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Beyond Organic: Polyface Farm, Swoope, Virginia

Beyond Organic: Polyface Farm, Swoope, Virginia

If you're at all interested in food quality, you've probably seen the movie Food, Inc. or read the book The Omnivore's Dilemma. Both feature Polyface Farm, the premier environmentally-friendly farm in rural Swoope, Virginia. The farm is the brainchild of the Salatin family, who bought the dilapidated property back in the early '60s. After much TLC, the family restored the land using "nature as their pattern". With the belief that using the Creator's design is still the best policy for farming, the family has raised some of the healthiest, happiest livestock in the Shanendoah Valley. They do this by making sure their animals have fresh forage every day. Cows, for example, are moved to new forage pastures every day through the creative use of portable electric fencing.

Saturday: Paint Branch Trash Cleanup

Surfrider Foundation and the Anacostia Watershed Society are teaming up this weekend to clean up Paint Branch. Join us on Saturday, November 20, from 10 am to 1 pm. Please sign up for the Paint Branch event prior.

Paint Branch flows through Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. In 1974, Paint Branch was designated as Natural Trout Waters by the state of Maryland, and the stream supports a population of Brown Trout. This cleanup will help protect this fragile habitat, and stop the trash from flowing downstream.

Meet in the Acredale Park parking lot (first lot on the left after you turn onto Metzerott Rd from Route 1). Dress for cold weather and mud (long pants, sturdy shoes, etc). Cleanup supplies and snacks provided. 

Heavy Rainfall Possible Thursday

With the area drying out after showery conditions for the last few days, another storm system is brewing and could threaten the Washington D.C. Metro area with more rainfall by Thursday.

Current weather model forecasts indicate the potential for some very heavy rainfall in association with a tropical weather system that is currently developing in the Caribbean. This storm system could intensify and stream tropical moisture and rainfall over the area. Most forecasts indicate the potential for greater rainfall that was experienced during the most recent rain event.

Residents should stay tuned for local media and the local weather service office for the latest details and updates. It should be noted that rainfall of the magnitude forecasted COULD cause areas of flooding.

On the positive side, however, more rainfall will provide great relief for the farmers currently being impacted by moderate to severe drought.