Three things are of principal importance to every farmer,
every cattleman, and every conservationist:
SOIL, WATER, & FORESTS
It is perfectly true that for folks like us "Every
Day is Earth Day." We live that way every day of
the year, and few things are as important to us as our
These are the SOILS we nurture to grow
our crops, grass, and trees; the WATER that nourishes
our crops, our trees, our livestock, and ourselves...
and which is ultimately and perfectly naturally recycled
and used again as clean water by our neighbors downstream.
Our FORESTS surround our productive valleys.
We take seriously our stewardship of these valuable assets, which we owned for decades. At the same time, the benefits we share
with wild animals and our hunt club members. While this
farm property is privately owned and our operations
are for-profit, our family operated for years under
a long-standing personal commitment to do things in
an eco-friendly and neighborly manner. Years
ago we were among the first in Virginia to practice
"no-tillage" agriculture, and we saw major
benefits from that practice, which is now widely accepted
We have also been involved with the Forestry Management Committee at James Madison's home "Montpelier", which has a large productive forest used in many different ways. A fascinating forest management issue.
As a direct result of this involvement, the Ballyshannon Fund was instrumental in conceiving and funding the magnificent new Demonstration Forest Trail at James Madison's home, Montpelier. It's worth a visit and it's a short, easy, walk.
Beautiful, isn't it?