We moved to Fauquier County in 2012 and we were incredibly excited to have found our property. The soil was fantastic, if in need of some care, and the topography set up wonderfully. It was a beautiful location and we met some great people who helped us achieve our goals. This land was a great place to get our 1-2 acres of produce and fruit, and establish our 250-plant hop yard to test out a wide range of varieties and do some selective breeding.
When we moved here we had planned to eventually integrate a farm brewery into our plans. This would require a great deal of education, some luck and a bigger location. In the process we both fell in love with Virginia and our journey led us to keep the farm in Fauquier.
While difficult, we eventually found a fantastic location near the historical crossroads of Casanova, Virginia, just seven minutes down Meetze Road from downtown Warrenton, and about the same distance for anyone traveling along Rt 29 or Rt 28.
The property is 21 acres, a third of which is cleared field with great soil structure, the other two thirds new-growth forest, mostly Eastern Red Cedar. It also had a small barn, built with great craftsmanship and anchored with on-property cut cedar beams.
We purchased the land in the spring of 2016 in order to prepare for our move this year. Cedar happens to be a fantastic choice for hop trellising, and we erected a field that currently holds our ~1000+ transplanted hop rhizomes. We also partnered with Whiffletree Farm to raise thirty pigs on the land this summer, who spent their time rooting and fertilizing the field.
The big project has been converting the wonderful small barn into our brewing facility and tap room. It’s been a lot of work, but we’re getting close and are excited for both the new fields and new brewery to jump into production in the next couple of weeks.
We have other plans that we’ve been researching & refining in our heads — integrating chickens, sheep, goat & pig herds into produce production, a significant expansion of our hop yard, and setting up a managed forest food production system on our ~14 acres of woods.
Stay tuned, we’ll keep you posted on the transition here, including some fun updates on the field and brewery building, and we’re looking forward to be farming and brewing soon!