Little Hat Creek Farm
|Address:|| 163 Shaeffers Hollow Lane
Roseland, VA 22967
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Please check their website for CSA details, as well as for their farm stand hours.
Little Hat Creek Farm is run by husband-and-wife team Ben Stowe and Heather Coiner. Foodwaze has visited their farm and you can read a full description under the Details tab. Here is an overview of the farm:
• Produce Grown: A wide variety of seasonal vegetables, as well as berries and some other fruits.
• Chemicals: No use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. Organic approved insecticides are used on vary rare occasions. No use of biosolids.
• Sustainable Practices: Use of compost, hay mulch, crop rotation, row covers, and cover crops. All practices focus on building healthy soil. Cultivation and weeding are done by hand.
• Watering: No information at this time.
• Certification: None
• Other Products Sold: Products in their CSA are sourced only from Little Hat Creek Farm. In addition to their vegetables, they also raise laying hens on pasture, supplementing them with Non-GMO feed. The farm also makes and sells its own bread that’s naturally leavened, and uses organic flour sourced from the Carolinas.
Other things to know about this Place:
• Ben and Heather bought the farm in 2015 after leasing the property for several years. It was previously operated as a sustainable farm known as Appalachia Star Farm.
• Their spacious bakery with a wood-fired oven was completed in 2016 and is right on the farm.
• Please see their website for details on their CSA as well as the hours of their farm stand. You can also find them at local farmers markets.
This listing was compiled using the following processes:
• A site visit
• Discussion with the owners, management, and/or staff
• Other research
Located in the beautiful rolling hills of Nelson County, this 5-acre farm is run by husband-and-wife team Ben Stowe and Heather Coiner. They grow a variety of seasonal vegetables, as well as berries and other fruit, using ecological, regenerative practices. Foodwaze has had a chance to visit the farm to learn-first hand about what they do.
Stowe and Coiner moved to the property along Hat Creek in 2013, having gained experience working at other sustainable farms. They first leased the property then bought it outright in 2015. It had previously been operated as an ecological farm under the name Appalachia Star Farm.
Their focus on the farm today is on building soil using cover crops and hay mulch to cultivate soil microbiota. When fertilizer is needed, they use only organic-approved fertilizers and mineral supplements. They manage pests by rotating crops, and by encouraging bird and predatory insect diversity in wild and weedy areas close to the fields. On rare occasions, they have to use an organic-approved insecticide in their greenhouses, but they avoid the use in their fields to protect insect diversity. Instead, they do things like disrupt the life cycle of the pest by removing its egg-laying sites or use pheromones to disrupt mating.
The farm has a small apple orchard on it which dates back to the previous owners. They continue to nurture the trees along using organic practices, as they do with some cherry trees.
Additionally they raise laying hens which they rotate through their pastures to help further build soil fertility. The hens eat their natural diet of bugs, worms, and grass, and are supplemented with Non-GMO grains and leftovers from the garden.
Lastly, is the full-scale bakery on the property. They completed it in 2016 and it includes a wood fired oven. The wood for the oven is sourced from scraps of an organic bedding and furniture maker near Charlottesville. Grains for the bread are sourced primarily from an organic grower in the Carolinas. The bread is naturally leavened and made with a sourdough starter and long fermentation. They are also working with local growers to develop a source for Virginia grains. Additionally, they make pastries using their eggs and the fruits and vegetables they grow on the farm.
Little Hat Creek products are sold through their CSA and at their on-farm stand which is open several days a week. They also sell at local farmers markets. Click on the Places tab to find out where.