Double H Farm
|Address:|| 1401 Hunting Lodge Road
Wingina, VA 24599
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• Located in Nelson County, south of Charlottesville, Virginia, this farm is run by Ara Avagyan and his family.
• Foodwaze has visited the farm to learn first-hand about its practices.
• It is a diverse farm, with a balance of livestock and a wide array of crops.
• The livestock includes free-range pork and free-range hens for eggs.
* This farm truly exemplifies the principle of local food produced with the care and attention never found in an industrial food system.
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Double H Farm, located in Nelson County, Virginia, south of Charlottesville, is a 36-acre property that radiates with the passion and personal attention of owner, Ara Avagyan. Trained in the methods of organic farming, Avagyan’s operation is a shining example of biodiversity and permaculture, with its balance of livestock and wide array of crops grown in greenhouses and on hillside fields. Foodwaze made a site visit to Double H Farm in Spring 2015.
Ara Avagyan and his wife Gayane, are natives of Armenia. They began working on the farm in 2004 under the original owner, Richard Bean, and took over for good upon Bean’s death in 2013. A very happy herd of Berkshire pigs first welcomes visitors to the property along the winding, uphill driveway. Avagyan immerses himself in almost all aspects of their lifespan, from breeding to butchering. (Slaughtering is done off-site in accordance with USDA regulations.) His pigs roam the property, foraging in the trees, and feeding on a healthy supply of non-GMO grains.
Egg producing hens are pasture-raised and roam freely in and out of their henhouse. Each summer, broiler chickens and turkeys are introduced back to the farm where they roam free in the fields and help cultivate the soil for the wide assortment of vegetables.
Avagyan’s enthusiasm for his job seems limitless. He does have a little help but he clearly revels in all aspects of his job, from nurturing sows through gestation to experimenting with different crops in his greenhouses and fields. He practices regular crop rotation and the use of cover crops to keep his soil rich for his plantings, which include a wide variety of salad greens, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and garlic. Like many small farms, Double H does not go through organic certification, but Avagyan strives passionately to meet or exceed those standards while keeping his costs down.