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June 24, 2019

Education farm 3-D deer fencing workshop June 25

The free workshop will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the education farm just east of Warrenton.
The Fauquier Education Farm on Tuesday will conduct a workshop on how to protect vegetable gardens from ravenous deer.

Free and open to all, the “3-D Deer Fencing” program will take place June 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the education farm at 8428 Meetze Road, just southeast of Warrenton. Participation in the workshop requires no registration.

Farm Executive Director Jim Hankins will explain how to install a system of three-foot tall poles and wire-embedded string to thwart deer.

“It’s a simple, electric fence that is powered by a solar charger, with two different sections of fence configured in such a way that it confuses the deer and they will not jump over it,” Mr. Hankins said.

He has used the system at the education farm since 2014, when he became executive director.

An electronic fence last year prevented deer from entering the farm’s sweet potato patch, which yielded 6,840 pounds of the vegetable.

“Deer absolutely love sweet potatoes,” Mr. Hankins said. “They would have destroyed it, if the fence didn’t exclude them. It was 100 percent effective.”

An electronic fence also represents a cost-effective alternative to construction of a 10-foot-tall fence around a garden, he said.

For more information, Mr. Hankins can be reached at fauquieredfarm@gmail.com.

Founded in 2010, the nonprofit donates all of its produce to food banks in Fauquier, Rappahannock and Prince William counties, along with two assistance programs in Culpeper County.

Last year, the farm, which has about seven acres under cultivation, harvested 55,024 pounds of produce.

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