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Conserving a Quiet Corner of Highland County

Nestled in the northern end of the Blue Grass Valley of Highland County with the headwaters of the Potomac River running through the middle lies a quiet farm owned by SKE and Debora Ellington. It was purchased by the Ellingtons in 1982, becoming only the second owners of the 268 acres, but it dates back to an original land […]

Annual Report Released for 2019

We are so excited to share our 2019 Annual Report where you can find what your Conservation Partners have been up to!

2019 Annual Report

Earth Day Turns 50!

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans across the country protested against the deterioration of the environment. What started as a movement across universities spread like wildfire throughout communities and ended in involvement of school children and adults, joining the students of higher education across college campuses. Known as Earth Day, this movement brought together people from all walks of life with the shared concerns of pollution, loss of wildlife, and the rapid […]

By |April 16th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Recap of the First 2020 Meeting of the Upper and Middle James Riparian Consortium

Monday, April 9th marked the first Upper and Middle James Riparian Consortium meeting of 2020. Professionals from land, water, plant, and wildlife communities joined together in Scottsville, VA to discuss current Consortium projects, highlights, and goals.

The morning started with Action Team highlights, where our Director of Conservation Programs, Kelli Iddings, shared her progress on the work […]

Land and Water Professionals Come Together to Meet Virginia Conservation Goals

Upper and Middle James Riparian Consortium

Kelli Iddings, Conservation Partners’ Director of Conservation Programs, has partnered with the Upper and Middle James Riparian Consortium to meet the goals of Virginia’s Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), which aims to reduce pollution and restore clean water to the Chesapeake Bay and it’s tributaries. Among the many strategies of the WIP, the plan calls for […]

By |February 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Protecting a Family Farm for Generations to Come

The Perrow Homestead in Bedford County

When asked about the age of the old farmhouse, Bunk Perrow laughed and said, “This house is one of the only things on the farm that’s been here longer than I have.”

The main house that is estimated to be built […]
By |February 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Taylor Cole Wins 2019 Clean Water Farm Award

Conservation Partners’ President, Taylor Cole, and his wife, Lois received two 2019 Clean Water Farm Awards for their efforts in watershed protection on their working farm in Deerfield. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation recognizes farmers “whose farm exemplifies the use of practices that […]

By |January 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|

A Decade in Review

It is difficult to believe that we are already in full swing into 2020! We have so much already in the works for what we are expecting to be a great year! As we approach our 20th anniversary of Conservation Partners, we wanted to reflect on the last decade. Conservation Partners has worked tirelessly to continue the founding belief that land conservation benefits all, whether you are a farmer or just someone who […]

By |January 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Conservation Partners’ Farm Day Festival 2019

Conservation Partners was proud to host our first Farm Day Festival on August 25th at the Project GROWS farm in Verona. The festival was a free event open to the public of the surrounding communities of the Shenandoah Valley and promoted the important work and mission of Project GROWS and Conservation Partners. You can find out more about Project GROWS and their significant impact in the Valley here.