Blog Post By Jona Elwell

Preserving the Rich Agricultural and Cultural Legacy of the Casey Tree Farm

While this planting season is unusual for a lot of reasons, one thing that is constant? The majority of the 2,400 new trees planted in DC this fall are from the Casey Tree Farm in Berryville, VA! 

The Casey Tree Farm was originally part of a 5-million-acre tract of land owned by Lord Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord of Fairfax of Cameron. Over time, the estate was subdivided and sold. The farm was donated to Casey Trees in 2008, to help us further our mission to restore, enhance and protect the tree canopy of our nation’s capital!

The Casey Tree Farm occupies 730 acres of land along the Shenandoah River in Berryville, VA. We have dedicated 100 acres of that land to sustainable tree production using techniques that prioritize long term soil health and productivity, while safeguarding the overall environment. Today, the rich agricultural and cultural legacy of the farm lives on through Casey Tree Farm’s tree nursery and our preservation and adaptive reuse of the historic structures located on-site. 

Speaking of cultural legacy, did you know many of the fields growing trees at the Farm are situated along the banks of the Shenandoah River? With that, and other factors, in mind, we’re dedicated to organic integrated pest management and sustainability – ensuring that we don’t leave our land, property, and waterways worse off. Here’s how we sustainably re-tree DC:

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