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.

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Nourishing Farming, Community, and Hope

December 5-6, 2018
Blue Ridge Community College
Plecker Workforce Development Center
Weyers Cave, Virginia

Perspectives on the theme
"Nourishing Farming, Community, and Hope"

  • Dr. Mike Rosmann, an Iowa clinical psychologist and farmer, helps farmers deal with stress and anxiety related to farming's unpredictability.
  • Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III of the Black Church Food Security Network will provide lively discussion nourishing local communities.
  • Penn State specialists will take High Tunnels to the next level and discuss managing soil and pests.
  • Rachel Armistead of Sweet Farm will discuss how fermentation may add value to your agricultural products and will demonstrate how it’s done.
  • Dave Montgomery and Anne Biklé, renowned authors, will share the importance of microbial soil health and its relationship to human health.

A FREE community event is open to the public on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the BRCC Plecker Workforce Center. Enjoy an evening talk and conversation with authors David Montgomery and Anne Biklé on the important role soil ecology plays in restoring land and health. Books will be available for sale and signing.

If you have questions or if you need assistive devices to attend, please call (540) 232-6006 or 6010 at least five days prior to the event.

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 or Kim Niewolny if you want to be more involved.