Nestled in Culpeper County lies a piece of history intertwined with resilience and dedication – Glebe Farm. Recently honored with the prestigious Culpeper Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness of the Year Award, Glebe Farm stands not just as a farm, but as a testament to the enduring spirit of agricultural heritage in our community.

Dating back to the 19th century, Glebe Farm’s journey began with the Swan family’s stewardship in 1870. Across generations, the farm has weathered challenges and transformations, emblematic of the evolution of farming in America.

Under the guidance of J.A. Swan Sr., Glebe Farm thrived as a grain and cattle farm, spanning 450 acres. However, faced with adversity following J.A. Swan Sr.’s passing without a will, the family faced the imminent loss of their legacy. Yet, through perseverance and determination, the next generation reclaimed the essence of Glebe Farm, ushering in a successful era of dairy farming. Glebe Farm grew and thrived under third and fourth generations of the Swan family, James Douglas Swan Sr. through 1971 followed by James Douglas Swan Jr. through 1990.

For decades, Glebe Farm sustained Virginia, Maryland, and DC with wholesome dairy products. However, the winds of change swept across the agricultural landscape, and in 2009, the Swans faced the harsh reality that many dairy farms encountered – profitability waned. Undeterred, they adapted, transitioning to cultivating corn, beans, and hay, diversifying their operations to sustain their legacy.

Today, Glebe Farm stands as a beacon of agricultural innovation and resilience. With 99% of its operations dedicated to corn and beans, their produce finds its way to markets across Virginia, nourishing communities far and wide. In a remarkable turn of events, through Glebe Farm’s determination to not just survive but thrive, the last once-lost 50 acres of family farmland were reclaimed in 2015. Through the hard work of father and son Steve and Ross Swan, Glebe Farm now stands larger and stronger than ever, boasting over 2000 acres in Culpeper County.

Beyond the fields, the Swan family’s legacy extends into the bustling heart of downtown Culpeper. Beginning in 1901, J.A. Swan Jr. & Co. served as a vital hub for agricultural equipment, embodying the pioneering spirit of progress. From horse-drawn plows to state-of-the-art tractors, the store mirrored the evolution of farming, cementing its place in Virginia’s agricultural history.

Yet, perhaps Glebe Farm’s most remarkable achievement lies not just in its accolades or acreage, but in its unwavering commitment to family and community. Passed down through six generations, the Swans’ love for farming transcends mere livelihood; it’s a way of life. As Steve Swan aptly puts it, “Farming is more of a lifestyle than a job. You eat, live it, sleep it, and love it.”

In an ever-evolving world, Glebe Farm remains an anchor, embodying the resilience of the human spirit and legacy of agriculture. Let us draw inspiration from the Swan family’s unwavering dedication in their journey, as their story serves as a powerful reminder that amidst challenges and uncertainties, with hard work, resilience, and a profound love for the land, triumph is attainable. Glebe Farm isn’t merely a farm; it’s a testament to the indomitable spirit of those who till the soil, nurturing not just crops but the very fabric of our community.”