With legislative session in full swing, the WV Food & Farm Coalition is asking you to take action. Hopefully everyone made a call to legislators on Tuesday, February 9th to show support for one or more of the WV Food & Farm Coalition supported bills. Continue to advocate for food and farm policies by using our guide to make phone calls to legislators. Attend Food & Farm Day of Action on February 23rd to participate in legislative meetings regarding each of the three WV Food & Farm Coalition policy issues, ensuring that the issues make it on committee agendas. Register here

Follow the legislative bills here for the remainder of legislative session. We will be updating the webpage every week.

Thank you for your support,

Visit our events calendar: http://wvfoodandfarm.org/news-media/events
Production Planning with Dr. Lewis Jett on February 18, 2016 at 10AM - 3:30PM in Oak Hill, WV

The Value Chain Cluster Initiative is hosting a Production Planning with Dr. Lewis Jett at the Oak Hill Holiday Lodge. Explore what market options are available in your backyard and learn from Dr. Lewis Jett about production planning methods to meet the demand. For more information about the event and to register, click here.
Free Lunch & Learn: "Growing Opportunity in Local Agriculture" in Huntington, WV at the Robert C. Byrd Institute on February 16th at 12PM

Join RCBI for a one hour luncheon to hear from the Coalfield Development Corporation, The Wild Ramp, and Refresh Appalachia about the growing local food and agricultural economy. Learn more about the event here.
WVU Extension Service Small Farm Conference 
February 25th -27th, 2016

The WVU Extension Service Small Farm Center hosts the 12th Annual West Virginia Small Farm Conference at the Civic Center in Charleston, WV. Participate in workshops, listening sessions, panel discussions, and attend a trade show, seed swap and silent auction. Support West Virginia farmers and stock-up on winter-hardy foods, goods and products at the Winter Blues Farmers Market & Local Dine Around on Thursday, February 25th from 4PM- 7:30PM. Register Here!
Beginning Farmer Listening Session @ W.Va. Small Farm Conference
Friday, February 26th, 2016 at 4:15PM

If you are a young or beginning farmer in West Virginia, circle the "Beginning Farmer Listening Session" in red on your W.Va. Small Farm Conference schedule. Connect with beginning farmers in West Virginia to share challenges, opportunities, ideas, and more. Hear about existing resources and projects in West Virginia, including the Sprouting Farms: Appalachian Croft, Resource and Training Center project.
Berea Gardens Center Five-Day On-Farm Training Program with Bob Gregory

In March, April, September, and October, the Berea Gardens Center is offering a Five-Day On-Farm Training Program again this year. Each course will include intensive classroom study and exposure to activities on the certified, sustainable, naturally-grown market farm located in the rolling hills of  West Virginia. The program will equip you with the knowledge and information that will allow you to grow high quality food with a maximum of efficiency. Registration costs for the course includes guest accommodations, meals and study materials. Learn more and make a reservation here.
Williamson Farmers Market is Hosting a BBQ Dinner and Processing Class in Downtown Historic Matewan, WV on March 1st at 6PM

Enjoy a barbecue dinner at Wingos Grill in Matewan, WV while Teresa Halloran from the WV Department of Agriculture presents on how to process and label your canned goods to sell at a farmers market or a commercial retailer. Click here for more information and to pre-register.
Appalachian Conference on Social Enterprise at Marshall University in Huntington, WV on March 17th & 18th 

Join business and community leaders for an exciting exploration of business' power to do good. Do you have an idea for investing in your community and earning profit? Do you believe profit is more than the money we can make? Join us for the region's first social enterprise conference and connect with other pioneers in this powerful sector. Visit the conference website here.
5th Annual Five-Day Sustainable Poultry School
March 7th - 11th, 2016
Marion, North Carolina

Sustainable Poultry School is partnering with Equip International and the Global Poultry Initiative for their comprehensive, week-long educational experience for anyone interested in breeding, hatching, raising, marketing, cooking, exhibiting and preserving standard bred poultry. Learn more about the Five Foundational Pillars of the school on their website.
"Plant in a Box: A Solution for USDA-Inspected Poultry Processing?" Webinar on February 25th at 1PM (EST)

Hear from John Smith of Maple Wind Farm in Vermont, the first farm in the country to own and operate a Plant in a Box (PIB). David Schafer and Greg Gunthrop will talk about how the PIB concept started and what the future for PIB looks like. Listen to the webinar here.
Grow Your Own Mushrooms Workshop 
March 5, 2016 9AM - 11AM
Concord, North Carolina

Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm is hosting a "Grow Your Own Mushrooms" Workshop.
Whether you are interested in growing mushrooms for their exceptional taste, their nutritious value, or their commercial potential, this class will get you started. Register for the workshop here.

Register for ASAP's Business of Farming 2016 Conference on Saturday, February 20th. 

The conference provides workshops, resources, and structured networking opportunities to help farmers grow and diversify their businesses. Register for the conference here.

Deadline: March 31, 2016

Various (Fall, Winter)

Letter of Intent Deadline: February 12, 2016

Deadline: February 22, 2016

Deadline: March 18, 2016

February 19th, 2016

Fellowship Begins March 2016

No Deadline

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Visit our free library: http://wvfoodandfarm.org/resources/

The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition is continuing to provide support for West Virginia Foodsheds by coordinating the cultivation of relationships to grow a resilient local food system. Visit our newly updated West Virginia Foodsheds Resource Pages to read about what is going on in your foodshed and to join the conversation with your community. 

Tom Snyder, Ph.D. with the WVU Extension Service Small Farm Center recently published the Introduction and Chapter I of the Cooperative Development Guide. The Development Guide is a public, online resource for new and emerging food hubs and incubator training farms cooperative boards. 

The National Association of Agricultural Educators created an "Ag Teacher's Life Cycle" infographic for users to learn more about the career stages of agricultural educators and the programs NAAE offers for each stage.

State and National Policy Page: http://wvfoodandfarm.org/initiatives/policy/

The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition presented three legislative issues to legislators on Tuesday, January 26th at Local Foods Day 2016 in Charleston, WV. Read more about our 2016 legislative issues in our Legislative Packet. If you are interested in advocating for one or more of the issues, join us at the State Capitol on February 23rd for Food & Farm Day of Action.

Members of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) set 2016 policy priorities for sustainable agriculture at the annual Winter Meeting in Davis, California. Read about the priorities here
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