|Address:|| 1405 Giles Bridge Road
Powhatan, VA 23139
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Casselmonte Farm is a small, family owned produce farm located west-southwest of Richmond. It is owned and operated by Bill and India Cox, who are ardent devotees of organic regenerative agriculture. Foodwaze has visited the farm and compiled a detailed description under the Details tab.
• What They Do: Casselmonte grows about 8 different types of vegetables, including several heirloom varieties of tomatoes. They also grow potatoes, ginger, turmeric, and Shiitake mushrooms, and produce honey from the beehives on the property.
• Regenerative Practices: The Coxes utilize a variety of regenerative organic practices including crop rotation, cover cropping, composting, and minimizing tillage. They test their soil frequently and foster biodiversity on the property with buffers that promote beneficial insects and wildlife.
• Certifications: Certified organic
Consumers can buy from Casselmonte Farm at a few farmers markets in the area. Click on the Places tab to find out where.
Bill, a native of South Carolina, had devoted most of his working life to the insurance business before he and India bought the property in 2006. India grew up on a cattle farm in Georgia, but she spent most of her career inside the DC Beltway. They start growing crops only after a bad experience with a BLT sandwich convinced them they could grow better tomatoes!
This listing was compiled using the following processes:
• A visit to the farm and discussion with the farm owners.
• The use of other research about the farm and its practices.
Casselmonte Farm is located in Powhatan County, just outside of Richmond, to the west-southwest of the city. The farm is owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Bill and India Cox. Together they grow a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as mushrooms, using chemical-free, ecological practices that focus on building soil health and biodiversity. Foodwaze has had a chance to visit the farm and learn first-hand about these practices.
Using a three-season approach, the mission of Casselmonte Farm is to produce safe, nutritious, great-tasting food in a sustainable organic system. The Coxes bought their property in 2006. It spans 122 acres and is part of an original 900-acre farm/estate dating back to the early 1800s, when it was first named Casselmonte, after its owner William Cassel.
The Coxes did not originally intend to farm the property. Bill, a native of South Carolina, had devoted most of his working life to the insurance business. India grew up on a cattle farm in Georgia, but she spent most of her career inside the DC Beltway. They originally intended to manage the property for wildlife. But one day while eating bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches for lunch, it occurred to them that the tomatoes tasted lousy. So they set out to grow the perfect tomato, and they still grow a wide variety of heirlooms today, spanning early spring to late fall.
Of course, they’ve added other crops as well, and now keep about 5-6 acres of the property in production, including three hoop houses. Their vegetables include asparagus, beets, cauliflower, okra, zucchini, French eggplant, and a variety of peppers. They grow ginger and turmeric, potatoes, and Shiitake mushrooms. They also grow blueberries and blackberries, as well as Bradford watermelons.
They utilize a variety of regenerative organic practices including crop rotation, cover cropping, composting, and minimizing tillage. They also focus on creating a habitat for beneficial wildlife and insects, including the honeybees they manage through their hives on the property. Soil testing is also a regular part of their routine to help ensure they are building soil organic matter. They save seeds year to year, and trade seeds with other farmers in the region, all in an effort to develop varietals that thrive best within the farm’s ecology, The farm has been certified organic in the past, but they did have a lapse in the certification having to do only with their need to find a new independent certifier. It had nothing to do with their practices on the farm.
The best way for consumers to purchase from Casselmonte Farm is at local farmers markets in Richmond and Powhatan. The farm also works with a number of Foodwaze listed restaurants in Richmond. Click on the Places tab to find out where Casselmonte Farm products can be found.