Pamela Homfelt and Randy Blum left professional careers in sunny San Diego for the mountain highlands of western Virginia to start a small organic farm that sells a variety of produce and cut flowers. The couple was suited for the transition as Pamela had a 25 year career in wholesale nursery, landscape design, and project management and Randy as a Landscape Architect and Project Manager for the City of San Diego. Their combined experience provided an excellent knowledge base and the confidence to start their business in Bath County with the goal of providing locally grown flowers and “clean” vegetables to the community.
Stuart Run Farm is located in Armstrong, Virginia, about 10 miles south of Deerfield on Route 629. The farm has 53 acres adjoining the George Washington National Forest. The house was built in 1890 and one of the outbuildings was once the Armstrong post office. The farm currently has approximately 2.5 acres in production, including two 24’ x 45’ hoop houses, and the property uses a cold mountain spring that has served the farm since inception.
The farm is now in its fourth year of production and produces a variety of vegetables such as cucumbers, eggplant, watermelons, tomatoes, peppers, beans, onions, and more. Stuart Run also has varieties of local, pesticide-free cut flowers, such as five different species of Allium, Oriental Lilies including the new double lily, Dahlias, Gladiolas, various filler flowers, Zinnias, Celosia, herbal and edible foliage and more.. You can see their flower and vegetable selection on their Pinterest page: @StuartRunFlorals.
Pamela explains that the farm is Certified Naturally Grown and uses organic principles, methods, and supplies and is certified by County Extension to ensure compliance. All the vegetables and annuals sold on the farm are started from seed and no products are bought to resell. The flowers are grown organically and cut fresh the day they are sold. Pamela says this farm is made possible by her husband Randy, who oversees all operations of the farm such as equipment repair, irrigation, supplies, and infrastructure projects.
In 2017 Stuart Run Farm will be starting a CSA. The boxes will be filled with a selection from their bakery, fresh vegetables in season, a bouquet of flowers, and more. Pending on the location they will have a drop-off location or deliver to individual residences or businesses when feasible.
Learn more about Stuart Run Farm’s products and their CSA. Contact Pamela at:
10975 Deerfield Road
Millboro, VA 24460