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February 10, 2017

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Thousands of infant plants

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Warrenton Garden Club members last month started 55 trays of seeds for the Fauquier Education Farm.
The number of cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower seedlings growing in the Fauquier Education Farm’s greenhouse this winter.

Volunteer members of the Warrenton Garden Club helped plant the seedlings in 55 trays last month.

“We will have three more rounds of 60 trays, which will put us over 14,000 seedlings — cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant,” farm Executive Director Jim Hankins.

Volunteers will start planting in the field mid-March. The farm hopes to donate 50,000 pounds of produce to food banks this year.

Percent of Fauquier’s estimated 23,334 households with no children living in them as of 2014, according to a housing study for county government.

The report also notes:

• Fauquier has an average 2.9 people per household.

• Married couples with no children younger than 18 comprise 36.4 percent of the county’s households.

• 22.4 percent of Fauquier’s residents live alone.

The 30-page report concludes that Fauquier needs homes that sell for less than $300,000 and apartments that rent for less than $1,250 a month.

$4 million
Minimum amount the PATH Foundation this year expects to commit to grants and programs that enhance the “health and vitality” of Fauquier, Rappahannock and northern Culpeper counties.

Focusing on its four “priority areas” — access to care, childhood wellness, mental health and senior services — the Warrenton-based foundation last year gave $2.5 million to area organizations.

The number of domestic and sometimes wild or exotic critters picked up by Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office animal control division deputies in 2016.

$13.7 million
Fauquier County’s budget this year for “general government.”

That includes administration, the board of supervisors, finance and budget, the county attorney’s office, information technology, geographic information services and local expenditures for the commissioner of revenue, treasurer and voter registrar.

The county’s fiscal 2017 general fund budget totals $177.5 million.
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