Between 1999 and 2002, Cacapon Institute partnered with WV University Extension Service, the Hampshire County Feeder Calf Producers, Romney-based Gourmet Central, the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, and WVU Animal Sciences Department on a  project to produce premium grade "eco-friendly" beef.  The product, Petite Beef by Headwater FarmsTM, was locally produced on West Virginia family farms and sold directly to the customer, raised without antibiotics or hormones, and raised mostly on grass.  

 Click here to find out more about the USDA approved "environmentally-friendly" part of the label.  This protocol was developed cooperatively by the partners. 

Click here for more information on the rest of the "claims" on the USDA-Approved label. 


While we are proud of Cacapon Institute's role in fostering this innovative business, we are no longer involved with the Headwater Farms L.L.C.   Information on pricing and ordering can be obtained by calling 304-822-6047.



 Click here for comprehensive results from 2002 customer survey.


In November 2001, CI Director Neil Gillies gave a presentation on Marketing Beef Using a Land Stewardship and Clean Water Label  at the Missouri Forage and Grassland Council 2001 Annual Conference.


Headwater Farm Partners Newsletters:  November 2000 (56 kb pdf) & December 2001 (256 kb pdf)


Recognition and Awards

Petite Beef by Headwater Farms achieved national recognition as a model promoting farm viability and water resource protection.  The project was profiled in an article in the Jan 2001 Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) Partners newsletter.

In October 2001, the WV Environmental Institute--a consortium of government, industry, and private groups—honored  the Headwater Farms partnership with their top award for demonstrating “innovation, creativity, and the ability to think 'outside the box'.”  We were selected because our project was deemed an outstanding model to emphasize the theme of the 2001 Conference on the Environment: “A match made in ‘Almost Heaven’; marrying West Virginia’s economic and environmental future.”  I

In November 2001, the WV Watershed Network praised CI as the group that has “best implemented agricultural land use practices” in pursuit of conservation goals.

 Bob Cheves, WVU Extension Agent for Hampshire County, received the “2001 Extension Agent of the Year” Award in part for his work on Headwater Farms.  

The USDA-Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (our major funder) chose the Headwater Farms program as on of twelve projects (out of more than 200) to profile in their SARE 2002 Annual Report.


On June 26, 2002, the Headwater Farms partners, including CI, were individually honored in Washington DC by Colien Hefferan -- Administrator of the USDA-Cooperative State Research, Education,  and Extension Service -- "for innovative collaboration and good stewardship in developing the Headwater Farms Petite Beef Program."

Last updated January 12, 2004


Cacapon Institute - From the Cacapon to the Potomac to the Chesapeake Bay, we protect rivers and watersheds using science and education.

Cacapon Institute
PO Box 68
High View, WV 26808
304-856-1385 (tele)
304-856-1386 (fax)
Click here to send us an email
Frank Rodgers,  Executive Director

Website  made possible by funding from The Norcross Wildlife Foundation,  the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Virginia Environmental Endowment, NOAA-BWET, USEPA, The MARPAT Foundation, and our generous members.