The farm itself is a very special piece of property situated along the Potomac River and developed into a rich piece of farmland by the alluvial deposits as the water winds around those curves on the eastern thumb at the top of Virginia. Steven Cox, owner and farmer for over 40 years, knew he had found something special when he walked the fields at Lost Corner and has gone to great lengths to nurture this hidden gem.
Traditional and Sustainable
Current agricultural discourse is overwrought with ambiguous language that can obscure the most basic and effective farming practices. The words local, organic, and sustainable are used so frequently and with such varied intent that they've actually lost meaning. Our chief concern is responsible stewardship of the land we are so lucky to tend; a philosophy that sometimes requires one goal to take precedence over another.
We believe that sustainability is essential to responsible stewardship. After all, if we do not preserve and nourish the land we work, we cannot sustain ourselves. But our goal is more than sustainability; we want our produce, animals, and land to thrive. We have found that maintaining a thriving farm culture can be a balancing act. For example, we strive to operate completely organically but there are times that slight deviation from organic methods is required to ensure sustainability. We make such balancing decisions with great forethought and care.
Because some of our best farmland stretches alongside the Potomac River, the importance of sustainable farming rises to a level that takes increased awareness and attention. Steven Cox, chief farmer at Lost Corner, has dedicated much time and thought to the way he works in this sensitive area as reflected in his statement below. Likewise, his son Tyson has grown to appreciate the intricacies of the farm/environment relationship as he branches out into grazing pasture management and increased produce for local businesses.