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This week we continued to meet with communities for our Foodshed Pilot Project. The Coalition staff traveled to Hinton, West Virginia to discuss the gaps, existing assets, and efforts to strengthen the growth of our local food system with producers in Summers County and Alderson, West Virginia. And, of course, to enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Chestnut Revival. Read about the meeting here.

It's that time of year again! The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition is developing our 2017 legislative priorities that support the needs of our food and farm community. Please take a moment to cast your vote for the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition's 2017 Legislative Issues below. The deadline to submit your vote is Monday, August 1st @ 11:59PM (EST). 

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West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition
Purchase a (super soft) Flood Relief T-Shirt to support WV farmers impacted by the #WVFLOOD here. Additionally, the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition continues to accept donations through the "WV Farmers Impacted by the #WVFLOOD" gofundme page. To provide farmers with financial assistance in a timely manner, we will be closing the gofundme page in early August to distribute the funds.  
Event RECAP: Annual Advocacy Training and Workshop: http://wvfoodandfarm.org/event-recap-annual-advocacy-training-and-workshop/

Visit our events calendar: http://wvfoodandfarm.org/news-media/events
"Before You Leap: Hidden Implications of Food Hub Business Growth" NGFN Webinar on Thursday, July 28th @ 3:30PM 

The National Good Food Network and Tera Johnson, founder of the Food Finance Institute at University of Wisconsin, will be discussing the "three roads not yet taken" that food hubs encounter and how to manage for success. Register for the webinar here.

GAP-Ready Training for Regional Market Opportunities on August 2nd in Charleston, WV

The WV Local Food Corridor Project and GAP trainer, Wythe Morris of Ag-Con Agricultural Consulting, will be presenting on basic GAP instruction for wholesale markets, FSMA Final Rule information, setting up the Food Safety Plan of Action Manual, applying for GAP certification, and how to sell to Appalachian Harvest and CAMC value chain. Registration deadline is July 31st. Resister here.

"Navigating a Treacherous Landscape: A Practitioner's Guide to GAP Food Safety Certification & the Food Safety Modernization Act" Webinar Hosted by the Chesapeake Foodshed Network on Tuesday, August 2nd at 1PM (EST) 

"For produce growers, now more than ever food safety certification is a major hurdle to entering and staying competitive in the wholesale marketplace. More and more buyers are requiring 3rd party audits and frequently farmers are left to find their own way through a confusing and complicated food safety landscape. Add to this the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act and you have a perfect recipe for dismay and misinformation. In this webinar we will attempt to demystify the mysterious, find out what questions farmers and buyers should be asking each other, and answer some of the burning questions about FSMA and food safety audits." Register 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 before August 10th here.

J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works Farm-To-Table on Tuesday, August 16th @ 6:30PM

Celebrate the season with Chef Geoff Kraus at the J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works Farm-to-Table dinner and support the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition. A portion of each ticket price benefits the Coalition. Tickets on sale now! Purchase your ticket here

National Farmers Market Week is August 7th - 13th

National Farmers Market Week (NFMW) is an annual celebration sponsored by the United Staes Department of Agriculture (USDA) that highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation's food system. Now in its 17th session, NFMW always lands on the first full week of August. Check out the NFMW Media Kit under Food and Farm Resources.

2015 Farm to School Census Overview Webinar on August 11th at 3 - 4PM (EST)

The USDA FNS Office of Community Food Systems and National Farm to School Network will provide an overview of the Farm to School Census website and the soon to be released data explorer tool. Register for the webinar here.

WVU Extension Service Small Farm Center 20th Annual Tax School in October and November

The 2016 National Income Tax Class will be October 31st - November 1st in Charleston, WV AND November 2nd - 3rd in Morgantown, WV. Farm, Forestry, and Natural Resource Tax Education Class will be November 4th in Morgantown. For more information about the classes, click here.


Deadline: July 29th, 2016 
11:59PM (EST)

Deadline: October 6, 2016

Deadline: October 15, 2016

Deadline: August 12, 2016

No Deadline

No Deadline

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

National Farmers Market Week August 7th -13th Media Kit.

8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference materials and resources available here.

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

West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition's Legislative Issues Ballot is now available! Deadline to cast your vote is Monday, August 1st.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) gives a breakdown of the Democratic National Platform on agricultural policy. Read the full breakdown here.
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If you have any questions or want to learn more about the Directory, 
contact Evelyn Hartman at ehartman@wvfoodandfarm.org OR (304) 877-7920. 
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