|Address:|| 6165 River Road West
Columbia, VA 23038
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Farm Store: Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm, year round.
The Byrd Farm is one of several agricultural gems along the I-64 corridor between Richmond and Charlottesville. It’s a family farm located in Goochland County, near the small town of Columbia, with the James River less than a half mile from the back of the property. The stunning countryside is an ideal setting for a farm devoted to nurturing the Earth’s bounty. Foodwaze has had the chance to visit and see first-hand what they day.
The farm’s growing operation is Certified Organic, and it’s clear their commitment to regenerative practices exceeds the spirit and intent of certification. These practices focus on enriching the soil and include crop rotations, cover cropping, mulching with hay, and using compost and other natural fertilizers. They do not use synthetic fertilizers or chemical pesticides. A drip irrigation system using pumps from a pond on the property helps conserve water.
The Byrd Farm grows a variety of seasonal fruit vegetables throughout the entire year, in both their fields and their two hoop houses. Vegetables include a wide range of salad greens, root vegetables, cucumbers, brassicas, heirloom tomatoes, and potatoes. They grow strawberries and blackberries from spring to early summer. And they grow a variety of herbs and flowers.
The farm is owned and operated by Philip and Debra Stoneman and their daughter Rachel. The property has been in Philip Stoneman’s family since the 1800s. It was originally a beef and cattle farm. And while today it is much smaller in size than the original farm, and is mostly organic crops, the Stoneman’s also raise chickens for meat and eggs. The chickens are raised on pasture where they have thorough access to a natural food supply of bugs, worms, grasshoppers, and grass. Their diet is supplemented with non-GMO grains.
You can find the Byrd Farm’s products right at their inviting farm store on the property, with the red roof. It’s absolutely worth the visit. You can also buy the farm’s products through their CSA. See their website for details. They also participate in a few Richmond farmers markets. Click on the Place tab to find out where.
The Byrd Farm is a small certified organic farm in Goochland County, between Richmond and Charlottesville. It is owned and operated by Philip and Debra Stoneman. Foodwaze has visited the farm and compiled a detailed description under the Details tab.
• What They Do: Using the principles of regenerative agriculture, they grow a variety of vegetables throughout the entire year, as well as some berries, herbs, and flowers. They also raise pastured chickens for meat and eggs.
• Regenerative Practices: The Stonemans are clearly committed to the principles of regenerative agriculture. While their certification is a testimony to that, their efforts are visible beyond those requirements. This means enriching the soil and growing nutrient dense food as top priorities. They rotate crops, use cover crops, apply mulch, use compost and other natural fertilizers, and use weed fabric to keep weeds down without chemicals. They do not use synthetic fertilizers or chemical pesticides. As for their chickens, they are raised on pasture where they can feed on their natural diet and they supplement with non-GMO grains and garden scraps.
• Certifications: The farm’s growing operation is certified organic. It’s chickens and eggs are not, but Foodwaze does not generally emphasize it for livestock. What should be most important to consumers are the Regenerative Practices described above.
Consumers can buy the Byrd Farm’s products right at their inviting farm store on the property, with the red roof. It’s absolutely worth the visit. You can also buy the farm’s products through their CSA. See their website for details. They also participate in a few Richmond farmers markets. Click on the Places tab to connect.
The Byrd Farm has been in Philip Stoneman’s family since the 1800s. It was originally a beef cattle farm, and then dairy was added. Much of the land was sold and the cattle operation discontinued before Philip and Debra began their farm.
This listing was compiled using the following processes:
• A visit to the farm.
• The use of other research about the farm and its practices.