Late-year crops at local produce markets — brussel sprouts, greens, squash, even bok choy

Ed. — This originally ran in the Nov. 1 print edition. BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Now that the weather’s finally changing, locals are looking forward to the fall vegetables beginning to appear at local farm stands, and, despite hot, dry… Continue Reading


Agriculture: Recent soggy weather can have a cost for Virginia Beach farmers

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — This year’s growing season got off to a soggy start with heavy rains that damaged the strawberry crops and delayed planting for both grain and produce farmers. May’s hot, rainy weather damaged some strawberries,… Continue Reading


Coyotes, a foe to livestock and a curiosity to some, now a regular part of landscape in Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH – Coyotes, which are native to the Great Plains, are now so comfortable in Virginia Beach that they sometimes saunter out on an open trail during daylight hours and in full sight of humans.… Continue Reading


Virginia Beach farming industry saw overall growth, some changes in past year; budget anticipates restored agricultural reserve program dollars

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Agriculture in Virginia Beach had an estimated $124.6 million economic impact in 2016, an increase of $3.8 million or 3.1 percent from the previous year, according to the local cooperative extension office. The estimate from… Continue Reading


In Pungo, a family farm’s tradition of raising, harvesting holiday turkeys

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Family and friends gathered on Monday, Nov. 21, at Flanagan Farms to help with the Thanksgiving harvest of turkeys raised at the Pungo farm. There is also a harvest shortly before Christmas. Dozens of people come to… Continue Reading


Extension program returns to Virginia Beach for second summer to help rural residents test water supplies

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — The Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering low-cost tests to determine the safety of well water for the second summer in Virginia Beach. Tests will look for levels of iron, fluoride, lead, nitrates, as well as… Continue Reading


Virginia Beach Farm Bureau resolutions approved, board members picked

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS BACK BAY – Virginia Beach Farm Bureau members last month elected six officers to two-year terms of service on the board. The vote came during a meeting Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Creeds Ruritan Community Center, said… Continue Reading


Agriculture: Timing, weather means different things to vital local crops

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Fall is harvest season for Virginia Beach grain farmers, and this summer’s unusual weather has resulted in mixed results for this year’s yields. Drought, followed by heavy rain, took its toll on the soybean crop. … Continue Reading


Soy summit: extension service hosts a look at plant progress in neutral soil

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE NORTH LANDING — Along North Landing Road, near a large test plot tended for the Virginia Cooperative Extension by Curtis Wolfarth, dozens of local growers joined agriculture officials, as well as seed company representatives, to see how soybeans had… Continue Reading