Community, Local, and Regional Food Systems

Local, Community, and Regional Food Systems

Virginia’s food system directly impacts the survival and viability of farms and farmland; the economic development of rural and urban communities; the care, restoration, and resilience of ecological resources such as local waterways; and critical health issues. Demand for local and regionally identified foods continues to grow in Virginia and across the United States. It has also created a myriad of economic and social opportunities for agricultural producers, entrepreneurs, and communities.

Virginia Cooperative Extension, in cooperation with community partners, hosted the 2016 Community, Local, and Regional Food Systems (CLRFS) Forum on Tuesday, March 29, at the Carillon Bell Tower in Byrd Park, Richmond, Virginia.

The CLRFS Forum featured presentations, exhibits and posters of Extension programming related to the development and strengthening of Virginia’s community, local and regional food systems. Our goal was to facilitate dialogue and a shared understanding of the innovative approaches and collaborations that comprise food systems work in Virginia to collectively bring about social, economic, and ecological change that benefits all residents. This Forum was therefore one step in helping to develop a collective strategy to enhance and promote community, local, and regional food systems resources, information, and partnerships. 

Enjoy the presentations of the day and contact Joyce Latimer jlatime@vt.edu or Kim Niewolny niewolny@vt.edu if you want to be more involved.

  • Agenda and Introduction
    • Forum Agenda
    • Steering Committee
    • Forum Introduction Presentation
  • Food Access and Security Roundtable
    • Extension's Roles in Building Capacity, Nurturing Food System Development, and Informing Policy
    • Evaluation of CLRFS Work
    • The Farmacy Garden Background
    • The Farmacy Garden: A unique, integrated collaboration between New River Health District, Virginia Family Nutrition Program, and Virginia Cooperative Extension – Montgomery County
  • Programs in Food Systems and Food Security
    • Virginia Cooperative Extension's Food Access and Availability Project: Increasing Access to Virginia's Farmers Markets
    • Eradicating Food Deserts in the City of Suffolk
    • Impact of Food Demonstrations at Local Farmers Markets and Food Pantries
    • Community Gardening on the Peninsula
  • Innovation in Educational Approaches Processes & Evaluation
    • Local Food Systems Graduate Course for Extension Agents
    • Southwest Virginia's Community Food Security Assessment
    • Food Innova1tions Program Mission
    • Advancing the Success of Virginia's Food Entrepreneurs
  • Poster
    • Vegetable Crops Research and Extension Program at the Eastern Shore AREC, Virginia Tech
    • Food For Thought: A Plant-Based Partnership with Roanoke City Public Schools, Master Gardeners and Master Food Volunteers
    • Urban Agriculture as an Avenue for Transforming Food Insecure Neighborhoods
    • Urban Food Deserts: Working Across Disciplines to Address Food Insecurities in Richmond, Virginia
    • Water, Food, and Farm Commons: Collectively Improving Watershed Health and Nutrient Pollution Across the Shenandoah and Rappahannock River Basins of Virginia
    • Establishing a Curriculum for Sustainable Vegetable Gardening
  • Soils/Farming/Safety
    • Farm-to-Table Continuum and Multiple Points where Food Contamination Occurs
    • Amendments for Improving Urban Soils
    • Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program: A Participatory Approach to Beginning Farmer Start-up and Sustainability