Heritage Grove Pecan Farm

Though Virginia is not often thought of as one of the top producers of pecans, Virginia does have a suitable climate for some pecan varieties.  For many years we have harvested buckets of nuts each fall from the giant Stuart pecan tree in our backyard.  Nearly ten years ago we began to explore and pursue planting a commercial pecan grove on our land.  We know the trees grow well here, and we know the trees produce a great tasting nut.  So, after several years of careful planning, research, and visits to other growers in the southeast, we tested our soil, surveyed our fields, and planted our first 50 grafted trees, we continue to add new pecan trees each year.  We also have hundreds of baby seedlings in raised beds.  We would like to have grafted pecan trees three to four years old that we can sell to other growers.

2018 Welcome to our Farm

Russell B., & Juliane Thurston, owners


Members of the North Carolina Pecan Grower's Association

We have about 150 grafted pecan trees, of seven different varieties growing on our farm.  We also have about 500 seedlings growing in raised beds.  2018 is here and our seedlings are still growing slowly but surely, we will try some more grafting in early spring and see what happens.



Our Projects

5137 Stage Coach Road

Nathalie VA 24577

(Halifax County Virginia)


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Farm History

We moved to our farm in 1998, it was a dream come true  for our family.  Our farm is 46 acres of some of Virginia's finest farmland; a balance of open fields, wooded areas, fenced pastures, springs, creeks and a stocked pond.  What more could anyone want?  Fresh air, peace and quiet, and the chance to produce something of value from the land.  It has been a lifelong goal for our family to not only live on our farm, but to also work at making a living from our farm.  It has not been easy, but definitely rewarding.