In our last newsletter we announced several efforts to support West Virginia farmers impacted by the #WVFLOOD. We are heartened by the response from community members and friends and family from across the country. To continue to provide farmers with the resources to receive flood relief and financial assistance, the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition is partnering with Hudson Farms and Starlings Coffee & Provisions to host a Farm-to-Table Benefit Breakfast in Charleston on Saturday, July 16th @ 8AM - 11AM. 

The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition is continuing to raise funds through our gofundme account, "WV Farmers Impacted by #WVFLOOD". And, please offer our contact information to farmers affected by the #WVFLOOD who are in need of assistance.  

Thank you for any and all of your contributions during this time of hardship.

Best wishes,

West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition
Thank you to Mike Kwasniewski, WVFFC Board Vice President, for hosting the Charm Farm Barn Dance!

Photos of WVFFC Staff at the Charm Farm Barn Dance
Event RECAP: Annual Advocacy Training and Workshop:

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"Co-op Owned and Operated Processing-Cattle Producers of Washington and the LPCA Plant" Webinar on Tuesday, July 26 at 1PM (EST)

"Livestock producer co-ops are often interested in owning and operating their own processing plants.  On this webinar, we'll hear the story of one co-op, Cattle Producers of Washington, and their journey to build and operate their own plant, the LPCA Plant in Odessa, WA.  We'll learn how they got started, how they financed the plant, and hear about the build-out process.  We'll talk about the LPCA's first few years of operation: successes, challenges, and surprises along the way." To learn more about the webinar and to register, click here.

West Virginia Regional Food Aggregation and Distribution Meeting and Site Visit on Wednesday, August 17th in Davis, West Virginia

The Ohio and WV Food Hub Network and the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition's Aggregation and Distribution Working Group (The Hub Club) are hosting a site visit to the Highland Market in Davis, West Virginia, lunch, and afternoon meeting to discuss food hub policies, procedures, and programs that ensure successful engagement with growers. Register here.

Food Policy Networks' "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" 2nd Annual Photo Contest 

"The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) Food Policy Networks (FPN) project is a catalyst for food system change, helping build the capacity of local and state food policy organizations. But, what does food policy actually look like in action? In 2015, FPN hosted the first of an annual photo contest to solicit photos that capture food policy in action across the country. [They] invite you to share your vision of food policy with [them] again this year. Submissions accepted through August 31, 2016." More information here.

SAVE THE DATE: Women Working in the Meat Business October 2nd - 4th, 2016 at the Camp Chestnut Ridge and Retreat Center

NC Choices' Women Working in the Meat Business brings together women farmers, processors, and professionals from across the country who raise, butcher, prepare, and/or market pasture raised meat. In a focused, hands-on setting, women convene in North Carolina for over two days of training, from on-farm management to butchery, by the nation's top professionals. Courses are designed to help women tackle real and perceived barriers in their career by offering educational, technical, and business planning assistance while also providing opportunities to build and expand professional networks. Register here.

Farm Aid Concert on September 17th in Bristow, Virginia 

"Farm Aid's annual concert is an all-day music and food festival, featuring a unique lineup of artists and genres and family farm-identified, local and organic foods with its own HOMEGROWN Concessions®. In Farm Aid's HOMEGROWN Village, attendees will have the chance to meet farmers, engage in hands-on food and farm activities, and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health."

SAVE THE DATE: Third Annual Agribusiness Conference on Friday, November 4th in Martinsburg, West Virginia

If you have any questions, call or email Tiffany Hine 304-433-2677; or Morgan Seeley 304-839-4411


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Food Sleuth Radio upcoming interview line-up for July 2016: July 14th: Anthony Flaccavento, July 21st: Peter Menzel, July 28th Keeve Nachman, Ph.D. For more information about each guest visit the Food Sleuth Radio website here.
State and National Policy Page:

Read NSAC's update on the "GMO labeling bill". 
Listen to Inside School Food's recent episode "Why #STOPTHEBLOCK?" to learn more about the impacts of block grants on the standards, policies, and protocols of child nutrition here.
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