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On Burning Cool Season Grasslands

We burn a lot. We burn using what they call prescribed burning (vegetation creates heat), we burn using propane burners of several sizes. Because of mid-Atlantic weather, we will do prescribed burn followed with mechanical burn because of higher humidity but having to get the work done. We burn with horticultural vinegar. We also use […]

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Michael Carter Joins Center Board of Directors

The Center Board of Directors at their 1st Quarter Director’s meeting voted unanimously to welcome Orange County Farmer Michael Carter to the Board. Michael Carter Jr. is an 11th generation farmer in the United States and is the 5th generation to farm on Carter Farms, his family’s century farm in Orange County, Virginia where he […]

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Center for Natural Capital SoilKeepers

Biogenicals Field Trials 2022 Underway

Evaluation of our products and services is continuous. Our interests include impact on soil carbon, soil microbes, and grassland vegetation health and appearance.

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Center for Natural Capital Virginia Wildlife Habitat Cooperative

The Churn of Eco-Entrepreneur Training and Employment

I know memories are fuzzy things, but my guess is the average stay of our 18-30 aged employees is a year. When I close my eyes I can see many dozens of young people, in groups, and teams hauling trash out of rivers, tending soil microbes, planting native grasslands and successional forests, then gone like […]

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Center for Natural Capital

CNC Director Page Sullenberger joins Board of Advisors

The Center Board of Directors and Staff is thrilled to have Former Director Page Sullenberger join our Board of Advisors. Page helped lead the Center through substantive changes – a new location at Rapidan Mill, a new Development arm of the Center, and new strategic foci. Page’s roots run deep in the Piedmont and Shenandoah […]

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Center for Natural Capital Virginia Wildlife Habitat Cooperative

Virginia Wildlife Habitat Cooperative Awards Grellen Farm 2021 Habitat Award

Earlier this year the VWHC awarded the 2021 Pollinator and Quail Habitat Conservation Award to Mark and Ann Kington – Owners of Grellen Farm – for their continued work to create large tracts of wildlife habitat in the Rapidan watershed of Central Virginia.

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Center for Natural Capital SoilKeepers

(More) Sustainable Lawn Care: Leaves… Good For Your Lawn?

In short, it is not good for leaves to be left to sit after they fall on a lawn… that is, if you would like to continue to have a lawn of grass. If left alone, leaves will mat on top of the grass, cutting out your lawn’s access to sunlight and air, and quickly […]

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Rapidan Institute

Rapidan Fish Passage Project

The Rapidan Institute began working on the Rapidan Fish Passage project in 2020 with the goal to restore 541 miles of river habitat in Virginia. Restoration efforts are primarily focused on the potential alteration of the dam at the Rapidan Mill as it blocks the movement of important fish species such as shad, herring, and […]

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Rapidan Institute SoilKeepers Virginia Wildlife Habitat Cooperative

Building Beaver Dam Analogs (BDAs)

Beaver dam analogs, also known as BDAs, are man-made structures built out of wood and other natural resources designed to replicate the form and function of beaver dams. The Center began working on BDAs this year with the intent to help restore freshwater ecosystems and make possible habitats more suitable for beavers. Being that BDAs […]

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Gordonsville Pollinator and Quail Quilt Project

The Virginia Wildlife Habitat Cooperative, a sector of the Center, is working with residents of Gordonsville, VA to develop pollinator and quail corridors through neighboring land parcels. These corridors are simply designated areas on the owner’s land that we work with to promote an environment that is as close to its natural state as much […]