ABOUT THE FARMERS

Jenna Brownell

Blake Brown
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Blake's background is in 25 plus years of construction. After relocating to Rappahannock Virginia, he has been farming at Whippoorwill Farm for the past 8 years. A love for all things natural, he believes in being the best steward to the land that he can be. His primary focus is raising and caring for the cattle, hogs, poultry and orchards as well as managing the general maintenance of the farm property and its structures. His interest in growing and raising heathy foods promotes the farming pracitces and diversity that Whippoorwill Farm incorporates. The farms pastures are managed naturally using the animals on the farm and rotational grazing and not with sprays and synthentic fertilizers. 
Jenna grew up working alongside her father on her grandfather’s dairy farm in Bluemont. She loved rising before the sun, milking the cows and feeding the chickens and horses​​​​​​​ before school. During high school, Brownell was employed by a small, locally owned plant nursery where she learned to work in a greenhouse while continuing to help out on her grandfather’s and neighboring farms tending the fields with other farm hands, learning to operate farm equipment, stacking hay bales, and much more.
Jenna earned a degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Agroecology and a minor in Human Development and Nutrition. As part of her studies, Brownell traveled the southwest learning techniques of farming and growing food naturally.
Following graduation, she returned to Bluemont, securing a job growing herbs, fruits, vegetables and flowers for the 1,500-member Community Supported Agriculture program of Great Country Farms. Three years later, she began traveling to various farms to learn different Agroecological methods – goat farming in Alabama, grape and olive farming in Italy, native plant conservation in Montana, and native plant conservation and cultivation in Arizona.
For the past three years she was the Farmer in Residence at the world famous Inn at Little Washington growing ethically raised unique varietals of vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, edible blossoms and micro greens for the culinary team. In  2015 she was awarded by Zagat as one of the "30 Under 30" people in theWashington D.C. area for her influence on changing the culinary landscape and was the only farmer awarded! She also has been a guest judge on the popular TV series "Chopped Junior" in 2016.