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Foothills Forum Survey: Life in the Jewel of Virginia

An unprecedented survey mailed to every household in Rappahannock County found that respondents treasure the beauty that surrounds them, the privacy they enjoy in one of Virginia’s least populated and unspoiled places, and the spirit of volunteerism that has neighbor…
Sunnyside goes solar

Once the Sustainable Technology Institute crew out of Richmond finishes the 10-day installation, the sun’s power will generate around 49,000 watts of electricity, enough to cover the farm’s entire energy use.
Wild Ideas: Nature Notes: Frogs and a new cause of Lyme

News of upcoming training for a frog-monitoring program and more dire news about our planet — a newly discovered cause of Lyme disease, and a potential ozone hole opening up above the Arctic — is in this week’s Wild Ideas…
Candid critter camera

A golden eagle returned to The Farm at Sunnyside in Washington on Jan. 2, and was photographed by a trail camera feasting on deer guts, almost exactly a year apart from the last golden eagle trail-cam sighting on the farm.
Conservation easements: fact and fiction

Because conservation easements play an important role in maintaining Rappahannock County’s rural character, and because it is likely many local residents share several candidates’ apparent misunderstandings in the recent elections, here's some help separating fact and fiction.
Sperryville column for Nov. 12

At the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District’s recent evening celebration, two Rappahannock men and their families were recognized championing our natural resources in 2015: John Jacquemin of Castleton Lakes and Bill Fletcher of Thornton Hill Farm.