WV Food & Farm Coalition News

Fall has hit West Virginia! And that means a tremendous amount of local food activity is happening all over the state, and this newsletter is brimming over with everything you need to keep you up-to-date.  

There are a couple of exciting stories we'd like to highlight here. One of our board members, Mike Kwasniewski, owner of The Charm Farm, was featured in Civil Eats in the article What if One Farm Raised (Almost) Everything You Ate? Great work as always, Mike! 

And over at the WV Gazette-Mail, Shelly Keeney of The Wild Ramp wrote an excellent Op-Ed about the need to update West Virginia's laws regarding Cottage Food. This will be a policy issue for The Coalition in 2016. 

Thanks for reading, and have a happy fall!

The Southeast Regional Foodshed Gathering will be held at Cecil H. Underwood Youth Center at the WV State Fair Grounds in Fairlea, WV on Monday, November 2nd from 8:00AM - 4:00PM. 

Trainings on hands on farm skills, as well as the business of farming will be available. Meet your peers, learn about service providers, and enjoy locally sourced food! Register here! 

The second Request for Application (RFA) for FINI was announced on Tuesday, October 6th by the USDA. $16.8 million will be distributed to eligible organizations implementing programs that incentivize Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants to purchase fruits and vegetables.
To Apply!  

Upcoming Events
For a complete list of events visit http://wvfoodandfarm.org/news-media/events
WV Agriculture Innovation ShowcaseOct 16-17, Moorefield, WV
Oct 19, Welch, WV
West Virginia Women in Agriculture ConferenceOct 23-24, Davis, WV
Greenbrier Valley Farm Feast 2015Oct 23-24, Davis, WV
Virginia Healthy Food Retail SummitOct 28, 1-4pm, Richmond, VA. For more details and to RSVP email Melissa.assalone@heart.org, by October 13th.
Farm to Menu Mixer: Entrepreneurial Networking
Nov 1, Thomas Education Center, Thomas, WV
South East Regional Foodshed Gathering
Nov 2, State Fairgrounds, Fairlea, WV
Farm to Menu Mixer: Entrepreneurial Networking
Nov 2 (After the Foodshed Gathering), Hill and Holler Restaurant, Lewisburg, WV
Field to Tray ConferenceNov, 4-5, Rockville, Maryland
Blue Ridge CTC Agribusiness ConferenceNov, 6, Blue Ridge Technical College, Martinsburg, WV

Nov, 6-8, Durham, NC
 ASAP's 2015 Farm to School Conference
Nov 14, Asheville, NC
 Organic Growers School Hosts "Farm Dreams?" Workshop
Nov 21, Candler, NC
 2016: Futureharvest/CASA Beginning Farmer Training ProgramYearlong, Maryland
 Ben & Jerry's Grassroots Organizing for Social Change ProgramOctober 15, 2015
Application Deadline: October 19, 2015
No Deadline
 Organic Hardship Assistance - The Bricmont FundOctober 23, 2015
 Organic Growers School Farm Beginning Farmer Training ProgramOct 24- March 5, 2015, Candler, NC
 USDA Innovation ChallengeOctober 27, 2015
 Fuel Up To Play 60Nov 4, 2015
Farmer's Market Vendor Training Series Nov 10th, 17th, and 24th, Danville, VA
 New Economy WeekNov 9-15, 2015
 Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants ProgramNov 30, 2015
 American Association of University Women Career Development GrantDec 15, 2015
Grants Available Through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives (FINI) Grant Program

Dec 16, 2015 at 5 PM (EST)
 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
West Virginia Foodshed News
National Food News
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