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In This Issue
Tri-State Farm & Food Conference in Huntington Nov. 6
AARP Benefits Summit to focus on SNAP Access Nov. 4
Webinar Series on Building Food Systems Nov. 18
Food Council Discussion Nov. 22
Position Opening: NCIF Business Lender

The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition is an initiative of the West Virginia Community Development Hub with funding from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.  The Coalition is establishing a statewide conversation about the development of local food systems across West Virginia, with the goal of providing healthy, locally-produced food to all citizens, especially low income families and other vulnerable groups. 

The Coalition's startup process is advised by a temporary advisory committee.  As we gain members, we are working towards a more developed decision-making structure inclusive of the various geographic regions of the state as well as a broad range of stakeholders.  We invite you to get involved!

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Greetings from the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition.  This week -- and this season -- brings us a variety of events related to food and food access in West Virginia.  See below.

Help us reach more people interested in local food, agriculture and nutrition access in WV by forwarding this message to anyone who may want to join the list.

Tri-State Farm & Food Conference:
Huntington, November 6, 2010

Last chance to sign up!  West Virginia University Extension and Unlimited Futures invite you to attend the first-ever Tri-State Farm & Food Conference to be held in Huntington, WV, on Saturday, November 6, 2010.  For more information, and to register, click here. 

The conference was born from the desire to revolutionize the foodshed, or food system, in the 50 mile radius of Huntington, which includes 15 counties located throughout West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Under the direction of the
WVU Extension Service WV Small Farm Center, the conference offers classes in topics ranging from farmers markets, farmer grants, poultry, farm to institution, and value adding.

The WV Food & Farm Coalition is contributing to the conference by organizing a workshop geared towards beginning and transitioning farmers.  We hope to see you there!

AARP Benefits Summit to focus on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program


AARP is pleased to invite you to a Benefits Summit on Thursday, November 4, 2010, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Charleston Marriott Town Center in the Hawks Nest Room.  Lunch and parking will be provided.  As part of its "Create The Good" campaign, AARP has launched a national anti-hunger initiative that includes distributing outreach and planning toolkits on helping older Americans who are food insecure; working to simplify and eliminate barriers to enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); and encouraging and helping older adults apply for SNAP benefits.  Hear presentations from state and national experts such as Lori Strauss with the AARP Foundation, Ellen Vollinger with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Division of Children and Families. 


 RSVP to Angela Vance at 304-340-4603 or avance@aarp.org by COB Monday, November, 1, 2010.

National Good Food Network Webinar Series on Building Food Systems


The National Good Food Network offers a series of monthly webinars on local food systems development.  The archived webinars provide a valuable resource.  Visit the complete list of past and future webinars here


Upcoming webinars (note that registration is required for live participation):

November 18, 2010: Leveraging Existing Infrastructure for Significant Food System Change: Food Hubs, Regional Distribution, Farm to School, and more - Register Now!


Food Council Discussion:  Save the Date for November 22 at 2pm

Individuals and groups interested in a collaborative approach to addressing statewide local food and food policy issues are invited to attend a continuing discussion on the concept of a West Virginia Food Council.  The discussion will take place as an in-person meeting in the Clarksburg area on Nov. 22 at 2pm; individuals who cannot attend in person are invited to participate via conference call.  Please save the date and look for further announcements with location details.

Position Opening:  Business Lender for sustainable enterprise (incl. agriculture)


Position:  Business Lender for Natural Capital Investment Fund

Location: Beckley, WV (however we will consider a location in Charleston, WV)


The Business Lender is responsible for generating new loans for NCIF's new Central Appalachian Fund, servicing a loan portfolio that meets NCIF's mission, financial and risk goals, and assisting with the refinement of NCIF's policies and practices.  The Central Appalachian Fund will target small and mid-sized renewable energy, sustainable forestry and value-added agricultural businesses in West Virginia, southwest Virginia, northeast Tennessee, Kentucky, and southeast Ohio.
For more information, click here.
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