Community, Local, 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.
- Foundations of Local Food Systems Development
- Academic Resources
- 4-H / Youth
- CLRFS Forum
The Evolving Heritage of Food and Farming in Virginia
An interview with Jeff Ishee of On the Farm Radio and Virginia Farming
As part of the Foundations of Local Food Systems Development course — which Virginia Cooperative Extension is developing with North Carolina State University and Clemson University Extension — Jeff Ishee responded to a number of questions. For a number of years, Ishee has worked closely with VCE in his role with On the Farm Radio and Virginia Farming.
- Community, Local, and Regional Food Systems
- Community, Local, and Regional Food Systems (CLRFS) Forum Report
- Community, Local, and Regional Food Systems (CLRFS) Forum Executive Summary
- VCE Model of Community, Local, Regional Food Systems
- A Resource Guide for Start-up Military Veteran Farmers
- The Basics of On-Farm Safety: An Introductory Guide by the AgrAbility Virginia Program
- Mental Health Topics for Farm Families and Caregivers: An AgrAbility Virginia Program Resource
- Northern Virginia 4-H Center works with local foods and fitness at camp Farm to school and after school programs
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.
- Agenda and Introduction
- 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
- Innovation in Educational Approaches Processes & Evaluation
- 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