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Echo Ridge Nursery from Middletown, Va, VA
Echo Ridge Nursery

Farm Name: Echo Ridge Nursery

Year Farm Established: 1986

Location: Middletown, VA

Years I’ve been farming: 27 years

Animals I raise: chickens

Crops I grow: shade and flowering trees
and
vegetables


Hobbies I enjoy: anything I can grow

Club/Associations memberships: we are not really a hobby farm

I am a full time landscaper,
my daughter grows vegetables for a CSA and for plant shows,
my field is full of wonderful shade and flowering trees


The proudest moment on my farm: when my daughters began growing
things


Pets: cats, and more cats

and chickens


Farm Motto: My farm now owns me.


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  thank you
Thanks for your advice! I will need lots of it through out my adventure.

Come visit me, Dayspring Produce and Poultry.

07/26/2010 04:20.44 PM Report This Comment  
  beautiful!
your hard work has paid off. I am going after my little dream of a farm. :)

Come visit me, Dayspring Produce and Poultry.

07/24/2010 05:38.30 AM Report This Comment  
  I love your farmhouse.

Come visit me, Hidden Meadow Farm.

08/15/2009 09:19.44 PM Report This Comment  
  responding to edge of the woods farm
I'm not sure this is the way to respond. hope it works.
I am originally from Chicago. I knew two plants - peonies
and willlow trees.
my husband is from southern illinois and we are both professionals but when we bought this farm in virginia
in 1986 life changed. My husband always wanted a farm and we wanted 100 acres to just plant on. we were young and dumb. we wound up with 70 acres, an old house, an old barn, and all the outbuildings still there, the well, the fences,and also all the neglect it had suffered over the years. we are only the third owners. the first had the farm 75 years, the second 7, and us since 1985.
it became apparent to me that we had to GROW something, or DO something with the farm. So literally one night I thought "I'll grow trees'. So I went to a one week course on that subject, looked up a few people and got some advice, and began. What a hoot. I made a lot of mistakes, as one would expect, went into landscaping and finally after the 1992 recession, hit the housing and construction boom, and I guess did o.k. the farm is now
quite beautiful, and I still landscape and grow trees, but not so aggressively now. One of my daughters just got married at the farm (last May,) and I guess I would say that it (and she) never looked so beautiful.

The farm has meant a lot to my family, and I could never have guessed that when we first looked for land.
I'll try to post a few more pictures.

Come visit me, Echo Ridge Nursery.

08/08/2009 08:46.26 AM Report This Comment  
  computers
We come from a different time zone where type writers were a part of the way of life and mail took your info to where you wanted it to go in a few days and them someone writes back if you were lucky the process took only 3-5 days not 30-50 seconds or however long it takes you to type the response. Life has changed so much you can only wonder how much more it can change.

My CSA started small and more than tripled this year.
I also have a farm stand and a job along with a CSA. Very hard to do it all. I use drip irrigation and hand plant very time consuming. I hope to be changing jobs soon that will give me my summers off. Fresh air is a great way of life!!

Come visit me, Edge of the Woods Farm & Farm on Three Oaks Road.

08/07/2009 07:24.02 PM Report This Comment  
  What a great place!

mallory, mill hall, PA.

08/06/2009 10:14.57 AM Report This Comment  
  reply to comments
I haven't figured out how to respond to blog?
is this the way?

My daughter has had the CSA for two years. It is a lot of work. My husband runs it day to day, and we use my creto fill in, and other labor.

My daughter thinks that farm markets are easier and more
profitable. Of course their disadvantage to the farmer is no income up front.
I still prefer growing trees (not pines), but it is a very expensive business to start, keep up, run, and then
the economy can make your trees just kindling if they get too too big.

Come visit me, Echo Ridge Nursery.

08/05/2009 05:09.16 AM Report This Comment  
  hi
welcome

Come visit me, The Chicken Ranch, Goats R Us, DM Cattle company & DeVore Ranch.

08/04/2009 07:26.07 AM Report This Comment  
  What a beautiful place

Come visit me, Brent & Kim Wessel.

08/04/2009 07:00.55 AM Report This Comment  
  CSA
How big is your daughters CSA? and how long has she been doing it? I started growing last year and I am still evaluating it. I have been increasing my size as the year goes because I have a start up period 3 times a year. All year, summer and fall. People just love the easiness of the boxes and being local.

keep farming!!

Come visit me, Edge of the Woods Farm & Farm on Three Oaks Road.

08/04/2009 03:40.44 AM Report This Comment  

 



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