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Us: Back Bay Restoration Foundation President Todd Barnes

BY TODD BARNES You don’t realize the long-term benefits of military service until well after it has ended.   Mine had started after having been gleaned out of college and then having my dinner plate ceremoniously broken on the steps… Continue Reading

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Small family beef operations part of wider livestock piece of Virginia Beach’s agriculture industry

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — Under blue-gray thunderheads in a windy field at the far end of Princess Anne Road just this side of the North Carolina line, Steve Kent carries a narrow blue plastic bag out into a field… Continue Reading

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Business: Natural products are available at the Farm Life General Store in ‘downtown’ Pungo

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — From eggs to make-up, there’s a wide variety of products available at The Farm Life General Store, which opened in the spring at Pungo Square Shopping Center. Many of the products are created by owner… Continue Reading

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Pungo: Harvest Farms, major project proposed for rural gateway, deferred indefinitely over stormwater plans

Ed. — This story first appeared in print on Friday, April 26. It was archived on Thursday, May 30. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO – A commercial and residential development project that would have changed the face of “downtown” Pungo, the… Continue Reading

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Cautiously, advisory group weighs weddings for land in Virginia Beach’s agricultural reserve program

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – The Virginia Beach Agriculture Advisory Commission is still discussing the possibility of adjusting allowed uses on properties enrolled in the city’s farmland preservation program to permit assemblies such as weddings — though no recommendation… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: A longtime farmer, a strawberry field and good neighbors

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Douglas Munden, a third generation farmer, sat in his office across Princess Anne Road from the home in which he was raised. Outside, rows of strawberries waited to be picked.  It was Saturday evening, winding… Continue Reading

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The dignitaries, theme for Pungo Strawberry Festival held over Memorial Day weekend in rural village

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO – Memorial Day weekend will find Bob and Phoebe Braswell, the honorary mayor and first lady of Pungo, presiding over this year’s Pungo Strawberry Festival, with “Rise and Shine — It’s Strawberry Time” as this… Continue Reading

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Column: Rise and shine — it’s strawberry time in Pungo

Ed. Note – The following is adapted from remarks during the press conference announcing the dignitaries and theme for this year’s Pungo Strawberry Festival. The remarks were made on Wednesday, May 8, at the Culpepper Barn in Pungo. The festival begins… Continue Reading

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Strawberries: Where you can find — or pick — them in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO – Strawberry season is in full swing.  The following is a list of Virginia Beach U-pick and pre-picked strawberry farms, markets or stands from a list compiled by the Virginia Beach Cooperative Extension office.  Please check… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Author and farmer looks back at the legacy of black farmers — and ahead toward a better future

BY J.D. WILSON RICHMOND — Leah Penniman is a bright light with lots to say, and we need to hear her messages about farming, society, justice and our future. I recently met her in Richmond during the Virginia Association for Biological… Continue Reading