Owner, Livestock Extraordinaire
With a name like John Brown, one would be testing fate not to live the life of a farmer. John's grandfather and father were both dairy farmers on this land near the Quaker settlement of Lincoln, VA. John and his wife Meredith had the vision for this new iteration of the Brown family dairy operation, formerly known as Meadowview Farm.
On the farmstead you may find John on the tractor, slinging a hammer, tending to the animals, or refinishing a piece of furniture. Stay by his side long enough and you will hear him sing a few crucial lines of early 2000s punk rock.
Co-owner, Chief Gardener, Flower Girl
As a young child Meredith displayed a remarkable talent for making wild and whimsical flower arrangements out of wildflowers. Her years of 4-H are marked by numerous prize-winning arrangements (often displayed in old shoes or Corona bottles) as well as vegetables, sheep, and rabbits. Meredith studied Environmental Science at Sweet Briar College. From there she went on to work at The F.A.R.M. Institute on Martha's Vineyard and then found her love of flower farming as an intern on North Tabor Farm in Chilmark, MA. Meredith has over six years of landscaping, estate gardening, and floral design experience. She loves everything about farming...the happy, the sad, the beautiful, and the gross. Most especially she loves the purpose it brings to her life and the constant challenges it presents.
Farm Support, Winchester satellite office
Cindy, John's older sister, was lost for a number of years to city life and world travels. She has made her way back to her roots and is now frantically trying to expand her farm knowledge. How does one apply her liberal arts education and social work/immigration law/Spanish translation experience to farming? Stay tuned to find out. Cindy lives in nearby Winchester with her husband Nathan, Meadowview Farmstead's unofficial photographer and token jack of all trades.
Meadowview Farmstead, is owned and operated by Meredith Kope, John Brown, and Cindy Webb. The operation is located in the southern reaches of Purcellville, VA between the towns of Hamilton and Lincoln on an old dairy farm started by John and Cindy's grandfather, Howard Townsend Brown, in the 1930's. The Farmstead is comprised of an old farmhouse and several sturdy outbuildings, some of which date to the late 18th century.
Carrying on the family tradition, John and Cindy's father Doug operated the dairy up until the mid 1980s when many dairy farms had trouble staying in business. After the dairy closed, large parts of the farm were leased by local farmers to grow grain and feed cattle. Taking a job off the farm, Doug has worked hard to keep the land in the family. After he stopped the dairy operation, he and his wife Nancy moved the family to Hamilton where they lived for the next ten years. Although John and Cindy were raised in town, Doug did his best to instill a love of farming and a deep respect for the profession in them. In 1996, the Brown restored the old farmhouse and moved back to the land.
After high school, John worked on a large-scale vegetable farm for several years in Washington State, but ultimately decided to return home to the farm in 2010. Meredith joined him in 2012 and together they began raising poultry and hogs. In 2015 they formed Meadowview Farmstead, LLC. as an avenue to sell their products. Recently, John's sister Cindy and her husband have decided they'd like to move back to the farm as well. While the move may be a few years off, Cindy has begun helping with the farming operations.
Our passion is raising healthy food in a healthy way. The farm is home to heritage breed hogs, poultry, and turkeys. This year we hope to expand our operations by putting up a hoophouse and adding a larger garden space for vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers.