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thought for the day:

organic = sustainable

what customers are saying:

I left Countryside for cheaper, "All-Natural" feed. When my customers started COMPLAINING about the taste of my eggs I came back to Countryside!

— Better Feed Makes Better Eggs, Better Eggs Make Happier Customers

Central Virginia Meet Yer Eats Tour – Monday, Sept 1

Market Central’s 6th Annual Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour is on Labor Day, Sept. 1 from 10 to 4. The tour is about getting to know your farmer, and getting to know your food.

Over 1, 000 people are expected to hit the backroads surrounding Charlottesville for a local food enthusiast’s ultimate food field trip: the Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour.  In its 6th year, the tour highlights producers from the Charlottesville City Market, and 12 farms will open their fields, barns, and greenhouses to visitors this year.  By presenting the tour annually, Market Central aims to strengthen the relationships between producers and consumers, and encourages support of local farmers as key to economic, physical, and environmental vibrancy in our area. The Charlottesville area has emerged as a prominent force in the local foods scene owing at least in part to growers’ willingness to be transparent in their operations.

A $15 car pass admits everyone in your car on tour day to all of the participating farms, and most visitors will see 3 or 4 farms on tour day.  Each farm has a special program, lecture and/or demonstration scheduled between 10 and 4.  

2014 Participating Farms

BellAir Farm CSA
Babes in the Woods
Brightwood Vineyard & Farm
Caromont Farm w/The Rock Barn
Cygnet Hollow Farm
Grubby Girl @Meeting House Farm
Everona Dairy
Forrest Green Farm
Little Hat Creek
Sharondale Farm
Radical Roots
Vintage Virginia Apples

If you’re not doing anything for Labor Day, get in your and visit a farm!  It’s one of the best ways to honor those who work so hard for us.  For more information about programming and to purchase a car pass online, please visit our website at marketcentralonline.org

Seeking Military Veteran-Farmer

Land Opportunity

Seeking a Veteran-Farmer to establish farm business on 41 acres in a supportive farming community in central Virginia, minutes west of Charlottesville. Applicant shall have recent military experience with an honorable discharge,
be drug-free and have a comfort level with small-scale farming.

Owner will consider options for farm production from vegetables to small-scale livestock, farmed organically or as close to natural as possible. Ideas
for alternate enterprises are also welcome: native plant production, beekeeping, medicinal and culinary herbs, mushroom cultivation and/or farmed flowers.

Owner will provide free use of the land or minimum-fee lease arrangement.
This is not a farm management offer, rather an opportunity for a young farmer/farm couple to build a business on this land and be willing to settle in the Charlottesville area. Owner is seeking a recent military veteran, but will consider serious offer from other, non-veterans, who may be willing to provide agricultural training for veteran interns at some future date.

Only individuals with experience in farm business and/or farm management will
be considered. Candidates should be willing to start-up a farm business, provide
a business plan and source labor for creating farm on the land that shall be leased. Must be enthusiastic and demonstrate willingness to work hard. Farmer shall provide own housing, machinery, farm tools, and animals. Owner is open to negotiations on building construction as needed for barn, packing and storage shed, high tunnels and washing station.

An initial two-year lease will be offered with an option to renew for long-term lease agreement. The fine points of lease agreement shall be negotiated between select candidate and owner, including option to live on the land.

Please send cover letter, resume and 2 references (name, phone, and email) to: Laura Farrell, templehill1790@gmail.com.
Inquiries received until September 15, 2014

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Countryside Organics Reseller Lotus Farm and Garden

Check out Lotus Farm and Garden in Asheville, NC. A Countryside Organics reseller, Lotus Farm and Garden is moving full speed ahead with foddering systems. Check them out at:

Lotus Farm and Garden
455 Ste-8 N. Louisiana Ave
Asheville, NC 28806

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Story of Atrazine Whistleblower Tyrone Hayes

Worthy read:


Listen in with Kevin and Bill on 106.1 The Corner’s Backyard Revolution

9:00 a.m., Friday, August 15. Adrienne, Brad, Kevin and Bill on issues of organics, the true value of conventionally produced non-GMO feeds and some fun.


Countryside Organics Welcomes A. S. Labieniec as Newest Reseller

Countryside Organics is pleased to announce our newest reseller, A.S. LABIENIEC, of BERLIN, CONNECTICUT.

Give A.S. LABIENIEC a call at 860-828-3633.

Check out all of our quality feed resellers, here.
Check out a list of producers using quality Countryside Organics products, here.

To be included in either directory email info@countrysideorganics.com

Countryside Organics Mission

Countryside Organics manufactures certified organic, non-GMO, soy-free feeds and markets treatments and accessories for organic farming and gardening. We are a socially responsible enterprise and are proof-positive that an environmentally-friendly, organic, responsible approach to farming is viable, profitable, necessary and sustainable.

We are dedicated to being:

  • Organic.
  • Financially sustainable.
  • Responsive to environmental concerns.
  • Socially responsible.
  • Dedicated to earth’s sustainability.

Thanks for choosing organics!

Herbal Ley

A symphony of legumes, forbs and herbs:

Sainfoin, Yellow Clover, VNS Alfalfa, Multileaf Alfalfa, Austrian Winter Peas, Ground Hog Radish, Small Burnet, Bonar Forage Rape, Dwarf Essex Rape, Forage Chicory, Tonic Plantain, Medium Red Clover, Buckwheat, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Kura Clover

Broadcast spread at rate of #5 – #7 per acre. Optionally add grass seed mix and/or fertilizer to increase broadcast efficiency.

Happy Independence Day!

All of us here at Countryside Organics wish you a safe and happy Independence Day holiday and weekend.

We will be closed for business Friday, July 4th, in observation of the holiday but will return to business Monday, July 7 at 8:30 a.m.

Thank you for being customers and thank you for supporting sustainable, ecologically safe food and farming by buying organics.

Have fun!

The Difference Between Non-GMO and Organic

It’s the difference between “Conventionally Grown,”  and Organic. Non-GMO is NOT a less expensive alternative to organic, as food retailers would have you believe. It has more in common with GMO than Organic. Non-GMO is GMO without the “rogue proteins.” Non-GMO is conventionally farmed and has as much potential to do damage to soils as GMO.