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Crew Spotlight: Alex Rickman

I wanted to give a shoutout in this post to Alex Rickman, crew member at Bellair for the last two years. Alex keeps the bees at Bellair with the help of beekeeper Paul Legrand. Practicing a relatively hands-off approach to beekeeping, they allow the bees to develop their own defenses […]


Crew Spotlight: Chelsea Barbour

  Chelsea Barbour’s energy is contagious. You can catch her at the Meade Park Market, where she is always working hard and usually laughing at the same time. She in in her second year farming at Bellair and we are very happy to have her. From tree ID to camping […]


Crew Spotlight: Lane Rylander

This post is dedicated to the one, the only, Lane Rylander. Lane is in her third season at Bellair and is a real farm powerhouse, working full time at Bellair while helping out another area farm, Free Union Grass Farm, with their duck and chicken slaughter days. She is an […]


Crew Spotlight: Livestock Manager Nat Ratchen 2

Today I want to give a shout-out to Bellair Livestock Manager Nat Ratchen. Nat is starting his third season with us, and we couldn’t be luckier. Nat’s life experience seems to exceed his young age. He began farming in 2013 as a WWOOFER (an organic farm volunteering program) and then […]


Eggstravaganza 4

We produce a lot of eggs at Bellair Farm. I thought I would dedicate an entire post to eggs! I’ll try to answer some frequently asked questions and try to give you some cooking inspiration. How fresh are Bellair Farm’s eggs? So fresh. Like, laid this week fresh. That means […]


A few words about Jamie Barrett 1

As we start in on our eighth farm season together, I wanted to give a little shout-out to someone special. He’s the man with the plan. He’s the honcho in a poncho, the master of disaster, the market maestro, the manager of mischief, the decisive factor on the tractor, the […]


International Neighbors Partnership 1

Bellair Farm is proud to announce an expanding partnership with International Neighbors! International Neighbors is an advocacy organization in Charlottesville that helps refugee families with everything from healthcare to housing to community connections and skills. We are excited to be a part of their mission. Last year, we were able […]


A Visit to Creambrook Farm

Hi everyone, Michelle here! I’m dying to tell you guys about my recent visit to Creambrook Farm. Farmers Kristen and Ben Beichler were kind enough to take time out of their day to talk to me, which is saying a lot, because since they are still milking, there is no […]


The Farm is Alive!

This week has been a welcome break in the weather for everyone on the farm, human and animal alike! Our chickens are laying more eggs, our pigs are more cheerful and less ravenously hungry, and the wildlife has been visible and abundant! One species that seems particularly transformed by this […]


Farm Wish List 3

Winter is a very dynamic time on the farm. We start this season off with an assessment of our farm operation and create from that conversation two lists, one of tasks to be completed and one of materials needed to complete them. Some items pop up on our “To Buy” […]