Sustainable Farming and Land Conservation
August 22, 2019
Did you know there’s a sustainable farm in our back yard which can never be subdivided? Join the Northern Neck Land Conservancy (NNLC) on Thursday, August 22, at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club for dinner at 6PM to hear Cathy Calhoun who, with her husband Paul Grosklags, owns Ditchley Cider Works on Balls Neck, as they describe the journey which led these former naval officers to establish their unique business and protect the property. Two thousand special cider apple trees produce three distinct ciders, kegged and bottled on the property. The Belted Galloway cows, heirloom pigs, Indian Runner Ducks, Toulouse geese and heritage turkeys happily eat the apple waste and fertilize the property. Cathy and Paul bought Ditchley’s 162 waterfront acres in 2014, and immediately worked with the Northern Neck Land Conservancy to put the land and its 1752 manor house under conservation easement. Federal and state funding tied to conservation easements provided funding for the farm’s startup costs.
Dinner choices are filet mignon or salmon. Cost is $34 including tax and tip. A cash bar will be available. Reservations close August 15. Send a check (made out to NNLC) for your dinner payment along with your entrée preference to NNLC PO Box 125 Lancaster, VA 22503.
Boots & BBQ 2019
Saturday September 28
This year we honor our easement holders
Tickets are $50
Music by The Gurleys
Fabulous food by Angelo’s and Ditchley Farm & Cider Works
Attractions include a drone demonstration, ground floor house tours, exhibitors, a special NNLC license plate display, farm animals, local nonprofit exhibitors and more!
Ditchley’s Unique Journey to Conservation
Preserve the Land You Love
The Northern Neck Land Conservancy is a small non-profit land trust on the Northern Neck of Virginia, a peninsula located between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers and bordering the Chesapeake Bay. Water surrounds our area and in order to keep it bountiful and safe for fishing, crabbing, swimming and drinking, we need a clean environment with protected stream banks, expansive woodlands, attentive farming and citizens who choose to safeguard the environment from pollutants. We help landowners who want to voluntarily protect their lands with permanent conservation easements to ensure that their property sustains the rural character of the Northern Neck and maintains a healthy environment for future generations.
Purchase A Northern Neck License Plate!
Show your Northern Neck pride and support the NNLC by choosing the Northern Neck specialty plate.