Farming Philosophy

Bibb Forest Farm (BFF) is a better than ‘organic’ farm rooted in ecological practices.   Our aim is to provide fresh, nutrient dense food with exceptional taste to our members.  By taking care of our landscape our hope is to nourish our members along with the soil.

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BFF Community (CSA Shares for 2021 are filled!)

CSA $410 inc tax

1 Year Membership $61.50 inc tax

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Pick Up Locations

Henrico

Church Hill

Salisbury

On Farm pickup (in Louisa)

Charlottesville

What else we provide?

Grass-finished beef, lamb & goat

Beef restock in February! We were unable to get a butcher appointment for any sheep or goat due to Covid. Limited supply of goat/lamb left.

Pastured Non GMO Eggs

Our hens are pulled through the pasture weekly, feed veg scraps and non GMO grain, and guarded by Jane

Summer CSA

Details to come for 2021 Summer CSA
*New pickup location in Church Hill for 2021!

Farm Membership

Details to come for a la carte style ordering

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The Team

Our farmers

Jesse Roberts

Horticulturalist/ Farm manager

Jesse is busy working the land at BFF producing a labor of love, nutrient dense produce without pesticides and herbicides.

Tom Roberts

Farmer/Project Manager

Tom is a hard worker and loves a good challenge.  He spearheads our construction projects and loves mushroom hunting.

Shari Roberts

Marketing/Logistics

Shari, originally a northerner from Pittsburg, is a big reason Jesse found farming thanks to her drive to eat real food!  Shari loves to help at the farm. Keeping the house clean during the dog days of summer and makes sure everyone is eating when we are swamped with work!  She also runs the Midlothian pick-up point for the CSA and online orders.

Katie Martin

Farmer/Beekeeper

Katie originally from northern Virginia, joined BFF at the start of 2020.  She brings a great attitude to the farm.   She is also beekeeper and animal lover. 

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About us

Bibb Forest Farm (BFF) is a regenerative farm in Louisa, VA. We grow better than ‘organic’, nutrient-dense vegetables for our farm members and online farmers markets.

The farm was started in 2017.  BFF is a first generation farm started by father and son, Tom and Jesse.

Jesse spent several years studying horticulture and business management in the Netherlands and now manages the farm.  He brings a depth of knowledge in soil science, biology and a passion for growing delicious nutritive food.  

Tom grew up with a few memories of country living thanks to his dad’s interest in gardening and now tries to come out when he can.  He spearheads building projects or enjoys to go foraging for wild mushrooms in the forest with his backpack filled with his oil painting gear.

Is Bibb Forest Farm Organic?

We were in the application process to be certified organic by the USDA, but decided against completing the application due to the high cost associated with it.  Without offending the organic community we simply found that the organic label did not encompass our goal in farming.  We are not trying to grow blemish free produce that meets organic standards, but food that has the ability to nourish.   

At BFF we use no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, we use no GMOs, we plant habitat for pollinators, use aromatic and medicinal plants for immune boosting crop sprays, we use lots of compost to replenish burnt carbon lost in uncovering the soil, plant cover crops and make compost teas with cultured micros to nourish the soil.  We keep honeybees for pollination and they enjoy the diversity of crops that we grow and flourish in early spring with all the maple trees blooming.  Our annual practice is to preform in depth soil samples and make custom mineral-balancing amendments per crop to grow the most nutritious veggies that we can.   

Jesse hopes that many generations after him will be able to work on the same plot of land that he began with his parents.  This hope for the future directly ties into the sequestration techniques that he is employing through regenerative farming.

Where do we sell?

We sell on our online store to CSA and store members with currently 4  pickup points:

  • Salisbury 4-5 PM, Wednesdays
  • Church Hill 4-5 PM, Wednesdays
  • West End 4-5 PM, Wednesdays
  • On the farm pickup 11-3 PM, Fridays (contact for address, near the town of Louisa)
  • Specific address provided on checkout when pickup location is selection

BFF also participates in Fallline Farms and Local Roots (a nonprofit, online farmers market serving the greater Richmond area). 

What else goes on at BFF?

BFF is known for their beautiful and delicious egg yolks laid by 10 + different breeds of laying hens.  The hens are pulled through the pasture weekly and are protected by Jane, the guard dog.  They are feed veg scraps and fermented non GMO grain.

BFF also runs a small flerd (herd of cow/flock of sheep).  Limited quantities of grass-finished lamb, beef and goat are currently available (Nov, 2019).  No antibiotics, wormers, or hormones ever used to date.  BFF looks forward to growing their flerd may start working towards a silvopasture system through the forest.

Down the road, BFF may add heritage hogs & wild simulated mushrooms in the forest.  We are in the process of adding interesting fruits to the farm.  Stay tunned.

(Jan 20, 2021)