21846 Trappe Road
Upperville VA 20184
Historic Ayrshire is unique in the region as a working farm that has met the 21st Century with one foot firmly planted in the 19th. The Farm is a certified organic farm, specializing in rare and endangered breeds livestock and heirloom fruits and vegetables. It is a working manor farm, historically a place of efficiency, sufficiency, and serenity.
Ayrshireï¿½s mission today is to bring livestock and crop production to both self-sufficiency and profitability. Additionally, there is a commitment to achieving these goals using humane, organic, sustainable farming methods, preserving genetically viable herds of the various rare breeds, and contributing to seed pools for heirloom plants. The soil is being constantly amended with cover crops and compost from the three-acre compost facility. As a part of their training, the Ayrshire Shires help in the constant task of soil improvement, keeping the skills of horse-powered farming alive.
Among the rare breeds are Shire horses, Scotch Highland cattle, Milking Shorthorn dairy cattle, Gloucester Old Spot hogs, and several breeds of free-range chickens, turkeys, and ducks. Pheasants and wild turkeys are raised for release into the farm woodlands, areas which are being replanted and managed so as to provide "wildlife corridors" among the various habitat areas. Native trees, plants and grasses are being re-introduced as woodland cover, hedgerows, and fodder crops.
There is an organic home dairy on the Farm, producing milk, butter, and cheeses for the Farm community. 4-H students work with the Shires, cattle, and vegetable gardens as a part of an innovative program which allows suburban children to work with and exhibit farm animals and experience farm life. The Farm is also a partner with International Exchange for Agriculture, an international organization which places apprentices from around the world in working farms. The students learn about horse and livestock management, breeding, riding, driving, horse-powered farming, veterinary care, and showmanship under the direction of experienced professionals at Ayrshire.
Buy local Upperville, buy local Loudoun County, buy local Virginia.
Eat local Upperville, eat local Loudoun County, eat local Virginia.
Tours Available: Yes
Brick & Mortar: Yes
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|Date added: 19.11.2008|