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December 3, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Agricultural News: 1911


In 1911, several farmers in the northeastern section of Buckingham County joined “alfalfa clubs,” created by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. Club members worked an area of ground in an experimental way, planting this “new hay crop.” A report was sent to Richmond’s The Times-Dispatch that the crops were looking good and showed every indication of success in Buckingham County soil.

The Arvonia club attracted between fifteen and eighteen members, all of whom had gone to considerable trouble and expense for this experiment. The article noted that there had been former experiments with alfalfa in the county, some more successful than others, however none had been made with such thorough and scientific preparation as the one conducted in 1911. The article concluded, “a full report from each member of the club will be made early in the spring and given to the public.”

A good reminder that something more than slate quarrying was going on in Arvonia!

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