Established in 1957 by George A. Horkan, Jr., Cleremont Farm stands today as one of the most unique and desirable enclaves of land located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Upperville, Virginia. For the past 54 years, Cleremont has been a family owned and operated cattle farm which has garnished an exceptional reputation for some of the finest quality Black Angus that can be found in the marketplace today. Not only has Cleremont blossomed into a leader of prime choice beef, but it has pioneered the future way of life on the farm by working to establish a stewardship of environmental awareness with the land and the cattle. In 2010, Cleremont Farm was awarded the Environmental Stewardship Award for the Eastern region. This prestigious recognition is given to only seven farms in the entire country by the NCBA Cattlemen to Cattlemen Association.
The commercial Angus beef cattle operation is owned and managed by Ann-Mari Lindgren Horkan along with her sons Carl Lindgren and Tony Horkan, and grand-son Joshua Ryan. Much of the stewardship work carried forward on the farm today was begun by the late George Horkan, Jr. Those efforts include rotational grazing among 23 different pastures, voluntarily fencing nearly five miles of streams, installing alternative watering systems, managing 1,000 acres of hardwood forest and placing the entire working farm in a perpetual conservation easement held by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation.
“Cleremont Farm has a long tradition of environmental stewardship handed down from generation to generation,” said Governor Bob McDonnell. “With the stresses facing both our farms and our local rivers and streams, this shining example of voluntarily protecting our lands while keeping them productive is now more important than ever before.”
Shortly after taking office Governor McDonnell formally announced his intent to conserve 400,000 acres during his term. Maintaining working farms is one priority in that initiative. Virginia is also one of the Chesapeake Bay states working to develop a “pollution diet” to help restore the Bay and its tributaries. Increased use of conservation best management practices such as those found on Cleremont Farm will be a key part of Virginia’s pollution diet.
“Virginia’s cattle producers are taking the lead provided by the Lindgren-Horkan family and working with federal, state and local agencies to proactively make our farms more environmentally friendly and economically efficient,” said Bruce Stephens, a cattle farmer from Wytheville and president of the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association.
Cleremont Farm has a long working relationship with the Natural Resources Conservation Services and the Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District in funding, developing and implementing agricultural best management practices. The Virginia Agricultural BMP Cost-Share program delivered by the state’s soil and water conservation districts is administered by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.