Foothills Forum

Conversation begins on the future of Rappahannock County

“We either choose to guide that change or we choose to get run over by it,” warned Rev. Jennings “Jenks” Hobson, among the residents appearing at Mountainside Physical Therapy to expand on this summer’s multipart Foothills Forum/Rappahannock News series on the Rappahannock economy — past, present, and future. […]

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Turning the Land

Some farmers see agritourism as financial salvation. Others see it as a buzzword. Part four of a four-part series of a Foothills Forum and Rappahannock News feature on the county’s economy: past, present and future. […]

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Nelson finds a niche

Nelson County has looks to tourism for revitalization and to boost revenues. In doing so it has emphasized the county’s attractions while seeking to preserve its natural beauty. Is it a way forward for Rappahannock? Part of a Foothills Forum/Rappahannock News series on the county’s economic past, present and future. […]

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Connecting Farmers to Local Markets

Farmers who want to stay focused on traditional agriculture have their own challenges when it comes to earning a living. One of the bigger ones is gaining direct access to local markets and consumers. That’s where their profit margins can be healthier than selling their products in the commodities market, where they have no control on price. […]

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The struggle to stay

Some call it the Rappahannock Hustle, and many younger residents do it as a means to work and stay in the county. Part of a Foothills Forum/Rappahannock News series on the county’s economic past, present and future. […]

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A Balancing Act

As Rappahannock ages and farmers struggle, where does business — particularly tourism — fit into the economic mix? Part three of a four-part series of a Foothills Forum and Rappahannock News feature on the county’s economy: past, present and future. […]

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An anomaly for his time

Like many residents of Rappahannock who’ve overcome social and economic upheaval, Engham’s success owes much to his ingenuity and inventiveness. That’s something Russell, an author and former resident who sought to document the stories of African-Americans in Rappahannock from the time of slavery. […]

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Taking Care of Business

Businesses of Rappahannock surveyed its 188 members in June and asked two questions: • What is the biggest challenge in sustaining your business? • Does the local business community need to play a bigger role in shaping Rappahannock’s future? […]

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Part one of a four-part series of a Foothills Forum and Rappahannock News feature on the county’s economy: past, present and future — it has a long history of dealing with changes brought by forces beyond the county line. […]

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A Fraught Future?

Farming in Rappahannock is going through a transition. What challenges does the community face in holding on to its agricultural core? Part two of a four-part series of a Foothills Forum and Rappahannock News feature on the county’s economy: past, present and future. […]

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Picturing America

Lange’s most recognized portrait is “Migrant Mother,” taken at a temporary camp in California. But Lange and other notable photographers came to capture Rappahannock County in the Depression for the Farm Security Administration. […]