Today marks the first day since 1937 that Virginians 21 and older can legally possess up to one ounce of recreational cannabis and up to four living plants. The measure will go into effect exactly one year after Virginia reduced the severity of simple marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to a civil penalty of up to $25.
In the gardens of Thom Pellikan’s backyard on Red Oak Mountain last Saturday with a breathtaking view of Rappahannock and beyond, nearly 100 guests were treated to performances by Castleton’s world-class musicians. The evening featured Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and tenor Paul Groves, as well as Castleton Chamber Players Eric Silberger, Daniel Lelchuk and Bradley Moore. They performed favorites like Gershwin’s “Summertime,” “The Swan” for cello and “Silent Lips” from Léhar’s “The Merry Widow.”
The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 legalized hemp farming on a federal level, ending 48 years of hemp prohibition. Soon afterwards processors, growers, and hemp advocates formed the Rappahannock Hemp Cooperative (RHC) with the aspiration of educating and aiding local farmers interested in industrial hemp farming
In observance of National Agriculture Literacy Week (March 15-19), members of the Rappahannock County High School chapter of Future Farmers of America teamed up with Agriculture Education Instructor Michelle Fincham and Ashleigh Cannon of the Rappahannock County Farm Bureau to read to K-2 students about agriculture.
Bean Hollow farmer Mike Sands has been booking lambs for slaughter that aren’t even born yet. Why? Because since the beginning of the pandemic there has been a boom in demand for local meat while at the same time there’s a shortage of skilled meat cutters to process animals.
Foothills Forum and the Rappahannock News look back on 2020 with a focus on COVID-19 as well as several key issues – schools, broadband and cellular, business, housing -- we have reported on throughout the year.
The bad news: A portion of the Rush River that runs through the Rappahannock County Park had earned a failing grade for recreational use for having unsafe levels of E. coli bacteria, which can lead to illness and infection in humans.
For the artist, tourist or weekender, the land needs to be a beautiful and evocative backdrop. Not so for most farmers and owners of substantial parcels. For them, the landscape is also an economic asset. It doesn’t only have to be protected; it also needs to generate income.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam today announced this afternoon that nearby Revalation Vineyards will invest more than $2.3 million to build a new wine production facility, tasting room and event space off of Route 231 between Etlan and Madison.
The apple season isn’t what it used to be in Rappahannock County, but don’t tell that to the droves of people who in the midst of a stubborn pandemic are devouring all Virginia varieties grown here — Granny Smith to Ginger Gold.
This is the third in a series of conversations with the 2020 Fifth district congressional candidates. Each week, the Rappahannock News will give Republican Bob Good and Democrat Cameron Webb an opportunity to present their views on a single issue. In a continuation of Part III from last week, Webb and Good share their approaches to the concerns of rural voters.
The Board of Zoning Appeals met tonight (Wednesday) for a brief but lively regular meeting, which included Vice Chairman Ron Makela moving at the top of the hour to add a conversation about the prominent “Farmers for Trump” hay bales sign at Massies Corner to the agenda.
Rapp at Home hosted an Zoom session for its members with speakers from two county wineries Gadino Cellars and Quièvremont Vineyard and Winery.
While there have been a couple of sightings of Vespa mandarinia — commonly called the Asian giant hornet or murder hornet — in North America, there have not been any sightings in Virginia or on the East Coast.
Sadly, we are cancelling the 18th annual Rappahannock Spring Plant Sale scheduled for April 25th at Waterpenny Farm. We will miss hosting this wonderful community gathering that has become a traditional rite of spring for so many of us in the community.
People come from all around to see Sperryville resident Tom Lewis’ annual display of Christmas lights and ornamentation, but only his lucky friends and neighbors ever see his summer display of beautiful fruits and vegetables. Lewis harvested 18 bushels of potatoes last week and promptly repl…
Whippoorwill . . . the name melts in your mouth like a soft dinner mint. It conjures up images and sounds of the soft feathered wings of birds in flight, framed in the expanse of a powder blue sky.
Rappahannock County cattle farmers Chris and Caroline Parrish have been presented with the 2018 Bay-Friendly Farm Award by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation at its annual awards dinner in Culpeper.
‘I’ve spent a lot of years in greenhouses killing a lot of bad bugs and bad diseases, I’ve never seen anything like this’
Cattle ranchers from around the world met in Culpeper this past week for the Red Devon USA Mini Congress. As part of the Red Devon Association, cattlemen from the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, Australia, Canada and Mexico began their tour at the Lakota Ranch Farm, which is set on 72…