What is a Waterpenny?

Waterpennies are beetle larva that can only live in clean water. Their presence in a stream, along with a diversity of other macroinvertebrates, indicates that the water is healthy. Our farm is named for the waterpennies we find in the North Fork of the Thornton River, which borders our farm. We intend to run our farm in a sustainable way that allows the waterpennies, and our local ecosystem, to thrive.
For more information on stream monitoring using macroinvertebrate sampling in Virginia, go to the Virginia Save our Streams website.