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FARM STANDOPEN2 - 7 p.m. Tuesday & Wednesday9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday & SundayMay 1 - November 2023595 Founders Drive, Ashburn, VA 20148 At the Farm Stand you can purchase produce, fruit, eggs, poultry, beef, pork, honey, dairy, pantry items, baked goods and gifts. If we don’t grow or raise it here, we work with local producers and artisans who operate with the same principles and standards for their animals, the earth, and the quality of their products as we do. It’s not too late...BECOME A CSA MEMBERLarge Veggie | Small Veggie | Egg | Flower | Milk *Pick up at the Farm Stand or Boat House check for upcoming Farm events

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Manager’sLetterManager’s Letter of owners seeking to enhance their homes by adding a patio, fence, or even a pool. Last, but not least, LifestyleA Note from Willowsford Lane is in full swing. We have a complete lineup of events for the whole family to enjoy this season including: Mother’s Day Brunch, Wineries at Willowsford, End of School Splash Party, and Father’s Day Crab Rebecca Lyons, CMCA, AMS, PCAM New amenities? We have those, too! In addition to HOA Community Manager the already extensive list of amenities in Willowsford, Development has added Wild Plum Pocket Park in The Grant and White Oak Tree House in The Greens. If you haven’t already, take the family to play bocce ball, disc golf, or volleyball; let the little ones test out their moves on the Kids’ Bike Track; have a quiet day fishing at any of the stocked ponds; enjoy a picnic at one of the outdoor pavilions; do it all! To view the Amenity Map log in to to the second issue of WillowsfordLife. Spring Finally, to our many new residents, welcome home! Ifhas sprung, and this is the busiest time of year for you need key fobs, website access, trash receptacles,the HOA team. We are diligently working with our would like to attend the next Willowsford 101, ortwo new landscape vendors on grounds maintenance simply have a question about the community, pleaseand revitalization of several entrance planting beds; email [email protected]. It is our utmost pleasurepreparing for the pools to open on Saturday, May 26th; to assist you in ensuring you make the most of thisand completing common area repairs. Additionally, amazingly unique community.Design Review is at its peak with a considerable number Willowsford Life Vol. 1, No. 2: Spring 2018 Copyright © Willowsford Homeowners Association, Inc. WillowsfordLife is a quarterly publication of Willowsford Homeowners Association, Inc., 23506 Founders Drive, Ashburn, VA 20148. Willowsford Homeowners Association, Inc. reserves the right to reject or edit any articles or other content submitted to it for publishing. Any opinions expressed by the authors of articles or other content published herein are the opinions of such author and in no way, represent the opinion of Willowsford Homeowners Association, Inc. Willowsford Homeowners Association, Inc. reserves the right to reject advertising determined to not be in keeping with the publication’s standards. Acceptance of advertising by WillowsfordLife does not constitute an endorsement of products or services advertised herein. Willowsford Homeowners Association, Inc. does not take responsibility for and does not undertake effort to validate any representations by advertisers. Willowsford, Willowsford Conservancy, and are all trademarks of Willowsford, L.L.C. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part of any material in this publication is expressly prohibited. Liability in the event of an error is limited to a printed correction. Printed in the USA.4 WillowsfordLife

WillowsfordContactsSycamoreHouse TheLodge 23506 Founders Drive 41085 Willowsford Lane Ashburn, VA 20148 Aldie, VA 20105 (571) 297-2586 (571) 297-2584Monday 9 AM - 5 PM Monday CLOSEDTuesday-Friday 9 AM - 9 PM Tuesday-Friday 9 AM - 9 PMSaturday 11 AM - 6 PM Saturday 11 AM - 6 PMSunday 11 AM - 4 PM Sunday 11 AM - 4 PM WillowsfordContacts ImportantContacts [email protected] LCSO Emergency – Dial 911 HOA Questions, Comments & Concerns LCSO Non-Emergency – (703) 777-1021 [email protected] Animal Control – (703) 777-0406 Exterior Modification Applications Republic Services – [email protected] [email protected] Trash – Tuesday & Friday Lifestyle Programming & Amenity Rentals Recycling – Tuesday [email protected] Yard Waste – Wednesday Willowsford Development Team NOVEC Electric – (703) 335-0500 [email protected] Washington Gas – (703) 750-1000 Conservancy, Trails & Campsites Loudoun County Sanitation Authority – (571) 291-7880 Verizon Fios Phone & Cable – (800) 837-4966 [email protected] Verizon Fios Internet – (800) 438-3467 Willowsford Farm Team SFMC, Inc. – (703) 392-6006Spring2018 5

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Spring 2018 The Taste of Healing Recreational Archery Range9 23 Just For Kids Pizzeria MOTO12 25 What to See, Where to Go, When to Do Gardeners Know All the Best Dirt14 28 Save-the-Date Community Clubs15 29 Camp Willowsford Split Decision16 30 Meet the Eisenbergs Eco-Friendly Lawn Care18 31 New Conservancy Board Members Winter Roundup22 32Spring2018 7

Spring2018 WillowsfordFarm The Taste of Healing Fighting Cancer with Veggies by Tracy Krulik Willowsford Resident “The mass that was on your pancreas two and a half years ago is still there,” the doctor said to me in 2007. “But don’t worry—it can’t be cancer. It’s smaller than it was back then.” That conversation was one piece of a crazy decade- long journey that started with me becoming as frail as an octogenarian in 1998, when I was 27-years old. Over the next nine years I found myself in and out of hospitals for debilitating symptoms—including pain, vomiting, and low blood sugar episodes—that flummoxed doctor after doctor after doctor. But in 2007, one M.D. figured it out. A mass on my pancreas was the root of all those years of misery. And it turned out that despite the belief that “cancer doesn’t reverse itself,” as I was told reassuringly by my doctor while we waited for biopsy results, that mass was, indeed, cancer—metastatic neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer, to be precise. A few weeks later I learned that the cancer had spread to my liver and my chest, and once that happened, my disease was deemed incurable. After consultations with myriad endocrinologists, oncologists, and surgeons, the decision was made to remove the primary tumor and half of my pancreas and leave the metastases for experimental radiation in Europe after I recovered from the surgery. But beginning Valentine’s Day 2008, every subsequent scan showed that the metastases were shrinking on their own. I didn’t even qualify anymore as a candidate for the radiation protocol. 9

WillowsfordFarmI was still concerned correlation betweenthough. Needing to know animal protein and liverif my cancer was a ticking tumor growth, both in a cohort study of Pilipino“I devoured any and alltime bomb waiting to gooff, I went on a mission children and then laterto figure out what the research I could find in controlled laboratoryheck was going on and do about cancer, and one experiments with rats.whatever I could to stop No matter how high thethe countdown. I devoured presence of the carcinogenany and all research I could aflatoxin, if animal protein (specifically in this study,word kept jumping outfind about cancer, and oneword kept jumping out to the milk protein, casein)me: diet. Maybe that was to me: diet.” was 20-percent of thethe reason for my good rat’s overall proteinfortune? consumption, the tumors grew. And when thatYou see, something changed in my life before the scan protein was reduced toin 2004 and the one in 2007: I switched to a vegetarian 5-percent, the tumors shrunk. ( in 2005. Could this be the answer? poured through research, including that of T. That was enough for me. Knowing that I had tumorsColin Campbell, professor emeritus of nutritional hitching a ride on my very own liver was all thebiochemistry at Cornell University, who found a motivation I needed to cut out eggs and dairy and go vegan. Willowsford Farm Stand 2 – 7 PM Tuesday & Wednesday 9 AM – 2 PM Saturday & Sunday Open May 1st – November 20th 23595 Founders Drive Ashburn, VA 20148 WillowsfordFarm.com10 WillowsfordLife

It turned out that I was discovering this news about the WillowsfordFarmcorrelation between diet and cancer right when it wasgetting hot. There was a growing cadre of books and Mighty Vegan Kale Pestomovies about the benefits of vegan and vegetarian Courtesy of Deb Drambydiets for our health, including the popular movie, ForksOver Knives, which included Dr. Campbell’s research, Retail & CSA Managerwhile revealing how switching to a plant-based dietcan reverse cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Ingredients •  7 cups kale (stemmed, washed, and packed)Interestingly, the research wasn’t just proving how •  5 cloves garlictaking out certain foods can make us healthier. There •  1/2 cup walnutswere studies on what to put into our bodies as well. •  1/4 cup olive oilAuthor and certified family physician, Joel Fuhrman, •  1/4 teaspoon salt, to tasteM.D., led the charge in this arena, with his “nutritarian” •  1/2 cup Go Veggie! grated parmesan (optional)diet—one that focuses on fueling our bodies with themost nutrient-dense plant-based foods. So, by removing 1.  Remove stems from kale and wash thoroughly.animal protein from my diet, I could potentially slow 2.  Add kale to food processor along with the garlic,down or reverse cancer growth, and by flooding mybody with nutrients and phytochemicals from foods walnuts, and Go Veggie! grated parmesan.such as kale, collards, mushrooms, beans, and berries, 3.  Pulse 5 or 6 times to get everything choppedI could also turn my immune system into a cancer-fighting machine. up. 4.  Turn the food processor on and slowly add theHere I am in 2018, and I’m still eating my Brusselssprouts and collard greens, and I feel incredible. It’s oil while the processor is coincidence that my husband and I chose to live in 5.  If you added 1/4 cup of oil, you will end up withWillowsford—a community built around a farm, whereI can walk a half mile up the road and load up my bags thick, spreadable pesto. You can stop here orwith as much cancer-fighting (and delicious!) produce if you desire a thinner consistency to use theas I want or need. pesto as pasta sauce, continue adding oil (about an additional 1/4 cup) until the pestoWill we ever know for sure if my diet is the reason reaches the consistency you want.that ten years later I still haven’t needed additional 6.  Use immediately or refrigerate for up to onemedical treatments to fight my cancer? No. We’ll never week (OR you can make the sauce in bulk andknow. But I’m going to keep doing what my docs have freeze it for later).prescribed for me: “Don’t change a thing. Whateveryou’re doing is working.” Recipe adapted from FoodFanatic.comTracy Krulik BioTracy Krulik currently writes about all-things “dog,”started her career writing about healthy living throughher memoir, I Have Cancer. And I’ve Never Felt Better!Her freelance work has appeared nationally in TheWashington Post, The Bark magazine, and WholeLife Times Magazine, and she is the “pets” columnistfor Alexandria Living Magazine. When Krulik is notwriting, she is a certified dog behavior consultant andseparation anxiety trainer. She lives with her husband,Tom, and their beloved pup, Emma the Beagle.Spring2018 11

JustForKids The Art Gallery My Dream Tree House Sonali Kapoor Georgia Betthauser Age 3 Age 5 Lena Lou Nolton Next Issue Age 7 Want to be featured in the next issue of12 WillowsfordLife? Summer is a season for exploring, adventure, fun, and so much more. Resident children ages 3-13: submit a drawing of your favorite summer activity! Kindly drop off artwork at Sycamore House or The Lodge by May 10th. On the back of submission please include: child’s name and age (may be published), plus parents’ names and address (used for verification purposes only). All submissions become the property of Willowsford HOA and may be published in a future issue. WillowsfordLife

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TheLifestyle Date Night Saturday, May 5 What to See, Where to Go, When to Do Summer Concert Friday, June 8 Springtime in Willowsford WillowsfordLife by Susan Walters HOA Lifestyle Manager April has arrived which means it’s time to get outside and enjoy our beautiful amenities in all their glory! New this year, we’re planning to host a few events at the various pavilions throughout the community. Ellenvale Park and Everfield Community Park are the perfect locations for family concerts and outdoor movies. Stay tuned for more details. Treat mom to an elegant Mother’s Day Brunch featuring farm-fresh ingredients and tasty beverages, held in the Sycamore House Courtyard. And let’s not forget about dad! We’re hosting a Father’s Day Crab Feast overlooking Willow Lake. Beer and crabs– what’s not to love? If you’re a wine enthusiast, don’t miss Wineries at Willowsford in June. For one day only, a handful of Northern Virginia’s premier wineries will come right to you. This year you can expect to see 8 Chains North, Sunset Hills Vineyard, 50 West Vineyard, and more. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and plan to spend the day with us. Lastly, with much anticipation, we await Saturday, May 26th when the pools re-open. Don’t forget to bring the kids to the End of School Splash Party, held at both Sycamore Pool and The Lodge Pool. Plus, the Willowsford Waves are gearing up for another winning season; registration is now open! Swim Team practice and meet schedule will be posted on > Calendar to keep up with everything happening at Willowsford. 14

TheLifestyle End of School Splash Party Wednesday, June 13Mother’s Day Brunch Sunday, May 13 Father’s Day Crab Feast Wineries at Willowsford Sunday, June 17 Saturday, June 2Spring2018 15

TheLifestyle Week 1 Week 4 6/18/2018 – 6/22/2018 7/16/2018 – 7/20/2018 Museum Masters Art Camp Culinary Camp Location: Sycamore House Location: The Lodge Ages: 5-8 Ages: 5-8 Camp 6/18/2018 – 6/22/2018 7/16/2018 – 7/20/2018Willowsford Discover Camp Challenge Island Mindcraft Mania Location: Sycamore House Location: The Lodge Ages: 9-12 Ages: 9-12 Week 2 Week 5Looking for an amazingly fun, one- 6/25/2018 – 6/29/2018 7/23/2018 –7/27/2018of-a-kind experience for your child Lego Brick Build Camp Lego Brick Build Campthis summer? Camp Willowsford will Location: Sycamore Houseinstill in your child a lifelong love for Location: The Lodgenature, good food and healthy living, Ages: 5-8 Ages: 5-8foster talents and explore unknowncapabilities - all in your very own 6/25/2018 – 6/29/2018 7/23/2018 – 7/27/2018backyard. There’s not another Conservancy Camp Conservancy Campcamp like it. From time spent on the Location: The LodgeFarm and in the Kitchen to Willow Ages: 9-12 Location: Sycamore HouseLake, from recreation spaces in Ages: 9-12Sycamore House and The Lodge, to Week 3the Conservancy’s new Cedar Pond Week 6Pavilion, learning opportunities at 7/9/2018 – 7/13/2018Willowsford have no bounds. Challenge Island Space Wars Camp 7/30/2018 – 8/3/2018 Extreme STEAM Art Camp Location: Sycamore House Ages: 5-8 Location: The Lodge Ages: 5-8Camp Willowsford registration 7/9/2018 – 7/13/2018is now open! Sign up today at Culinary Camp 7/30/2018 – 8/3/ Lego Jr. Robotics Location: Sycamore HousePrices range from $260-$370/week. Ages: 9-12 Location: The Lodge Ages: 9-1216 WillowsfordLife

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FamilyFeatureEisenbergs Life in The Grant by Kacie WardHOA Administrative CoordinatorGary and Sharon Eisenberg are the pure definition ofneighborly. “They are generous and selfless neighborswho are well liked by all in The Grant. We countourselves very fortunate to have the Eisenbergs asnext door neighbors,” says Tom Reynolds. They won’thesitate to strike up a friendly conversation, share theiradoration of the community with others, and welcomenew residents in. “At each event we end up meetingsomeone new and we enjoy making new friends,”says Sharon. Once, while hiking along the trails, Garyran into prospective buyers who had come to visitthe community but got lost. Of course he provideddirections, but also answered their questions aboutWillowsford and even invited them into his home fora tour.“It’s been a wonderful nuptials, the couple resided in South Florida for nearly three and a half a decade, but made the decision to move back when years here.” their two sons were preschool-age.As the principle of Franklin Middle School in Chantilly, And after 29 years in Fairfax County, Gary and SharonSharon has dedicated her life to service and education. made their final move: to Willowsford. They had noAs for Gary, after a successful career in sales as a intention of moving here, but their sons, now adultsmanufacturers representative, he retired last year and with their own families, convinced them to take a looknow spends his days assisting his family and friends. at the new communities popping up along Evergreen Mills Road in Ashburn. They discovered WIllowsfordGary and Sharon both grew up in the DC Metropolitan and the perfect single-level floorpan offered by Arcadiaarea. They met on a boat named the Miss Steak, which, paired with the opportunity to be closer to theiralthough their chance encounter was anything but. children, was something the Eisenbergs couldn’t resist.They married over Memorial Day weekend in 1976; this In September of 2014, they settled into their dreamMay will mark 42 years of wedded bliss. Following their home in The Grant. “This is the end for us,” Sharon declares happily.Spring2018 19

FamilyFeature“My fondest Willowsford memory is of participating to the annual ‘Eisenberg Open’ which entails Driving,in a Rev3 Adventure race through the trails, our first Chipping, and Putting Competitions. Afterwards, Garywinter here. Chef Bonnie’s chili waiting for us at the presents trophies to the winners and then the entireend made it all the more worthwhile,” Gary recalls. The group moves indoors for the 19th hole festivities!”Eisenbergs appreciate the farm-to-table aspect of thecommunity and especially enjoy attending events that The Eisenbergs are thrilled to have found Willowsford,involve Willowsford Kitchen, such as wine dinners and but more importantly to have met so many wonderfulcooking classes. They make the most out of the various residents that they now call friends.amenities throughout the community; you might spotthe duo hiking along the Grant Loop trail or lounging Do you know a family that should be featuredby Sycamore Pool with their three grandchildren in in the next issue of WillowsfordLife? We aretow. “It’s been a wonderful three and a half years looking for candidates who have unique,here,” says Sharon. interesting stories to share and are actively involved in the community!Apart from attending Willowsford-sponsored events,Gary and Sharon make time for their neighbors down Nominate a fellow household by emailingthe street. Sharon regularly meets up with fellow [email protected]. Please include yourresidents of Welbourne Walk Court for book club. reason why the family should be featured.Neighborhood gatherings and theme parties are notuncommon. They also enjoy hosting, especially whenthe weather is conducive to utilizing their puttinggreen. Tom divulges, “The putting green has given rise20 WillowsfordLife

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WillowsfordConservancy Claudette has been a Willowsford resident since 2015. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the New Trustees Claudette Papathanasopoulos (middle) and environmental movement. She began her career Chris Bodley (right) with Board President Mark Trostle serving in the U.S. Peace Corps in Zambia, working to stop deforestation and promote sustainable The Conservancy agriculture. Claudette spent the next decade as a Welcomes Two researcher for environmental non-profit groups, Residents to including the Ecology Center and Greenpeace. She is currently a full-time mom and part-time consultant Board of Trustees to environmental groups in D.C. When she’s not out biking, camping, or exploring with her two young children, you might find Claudette working in her yard. Her yard has been landscaped with native plants and designated a Wildlife Sanctuary by the Northern Virginia Audubon Society. Claudette holds a Bachelor’s in Engineering and Master’s in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan. Check out the new Willowsford Conservancy & Farm website at by Iris Gestram Setting up your Resident login: Conservancy Executive Director 1.  Visit January, Willowsford Conservancy welcomed 2.  Click orange ‘RESIDENT LOGIN’ box on thetwo residents to our Board of Trustees, Groveresident Chris Bodley and Greens resident Claudette top right of the webpage.Papathanasopoulos: 3.  Click ‘Lost your password?’ 4.  Enter your email address associated withChris and his wife, Dara, joined the Willowsford communitylargely because of their commitment to conservation the Willowsford HOA. This email addressand environmental stewardship. Chris looks forward to will be your username.supporting ongoing and future efforts; advancing the 5.  You will then be sent an email fromimplementation of programs that support the natural WordPress (be sure to check your spamdevelopment of Willowsford’s conservation spaces; and folder) and follow the link to set up apromoting a robust and rewarding relationship between password.our residents and the naturally occurring wildlife thatshare our community. WillowsfordLifeOriginally from Rochester, NY, Chris enjoys fall and winterweather. Chris supports the Federal Government, holdinga BA in Intelligence Studies from Mercyhurst College, anda Master’s in Cyber-Security and Information Assurancefrom Penn State.22

WillowsfordConservancy Recreational Upcoming Conservancy Events Archery Range & Join us for some exciting nature programs Archery Club this spring! Visit Programs to register:Work on the new Conservancy archery range continuesin the southern part of The Greens. Designed with •  April 21: Monarch Butterflies and Milkweedassistance from members of the Willowsford Archery Terrariums – a workshop and nature walkClub, the 10-lane range is scheduled for completion in with Conservancy Ranger Mark Ahlijanian,late spring and features a pavilion, storage area, picnic 9 - 11:30 AMtables, and space for archer education. •  April 26: Voices in the Night AmphibianThe Willowsford Archery Club is a Willowsford Walk – a lecture and nature walk withcommunity group sponsored by the HOA and Wildlife Biologist Kevin Rose; back byConservancy, established to promote the sport of popular demand! 7 - 9 PMarchery among community members of all ages andexperience levels. The club plans to hold an official •  TBD: Cedar Pond Pavilion Opening Eventrange opening and kickoff event once construction in The Greensis complete, so please be on the lookout for moreinformation as the event draws near!If you are interested in joining the Willowsford ArcheryClub or in learning more about archery or our events,please join our Facebook group.Spring2018 23

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Pizzeria MOTO LocalBusiness Serving Smiles 25 by the Slice by Kacie Ward HOA Administrative CoordinatorPizzeria MOTO customers can choose froma menu of pies that include The Mutz, ItalianGoat, Magnum P.I., and more. With a baseof sourdough crust, crushed tomatoes,and fresh mozzarella, you have the perfectcanvas for toppings such as shaved pancetta,sopressetta, basil, and brussels sprouts. AsTyler Smith, owner and pizzaiolo, emphasizes,“We put a lot of time into our crust, and I thinkit all starts there.” The Neapolitan-style pizzasare then fired in a 900-degree mobile oven,using only local hardwoods – each one takingjust mere minutes to crisp up to delectableperfection.Tyler, an Ashburn native, enrolled in culinaryschool at The Restaurant School of WalnutHill College in Philadelphia. But roughly a yearinto the program, he realized that traditionalFrench-style cooking just wasn’t his thing.“I really enjoy cooking and working withfood, but I couldn’t see myself working in atypical restaurant kitchen,” explains Tyler. Hereturned home, to American Flatbread wherehis passion for cooking with fire began.It was at American Flatbread where Tyler wasintroduced to Jay Clement, the original ownerof Pizzeria MOTO. Tyler was Jay’s faithful,right-hand man for over six years. The duoset up at local breweries and wineries to gainexposure, and then expanded into the privatecatering business. Eventually Jay moved ontoother endeavors, and in December of 2016Tyler took a leap of faith and purchased thebusiness. “I’ve always wanted to work withpizza, and I really love it. You don’t have toexplain pizza to anyone,” he says. You see,Tyler comes from a family of successfulentrepreneurs, so in his mind, it was inevitablethat he would ultimately follow the same path.Spring2018

LocalBusinessAnd even though Tyler is weekly special, the Marketconsistently booked for Pie, was topped withprivate events and other Willowsford Farm veggies.gigs, it doesn’t really feel “We looked forward tolike work since he’s fulfilling “I really enjoy cooking Pizza Tuesdays!” residenthis dream. “I get to work Jessica Trigiani says.with my friends everyday… and working with food, So, when and where canand when I’m doing an but I couldn’t see myself you get your hands on thisevent it’s usually someone delicious pizza? Pizzeriacelebrating something so working in a typical MOTO will be on-sitethat makes it even more restaurant kitchen.” serving up pies at Wineriesfun,” Tyler says. Some other at Willowsford on Saturday,friendly faces you might June 2nd. Stop by and saymeet at Pizzeria MOTO “Hello!” to Tyler and theinclude his one full-time rest of the Pizzeria MOTOemployee Andre, his fiancé team. Of course, if you justKelly, and his best friend can’t wait until then, theAndrew. mobile oven is availableIf you happened to stop by for weddings, rehearsalthe Farm Stand this past dinners, corporate events,fall, there’s a good chance you encountered the Pizzeria birthdays, and celebrations of all kinds. Give your guestsMOTO oven. The team was set up in the Farm Garden a unique and memorable experience with cateredfiring up fresh pies to pick up for lunch or dinner. The wood-fired pizza from Pizzeria MOTO. Courtesy of The Honest Love26 WillowsfordLife

Tyler Smith, Owner & Pizzaiolo LocalBusiness Call: (703) 915-1406 27 Email: [email protected] Web: Lucia Fresh Mozzarella, Crushed Tomatoes, Pecorino Romano, Basil, Sea Salt, EVOO Ave Maria Fresh Mozzarella, Arugula, Parmigiano Reggiano, EVOO, Pecorino Romano, Fresh Lemon Juice, Sea Salt Sophia Fresh Mozzarella, Crushed Tomatoes, Italian Sausage, Pecorino Romano, Garlic, White Onion, Sea Salt Olivia’s Verde Fresh Mozzarella, Walnut Pesto, Olives, Goat Cheese, Sea Salt, Pecorino Romano Rosa Crushed Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Roasted Red Peppers, Kalamata Olives, Pecorino Romano, EVOO, Sea Salt & More! Give your guests a unique and memorable experience with catered wood-fired pizza from Pizzeria MOTO. The mobile oven is available for weddings, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, birthdays, and celebrations. Pizzeria MOTO offers a full range of artisan pizzas and appetizers. Contact Tyler for a quote.Spring2018

CommunityClubs Courtesy of Jill NoltonGardeners Know This year we look forward to continuing our partnershipAll the Best Dirt with the Loudoun County Master Gardeners. Stay tuned for upcoming free seminars. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmentally sound horticulture practices and talk to experts about your specific gardening questions. Community Club Spotlight The Community Garden is located at the end of Marigold Mill Place in The Grange. Please stop by by Christine Somer and check it out. So, whether your passion is flowers, Willowsford Resident vegetables, or you’re just looking to relax, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the joys of gardening andSince its establishment in 2015, the Community Garden expand your connection with nature.Club has offered residents of all ages the opportunityto explore the rewards of organic gardening, expand For questions or to join the Facebook group pleasetheir passion for healthy eating, de-stress and build contact Christine Somer at [email protected] or Jillconnections with their neighbors. Scientific studies Nolton at [email protected] shown that digging in the dirt benefits your mind,body, and soul. Reserve Your Community Garden Plot Today!The Community Garden Club is open to all Willowsfordresidents, and no prior garden experience is required. Plots are available on a first-come, first-Current members have a wide range of knowledge serve basis. Please submit a signed Gardenand everyone is willing to share their gardening tips Plot Rental Agreement, $50 Rental Fee, andand, better yet, their harvests. Past club events haveincluded a Garden to Table Seminar, Summer Harvest $50 Deposit (in the form of two separateParty, and Fall Clean-Up BBQ. Our membership checks/money orders). The 2018 growingcontinues to grow with each passing season…don’t season runs from April 1st to October 31st.miss out on all the fun! Visit > Document Center to view the complete Community Garden Guidelines.28 WillowsfordLife

CommunityClubs Courtesy of Jill Nolton Courtesy of Jill Nolton Community Clubs •  Bourbon Club •  Brew Club •  Bunco Babes •  Community Garden Club •  Mountain Bike Club •  Recreational Sports Club •  Social Club •  Willowsford Cares •  The Wine Club North •  The Wine Club SouthJoining a Willowsford-Sponsored Community Club is a wonderful way to meet your neighbors, become familiar with the community, and make real world connections. Visit the Community Calendar online to view all upcoming club events and details. Each club also has a Facebook Group which residents can request to join.

CommunityStandardsSplit Decision to see Brightview’s crew helping out at some signature Lifestyle events, too. Dividing the GroundsMaintenance Contract Willowsford’s unique geographic design provides a rare opportunity to try this innovative approach to grounds by Christine Massey maintenance. By working in more concentrated areas, HOA Assistant Manager crews will be more efficient, pay closer attention to the details, and mowing schedules won’t fall behind due to those inevitable April showers. Join us in welcoming these great teams to our community!In case you haven’t caught on by now, we like to beinnovative here in Willowsford. So, when it came to ourgrounds maintenance contract, we didn’t disappoint.New this year, Willowsford HOA is working with twodifferent landscape companies to fulfill groundsmaintenance responsibilities. With Route 50 serving asthe gauntlet, each vendor will maintain one half of thecommunity. Nothing like a little friendly competition!Down to Earth Landscaping, Inc. is servicing The Grangeand The Grant. They are based out of New Jersey,where they have experience maintaining communitieswith natural landscape designs similar to Willowsford.Chris Merkler, from Down to Earth, says “We want toown Willowsford landscape. We want people to seehow beautiful it is and say ‘wow’!”Meanwhile, BrightView Landscapes, LLC is in The Grove WillowsfordLifeand The Greens. Several years ago, two companies-Brickman and ValleyCrest- merged into what is nowBrightView, a reputable nationwide company that runsa super smooth and efficient operation. You can expect30

CommunityStandardsEco-Friendly Lawn Care between 3.5- 4.5 inches depending on the type of grass) helps ensure that the root systems are deep Perfect Your Technique enough to protect the grass from getting scorched by the summer sun. To avoid stressing the grass, aMaintaining your yard in a traditional manner isn’t good rule of thumb is to cut no more than 1/3 ofalways the “greenest” endeavor. Whether it’s using the grass’s current height. Be sure to cut your grasschemical-laden pesticides and fertilizer or working with often so that you don’t have to take off too muchgreenhouse gas-producing lawn tools, some methods with each mowing.of lawn upkeep can be tough on the environment.Thankfully, there are plenty of eco-friendly ways you •  Consider trading in your gas-powered lawn mowercan keep your yard looking lush. So, reduce your for an electric or battery-powered mower. Gas-carbon footprint, and try some of these simple tips: powered engines contribute significantly to air pollution, so switching to an electric or battery- •  Conserve water by watering your lawn more heavily powered mower reduces carbon emissions. Both but less often. By doing this, you’re ultimately using types of mowers are easy to start, and battery- less water because the heavier watering lasts powered mowers are rechargeable and run up to longer, allowing you to spread out how often you 70 minutes. Electric and battery-powered versions need to water your lawn. Also, watering in the early of other gas-powered lawn tools, such as weed morning or early evening gives water a chance to whackers and leaf blowers, are also available, so soak into the soil without evaporating as it would consider swapping those out as well. during the hottest parts of the day. Finally, consider switching to water-saving sprinklers and hose •  Go organic when choosing a fertilizer. Organic nozzles. fertilizers take longer to show results than chemical fertilizers; however, organic fertilizer will improve •  Don’t cut grass too short. Keeping your grass at your soil quality in the long run and yield a much the tall end of its optimal mowing height (usually greener lawn. Conversely, chemical fertilizers can deplete your soil of minerals, pollute ground water runoff and cause soil to become too acidic.Let’s Create Your Outdoor Space Patios and Retaining Walls • Theme Gardens • Decks • Water Features Landscape Lighting • Pergolas and ArborsExtensive experience designing www.jgladesign.comand installing in YOUR community! (703) 789-0588(references available upon request) [email protected] Licensed and Insured

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