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EDUCATIONAL TOURS:

The Williamsburg Winery and Millfarm Christmas Trees and Berry Farm

Cherrystone Aqua-Farms and Virginia Institute of Marine Science Eastern Shore Laboratory

Eastern Shore Agricultural Research & Extension Center (AREC)

Brandon Farms, Precision Agriculture for Small Farms

Agriculture In Virginia Beach: From Research to Farm to Consumer

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The Williamsburg Winery and MillFarm Christmas Trees and Berry Farm

The Williamsburg Winery: 5800 Wessex Hundred, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Millfarm Christmas Trees and Berry Farm: 4900 Fenton Mill Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23188
(TOUR IS FILLED AND NO LONGER ACCEPTING REGISTRANTS)

In 1983, The Duffeler family purchased Wessex Hundred, a 300-acre property that is now home to the Williamsburg Winery. Planting of the vineyards began in 1985, and The Williamsburg Winery has experienced continuous growth through an expanding portfolio of wines. Over time, the Williamsburg Winery has established itself as the largest winery in Virginia—as well as the most visited. The tour will include a visit to the vineyard and a guided tour of the winemaking facilities.

This tour continues at nearby MillFarm, a small diverse farm owned and operated by the Apperson family. MillFarm grows Christmas trees, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries and they make custom wreaths onsite. Guests will tour the farm and hear from the Apperson family about their unique roles in the success of the operation.

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Cherrystone Aqua-Farms and Virginia Institute of Marine Science Eastern Shore Laboratory

Cherrystone Aqua-Farms: 1588 Townfield Dr, Cheriton, VA 23316 

Virginia Institute of Marine Science Eastern Shore Laboratory: 40 Atlantic Ave, Wachapreague, VA 23480

(TOUR IS FILLED AND NO LONGER ACCEPTING REGISTRANTS)

Located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Cherrystone Aqua-Farms is one of the largest hard shell clam producers in the world. Family owned and operated for five generations, Cherrystone Aqua-Farms has been producing clams and oysters for more than 115 years and has earned a reputation for quality, consistency, and unsurpassed service in shellfish production. Cherrystone Aqua-Farms is a division of Ballard Fish & Oyster Company, which as been in the shellfish business since 1895. Participants will tour the facilities, including the nursery, hatchery and packing plant, and be invited to sample fresh oysters.

This tour continues at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) – Eastern Shore Laboratory (ESL) located in Wachapreague, Va. Equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories, dormitories, and other educational facilities, VIMS serves both as a field station for research and teaching and as a site for resident research programs in coastal ecology and aquaculture. Over its 40-year history, the laboratory has become internationally recognized for shellfish research.

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Eastern Shore Agricultural Research & Extension Center (AREC)

33446 Research Dr, Painter, VA 23420

(TOUR IS FILLED AND NO LONGER ACCEPTING REGISTRANTS)

Virginia Tech’s Eastern Shore AREC is committed to supporting commercial vegetable and agronomic crop production with more than 25 agricultural crops grown annually for research and extension studies. The center sits on a 226-acre farm that hosts an office complex, laboratories, a greenhouse, graduate student housing, a large freshwater pond and woodland areas. AREC focuses on support of this major vegetable production region of Virginia through research and Extension activities. Participants will learn about current research by faculty to promote sustainability in the areas of soil fertility and plant nutrient management, horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, weed science, plasticulture, and possible alternative crops with potential economic significance.

Website Link: http://www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/eastern-shore/

Brandon Farms, Precision Agriculture for Small Farms

639 Riverdale Road,Tappahannock, VA 22560

(TOUR IS FILLED AND NO LONGER ACCEPTING REGISTRANTS)

Precision agricultural practices traditionally have been considered feasible only for large-scale farms; however, Brandon Farms has implemented many precision agronomic practices on their small farm operation in a very cost-feasible way. On this tour, includes demonstrations of a wide variety of presicion ag practices related to soybean and corn field crops; variable rate applications of lime, phosphorous and potash; soil sampling; soil mapping; light bar and auto steering technology; cover crop plots, and aerial imagery.

Agriculture in Virginia Beach: From Research to Farm to Consumer

New Earth Farm – 1885 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456 

Hampton Roads Ag Research – 1444 Diamond Springs Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455 

Whole Foods Market – 1800 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454 

VA Beach Farmers Market – 3640 Dam Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23453

This four-stop tour is a showcase of how the region studies, grows, and markets food for people in the Virginia Beach area, with a special emphasis on small farm producers.

Beginning at the Hampton Roads Agriculture Research and Extension Center, participants will learn about current efforts with greenhouse nursery and vegetable crops as well as research on small fruits, turf grass, pest management and environmental stewardship. The tour continues at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market, a year-round market featuring seasonal fresh vegetables and fruits, a butcher shop, dairy store, seafood market, candy store and more. The market holds monthly special events, a produce auction (May to November), and daily agriculture education programs for children and adults. Participants will then travel to New Earth Farm, a working sustainable and educational farm growing all-natural, chemical-free produce and products. New Earth Farm includes a farm learning center for cooking classes and educational programs including a learning garden. A stop at Whole Foods Market in Virginia Beach will highlight the store’s efforts to seek out and promote local and organic foods that are produced using sustainable growing practices and how they communicate this to their customers using a Good, Better, Best rating system so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions.

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