AGRI-PRODUCTION IN GRAYSON COUNTY
The Focus of Our Efforts
Information for crops, livestock and a variety of agricultural products
Small farms in Grayson County include a wide diversity of crops and cropping systems. The following includes information on many traditional crops, as well as high-value crops especially suited for small farm production and direct marketing.
Agroforestry integrates the production of agricultural products and forestry so as to optimize sustainable land-use. Here you will find information and resources relevant to Grayson forest landowners interested in making the most of their forest lands by combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock.
SOILS & PEST MANAGEMENT
Webb Soil Survey (WSS) provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey:
Your local Extension Agent can give you guidance on soils and conducting soil tests.
Virginia Cooperative Extension's Educational Resources on pest management, pesticide application, soil sampling and more.
New River Soil & Water Conservation District provides programs and services that focus on water quality improvement and environmental stewardship practices.
Over the past decade in Grayson, agritourism has become an important niche in the economy. Farmers searching for ways to diversify their portfolios have added tourism to the mix as a way to bring in new business and new exposure to the industry. Agritourism now has several trends going for it: Farm Weddings, Harvest Festivals, Farm school trips and much more. The growth of the experience, the economy and the popularity of farm-to-table foods leads to a renewed interest in where food comes from.
Refresh your spirit along mountain streams and the highest peaks in Virginia on the winding roads of Grayson County. The New River connects the valley from Independence to Galax and provides a muse for the artisans who draw inspiration from their natural surroundings. Many musical instruments on which the traditional ballads are played are crafted from Appalachian spruce; much of the wood that turners source is from local forests going from “stump to bowl.” Nature’s bounty provides flowers for lamp shades, clay for pots, natural dyes for alpaca fiber and inspiration for jewelers and painters. Visit a stained glass studio or adorn yourself with creations from master jewelers and fiber artisans who use native and natural elements.
The artisans invite you to visit their home studios to share their incredible talents.