Sustainable Grazing Project - American Farmland Trust

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Sustainable Grazing Project

Regional based holistic beef production project in the Rappahannock region of Virginia

Project Overview

Launched in 2019, American Farmland Trust’s Sustainable Grazing Project is focused on promoting the adoption of regenerative farming practices that enhance soil health, sequester carbon, and increase productivity on farms and operations. Currently, this project is based in the Rappahannock Region in Virginia. Additional project priorities include:

  • Promoting improved cattle production practices for increased efficiency, profitability
    and animal welfare
  • Supporting land access and protection
  • Increasing food systems infrastructure
  • Supporting agricultural product marketing and market access
  • Assisting with economic development, land use planning and policy development
  • Incorporating support for business planning and record keeping in outreach efforts to
    capture the economics of sustainable grazing systems

Pilot Project Participants

Currently, there are eight producers across the Rappahannock Region participating in the project. Including:

  • 3 producers in Madison County
  • 2 producers in Rappahannock County
  • 2 producers in Culpeper County
  • 1 producer in Fauquier County

Project Partners


For more information about the project, please contact Jacob Gilley, AFT’s Sustainable Grazing Project Coordinator, at (540) 219-5015 or