to prepare. Fifteen minutes in the oven. You'll love this tummy-warming side dish. <img … [Read More...]