Natural Farm

Hartland Natural Farm

The farm serves as a training ground for students and staff to learn and gain experience in growing food from orchards, gardens, and greenhouses. They learn seed selection, soil preparation, planting, weeding, fertilizing, watering, and harvesting.

Because agriculture provides beneficial exercise, lessons on faith and trust, virtues of diligence, and the spiritual lessons in nature, it is a key component of the college curriculum. Our goal is to teach students how to grow wholesome crops and become self-sufficient when the need arises.

Hartland’s diversified farm presently produces nutrient-rich produce which are free from harmful contaminants and genetically-modified organisms. Our bountiful harvests of superior-quality fruits and vegetables supply our kitchens, local markets, and high-end restaurants in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Last Updated Jul 15, 2011

Our Farm Gains Local Recognition

Mar 3, 2015

Hartland Natural Farm is awarded “Rookie of the Year” by Local Food Hub.
by Andrew Hendrickson

One of the things that struck me when I visited Hartland,” said Adrianna Vargo, Director of Grower Services, “was that the quality of the produce was just impeccable. Everything was grown very well, and a lot of care was put into it.”

Hartland Natural Farm was recently awarded the “Rookie of the Year” award from Local Food Hub, an aggregator and distributor of locally grown produce. “Hartland really stood out,” Adrianna continued, “as a farm that was able to start working with us very quickly, produce the quality that we needed, and make adjustments in the way that things were being harvested and packed so that they could meet our specifications. Those were things that were able to be done very quickly and easily.”

One of the things that particularly stood out on her visit was the friendliness of the students and staff. “What really makes the relationship special is that we know these are really good people we’re working with, and they really care about what they’re doing and about their partnership with us.”

Lisa Reeder, the Value Chain Coordinator of Local Food Hub shared her own experience with Hartland. “What we found is that in one year’s time you were able to deliver so many products we had been looking for, and they were properly grown and packaged in a way that was very easy to include in our wholesale distribution.”

Lisa was impressed by the school’s incorporation of agriculture into the curriculum and training of the students. “We can look at what we will do together for next year, and the following year, and the following year, knowing that there will be a program and food production there. The partnership is really worth investing in because we know that great things will come out of it.”

God has blessed our relationship with Local Food Hub. We pray that we may continue to be a blessing in our community.



Fall Festival!

Feb 19, 2014

“It was great to see the people’s emphasis on health,” says Joseph, who lives in Culpeper.
“I want to have something like the greenhouses here for myself, but I think I’ll come here once a week, or every couple weeks, to get my fresh green vegetables. I know they’ll be healthy for me.”

On November 3, 2013, Hartland Natural Farm welcomed people from the surrounding communities this time to our fall festival. The visitors received a farm tour, and the Health Outreach class gave free chair massages and blood pressure checks. They also checked body mass index and health age.
Delicious food samples were given to the guests. The college cafeteria served potato salad, and Karine Sanchez served her tasty kale tomato soup with lentil “meatballs.” Students preparing to venture to the Bahamas and India sold cookies and cupcakes to finance their mission trips.

Last but not least, the visitors were able to buy fresh homegrown produce—beets, collard greens, lettuce, potatoes, radishes, spinach, Swiss chard, and winter onions.

“I liked learning about the greenhouses and how they work. It was really interesting to see how asparagus grows and how it takes almost three years for it to get to fruition. I did like the massage, too,” says David, another Culpeper resident.

Mary, David’s wife, adds, “I enjoyed learning about how the vegetables are grown, cared for, harvested, and the impor- tance of their nutrient value. I learned that you can go grocery shopping out here for healthier food choices. And the massages and the taste testing were great.”

Joseph concludes, “It’s good to see people learning to use the land to raise their own food as God intended. The fact that they’re eating a vegetarian diet like Daniel did is good, as well. I hope a lot of these good health habits will rub off on me—that I’ll pick up on them myself.”