Polyface Farm is a multi-generational, multi-speciated, multi-enterprised farm located in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, across the Blue Ridge and a mere 40 miles from Monticello. In Thomas Jefferson's day, that would have been a long, hard day's riding, but today it's a mere one-hour jaunt.more »
Our inaugural Garden Explorers Family Program on July 14 was a resounding success for a wonderful family of four from Indiana. We measured, sketched, and observed on a Veggie Quest through the vegetable garden.
We planted West Indian Gherkin seeds and Cushaw Squash seeds in two garden squares.more »
While we don’t see as many school groups visiting Monticello during the summer as we do in the spring and fall, we love it when a group makes a special effort to visit us. Today, I had the pleasure of working with a high school group that’s part of the Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis. After looking at a map of where Thomas Jefferson had traveled in his lifetime, we could tell he never made it far enough west to reach Indiana. So I issued a challenge to the group.more »
Vegetable gardens are sprouting up everywhere, thanks to a renewed interest in fresh, locally-grown food that is sweeping across America. From First Lady Michelle Obama’s Kitchen Garden at the White House, to gardens in schoolyards and backyards, Americans are experiencing the pleasure, hard work, and rewards of growing their own food.more »
Thomas Jefferson once wrote, "I have lived temperately, eating little animal food, and that not as an aliment, so much as a condiment for the vegetables which constitute my principal diet." Food was a large part of Jefferson’s life. His garden was organized into 24 squares and further divided into rows, according to which plant he planted.more »
J. Harvie Wilkinson III serves on the Richmond, VA-based United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, and has served as a member of the Federal court party at our annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony for many years. We loved Judge Wilkinson's speech this year regarding Jefferson's hospitality at Monticello as one of his last and greatest gifts to America.more »
This year's rising sixth and seventh graders at Monticello's Summer Adventures Camp were in for a special treat. They were given the opportunity to pilot the new Garden Explorers Program that will be offered to families beginning in July. Working with this truly enthusiastic group, I began our day with a bird's eye view of Thomas Jefferson's restored vegetable garden.more »