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The County of Goochland, Virginia and its surrounding rural communities have long held a tradition based on an agricultural economy. The history, the stories and music, the arts and crafts, and the traditions all create a cultural tapestry woven from the "fiber" of a land-based lifestyle. 

The Center for Rural Culture's (CRC) work is challenging in the face of development pressures.  We work to preserve the cultural tapestry that makes us unique as a rural community.

The purpose of this website is to educate, promote and inspire individuals seeking to sustain our rural culture. Visitors will find information about CRC activities, links to other sites, and information on sustainability.

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The Center for Rural Culture is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving rural culture in the Central Virginia Piedmont.  The Center for Rural Culture ("CRC") seeks to support local economics and agriculture, to protect rural landscapes and traditions, and conserve natural and historic resources.


Since 2004, we have been working hard to provide the members of our community with quality programs that sustain our rural culture.  We founded the Goochland Farmer's Market which then and now continues to be a Saturday destination for the community to meet, socialize, and support local farmers and their products.  In 2010 the CRC initiated the "Local Roots Co-op", our year round online farmer's market, through which local producers and artisans provide their products to five counties.  Through these two initiatives we have helped keep valuable agricultural land in use by providing a market for farmers to sell seasonally fresh, local food and other land based products.


Knowledge is the key to preserving the rural fabric of our communities.  The CRC presents programs, seminars, speakers and workshops that highlight the value and traditions of rural Virginia.  In 2011 we initiated the "Homestead Series", a yearlong series of programs designed to demystify the skills involved in country living.  In 2011 and 2012 the CRC has hosted a Farm Tour, which connects producers and consumers together so that they better understand the knowledge, skill, and perseverance necessary to provide families with the food they consume.  

Please contact us if you are interested in sponsoring a CRC event.


  • Goochland Farmers Market
  • Local Roots Co-op
  • Farm Tours
  • Homestead Series
  • Hosted Nuffield scholars from Australia
  • Growers Workshop
  • Harvest Celebration & Art Auction

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Visit some of our "Friends of the CRC" and let them know that you found them from our website!

Courthouse Pizza

Nadolski's Butcher Shop

Goochland County Chamber of Commerce

Goochland County Parks & Recreation

Powhatan Farmer's Market

Local Root's Co-op

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Board of Directors
Nan Thurston   President 
Ed Lawton   Vice President
Patty Evans    Secretary
Tammy Herlinger   Treasurer

Stewart Doetzer
Keith Flannagan
Jo Pendergraph
Kate Sarfaty 

 Becky Lillywhite Co-op Manager

 Steffi Gordinier   Director Emeritus 
 Rossie Fisher   Director Emeritus 
Sandy Fisher    Director Emeritus 


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