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Participant Guide: Regional Buyer Producer Mixer July 18

Regional Buyer Producer Mixer July 18, Participant Guide

Greenbrier Valley “Site Visit” on December 8 digs into regional food work and opportunities

  On December 8, the Greenbrier Valley Local Foods Initiative, an initiative of the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation, will be hosting a Greenbrier Valley Convening to share local food production and marketing activities in the Greenbrier Valley and across the “Corridor” between VA and OH, through WV.   The gathering will draw participants from the…

Join us for a WealthWorks Forum & Workshop, October 20, 2016

VC2 and partners are hosting a forum and workshop on October 20 in Charleston! We hope you’ll join us! Showing Local Food System and Regional Development Impact: WealthWorks Forum & Workshop Join your fellow local food system leaders and practitioners, officials, and economic developers to learn how the WealthWorks framework (www.wealthworks.org) works for evaluating and…

WV Local Food Corridor Project

In addition to the Value Chain Cluster Initiative (VC2), our parent organization Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF) is also administering a pilot project called the WV Local Food Corridor Project. Here is a brief update on this project. In October of 2015, several members of the Central Appalachian Network (CAN) aligned efforts to pursue development…

The Lean Farm – a book every farm business needs

Having read great reviews of it, I picked up The Lean Farm by Ben Hartman this spring. I’ve read a lot about farm profitability, but this book is different. It’s practical. It’s full of tips. It’s already helped us improve our farm efficiency. As Joel Salatin’s book review on the back of the book states,…

Network shares local food distribution challenges and solutions on visit to KISRA

Network shares local food distribution challenges and solutions on visit to KISRA

Figuring out how to viably move local food to market is a challenge in West Virginia, where producers are often spread out and far from profitable market centers. On March 23, a group of people dedicated to tackling this issue of aggregation and distribution of local food convened at the Kanawha Institute for Social Research…

New Tool Available for Farmers and Restaurants! Farm to Table Viability: Best Practices & Tips for Farmers, Restaurateurs, and Chefs

New Tool Available for Farmers and Restaurants! Farm to Table Viability: Best Practices & Tips for Farmers, Restaurateurs, and Chefs

This tip sheet came out of the lessons learned during our recent Farm -to-Menu mixers held in collaboration with Future Harvest CASA and local partners Potomac Highlands Food and Farm Initiative (PHFFI) and Greenbrier Valley Local Foods Initiative (GVLFI). If you are a farmer, restaurant owner, or chef that is interested in making farm-to-restaurant sales…

Greenbrier Valley Pasture Network & VC2 Support Carbon Sequestration through Farming Practices

Greenbrier Valley Pasture Network & VC2 Support Carbon Sequestration through Farming Practices

In June, VC2 partnered with the Greenbrier Valley Pasture Network and NCIF to conduct a grazing management class for WV livestock farmers at Swift level Farm in Lewisburg.  Jim Gerrish, the leading expert in the study and practice of Management-Intensive Grazing (MIG) taught a two day course about MIG, a method of sustainable land use for…

Nov 1&2: Farm-to-Menu Mixers seek to build relationships, understanding, and business success

Nov 1&2: Farm-to-Menu Mixers seek to build relationships, understanding, and business success

This post highlights the Farm to Menu Mixers coming up on November 1 in Thomas WV and November 2 in Lewisburg WV, organized in collaboration with the Greenbrier Valley Local Foods Initiative, Future Harvest CASA, and the Potomac Highlands Food and Farm Initiative. Registration info below.   Earlier this year VC2 launched a restaurant outreach…

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