Real Virginia - Episode #267 August B
Real. Virginia is proudly produced by the Virginia, Farm Bureau Federation since. 1926. Farm Bureau has been working to preserve Virginia, farms and our rural heritage visit. Our website at vaf, b.com. Always. Be. Tween, the boobage. Chesapeake, bay. Hello. Everybody welcome to real Virginia, a show about Virginia agriculture. And the people who produce all the wonderful products, you enjoy brought, to you by the Virginia. Farm Bureau. Summer, is a great time to learn more about Virginia's. Largest industry, and the history behind it, greenhouses. Are great for cooler seasons, but also very useful in hot weather and we, delve into the farm economy of Halifax, County Virginia in our monthly County, Agriculture, close-up, welcome, back everyone we are coming to you from the Fauquier education. Farm in Warrenton, Virginia we're, going to have more from this farm later on in our show but first let's take a trip to Surry County, Virginia and visit, chip Oaks farm and forestry museum Virginia, state parks boast many amenities for travelers, pools lakes, cabins. And hiking trails but, only one park boast a museum, that celebrates Virginia's. Rich farm and forestry, industry, history, chip. Oaks Plantation. State Parks farm and forestry, museum is a self-guided, exhibit. That allows visitors to explore, the lives of Virginia farmers at one of the oldest, working farms, in the nation we have a number of tools and implements, that really highlight highlight the period from about, the. Early 1800s. Up through the early to mid 1900s. In, five, outdoor, exhibit, halls visitors. Can see how tools techniques, and even crops themselves. Changed over time the walking tour shows, the many different, skill sets used to run a large farming, operation, tools, the blacksmith's, Cooper's cobblers, and homemakers. Used, during the birth of modern agriculture, in Virginia, are all on display and there. Are several other historic, landmarks, on the property, including the home of Albert C Jones Jones. Was one of the first owners to actually live on the plantation. As opposed to previous owners, who had been overseers, or managed, tenants, who farmed the land for, them Jones. Used the River House as his principal residence, until he built an Italianate. Brick home on the property around 1855. This. Is the historical, side of the park we have farm buildings, we. A number of tractors. Old. Old-time tractors, here on display we. Do free. Tours of the mansion again, the access, to the museum here is free, the, only cost to folks is the $5 admission, fee, per. Vehicle to get into the park other exhibits, highlight, the Tidewater, region's tradition, of forestry visitors, can see a 1930s. Portable sawmill that was owned by Victor steward, during the height of the timber boom the museum does a good job of showing folks. The. The transition, from the horse-drawn, era up through again when. Tractors, especially, the small. Early. Tractors were first brought. Into you. Know farmers. Lives. And how that really made, life, a lot easier they, were able to farm a lot more acres and do a lot more and and and so forth so it, is really, interesting and does give folks a good idea of of, how that transition was made farm. Life would not be complete without crops, and animals the farm at chip Oaks includes donkeys, pigs goats and chickens in a bountiful, garden area and there, is a little something for everyone at the State Park we do have a campground, a 50 sight campground, we have a visitor center we.
Also Have a an Olympic, sized swimming pool, which comes in real handy on, days like today and. We. Have access to the James River so a lot of folks like to go down there and walk along the the river's. Edge look, for fossils look for shark's teeth and things, like that chip, oaks farm and forestry museum conduct special events, throughout the year and has guided group tours based, on Virginia's, standards, of learning the, educational, programs include, livestock plantation. Life crops, and soil trades, and crafts and instructional. Nature trail for. More information, on these programs contact, the park at seven five seven two nine four three four three nine, or by, going to d c-- r dot, virginia.gov. From. The Loudoun Heritage Museum in Northern Virginia to Meadow Farm in Henrico County to, the frontier culture museum in Stenton, there's an array of wonderful venues, where you can touch and see what Virginia farming, was like years, ago other. Opportunities, include the Southwest Virginia Farm, Museum in Tazewell County, the tobacco farm, life museum of Virginia, in South Hill the, Northern Neck Farm Museum in Northumberland, County and the Booker T Washington, National, Monument in Franklin, County, don't forget the historic farm plantations, of George, Washington, James Madison James Monroe and, Thomas. Jefferson along, with Colonial, Williamsburg, and if, antique tractors, are your thing be sure to visit the Keystone, tractor works Museum in Colonial. Heights hi. Today we're gonna be talking about what you can grow in the summertime in a greenhouse from the ground up please stay tuned Farm. Bureau is the insurance, provider of choice for farmers but, did you know all Virginians can benefit in, fact most, of our members are not farmers as a member, you are supporting, worthy causes like, local Virginia food banks and the AG of the classroom, program your, $40 membership, will easily pay for itself with the many savings, options, as well Farm, Bureau is made for Virginians, to learn more about the membership advantage, go, to VA f, be calm, or, visit your local Farm Bureau. Greenhouses. Are great for protecting your crops during the cold weather but Chris Mullins, with Virginia Cooperative Extension has, learned they're just, as good during, the summertime from, the ground up.
Hi, And welcome today we're at Fauquier education, farm we're here with mr. Jim Hankins the executive, director here of the farm and Jim, it's it's warm out we're talking today though about what you can grow in a greenhouse like this is this a greenhouse we, would normally call this a high tunnel it's a temporary, structure, it's plastic. You know it, wouldn't, really, give you the protection all the way through the winter and but. It. Does extend. The seasons, what, a lot of people don't realize is that, mid. Summer it's. A, fantastic. Environment, and really tropical, plants, respond. To, the additional, heat and the. The. Environment. Inside this high tunnel okay well I'd love to go in here and see what you're growing well Jim this is this is great a lot of really good growth in here and you're right a lot of commercial. Farmers use this to, bump the growing season but like you said you're not doing that here no. What, we're doing here is you, know taking advantage, of the tropical, heat to, encourage, these plants, and you. Know you get better quality okay. If you plant the right types of varieties, these. Little eggplant, eggplant go. Nuts, in here, Wow if you've got the right varieties. And this year we have planted, you. Know greenhouse, varieties. Of cucumbers, and. Tomatoes, and, peppers the. Eggplant, are just a standard variety that I would plant out in the field but. In. This environment, they grow so much quicker right. You know you, have to. Monitor. The heat you know in here, I can raise and lower the, sides, to. Allow, air circulation to. Allow insect. Pollination, you. Know if you've got a smaller greenhouse, you need to have a thermostat, on it I said I have a 12 foot by 12 foot greenhouse, and at. 90, degrees a fan, kicks on and, you. Know cools it off a little bit we, don't have that in here it's just opening, and closing, the sides but. You, know, it. Won't. Slow. Down production, so Jim this is covered you're not getting any rainfall so what do you do to get water these plant we, use drip irrigation, underneath. The landscape, fabric you. Know. You. Can set that up on a timer okay, you do need more water in here more, heat means, the plants, are. Breathing. More and they're, losing more water but. And you pretty, much have to water almost every day on, those really hot days but. It's really easy a drip. Irrigation system, is easy. To set up yep, and use. This very very little water so the heat can be a little bit challenge but you ventilate yeah, now how about insects, are they a problem in here they'd stay away from here well. You need to leave the sides open you, know you need to allow for insect, pollination. Unfortunately. There are some pests that, respond. To this, tropical, environment, just, as well, as the plants, do you. Know and, some pest. Aphids. And mites that you won't run into, really. Badly in the field once. They become established in, here their population. Can skyrocket so you need, to closely monitor and, spray as you need okay and you could probably because you're in a somewhat enclosed environment can, you release beneficial, insects in here possibly, you, could you, could possibly, there are plenty of people that that, are releasing, beneficial. Insects, ladybugs, in particular for, the aphids, you know in high tunnels okay so, you've. Got egg, plants in here cucumbers. Two, different kinds of tomatoes and. Bell. Peppers, as well okay, wonderful now if if a gardener this is kind of a large structure. They, probably wouldn't need this yeah what would you recommend for the home gardener to kind of kind of do what you're doing here main season production, I know, of, people who you. Know if you look up caterpillar. Tunnels. Okay, it's a small structure. That you can build yourself, just. By bending PVC. Tubing, and putting plastic over, it there, are structures. That people, could build themselves. You, know really. Easily in an afternoon, that, will give you the same results, well that's great that, is wonderful lock and really see great, growth here, and it's doing really well for you thank you for letting us come out today and see what you're doing this is wonderful always glad to have you well, for more information, about structures, like this contact, your local County Extension Office, and talk to a Master Gardener for from the ground up I'm Chris Mullins and we'll see you next time from the ground up is presented, with the generous advice and assistance of Virginia, Cooperative Extension visit, their website at X T V T dot, e-d-u Virginia.
Lamb Is a treat year-round but chef Maxwell has come up with a way to bring it to your backyard grill, next in the heart of the home the State Fair of Virginia is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, exciting. Attractions and of, course fabulous, fair food the, most important, focus continues, to be used and adult livestock, competitions and, dozens, of competitions, where other Virginians, can win a coveted State, Fair blue ribbon everything. From prized vegetables, to baked goods to crafts and photography, are featured each year as the best of the best the 2018. State, Fair of Virginia runs, September, 28th, to October 7th. At meadow event park in Caroline, County visit, State Fair viedo, RG. To learn more. If. You're cooking out this summer why not go beyond, the traditional chicken. Beef or pork options, chef, dawn Maxwell, has a recipe using Virginia, lamb in the heart of the home. Hi, and welcome to the heart of the home I'm chef John Maxwell, and I'm, here at Meadow Hall in meadow event park in, Doswell, Virginia, where. We get a chance every week to play with some great Virginia, food today, we're going to be playing with Virginia, lamb world-famous for Virginia lamb I'm, gonna make some shish kebabs and shish, kabob is an interesting thing from the Middle East that I think, you'll enjoy our approach and, I've, got some ground lamb here, I'm gonna season it with a little bit of salt a. Little. Bit of pepper and the. Actual, amounts. Of these are going to be on the website the. Recipe will be posted, there but we're just going to go through and use a little bit of these I got some cayenne pepper a. Little. Bit of that I've. Got some dried grated, lemon, rind now you can either grate, your lemon and and do it yourself or you can buy it in the grocery stores they, sell, dried. Grated, lemon rind next. It's going to be some coriander. And this is what coriander, looks like whole, right. And I'm going to use a little bit of the coriander ground. It's. Just got a gorgeous aroma. Mmm. It's, a very typical Middle, Eastern spice coriander. Next. Is going to be some cumin and I've got some cumin here, I've got it ground and again. Big. Middle Eastern spice and also southwestern, spice but this, is what it looks like in. In. Its seed form, and. Once I get all the seasonings, in there I'm. Gonna mix this up. Make. Sure it tastes, good. Let. Me get that Merritt this is my little grill I love. It. It's. Gonna give it a couple of seconds to get good and hot there I'm gonna take these these. Are, shishas. For, a shish kabob shish kebab means sword of lamb so, this is a sword, traditional. In Turkey. So, I'm going to take a little bit of the other lamb, kind. Of, flatten. It up just a little bit, okay. And I'm gonna wrap, it around this. This. Sword. And. I'm gonna make sure it's on there. And. Then I'm gonna put this down on. The. Hear. That sizzle I. Love. That sound all, right so I'm going to get another one. Flatten. It out just a little bit. Wrap. It around the sword. Now. You're, doing this in your backyard you can give everybody their own sword, they can play, with the play. With their food as much as they want. While, this is cooking. I'm. Gonna go ahead and make the sauce, I've. Got some good. Locally. Produced, Greek. Style yogurt it's, nice and thick, and, and. I'm going to use some of the same spices the. Cumin and. The. Coriander. Lemon. Rind. The. Cayenne pepper. And. A little bit of chopped mint. Now, I'm gonna mix this all up. Get. It all mixed good now, this shit's set for a couple of minutes to let the flavors kind. Of develop. Then. We're gonna let that happen. In. This bowl. All, right these are about ready to come off now I'm. Going to cut this, down, and. Take. This off and. I'm. Going to set it down here. I've. Got one of these opened, up I'm just going to kind of set it in and out so that you get a chance to see it.
And. We've got. Traditional. Lamb. Shish. Kebab. Sort. Of lamb and. We're gonna put a little bit of. Sauce. On this. One. I'm. Not gonna put it inside so, that you get a chance to see what's, going on with it so there we go. Shish. Kabob with a yogurt, mint sauce so. Join, us next week on heart. Of the home where we get to play with great Virginia, food recipes. From the heart of the home can be found on the Virginia, Farm Bureau website, at VAF, b.com, as, well, as on chef Maxwell's, website at chef john maxwell calm. Sheep, and lambs are usually raised in or near Virginia's, mountains although, you may find a few head of them across the state in hobby farms or 4-h projects, sheep, are a popular, animal for young people learning to care for and show an animal because they're smaller and gentler, than cattle - nearly 85,000. Sheep and lambs in the Old Dominion on, 2315. Farms farmers. Sell about 192, thousand pounds of wool each year bringing it about two, hundred and sixty-six thousand, dollars more, than half the sheep flocks in Virginia are small from 1 to 24, head although there's one flock was more than 1,000, sheep. We. Have 37. Parks, across the Commonwealth, every. Year 10 million visitors enjoy, 600, miles of trails from beaches to mountains hundreds. Of cabins, and campsites even. The Earth's. We. Are, Virginia. State Parks. When. Terrence grills burgers. He knows that just because they look finished on the outside doesn't mean they've reached a safe internal temperature. Of 160. Degrees Fahrenheit, for. Burgers, and thin, meats the food thermometer should, be inserted, into the side of the food. Now. He is sure his food has gotten hot enough to kill any bacteria present. For. More information, on using a food thermometer and, proper, cooking temperatures, visit. Foodsafety.gov. Halifax. County is known by NASCAR fans, as the home of the South Boston, Speedway, but what many may not realize is that this county is also, all about agriculture. As Dave. Miller reports, in our regular County, agricultural. Close-up, series, Halifax. County is a historical.
Tobacco, Community. That's turning a new leaf in agriculture. Just. Above the North Carolina border is Halifax, County the. Population, is a little over 36,000. And the largest town in the county is South Boston. Halifax. County was established in 1752. Since. Then the fertile land has been good to farmers and has, produced numerous, crops, we, have farmers that are niche, farmers. That. Cater more to the farmers. Markets, and. We. Have people. That are in the commercial produce, business yeah. People. Got in the commute you know tobacco. Soybeans, I'll. Miss my feeling that you, know all of those parts. Of Agriculture, and are important, but livestock, we have poultry. No, dairy but sheep, cattle, and goats and then crops, everything, from tobacco, to grains, to, hey so, it's very diversify, there's a place for everybody even down to the Agri tourism and, speciality niche markets, there. Are 935. Farms, in Halifax, County covering. Almost two hundred twelve thousand, acres and generating. Thirty six point five million dollars, in farm, income, each year the, top field crop is tobacco followed. By small grains, crops. Make up 63, percent of the farm economy in the area and livestock. Sales account, for 37, percent, the. Land here is very fertile and crops do well at one, time tobacco is king and it, still is but traditional. Tobacco farmers, like hilton hudson of hudson farms will tell you even tobacco, farmers, have had to diversify to stay in agriculture. Several. Of us growing produce and, has worked, very willful. For. Me but. And. Be hard-pressed, to make a living on. Without. Tobacco. It's. Still money in farming. But you got to work at it and have good health I had. To borrow money for hundred acres. And. Now I've got seventeen on and some it's. All faith oh and, I've. Got. Some savings too. But. I stayed. It it, worked, so, the Hudsons are pretty set up well to be able to encounter any other type of obstacle they're gonna face so they have tobacco, they've, had their city contracts, with they have their produce that, they can mark it all across the state to, local stores or even locally so they have a farm stand by, the main, road 58. As well so they mark it through that and then down to their livestock and, especially their cantaloupes, they were really instrumental in the cantaloupe festival, getting, started and how a fax and having turbotville Virginia, be, known for cantaloupes in the county, produce. Wise well, we have our chart of aval cantaloupes, that's one of our pride and Joy's as well in Halifax, County. There. I mean Halifax. Is great for the types, of soils because we can grow like. D'Urberville, has the sandy soil for, cantaloupes, whereas, like Virgil aina has wonderful soil soil, for watermelons, and tomatoes, every part, of the Halifax, County is different, and it. Just they have very diversified crops. Itself. But, the produce we have down here at the market we have every type of produce you can find down, here, agriculture. Products from Halifax, make, an impact on the world market, and the, door to expand, agriculture, Enterprises, is open. In the county Halifax. County is open for business when, it comes to agriculture we won't we need more agricultural. Infrastructure. Or, agricultural. Businesses, to locate here we. Have a very low tax rate. We. Have a lot of land and I. Would encourage any entity. This looking to come, to Southside Virginia to take a look at Halifax County whether. Growing, historic, Virginia, tobacco harvesting. Grain tending. To livestock, or raising, some of the freshest, produce the state has to offer the, farms of Halifax, County and the producers, making their living off the land are keeping, agriculture. And the heritage, of the Southside going, in Halifax. County I'm Dave. Miller. That's. Going to do it for this edition, of real Virginia we are so glad you could join us to celebrate the bounty for jigna has to offer whether, it's in your home your garden or your landscape, we are proud to say that this, is real fur jigna so, for everyone from the Virginia Farm Bureau thanks, for watching make it a good week.
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