We are pleased that all of the farm’s products were certified USDA organic in 2012. This certification is important to us, our customers … and the land.
This property has been known as Casselmonte since 1812 when William Cassell amassed 900 acres in Powhatan County. In 1848, it was sold on the courthouse steps to the Jeter family. We purchased our 122 acres in 2006 from the estate of the last Jeter owner. Today, six acres are under organic cultivation.
When we moved here, a market garden was the furthest notion from our thinking. What was the turning point? Lousy tasting tomatoes! In 2009, we began our pursuit of the perfect tomato for the perfect BLT! So far, we have planted more than 100 varieties of heirloom tomatoes and have established a base of 20 proven winners. Each year other varieties try to gain a berth in the top 20 – it’s an agricultural version of a reality show!
We have combined our beliefs in sustainability and good stewardship to grow our produce organically by:
• Using crop rotation, cover crops, organic inputs and compost to naturally improve the soil and reduce plant diseases
• Creating habitats for beneficial insects and wildlife, such as honeybees, quail and wild turkey to pollinate, bug … and please the eye!
Casselmonte Farm LLC is a member of Slow Food USA, Virginia Biological Farming Association, Powhatan Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Farm Bureau
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