Our Summer Tour is less than two weeks away. The date is Thursday, July 24 and we will meet at Spotswood High School in Penn Laird as a group and depart from there. Registration will begin at 8:30, we will be leaving the school at 9:15 for our first tour stop. Lunch will be at Grand Caverns park and will be catered by John Long/The Catering Company. Lunch is being sponsored by Farm Credit of the Virginias. A head count for lunch is needed by this Friday, July 18th. Get with your advisor or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Tour stops are below. Note a change (from what is in the newsletter) to the afternoon tour. The owner of Black Bear Composting had a conflict arise so we had to find a second location.
River Hill Farms
River Hill Farms, owned by the Rodes family, is a combination dairy, poultry, beef cattle, and custom harvesting operation, farming 600 acres. They have approximately 150 dairy cows, raise 270,000 turkeys yearly for Cargil, and grow their own canola, oilseed, and soybeans to use for biodiesel as an alternative fuel source. The biodiesel produced on the farm is used in the majority of the farm equipment. The poultry operation is video monitored by using a computer or smart phone. They have implemented burning wood chips and poultry litter for an alternative heat source for the poultry units. GPS is utilized for precision farming, auto steer, and field mapping. River Hill Farms is the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce 2013 Farm Family Stewardship Award winner.