Our Mission

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 seeks to support local economies and agriculture, to protect rural landscapes and traditions, and conserve natural and historic resources.

Sharing knowledge is the key to preserving the rural fabric of our communities. The CRC sponsors local markets and presents programs, seminars, speakers, workshops and events that highlight the value and traditions of rural Virginia.


Supporting local economies and agriculture, protecting rural landscapes and traditions, and conserving natural and historic resources.

Board of Directors

David Booth, President

Meredith Thomas, Vice President

Tanya Cauthen, Treasurer

Cyndi Willard, Secretary

Catherine Fleischman

Becky Lillywhite

Addison "D" Mitchell


Directors Emeritus

Nan Thurston
Ed Lawton
Rossie Fisher
Sandy Fisher
Steffi Gordinier
Sue Reichel


Our Staff

Alex Badecker

Market Manager

Fall Line Farms & Local Roots

Mandy Yarnell

Local Food Operations Assistant

Fall Line Farms & Local Roots


Copies of financial statements, governing documents and conflict of interest policies are available to the public per written request to Center for Rural Culture,11533 Busy Street, Suite 195, N. Chesterfield, VA 23236

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