"Dude, where's my herd?"
In 1916, at the age of 14, Martin Vazquez left his parents and 17 siblings in Cuba and came to the US. He quickly became a U.S. citizen, and served in the US Army during WWII. After the war, he married Sarah Lee Jamison and together they started Arlington Insulation. At the time, heating oil cost $.09 a gallon and there were no building codes, so convincing home builders to install insulation required salesmanship of the highest order. The Vazquez’s bought land with every dime they could save, and their biggest purchase was the 200+ acres of Whitehall Farm in 1960-61. They called Whitehall their home until their deaths. The Vazquez' daughter Nadine, her husband Jeff, and their son Jeremy hope to honor Martin and Lee by preserving Whitehall as open space within an increasingly crowded Fairfax County.
Jeff: In the mid-eighties, Jeff’s first exposure to farming was helping with the herd of Angus cattle that the Vazquez’s had for decades. In addition to managing the business, Jeff is in charge of rebuilding the infrastructure of the farm, keeping the machinery running, helping with the care of the animals, and occasionally helping with the crops.
Nadine: Farm Owner, Nadine grew up at Whitehall since 1960 when her family acquired it. Always surrounded by a herd of Angus cattle, dairy cows, goats, dogs, and horses, Nadine is an animal lover who wants to keep the farm property preserved for her family and community.
Joshua: Growing up, Joshua never considered farming as a career option. A graduate from Old Dominion University with a degree in economics, he pictured a life in the business world. In 2009, Joshua decided to take a job at Virginia Green Grocer, a certified organic farm in Warrenton, Virginia. Becoming farm manager in just over a year, he oversaw a 200 member CSA that included the first ever CSA at George Mason University. In 2012 the owner opted to sell the property and 3 years later Joshua landed here at Whitehall Farm. Joshua is an avid animal lover and his favorite part of farming is the daily interaction with the chickens, pigs, and cows.
Marisa: Marisa is graduate from George Mason University with a BFA in Dance. She found her love for farming when she decided to intern at Waverly Farms in Burkeville Virginia one summer during college. There she lived on 240 plus acres full of animals and gardens. Once returning back to Fairfax she worked for New Day Farms while finishing up her final year of college and was as a demo specialist for them. She would sample the microgreens they grew in a greenhouse in Bealton Virginia at various Whole Foods locations. She joined Whitehall Farm last fall and is so grateful to be apart of the team. Besides farming Marisa teaches group fitness classes at gyms, is working through 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, and dances in a professional dance company.
Abby: Abby is an avid animal lover who cares for our laying hens, (along with other various farm duties) by feeding them and giving them their daily love. She also gathers the eggs and prepares them for sale in our market. Abby is currently in high school and loves art or anything creative!
Anna: Anna is a Virginia Tech graduate who recently started working at Whitehall Farm as the store manager and with the CSA. Her farming experiences in Pennsylvania and upstate New York included working with animals, vegetables, flowers, and at farmers markets and food hubs. Her favorite farm jobs were cooking lunch for all the hungry farmers, making pickles, and teaching the CSA members how to cook the new vegetables each week. She came back to Virginia in hopes of strengthening her local food system through promoting small family farms and local products. Come by the farm store to meet Anna and ask her any questions about the farm and CSA.
Cynthia: Cynthia enjoys combining ancient and modern healing systems for health of body, mind and spirit, including Yoga, Energy medicine, Tai Chi and Qigong. She began practicing yoga in 1989 and began teaching in 2002. She holds a 500 hour teaching certificate from Sun and Moon Yoga Studio and 200 hour Certification for Tai Chi and Qigong form the IIQTC. (Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi)
For more info please visit: www.theartofqi.com
We also have a number of volunteers and part time team members.
Jeff Waters - Business Owner
Nadine Vazquez - Farm Owner
Located in Fairfax County near Clifton, VA, the 205+ acres of Whitehall Farms, LLC offers picturesque woodlands filled with local wildlife, forested streams, and rolling pasture.
To help address the growing demand among Northern Virginia’s population for local, sustainably produced food products, Whitehall Farms, LLC will seek to produce a variety of high-quality farm products including fruits, vegetables, grass-fed meat, eggs, honey, and firewood. Key components of the farm plan include:
• Selling these products at a farm store to be located on the farm,
• Conducting educational tours and other agritourism events to allow students and customers to enjoy the farm setting, learn how the food is produced, and why responsibly grown farm products are an important step towards improving the environmental and social impacts of our food choices.
• Hiring and supporting military veterans whenever possible.
• Other goals of the project include increasing access to products from other local agricultural operations, and testing various techniques for composting, silvopasture, crop-rotation, companion planting, etc.
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