Rachel Bynum has run Waterpenny Farm in Sperryville, VA with her husband, Eric Plaksin, since 2000. They grow 10 acres of vegetables and flowers using ecologically based farming methods that build the soil and use natural systems to promote health and vitality. They sell at the Arlington and Takoma Park farmer’s markets, on the farm, and through a 100-share CSA delivering in the Northern Virginia area (Falls Church, Warrenton, Arlington, and Lorton). Part of the farm’s mission is to educate by example about how a farming business can be both economically and ecologically sustainable. The farm hires a crew of 6 interns each year, many of whom have gone on to successful farming operations of their own.
In her 17 years of farming, Rachel has presented at many local Agriculture Conferences, including CASA Future Harvest, Southern SAWG (Sustainable Agriculture Working Group), VABF (The Virginia Association for Biological Farming). Rachel is featured in the Short Film “Starting With the Soil at Waterpenny Farm”, produced in 2016 by USDA-NRCS and Virginia Cooperative Extension.