Friday, March 13, 2015

Whitehall Farms, LLC is proud to announce that we are planning to host The Arcadia Center For Sustainable Food and Agriculture on the farm, in support of their Veteran Farmer Program.  Arcadia is also working with the Farmer Veteran Coalition on the project, and is seeking grant funds from the USDA's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).  The Veteran Farm Fellowship Program plans to utilize approximately 5 acres of Whitehall Farms for growing produce, in addition to using farm equipment, buildings, the farm market, and other farm operations as a part of their holistic farm training.  Whitehall Farms and Arcadia are also working on a number of other collaborations, including growing produce for Whitehall Farms' on-farm market and for Arcadia's Mobile Markets.  Whitehall Farms will also be welcoming Arcadia's main production flock of laying hens to the farm later this month. (the Arcadia Ladies will remain at Arcadia's Woodlawn location :) Look for updates soon on our progress repurposing an old silage wagon into a mobile chicken coop for these special guests!  The mobile chicken coop will be used to allow the chickens to forage for seeds, insects, and grass in Whitehall's pasture, while giving them a safe space to spend the night out of the reach of the neighborhood wildlife.

Monday, March 9, 2015

3rd Annual "Grow Your Health" Festival in Fairfax, VA - March 28th 10:00am-5:30pm

We are excited to be participating in the 3rd Annual Grow Your Health Festival on Saturday March 28th!  Come out and find our table!  Come and enjoy a fun-filled day of classes, exhibitors, and local food.  Can't wait to see you there!  Get all of the details and tickets here.  #growyourhealthfest

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Grapevine and Other Smoking Woodchips for your BBQ!

Believe it or not, winter will soon be losing its iron grip on our local weather, and BBQ season is coming up fast!  For the best variety of wood smoking chips for your electric, gas, or charcoal smoker, come checkout Whitehall Farms once our market is open.  We are collecting the best smoking wood for chipping, and hope to have some (and eventually all) of the following woods available at our market this summer!  Apple, Beech, Cherry, Grapevine, Hackberry, Hickory, Maple, Oak, Persimmon, and Walnut.
Wild Grapevines Collected During Farm Cleanup

Moo & Henry's Story

Up until the early years of this century, Whitehall Farm had a small herd of registered breeding stock Angus cattle. After a bad car wreck, my mother-in-law stopped breeding her heifers and sold off the bulls, steers, and young heifers. All that remained were the retired heifers and one dwarf female calf, named Moo. Moo couldn’t be bred because of her genetic defect. Over time all the heifers died except for Momma Cow and Moo. For a decade Momma Cow and Moo were an inseparable pair. In the spring of 2013 Momma Cow finally died at the age of 34. Moo went into a deep depression, hardly ever leaving Momma Cow’s grave to eat or drink. It was heartbreaking. Perhaps on many farms, Moo would have been sent to the processor or left to be lonely. And perhaps that would have been the smart thing to do, but it was always understood that Moo was to live out her years on Whitehall. My wife and I went on a search for a companion cow, but we couldn’t find an Angus heifer or, for that matter, any heifer at the time. Enter Henry. Henry is a Jersey steer raised by a young girl in Luray. He grew up with horses and a few other Jersey steers. He is very playful, which might not be a good attribute for an 1100 pound animal. They will be pastured with our beef steers when they arrive this spring.  
Moo and Henry are inseparable, just as Momma Cow and Moo were and will be together until their deaths. Again, maybe not the smartest thing, but a commitment is a commitment, whether you make it to a person or a funny looking steer named Henry.

Jeff Waters

Moo & Henry