Spring Gate Farm is a 220-acre Rapidan River Valley menagerie located in Greene County, VA near Barboursville. “It was a true fix-‘er-up farm when I bought it,” says farmer-owner Jane Hammond, “and I wanted to restore its former glory by raising fruit, vegetables and livestock.” Today, the landscape supports cashmere goats (more than 80!), pigs, chickens, beef cattle, and about 10 acres of diversified vegetable and fruit production.
In late winter, Jane sows tomato, watermelon, and cantaloupe seeds in the greenhouse for transplanting outdoors in early spring. Come early summer, she is harvesting these fruits along with other seasonal vegetables, plus meats, eggs, fiber and horse-grade hay. In addition to growing delicious vegetables, Jane is a renowned cashmere producer. Her fibers create warm and stylish hats, pillows, collars, and other clothing.
Jane sells her products directly at the Madison and Forest Lakes farmers markets and works with Local Food Hub to access larger and more distant customers. But keeping quality food in the neighborhood is also important to Spring Gate Farm — Jane is a happy supplier of healthy, fresh vegetables to friends and neighbors who regularly stop by the farm to shop.
Jane also sits on the Local Food Hub Board of Directors.