WV Food & Farm Coalition News

It's July, and much like side-dressing a field of knee high corn, we're working on building the foundation for the future of the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition. 

We've hoping that in the next year, we'll have a couple new rabbits in our hat: programs that get us out to you to talk about the needs of your community; a collaborative push toward cooperative business structures; and an in-depth report on what types of food businesses are working well in West Virginia. And that's just a few. 

Keep an eye out here and on www.wvfoodandfarm.org for all of that and more! 

The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition 

After our June Advocacy Training and following priority survey, we're proud to announce our four 2016 Policy Priorities! These priorities include cottage foods; increasing local products at institutions; tax incentives for harvesting, storing, and transporting food donations; and land-use transparency. Read on!

"I'd love to buy local - but it's too expensive!" We've all heard this before, but as it turns out, it's not always true - especially for restaurants. This webinar featured best practices for restaurants who want to local source, and demonstrated the Local Food Cost Calculator, a tool to figure out exactly how much more local food could cost a restaurant per serving.  Read on!

Upcoming Events
For a complete list of events visit http://wvfoodandfarm.org/news-media/events
 Charm Farm Barn Dance (WVFFC Fundraiser)July 11, Beverly, WV
VC2 Local Food Field Day SurveyJuly 15, Online
Green Bank Herb FairJuly 17-18, Green Bank, WV
Webinar: Whole Measures for Community Food ProjectsJuly 23, Online, 1:00-2:15 pm
Helping Young Minds Grow: Garden Based Learning Workshop July 27, North Elementary School, Morgantown, WV
PASA Summer ConferenceAugust 6-7, Centre Hall, PA
WV State Fair August 14-23, Fairlea, WV
WV Urban Agriculture Conference Sept 17, 2015
Mother Earth News FairSept 18-20, Seven Springs, PA
Create WV ConferenceSept 24-26, Fayetteville, WV
 Appalachian Food SummitSept 26, Abingdon, VA
 Carolina Meat ConferenceOct 12-13, Winston-Salem, NC
Plum Creek Foundation GrantJuly 31, 2015
 American Honda Foundation GrantAugust 1, 2015
Golden Carrot AwardAugust 15, 2015
Lowe's Community Partner GrantAugust 28, 2015
 Local Foods, Local Places 2015Sept 15, 2015
2015 Organic Certification Cost Share ProgramSeptember 30, 2015
 WV Farm Service Agency - Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program & Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised FishVarious (Fall, Winter)
 Home Depot Community Impact GrantsOngoing
 Wild Ones Grants for School Gardens and Community Nature AreasOngoing
  Wholesome Wave: How to Choose a Business StructureToolkit
West Virginia Foodshed News
National Food News
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