Picking the perfect pumpkin. Photo by Jupiter Images.
At A Glance
- Located ten miles southeast of Fredericksburg, VA on Rt. 17
- The Farm currently supports 20 local jobs
- Hayrides and a maze are offered during the fall festival
“Generations from now when there are 14 billion people in the world, we believe the highest and best use for this property will be for farming.”
—Emmett and Ellen Snead, owners
In 2011, we helped with a land preservation agreement that permanently protects the 290-acres of Emmett Snead III’s pick-your-own style farm in eastern Virginia near Fredericksburg. Under this agreement, Snead Farm will continue to maintain its use as a working farm—currently supporting 20 local jobs—while forever protecting this acreage from development detrimental to the health of the nearby Rappahannock River and Fort A.P. Hill.
Located along scenic U.S. Highway 17, Snead’s Farm has been helping the community eat locally for 33 years. Through Snead’s roadside stand and community supported agriculture (CSA) program, fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables go right from the farm to the table. Visitors are encouraged to walk around and explore every-day happenings on a real working farm and learn where their food comes from. And the fall festival, pumpkin patch, cut-your-own Christmas trees and zip line are popular pastimes, too.
Fort A.P. Hill Garrison Commander Lt. Col. John W. Haefner said: “Protecting America’s investment in military readiness by ensuring we can train as we must fight is at the heart of our ACUB effort. We are grateful for neighboring landowners who support our combat training mission and are willing to work with us and our conservation partners to sustain that readiness as well as preserve family farms and open space.”