Helping ‘grow the future’

At Sperryville’s Belle Meade Farm and School, parents and students will again host “Growing our Future,” the non-profit school’s upcoming festivities/fundraiser, on the opening day of the Rappahannock County Farm Tour this Saturday (Sept. 29).

Posing with some of Belle Meade Farm’s products are some students and staff (from left, front row) Celeste Breeden Blankenship, Elliott Eaton, Kavan Rohrbaugh and David Gerrish and (back row) Tanya Paull, Dontez Harris, Leif Kvarnes and Remi Godlewski. Courtesy photo.
Posing with some of Belle Meade Farm’s products are some students and staff (from left, front row) Celeste Breeden Blankenship, Elliott Eaton, Kavan Rohrbaugh and David Gerrish and (back row) Tanya Paull, Dontez Harris, Leif Kvarnes and Remi Godlewski. Courtesy photo.

Experience the 138-acre farm’s diverse nature and tour the historic 1914 schoolhouse with activities that include hay wagon tours, a bee-keeping demonstration, pony rides, farm-raised foods for lunch (and to go), a Celebrity Chef Cook-Off, silent auction and a raffle whose prizes include a Cape Cod beach vacation, dinner for two at the Inn at Little Washington and a two-night stay a Belle Meade’s B&B (with dinner at the Thornton River Grille).

Raffle tickets are $20 (or six for $100); call 540-987-8970 or visit bellemeadeschool.org (and click on Farm Tour) to purchase them in advance. Saturday’s silent auction offers rewards similar to the raffle’s prizes, plus a dinner for four by chef Sylvie Rowand of Laughing Duck Gardens at her farm home near Washington, a hot-air balloon ride, Red Truck Bakery gift certificates and a lunch for two at Culpeper’s It’s About Thyme.

Activities run from 11 to 4 Saturday at Belle Meade: lunch from 11:30 to 3, pony rides from noon to 2, hayride tours at 11 and 1, beekeeping demonstrations at noon and 2 and the cook-off at 3.

Belle Meade Farm specializes in organic vegetables and pastured livestock, including cows, pigs, chickens, laying hens and turkeys, all raised without hormones or antibiotics. Belle Meade School’s education program cultivates “Renaissance” young men and women who all play musical instruments, study art, Latin, Spanish, math and science and creative and analytical writing – while experiencing the interconnectedness of life through their work in the garden and with the farm animals.

For more information, visit bellmeade.net, email info@bellemeade.net or call 540-987-9748.

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