Highland County

Back Creek Farms

Back Creek Farms is a family tradition located three miles up Upper Back Creek Road from Route 84. Pat Lowry’s roots run deep in this valley. His family’s gravestones in a Continue Reading →

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Berriedale Farms

Berriedale Farms is nestled among the Appalachian Mountains in the Cowpasture River Valley of Virginia. A forester by training, Nelson Hoy realized that ranching was the best use of their Continue Reading →

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Bruce’s Syrup and Candies

Like many of the area’s maple syrup producers, Bruce began making syrup as a young child from trees tapped by his family for generations. Early on, his uncle told him Continue Reading →

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Church Hill Produce

Michael Sponaugle grew up on the family cattle farm. When asked how long he’s been farming he laughs, “All my life. It’s all I’ve ever known.”  While helping the 4-H Continue Reading →

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Cress Farm

Betty Mitchell grew up raising lambs for 4-H and helping on her grandparents’ farms in Southern Virginia, but she always wanted to have a farm of her own. “Farming is Continue Reading →

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Duff’s Sugar House

For Tim and Terry Duff, farming is about preserving an important tradition. At Duff’s Sugar House at Fair Lawn Farm, they use sugaring techniques dating back as far as the Continue Reading →

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Ginseng Mountain Farm & Store

Ginseng Mountain Farm is located along the South Branch of the Potomac River, 6 miles north of Monterey and is owned by SKE and Debora Ellington.  After discovering Highland County Continue Reading →

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Healing Farm

Healing Farm is a 700 acre farm owned by Doug and Caroline Smith and managed by Steve Rogers.  They are in their seventh year of raising high quality, primarily Angus, Continue Reading →

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Highland Hills Farm

Highland Hills Farm is located in the beautiful Blue Grass Valley near Hightown, Virginia. The family farm is four generations old and today, cousins Scott Smith and Paxton Grant keep Continue Reading →

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Laurel Fork Sapsuckers

On the top of Allegheny Mountain, Laurel Fork Sapsuckers is the highest commercial sugar camp in Highland County. The property has been in the family for four generations. When Ronnie Continue Reading →

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Meadow’s Pride Farm

Meadow’s Pride Farm, owned and operated by Jon and Patricia Donaldson and their family, is located just outside the town of Monterey, Virginia. They specialize in all natural lamb products. Continue Reading →

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Petra Plantation

Kim Wolfe always cultivated a small garden, even in the high mountains of Colorado where she and her husband, Mike lived before moving to Highland. After years at desk jobs, Continue Reading →

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Puffenbarger’s Farm

Farming in Highland runs deep with Doug and Terri Puffenbarger – the family has been farming in the area for three generations. “It’s our way of life,” Doug Puffenbarger says. When Continue Reading →

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Puffenbarger’s Sugar Orchard

Puffenbarger’s Sugar Orchard has been in continuous operation for over 100 years.  Ivan Puffenbarger started helping his father when he was too little to do much. His father tied him Continue Reading →

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Rexrode’s Sugar Orchard

The Rexrode’s have been making maple syrup in the Blue Grass Valley for as long as anyone in the family can remember. “There was always a sugar camp there,” Everett Continue Reading →

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Riven Rock Farm

Though Chuck and Lou Ann Neely produce 100% grass-fed and -finished heritage breed cattle, sheep, and pigs, they see themselves as primarily grass farmers. “You have to have healthy pastures Continue Reading →

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Roaring Rock Farm

Roaring Rock Farm is located in the Blue Grass Valley in Highland County Virginia.  Paul and Debbie Trible began farming in 1994 with a few sheep on 130 acres just Continue Reading →

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Sugar Tree Country Store

Glenn Heatwole was a dairy farmer in the Shenandoah Valley, but by the early 2000s, he was ready to get out of the dairy business. When the family discovered Highland Continue Reading →

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Sweet Rose Farm

Tom wasn’t raised as a farmer, but after he and his wife Jackie purchased their county home in the beautiful Blue Grass Valley, he began considering the possibilities the land had Continue Reading →

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Thrive 365 Farm

A Highland native, Brittany Whitelaw began growing food when she moved back to the county in 2007. Despite moving within the county many times, Brittany kept a home garden and Continue Reading →

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Virginia Trout Company

Bryan Plemmons began his farming career as a twelve year old working in tobacco fields in North Carolina making 25 cents an hour and $2 a day. He loved marine Continue Reading →

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