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Purchased from the Queen of the Pamunkeys in the late 1600s, Pampatike bears the Native American place name for the land before it was settled by Europeans. Pampatike originally consisted of 1,000 acres of uplands and wetlands bounded by a broad sweep of the freshwater tidal Pamunkey River, in central King William County, Virginia. The original plantation house (circa 1776) burned down after the Civil War. The present-day farmhouse, a central-hall colonial, was built on the original foundation in 1880. Several nineteenth century and early twentieth century barns remain and are conserved for current use.

Today, Pampatike Organic Farm is a historically recognized farm consisting of 117 acres. The land (45 acres of pasture, 70 acres of mixed woodlands, 2-acre farmstead, and half-acre market garden) was converted to organic farmland for sustainable agriculture and wildlife preservation in 1987. A perpetual Conservation Easement covering the entire 117 acres was donated to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation in 1990. The farm was certified organic for 6 years and is currently "Certified Naturally Grown" (a non-profit, grass-roots certification alternative to the USDA government program).

A high tunnel greenhouse was constructed in 2013 for year-round vegetable production. The farmland acreage expanded to ~400 acres in 2014 with the rental of 24 acres of cropland and 253 acres of woodlands adjacent to and contiguous with the home farm. The cropland has been converted to organic pollinator and diverse forage cover.

Pampatike Organic Farm raises dairy goats, free-range chickens, geese and guinea fowl, honey bees, market vegetables, and organic hay. The animals graze lush grass pastures year-round, surrounded by thousands of acres of open space in woodlands and cropland. Other farm friends include a few barn cats, 4 trusted Great Pyrenees (Beth Ann, Clair, Grace, and Molly) who protect the livestock and poultry from predators. My beloved Rottweiller, Nyssa, who protected the farmstead for 10.5 years passed away in 2014 and now oversees the herb garden from 6 feet under.

We hope you find this site interesting and will visit often to find out what's happening on the farm. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome!



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