Jason Drew, Cahas Mountain Charcoal

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Jason Drew, Cahas Mountain Charcoal employee, demonstrates wood block cutting by transporting blocks on a conveyor belt to a storage bin before placing prepared hardwood in the drying oven.


The Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District held its 2019 Annual Farm Tour featuring Franklin County on Aug. 26. Fifty-eight guests joined this year’s event.

The group traveled to Cahas Mountain Charcoal and Diesel Project, featuring Nuclear Physicist and Entrepreneur Charlie Bowman; Exchange Milling, hosted by owner Bruce Layman; Bull Run LLC, owned and operated by Nick Fox and family, which highlighted several practices that have been utilized in the successful management of this 600-acre property.

Brent Craig was presented with the 2019 Best Management Practice Forestry Award by area foresters Bill Sweeney and Dennis McCarthy. Scotties Fertilizer (Loafing Lot Best Management Practice), featuring special guest speaker Melanie Barrow, a Virginia Cooperative Extension agent, who spoke on the topic of urban conservation in relation to the Virginia Conservation Assistance Program.

Buddy’s BBQ served lunch at Lazy Acres Angus, and Steve Furrow and John Thurman shared their knowledge and experience with raising beef cattle. The final stop was at Homestead Creamery.

The 2020 Farm Tour will feature Henry County.

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