Bellair Farm

Address: 5375 Bellair Farm
Charlottesville, VA  22902
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Phone: (434) 262-9021
Website: bellairfarm.com
Categories: Farm

THE FARM

Bellair Farm is a diverse crop and livestock farm located on an 853-acre property in Albemarle County south of Charlottesville. The property is owned by Ms. Cynthia Davis and operated by a farm staff. Foodwaze has visited the farm and you can read a full description under the Details tab.

What They Do: Using the principles of regeneration to build soil health and fertility, the farm grows more than 50 different types of vegetables on 25 acres of land, as well fruits, herbs, and wild flowers. They also raise pastured chickens for eggs and meat, and raise pastured pigs.

Regenerative Practices: Bellair Farm is an exemplary advocate of organic regenerative principles and values. For their crops, they use the following practices: Cover cropping, crop rotation, mulching, composting, and livestock inputs. Watering is done through drip irrigation. The animals are raised on pasture and in the woods around the property. The hens have access to a mobile hen house. The Pigs forage in the pastures and woods for grass, roots, nuts, etc. Chickens also forage for bugs and worms. The pigs and chickens are supplemented with Non-GMO grains. There are NO chemicals, biosolids, hormones, or sub-therapeutic antibiotics used on the farm.

Certifications:  The farm's crops are Certified Organic. The livestock part of the farm is not certified organic, which we generally do not concern ourselves with too much for livestock. What should be most important to consumers are the Regenerative Practices described above.

CONSUMER INFO

Consumers can buy from Bellair through their CSA. It includes a pick-your-own feature where members are invited to the farm to pick certain items. The meat raised on the farm is offered as part of a meat add-on share. Other add-on items are also offered. Please see their website for the full range of CSA options. You can also find Bellair products at the farmers market and restaurants and markets in the area. Click on the Places tab to connect.

OTHER TIDBITS

The property has been home of a working farm since the 17th Century and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The farm also offers educational workshops throughout the season.

OUR RESEARCH

This listing was compiled using the following processes:

• A visit to the farm and discussion with the farm operators.

• The use of other research about the farm and its practices.

Located about 20 minutes south of Charlottesville, Virginia, Bellair Farm is a sprawling 853-acre property with a historical past and and present purpose devoted to regenerative agricultural of the highest esteem. About 30-acres of the property is farmed for the production of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and fresh cut flowers. In 2015, the growing operation received its official Organic Certification. It’s a process that takes several years and was just an official vindication of the organic and holistic practices that had already been firmly established.

This is an incredibly beautiful property, and the size and scope of their operation is impressive. Through crop rotations, the use of cover crops and weed fabrics, and good old-fashioned hand weeding, the small staff works tirelessly to produce the cleanest, most nutritious produce for their local community. During hot, dry periods common to Virginia summers, the farm irrigates through a combination of well water and water from the nearby Hardware River, both of which it tests regularly.

In addition to their large growing operation, the farm raises pastured pork, as well as chickens for meat and eggs. For meat chickens, they raise the heritage-breed Freedom Ranger which is well-suited to a pasture environment, as they like to roam freely and are well-accustomed to pecking in the grass for food. While pastured poultry receives great nutrition from the bugs, grass, and worms they eat, they are ravenous feeders and are commonly supplemented with grains. Bellair uses Non-GMO feed from Sunrise Farms in Stuarts Draft.

The buzz of activity on modern-day Bellair Farm hasn’t changed all that much in over 200 years. It was founded in the 17th century and has been in continual operation as a working farm ever since. The property has been owned by Cynthia Davis and her family for several decades. In 1992, the farm was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The farm began a Community Service Agriculture (CSA) program in 2011. In a CSA, consumers buy a “share” of the farm’s output, which is delivered weekly and changes as the growing seasons evolve. Bellair’s CSA also includes a pick-your-own feature in which members can go to the farm and pick vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers from their own designated one-acre section of the farm.

Additionally, Bellair Farm runs a series of workshops throughout the summer and fall on topics such as cooking with seasonal foods and how to ferment vegetables.