Trees at Snead Farm in Virginia. Photo courtesy Snead Farm
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. Under this agreement, Snead Farm will continue to maintain its current use as a working farm while forever protecting this acreage from development detrimental to the health of the nearby Rappahannock River and Fort A.P. Hill.
“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,” owners Emmett and Ellen Snead said. Located along scenic U.S. Highway 17, Snead’s Farm and roadside stand supports 20 local jobs and offers a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Visitors are encouraged to walk around and explore every-day happenings on the farm from the sunflower field to the chicken coop to the pumpkin patch. In the winter, customers go to Snead’s to cut-their-own Christmas trees.
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.”