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Artisan furniture manufacturer expands production, opens storefront in historic heart of Floyd

Phoenix Hardwoods, Inc., an artisan manufacturer of high-quality furniture and home goods made exclusively from Virginia-grown hardwoods, will expand its production facility in the county and open a new retail storefront in the historic Farmer Supply store in the heart of downtown Floyd, according to a news release from the office of outgoing Va. Gov. Ralph Northam.

Buying local firewood recommended to prevent spread of devastating pests

When it comes to buying firewood, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has two pieces of advice. #1: Buy local firewood to keep from spreading invasive pests that may be hiding under the bark. And #2: Grab a tape measure, a yardstick or even a ruler to be sure the delivery you paid for is accurate.

STORMY WEATHER: Unfair to Prince William County Fair

The Prince William County Fair in Manassas will remain closed Tuesday, Aug. 12 due to the very wet weather and plans to reopen on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 5 p.m.

Governor proclaims Farmers Market Week Aug. 3-9 in Virginia

It’s the best time to enjoy the bounty of the summer season. At farmers’ markets across the Commonwealth, families will find Virginia Grown tomatoes, corn, squash, peaches, melons, berries, flowers and more harvested at the peak of flavor, freshness and nutrition. To celebrate, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe proclaims August 3-9, 2014 as “Virginia Farmers’ Market Week.”

Virginia strawberries will likely be bigger and sweeter in 2014

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services anticipates the peak of this year’s Virginia strawberry season to arrive in early May for southeastern Virginia, where temperatures are milder; and mid- to late-May in other parts of the Commonwealth, where the weather is cooler, a news release said.

Emphasis on where food comes from during Va. Agriculture in Classroom Week

Prince William Farm Bureau has purchased 100 books about agriculture and has distributed one to each elementary school in Prince William County for reading during Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom Week March 23-29.

Things you can learn about agriculture in a first grade classroom

EDITOR'S NOTE: March 23-29 is Ag Literacy Week. Here and across Virginia many people involved in agriculture will read to school children to help them understand where their food comes from. Sandra J. Adams, Acting Commissioner, Va. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), tells some of the things she learned from students last year in this abbreviated column.

Rural Crescent community forum to be held March 6 in Manassas

On March 6, a panel of local experts will discuss the future of the Rural Crescent at a community forum sponsored by the Prince William Conservation Alliance. Each speaker will make a brief presentation, followed by Q&A with the audience.

Help Prince William school cafeterias decide what’s for lunch on March 6

Here’s a chance for parents, students and staff to weigh in on new entrées, side dishes and other food products that could be offered for breakfast and lunch during the 2014-15 school year in Prince William County school cafeterias.

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