Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Forest Bathing at Chantilly Farm, Floyd Virginia

Forest Bathing at Chantilly Farm
in Floyd County Virginia

Forest bathing: what is this? The short interpretation is using the forest for relaxation and stress reduction by simply walking, observing nature, resting, listening to sounds, in a beautiful forest.  Chantilly Farm has about 100 acres of incredible forest land with at least 20 varieties of hardwoods and many wonderful florafauna and fungi. Does forest bathing really work? Yes, there are many scientific studies that prove that it's really true and you can get beautiful results. 

The Tree of Wisdom near trail C
The Japanese were the first to use the term forest bathing in 1982. A trip through the forest includes pleasant visual views and the aroma from the trees and plants. There are real beneficial compounds emitted by the forest vegetation. Even the quietness of the forest or the breeze causing a musical sound in the leaves and branches help create what is known attention restoration theory (ART).  If you want to lower your blood pressure, improve you immune system, lower your heart rate and increase your feeling of well being then join us in the Forest of Chantilly Farm.

Hiking trail at Chantilly Farm, Floyd Virginia
The forest at Chantilly is idyllic - hiking & bike trails, great views, abundant wild game and birds, and a small spring fed stream. We are even building a "hidden garden"  and when you find it you will love the tranquility. 

The original trail that is near the festival area and uphill from the performance stage is trail A and is less then a half mile long. It does
TRANQUILITY Bridge to trails B & C. The little
stream provides a wonderful relaxing sound.
have a few steep parts along the trail and if you have any hiking handicaps you will need to be careful. Trails B and C are new and start just below campground B.  Trails B and C are easy hiking with no steep areas, and are accessed by crossing a small stream using Tranquility Bridge to the trail area. Trail B (bright orange ribbon marking) is very short and an easy hike of less then 1/4 mile, and Trail C (pink ribbon marking) is also an easy hike of 1/2 mile. 

There is an abundance of photographic opportunities in "The Forest at Chantilly" - dozens of different flora and fauna provide beautiful subjects for pictures.  In addition to the diverse plant and animal variety, there are several types of fungi, and beautiful white /clear quartz rocks of many shapes/sizes. You will find some rare flora near beautiful small spring fed streams in parts of our forest.
Chantilly Creek 2/3 
 Previous visitors have also used the white quartz rocks to make fairy or gnome houses. Be on the lookout for these beautiful structures. Please take the time to make your own fairy house from the bits and pieces of wood and rocks along the trail. This can be a wonderful way to relax and clear your mind of stressful thinking.  If you have some food, you may want to leave a meal for the fairies (here is their favorite food click).  The mountain views and sunrise/sunsets can be spectacular here in the mountains.

For people with a creative mind, and those desiring to cultivate their creativity, there are endless benefits to be gained from forest bathing in "The Forest of Chantilly." When visiting the farm, please sign in at the farm office and let us know you are going to be out in the Chantilly Forest. 

Camping under the stars at Chantilly Farm.
You can camp at Chantilly Farm and enjoy the great outdoors and nature here in the heart of the Blue Ridge mountains of Floyd, Virginia. Chantilly Farm is near the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile post 150.

"By David Larsen" Chantilly Farm, Floyd County Virginia

A little more research information:
A forest bathing trip involves visiting a forest for relaxation and recreation while breathing in volatile substances, called phytoncides (wood essential oils), which are antimicrobial volatile organic compounds derived from trees, such as α-Pinene andlimonene. Incorporating forest bathing trips into a good lifestyle was first proposed in 1982 by the Forest Agency of Japan. It has now become a recognized relaxation and/or stress management activity in Japan and the USA. Here is some interesting research by Cimprich B. in 2007.

Good reading: the University of Minnesota "What are Healing Gardens" by  Mary Jo Kreitzer, RN, PhD

Examples of fauna in Olleros de Tera (Spain)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

7th Annual Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ festival may 26-28-17

May is just around the corner! Make plans now for one of the hottest bluegrass events of the summer! Get tickets now at and don't forget, kids 12 and under are free!
#floydva #swva #bluegrass

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"By David Larsen"

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Chantilly Farm busy with projects - The new dog "Bark Park"

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Camping doggies using the Bark Park
We are always adding to Chantilly Farm for events, festivals, weddings and the campground.  Just finished a dog run for campers to allow the dogs to run loose.  Bark Park is the name of our dog run area however we do hope that it does not create a lot of barking as it is real close to the RV campground. I was going by yesterday and some campers were using the Bark Park with a  couple of beautiful tiny dogs chasing a ball around the park.

Ed and Aleno building "Bark Park"

We can thank our Chantilly craftsmen Ed and Aleno for their skill in building the park. They did a fantastic job the dogs already love the "Bark Park".

Ed and Aleno have just finished a pedestrian bridge across the little stream to the new hiking trails "B" and "C" near campground B and the RV area.   The new trails are fantastic and I will talk about them in the next blog. It will not be long and Ed and Aleno will be mowing the 40 acres of beautiful grass fields at Chantilly Farm. Their are many projects in progress at Chantilly Farm - Paul Sullivan leading new Bike Trail building effort- Terri and Camelia are decorating the interior of the Chantilly Country Store.

Chantilly Farm forest areas are just great for "Forest Bathing" and we will be writing about this in near future.

Our first big festival is just around the corner - The Chantilly Bluegrass and BBQ festival May 26-28.

"by David Larsen"   Having fun at Chantilly Farm.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Chantilly Farm in Floyd Virginia has been busy during May/June 2015

Our 5th Annual "Bluegrass & BBQ Festival" May 22/23 @ Chantilly Farm
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Photo by Rhonda Vincent
You can see from the stage we had a big crowd -  15 great Bluegrass bands during the 2 days.

Our Headliner was 'Queen of Bluegrass'  "Rhonda Vincent and the Rage" Check out Rhonda's Web Page "CLICK"

View the festival events - Short video "CLICK"
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Queen of Bluegrass "Ronda Vincent's" ride. 

It is exciting to see the artist buses come into the farm. Here is the "Martha White" Bluegrass Express , Rhonda Vincent's ride.

We had 4 big rigs like this on Saturday. Many of the bands come in smaller vans or car caravans.

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L-R David Larsen, Rhonda Vincent

That is me your blog writer with Rhonda - She is a very gracious lady.

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L-R Gaynell Larsen , Rhonda Vincent

This is my wife Gaynell - she is the host for the bands.

Rhonda  gave a special Martha White collector skillet for baking the Martha White cornbread to Gaynell.

Chantilly Farm
L-R Gaynell Larsen,David Larsen, Jason Gallimore 

A big honor for our Chantilly Farm Venue - The Farm was designated an "Affiliate Crooked Road Venue"during a special ceremony at the Bluegrass Festival.  The Crooked Road in the State official - Virginia's Heritage Music Trail.

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May 29/30/31 2015

Short video gives overall view of the car show "CLICK"

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Show Cars

More then 100 show cars.

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Parts vendors at auto show. 

350 parts vendors at the Floyd Auto Fair.

Floyd auto Fair

Some of the fun events - The "Bombshells" - they livened up the Auto Fair.

Here is the June 6th event
 ISAACS and Jason Crab
the ISAACS and Jason Crabb

David Larsen

."by David Larsen"  KK4WW Computer Collector Historian   

Saturday, January 17, 2015

"Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council" Technology & Toast meeting - Floyd Virginia folks attend

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Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council
Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council 
It was a pleasure for me and Dee Wallace of the LCF Group to attend the "Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council"  (RBTC) Toast meeting in Blacksburg, Virginia on 1/15/15.

Networking with the members of the RBTC was a great pleasure and learning experience.  We attended to learn more about the group and how we can grow Technology businesses in Floyd County.

The RBTC mission statement gives you an idea of their effort to assist the entire area expand the Technology Community.

"The RBTC exists to connect and unite the region’s technology community, grow opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurial development, and lead the way in the growth of a strong technology workforce."

Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council
Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council
Here we are with (L-R) Jonathan Whitt, President and CEO of RBTC,  - Dee Wallace, LCF Group Floyd, VA, - David Larsen, LCF Group Floyd, VA, and Joy Gardner, Citizens Floyd, VA.

Jonathan Whitt - Roanoke Times Writers Group published "The STEM-H Talent shortage is real" in this Sunday's Times - It was interesting that I had just met Jonathan at the RBTC meeting 3 days ago. Jonathan is CEO of the RBTC.

Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council
Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council

L-R Gary Reedy Citizens Floyd, VA and me David Larsen LCF Group Floyd, VA

Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council
Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council
Here I am networking with Thomas Weeks (Left).
One of Thomas's interest is Instructor at Lets Code Blacksburg. He was demonstrating some of the cool topics they teach at Code Blacksburg. I was very interested in the technology "Maker Classes" in small automation and computer projects. Looking forward to doing some similar classes in Floyd.

See Roanoke times story " The STEM-H talent shortage is real" for more info about Lets Code Blacksburg.

"By David Larsen"  LCF Group, Floyd, Virginia.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Bluegrass Festival at Chantilly Farm - 5th annual Early-Bird tickets on sale now

Early-bird tickets are now on sale for the 5th Annual Chantilly Farm Bluegrass and BBQ Festival

Mark your calendar's for May 22-23, 2015!!! 

The 5th Annual Chantilly Farm Bluegrass and BBQ Festival features some of the most acclaimed artists in Bluegrass and Mountain music along with festivities that include a children's area, kite flying, arts and crafts vendors, on-site camping, opportunities for jamming, and more! A variety of BBQ and other delicious foods are available from vendors (not included in ticket price).

Bring the entire family--kids 12 and under are admitted free!

Take advantage of our special holiday promotion and get early-bird pricing on your weekend passes for this year's festival! Adult weekend passes are only $40 for a limited time and they make the perfect gift for any music fan on your holiday shopping list!

Learn more here 'CLICK'

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Solar Kiln at St. Pierre Woodworking , Floyd, Virginia

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David Larsen, Bill St. Pierre
Bill & his New England style Shop 
St. Pierre Woodworking is on a beautiful mountain top location in Floyd County, Virginia and operated by Bill St. Pierre. Bill has been developing his business on this property for 12 years.  He started with a cabinet shop and now has a full range of equipment that allows him to start with logs or reclaimed wood from old buildings and do all the processes from start to finish.

Bill's own description of his woodworking business. Here you can find furniture hand crafted in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia. I enjoy creating quality, custom furniture with the finest materials through precise techniques and craftsmanship. Browse around at my work, I'd love to add a lifetime of beauty in your home with a custom piece just for you. Call Bill for your next custom wood project at 540.797.3496

St. Pierre Woodworking
Virginia Tech Solar Kiln 

St. Pierre Woodworking has 2 kilns Solar & Electric.

The Virginia Tech style solar kiln is used to dry the larger 2" slabs 

Wood Drying Solar Kiln plans
Virginia tech Solar Kiln Publication 420-030

St. Pierre Woodworking
Virginia Tech Solar Kiln 

Front side of solar kiln with big insulated doors - large pieces can be dried in this kiln.

Bill St. Pierre Describes his Solar Kiln

St. Pierre Woodworking
Nyle kiln 

The Nyle kiln is used mostly to dry lumber and to sterilize the reclaimed lumber.

Controller for Nyle kiln

Controller for Nyle kiln. This kiln uses electric heat for drying.

St. Pierre Woodworking
Timber King 2000 sawmill.

Bill has 2 sawmills this one is the Timber King 2000 .

Air drying shed

Large air drying shed for logs, reclaimed wood or sawed lumber.

st. Pierre Woodworking
Large Oak burl 

A large burl from Oak tree. This will make a  beautiful custom table.

                                         A video of BillSt Pierre Woodworking Making a
                                         spiral Wooden Leg  - this video  has over 800,000
                                         views.  Woodworkers love this.

St. Pierre Woodworking
large selection of slab wood

You can also choose from a large selection of slabs and reclaimed wood. Showroom has slabs cut from many different types of wood.

St. Pierre woodworking
View of Buffalo Mt from St.Pierre Shop

This is the view from the St. Pierre property - That is Buffalo Mountain in the background about 25 miles from shop. Buffalo Mountain is the highest point in Floyd County, Virginia at 4000 feet.

David Larsen

We are pleased to work with Bill St. Pierre Woodworking. Bill shop is only a few miles from our Chantilly Farm and Bill brings one of his sawmills to some of our events at the farm.
."by David Larsen"  KK4WW Computer Collector Historian   

Monday, October 13, 2014

Chantilly Barn construction progressing nicley and will be fully ready for the next year's operation

We have been very busy with building infrastructure this year at Chantilly - New projects includes camping facilities for Rv's and Tent campers - completed ; New mulitpurpose barn getting closed to being finished. The Country Store constructed their annex at Chantilly Farm.  More roads and a third Commercial entrance off Franklin Pike. Chantilly water system  approved for public use. The barn construction is still in progress and  a few pictures below show it looks on the festival grounds.

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Barn at Chantilly Farm - Floyd Virginia

View of Barn, County Store annex and bath house from hill.

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Barn at Chantilly Farm - Floyd Virginia

View of Stage, Barn and Country Store annex from shade area in the woods.

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Barn at Chantilly Farm - Floyd Virginia

View of barn from festival field - the mezzanine is accessed thought the white door on the side at ground level. 40 foot deck on the festival side of building accessed though 3 sliding glass doors off the mezzanine.

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Barn at Chantilly Farm - Floyd Virginia

Better view of the 40 foot deck.

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Barn at Chantilly Farm - Floyd Virginia

The back side of barn has a 12x12 door - we can drive about any vehicle into the building.

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Barn at Chantilly Farm - Floyd Virginia

Laying the heating coils for the heated floor in the barn.

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Barn at Chantilly Farm - Floyd Virginia

Finishing the 5 inch concrete floor.

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Barn at Chantilly Farm - Floyd Virginia

Floor and mezzanine from the back inside the barn. The ceiling is at a height of 18 feet.

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Barn at Chantilly Farm - Floyd Virginia

Mezzanine and the 3 sliding glass doors entering onto the 40 foot deck.

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Barn at Chantilly Farm - Floyd Virginia

Looking toward the back inside the barn from the mezzanine.

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Chantilly Farm entrance by Nathaniel Frissell

Going home - just passing the farm office at the entrance gate. The fog and night light are an interesting effect.

David Larsen

The LCF Group has been enjoying developing Chantilly Farm into a music and events venue in Floyd County, Virginia.
."by David Larsen"  KK4WW Computer Collector Historian