Layz S Ranch is a family owned and operated, 300+ acre farm located in peaceful Fluvanna County, Virginia, about 15 miles southeast of Charlottesville and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. As of 2018, we have shifted our focus to being Fluvanna's premier wedding and event venue, but it all began with our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.
The CSA model has been around for years, but Greg first learned of it during a visit to Canada in 2007. At that time, he was intrigued by this model of making farm-fresh produce accessible to the community, and thereby promoting healthy eating, and filed it away for future consideration.
In the meantime, Greg worked with his brother Dan to establish the Health Nutz Fitness and Aquatics Center near Lake Monticello in Fluvanna County. After getting the fitness center established, Greg realized that he much preferred to work outside rather than inside all day. With this realization came the idea of starting a farm and that's how Layz S Ranch got its start.
In 2009, we had the first season of our CSA and began providing fresh, healthy food to local people. And in 2012, we expanded by adding a farm store to sell our fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the farm. During that time we also raised grass-fed beef and pastured pork to provide safe, healthy meal options to our community. As our business model began to change, we ended the CSA and closed the store after our 2016 season. Throughout all of these years, we also enjoyed running a pumpkin patch with fun activities for the whole family every fall.
In 2014, we added a pavilion and began providing an event venue. As this side of our business began to increase, we added a hand-stamped concrete patio with wedding arbor and, in 2018, a second pavilion. We then began to market ourselves as The Barns at Layz S Ranch. Please visit The Barns page for more information.
Colossians 3:23: Work willingly at whatever you do,
as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.