A Civil Discussion about GMOs?

“Nature has many unknowns,” said the well-combed man in the black glasses and the avocado/boysenberry tie, “but one certainty is that tomatoes and fish do not have sex with each other.” He paused to let me digest that statement. Then he said, “They never have.” If that doesn’t make you swallow your caramel corn and…

Meet Corn Earworm

We thought you might like to get acquainted with the creature that helped itself to some of your peaches-and-cream sweet corn this summer: corn earworm. According to the Cooperative Extension at North Carolina State University, corn earworm is pervasive in the Western Hemishpere. It feeds on more than 100 different species, but its favorite food…

Are We Round-up Ready?

The other day my sister-in-law, who’s a nuclear physicist, overheard me talking to her daughter about the corn we grow at Great Country Farms. “Most of the corn in America comes from seeds that have been genetically engineered to produce a protein known as Bt, which kills the worms that like to eat sweet corn,”…

Solar Farming at Great Country Farms

Imagine this: your Tesla’s running low on power so before crossing the mountain you stop in Bluemont to top off your battery at the only public charging station between Leesburg and Winchester, which is attached to a building that began its life as a school for the children of Loudoun County’s recently-freed slaves, and which…

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Monarch Waystation

Of all the things to protect, why butterflies? For their good looks? For their symbolic value as things that undergo dramatic change inside cocoons? Yes. And because they’re good pollinators. But the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy suggests that monarchs are also canaries in the contemporary coal mine, meaning that their death should signal us that we’re in danger ourselves.…