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Cultivate Volume 4, Number 4 November/December 2011 Cultivate (USPS 025051) (ISSN 1946-8121) is published four times a year, February, April, July, November/December (combined issue). It is published by Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, 12580 West Creek Parkway, Richmond, VA 23238. Periodicals postage rate is paid in Richmond, VA. The annual subscription rate is $1.48 (included in membership dues).


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8 Holiday favorites, from Virginia farms to your family

20 Your Membership Advantage

Read about Virginia farms that help ensure there’s a turkey on the table, a tree in the front window or a lucky pork meal on New Year’s Day.

6 Eminent domain: Farm Bureau pursuing constitutional amendment Government has the ability to take private property for public use. Farm Bureau has been working to ensure that those takings are fair to landowners.

16 Make your own Colonial Williamsburg-style holiday decorations Add some Virginia charm to your holiday decorations with tips from the Colonial Williamsburg landscape and floral design staff.


Greg Hicks Vice President, Communications Pam Wiley Managing Editor Kathy Dixon Sr. Staff Writer/Photographer

22 In the Garden

Sara K. Owens Staff Writer/Photographer

24 Good for You!

Bill Altice Graphic Designer

26 Taste of Virginia

Cathy Vanderhoff Advertising

Maria La Lima Graphic Designer

28 Diggin’ It! VISIT US ONLINE

Publication schedule Associate members will receive their next issue of Cultivate in February. The magazine is published quarterly.


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Evergreen boughs, pomegranates and sweet gum seed balls are among natural materials used in Colonial Williamsburg’s distinctive holiday decorations (Photo courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg).

If your address or phone number has changed, or is about to change, contact your county Farm Bureau. They will update your membership and subscription information.

November 2011 Cultivate  

Introduced in July 2008, Cultivate is published quarterly with a focus on safe, fresh and locally grown foods and the Virginia farms that pr...