Thompson's Spring Hill Farm in northwest Hanover County has been in existence over 100 years. My mother, currently owns the original farmstead and my family lives adjacent it. My great-grandfather purchased the original SHF acreage in the late 1800s. Since that time, our family has harvested timber, and had a self-sustaining farm until my grandfather died in 1981. My great-grandparents and grandparents had livestock, poultry, worked with neighboring farms, and brought electricity and phone lines into the area. Because we have continuously harvested timber for the past 100 years, our place was designated by the Commonwealth in its Virginia Century Farm program. Unfortunately this past January, the old farmhouse burned down, but the attached loft which received minimal fire damage and water is in the process of being fixed and ready for the growing season to start seeds and transplants.
Available this summer in addition to produce will be sunflowers. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) allows the community to be part of the process. Members help pay for seeds, fertilizer, water, equipment maintenance, labor, etc. In return, the farm provides, to the best of its ability, a healthy supply of seasonal fresh produce throughout the growing season. Becoming a member creates a responsible relationship between people and the food they eat, the land on which it is grown and those who grow it. If you are interested in purchasing a for the 2009 growing season, please let us know. We still have a few memberships available. A season is approximately 15-20 weeks long, depending on growing conditions.
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