‘Accidental Environmentalists’

Winning Farm Finds Practices Good For Ecology, Wallet

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Posted: January 16, 2014

LEFT TO RIGHT: Four generations of the Rodes family, father Nelson, grandson Carlin, 5, grandfather Noah, and son Gary, stand in front of the sign denoting their 2013 Harrisonburg- Rockingham County Chamber of Commerce Farm Family Stewardship Award. The farm produces corn, dairy and turkeys while using eco-friendly practices. (Photos by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)
Glenn (left) and Nelson Rodes (right), with Glenn’s daughter, Kelsie, 13, (back), and Nelson’s grandchildren Courtney, 4, and Carlin, 5, stand in front of a pile of crushed soybeans. The farm extracts the soy oil to produce biodiesel, which helps fuel tractors.

HARRISONBURG — The Rodes family’s Riverhill Farms leads by example with a diversified operation that not only includes dairy cattle, poultry and crops, but also features several innovative and...



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