Nick & Gardiner Lapham purchased Sunnyside with other members of their family in 2006. They provide overall vision and direction and assist with marketing, financial management and operations. Farm Manager Sean McDermott started in March 2012 and is in charge of all agricultural production and sales. Sunnyside's first Conservation Manager, Sam Quinn, began in August 2010. A biologist with a Master of Science from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Sam is responsible for Sunnyside’s conservation programs. These include environmental monitoring, biodiversity assessment, ecological restoration and wild product sales. The team is also comprised of Nivardo Loya who is responsible for the eight hoophouses and Alfredo Yanez who is responsible for the farm's orchard and bramble production. Each year a team of seasonal apprentices contribute to virtually every farm task.
The Farm At Sunnyside sits on the slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains next to Shenandoah National Park in Rappahannock County, Virginia, just two miles from the historic town of Washington
About The Farm at Sunnyside
The farm is owned by the Lapham family who purchased it in 2006 and commenced operations in 2008. The Laphams have a background in environmental conservation, public health and sustainable development and unite these experiences and interests in their management philosophy. Sunnyside was the site of one of Virginia’s earliest commercial apple orchards and carries a rich agricultural tradition. It became a certified organic farm in 1996 under the previous owner. Today its dedicated team of full-time and seasonal staff produces a wide array of vegetables and fruits as well as eggs, flowers, herbs and a selection of products harvested from species naturally occurring on the property. The farm’s philosophy emphasizes linking agriculture with environmental protection. We actively promote native biodiversity, and today the farm provides habitat for over 136 species of birds; black bear, bobcat and other mammals; and countless varieties of insects, amphibians, reptiles and plants. We pay special attention to encouraging beneficial species that provide pollination, pest control and other ecosystem services.