In 1916, at the age of 14, Martin Vazquez left his parents and 17 siblings in Cuba and came to the US. He quickly became a U.S. citizen, and served in the US Army during WWII. After the war, he married Sarah Lee Jamison and together they started Arlington Insulation. At the time, heating oil cost $.09 a gallon and there were no building codes, so convincing home builders to install insulation required salesmanship of the highest order.
The Vazquez’s bought land with every dime they could save, and their biggest purchase was the 200+ acres of Whitehall Farm in 1960-61. They called Whitehall their home until their deaths. The Vazquez' daughter Nadine and her husband Jeff hope to honor Martin and Lee by preserving Whitehall as open space within an increasingly crowded Fairfax County.
Located in Fairfax County near Clifton, VA, the 205+ acres of Whitehall Farms, LLC offers picturesque woodlands filled with local wildlife, forested streams, and rolling pasture.
To help address the growing demand among Northern Virginia’s population for local, sustainably produced food products, Whitehall Farms, LLC will seek to produce a variety of high-quality farm products including fruits, vegetables, grass-fed meat, eggs, honey, and firewood. Key components of the farm plan include:
• Selling these products at a farm store to be located on the farm,
• Conducting educational tours and other agritourism events to allow students and customers to enjoy the farm setting, learn how the food is produced, and why responsibly grown farm products are an important step towards improving the environmental and social impacts of our food choices.
• Hiring and supporting military veterans whenever possible.
• Other goals of the project include increasing access to products from other local agricultural operations, and testing various techniques for composting, silvopasture, crop-rotation, companion planting, etc.