Masters Students Explore a More Sustainable Food System
September 13, 2013 — Emily Talley, Kiel Stone

If you have to spend a beautiful Friday evening in a classroom setting, it’s hard to beat the Airlie Center in Central Virginia. A trailblazer among sustainable and “green” conference facilities, the Airlie Center recently hosted our 2014 XMNR cohort. A delicious and locally sourced dinner was presented to XMNR students in a beautiful setting alongside Airlie’s garden. As dinner unfolded, we heard presentations from the Airlie Center’s sous chef and from Virginia Tech faculty member, Founder, and Principal of… Read More
Sustainable Agriculture: The Value of Targeted Partnerships
September 5, 2013 — Iris Picat, Jeremy Orr

As graduate students in Virginia Tech’s Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program, we recently had the pleasure of touring Claude and Carla Chapman’s grass-fed cattle farm in Bealeton, VA.  Situated along Harper’s Run, which runs into the Marsh Run Watershed, the Chapmans had managed a successful multi-generational farm enterprise when they began to consider sustainable upgrades to their operations. The John Marshall Soil and Conservation District of Fauquier County had been reaching out to the Chapmans for years in… Read More