Wolf Creek Farm overlooks historic Wolftown in Madison County Virginia on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah National Park. The farm and town get their name from the wolves that used to roam freely across the mountains, preying on wild game and livestock. While the wolves have unfortunately been driven from this section of the Blue Ridge, our farm is home to abundant wildlife, including black bear, whitetail deer, turkey, raccoons, red fox, grouse, geese, ducks, and the occasional bobcat and coyote. The farm consists of 333 acres, with approximately one-third in woodlands and the rest in open pastures and protected riparian ways. We lease additional pastures from nearby landowners who appreciate the way in which we steward our land. This has enabled us to slowly expand our closed herd through keeping replacement heifers that are best suited to our environment.
We steward the land and our local community, attempting to leave them better than we found them. Our water rises from springs on the Blue Ridge section that protects our farm, and runs through fenced riparian easements to our cattle watering spots, ensuring it leaves Wolf Creek sparkling and clean. Our soils receive no chemical fertilizers and we use no pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides on our grasses. We live on the farm and raise our families here. Nearly every input that we cannot produce on the farm is bought from other like-minded local farmers. The Virginia Cooperative Extension of Virginia Tech uses our farm to teach conservation and soils management to the local 4-H Youth. In short, we sustain the community that in turn sustains us. This community consists of the soils, waters, air, and people that make-up Wolf Creek Farm. The people are those who live and work on the farm, those who supply us with required inputs, and those who give our endeavor purpose by consuming our natural products wisely and in good health.
The Commonwealth of Virginia’s, Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation District, serving the five Central Virginia counties of Culpeper, Rappahannock, Madison, Orange, and Greene, honored John & Mihye Whiteside of Wolf Creek Farm with the 2007 Conservationist of the Year Award. This award is “given to an individual or individuals who demonstrate outstanding leadership, hard work and investment in conserving soil and water in the Culpeper District.” Wolf Creek Farm was honored to receive this award, recognizing our stewardship of the land and animals we manage for our community.