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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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Center for Natural Capital Virginia Wildlife Habitat Cooperative

Using Mechanical Burning to Coax Native Warm Season Soil Bank Seed Germination in Cool Season Pastures

For a client in the Gordonsville, Virginia area we took 2 acres of a cool season pasture and burned it with the mechanical burner 2x in the Spring to see what diversity we could coax from the seed bank. Results are Purple Lovegrass, Indian Grass, and lots of Little Bluestem. For wildflowers – Ironweed and […]

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Center for Natural Capital SoilKeepers Virginia Wildlife Habitat Cooperative

SoilKeepers set to become a for profit company and acquire Neuhauser Hay

Later this year, the Center will reformat the landscape contracting program, SoilKeepers, to a for profit company and acquire Orange, VA hay and feed producer Neuhauser Hay. The business focus of the new entity is Estate and Farm Regenerative Landscape Management. The new enterprise will be jointly owned by the Center Board of Directors and […]

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Center for Natural Capital Annual Fund Letter

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Center for Natural Capital Rapidan Institute

Rapidan Institute Press Release on Rapidan Fish Passage Project

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Center for Natural Capital

Welcome New Directors and Advisors

2020 has been a very active year for the Center, administratively-wise. We said goodbye to Directors Allan Comp, Ashe Laughline, and Betty Long. Allan was instrumental in helping StreamSweepers complete Upper Rappahannock comprehensive cleanup several years ago. Ashe also helped with StreamSweepers and worked with Staff on considerations related to a possible move to Rapidan […]