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The Local Food and Gardening Directory is a collective effort by Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Franklin County Master Gardener Association, all of our wonderful sponsors and agriculture businesses, Candace Monaghan, our graphic designer, and Tony Quist, our web designer.

The Directory is designed to link local food producers and gardening suppliers to consumers in our area. The Directory contains 12 pages featuring 60+ local agriculture businesses in the Franklin County area. We have also added information about canning in Franklin County.

The Directory is provided as a community service by the Franklin County Master Gardeners.  The committee consists of Master Gardener volunteers: Lynda Young, Chairperson; Pat Fader; Sarah Fitton; Martha Flora; Connie Phillip; Marge Rojewski; Dale Strickler; Mary Thurmond; Bonnie Turner; Cindy Wood and Virginia Cooperative Extension – Franklin County: Chris Brown – Franklin County Agriculture & Natural Resorces Extension Agent; Marilyn Clements – Unit Administrative Assistant.  A large group of Master Gardeners helped with the distribution of over 5500 printed copies.

For additional information about the Franklin County Master Gardener Association, please visit us on  Facebook: Franklin County Virginia Master Gardeners or our website https://fcvmga.squarespace.com/ .

Further information:

In 1862 Congress passed the Morrill Act, which provided for a university in every state that would educate citizens in agricultural practices. These colleges are known as “land grant universities.”

In Virginia, these universities are Virginia Tech and Virginia State. The Smith Lever Act of 1914 established Cooperative Extension to serve as a link between land grant universities and the community. The Master Gardener program, established in 1972, was created by Cooperative Extension to meet an enormous increase in requests from home gardeners for unbiased, researched-based horticultural information. The Franklin County Master Gardener Association was formed in 1992. Requirements to become a Master Gardener include a minimum of fifty hours of instruction and an equal number of hours in approved volunteer projects.

Planning Team & Sponsors


Farm Bureau 2015

Sponsor Logo: Farm Credity Country MortgagesSponsor Logo: Franklin County Master Gardeners


Planning Team Logo: Candace Monaghan DesignPlanning Team Logo: Virginia Cooperative Extension


Planning Team Logo: Tola Studios | Tony QuistPlanning Team Logo: Chocklett Press


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Other Sponsors
With a sincere thank you to our sponsors!
  • Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital
  • County of Franklin
  • Farm Credit & Country Mortgages
  • Franklin County Farm Bureau
  • Franklin County Master Gardeners Association
  • United Way of Franklin County – Franklin County Giving Garden
  • Virginia Grown – Virginia Department of Agriculture
  • Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Capps Home Building Center
  • Johnson’s Orchards and Winery
  • J-S Livestock
  • Moneta Farm & Home Center
  • Peaks of Otter Winery & Orchards
  • Beckner’s Produce
  • Blackwater Nursery & Landscaping
  • Briar Mountain Farm
  • Brooks Mill Winery
  • Dale and Daniel Angle
  • Dansby’s Asparagus, Blueberry, and Raspberry Farm
  • Foothills Produce Auction
  • Graham Bass Fish Farm, LLC
  • Hickory Hills Vineyards
  • J and P Meat Processing, LLC
  • Lakescapes Nursery Ltd.
  • Parkway View Fruit Farm
  • Rocky Mount Lifestyle – Health Center & Natural Food
  • Snow Creek Nursery
  • The Elliana Rose
  • The Growing Place
  • The Nourished Principles
  • VitaZen
  • Wait in Hope Acres and John Peters Farm
  • Walter’s Greenhouse
  • West Piedmont Planning District
  • Wild Hare Farm
  • Windy Gap Apiary