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The Valley Today: Conversations You Might Have Missed

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If you missed any of the conversations this past week on The Valley Today, you can still have a listen to the podcast(s) here: thevalleytodaypodcast.com

On Monday’s episode, Janet talked with Tyler Hinkle, Shenandoah County’s Planner as part of an ongoing series following the work on Shenandoah 2045 – Shenandoah County’s comprehensive planning process. Joining the pair to talk about the collaboration that happens between the localities was Erick Moore, Director of Planning & Development for the town of Mount Jackson and his counterpart in Woodstock: Jill Jefferson, Urban Designer & Neighborhood Planner. Each explained their comprehensive plan development/updating process and talked about past plans. Click here to listen.

On Tuesday’s episode, Janet & co-host Justin Kerns traveled to Geraghty’s Micro Farm & Market for their conversation with Dayna Geraghty, co-owner & first-generation farmer. Dayna explained the concept of homesteading and how their farm started off as a way to simply feed their family in a healthier, more sustainable way. Their plan was to educate others by sharing their day-to-day successes and struggles in the hope that they could inspire others to grow their own food. Three years ago, it became their family business. She told us how they came up with the term “micro farm” because their property was substantially smaller than most of the traditional farms in our community. Because they sit on only eight acres, their need to raise livestock that is more manageable and easier on the land was vital and they needed to maximize each and every square foot. On their micro farm you’ll find several different breeds of bantam chickens, furry pigs known as KuneKune (pronounced cooney cooney) and a small herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats. Click here to listen.

On Wednesday’s episode of The Valley Business Today, Janet talked with Christine Kriz, Director of the Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center about their business counseling services and a new program they’re offering through a partnership with the Loudoun County Small Business Development Center. Christine gave details for their newest program – a food and beverage accelerator cohort that is being offered to all businesses in the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Warren, Shenandoah, and Loudoun, plus the City of Winchester and Leesburg. She explained that this program is for businesses that have a food item or non-alcoholic beverage that they sell and are trying to increase their distribution. Click here to have a listen.

On Thursday’s episode, Janet traveled to the Active Living Center in the War Memorial Building at Jim Barnett Park to chat with Winchester City Parks Director, Chris Konyar and Maggie McCampell Lien their Public Information Officer. The pair explained their current undertaking: surveying city residents to get feedback about the parks in their neighborhoods. There are nearly 16 neighborhood parks scattered throughout the City of Winchester with the ultimate goal of having a park within 10 walking minutes of every neighborhood. Chris talked about the importance of these local parks and why getting feedback will be vital to maintain and grow them to fit the neighborhoods they serve. You can visit their website to take the survey online: https://www.winchesterva.gov/parks or attend one of the feedback sessions they’ll be hosting throughout the summer. Click here to have a listen.

On Friday’s episode, Janet officially kicked off the returning summer series: Farmer’s Market Fridays. Each month (maybe more!) she’ll highlight a local farmer’s market, fruit stand, or farmer on the show.  Today she featured her favorite farmer’s market in the area during a conversation with Karie Griffin, Market Manager for Clarke County Farmer’s Market. Karie gave the details for their 27th season of Clarke County Farmer’s Market. The market will open at 8am on Saturday, May 7 and then run every Saturday from 8am – 12pm through October. The opening day festivities will feature over 30 vendors, live music, a kid’s craft table, and a petting zoo. Click here to have a listen.

The Valley Today airs weekdays on The River 95.3 and Sports Radio 1450 just a few minutes after noon. You can listen on the radio, on Alexa, or on the station website. If you prefer podcasts, you can subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts (or wherever you listen to podcasts) and have it delivered to your phone every day for FREE! You can listen to current and past episodes here: thevalleytodaypodcast.com

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