Nelson County has retained much of its historic character and physical integrity due to a long history and continuum of farming coupled with a cohesive and identifiable geography. Diversified farming remained the primary land use activity of the valley during the twentieth century. Local residents worked to enhance the sustainability of their farmland, and continued to diversify their offerings in farm products. Local enterprise has subsisted since few national chains have arrived to the area. People still visit local stores and support their business increasing local pride. There are two certified CSA farms and nine “Virginia Century Farms” which are farms owned by the same family for at least 100 consecutive years.
These remarkable agricultural assets in addition to a very successful Farmers’ Market at Nellysford and one in Lovingston’s enable future generations to engage in farming. Proximity to Charlottesville, as a reputed local and sustainable food hub, in addition to a national increasing demand for healthier food sources may grant Nelson County with clear possibilities in remain true to its agricultural heritage while receiving revenues, enhancing its community quality of life.