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MEAT your Profit Potential: Alleghany Meats Site Visit

MEAT your Profit Potential: Alleghany Meats Site Visit

On July 10 in Monterey, Virginia Market trends indicate consumers’ desire to buy local meat; how can our facilities, retailers and restaurants capture those consumer dollars? The WV Food and Farm Coalition Meat Working Group & partners VC2 and Natural Capital Investment Fund have developed a series of trainings for West Virginia’s niche meat businesses….

June 16 Webinar “Putting Local on the Menu” part of collaborative effort to boost restaurant profitability and local food sourcing

June 16 Webinar “Putting Local on the Menu” part of collaborative effort to boost restaurant profitability and local food sourcing

Are you a restaurant, caterer, or other food business that wants to increase purchasing of local foods or enhance your marketing? Join VC2 and our local WV partner organizations for this interactive webinar, either online from your computer or at one of our in-person viewings! This is the first of a series of trainings and promotion efforts targeted to…

New toolkit released: Hiring Labor for your WV Farm or Food Business

New toolkit released: Hiring Labor for your WV Farm or Food Business

If you have a growing farm business in WV and are considering hiring help, this toolkit is for you! This guide walks you through the steps to making good decisions when hiring, and demystifies the laws and paperwork you must follow to legally and profitably hire an employee. Developed specifically for WV farm and food businesses, the toolkit…

Planning, Innovating, Marketing: Vested Heirs grows a new farm business out of old roots

Planning, Innovating, Marketing: Vested Heirs grows a new farm business out of old roots

If you have driven on Rt 50 between Preston and Tucker counties, you are surely familiar with the rolling WV farmland cast against the stunning background of the soft Appalachian mountains. As you drive through this region, steeped in farm family history, something different might catch your eye.  Long rows of vegetables and a high…

Value Chain Cluster Initiative – Keeping up the gap work!

Value Chain Cluster Initiative – Keeping up the gap work!

What does VC2 to exactly?  Many different things, but perhaps one of the most important is filling in the gaps. We help clients prioritize which issues to tackle first, we connect clients to the best resource,  we add a communication link between the clients and their technical assistance contractors when we see signs of a breakdown,…

Greenbrier Valley Pasture Network: Growing and planning for years to come

Greenbrier Valley Pasture Network: Growing and planning for years to come

The Greenbrier Valley Pasture network, a small group of energetic and excited farmers interested in sustainable pasture-based livestock production and healthy food systems, is growing. This Farmer group started 5 years ago in a living room with just a few core members and now has 25 farms represented, growing all manner of animals from rabbits,…

Opportunity: WVFMA New Vendor Launch Program

The WVFMA is offering a New Vendor Launch Program:  Check out their announcement below or here on their website! It is a great opportunity for new and beginning vendors. The West Virginia Farmers Market Association (WVFMA) is proud to announce the launch of a new training program designed to train and educate farmers market vendors….

An Interview with a WV Aggregator

An Interview with a WV Aggregator

Interview with Karen Hawk, Coordinator at the Mid-Ohio-Valley Edibles Grower’s Association (MOVE), VC2 client MOVE is an aggregator and online marketplace for farmers in Jackson, Calhoun, Clay, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties. They have recently added new members. MOVE is also working with young and upcoming farmers in the area. They sell product to…

Annie’s Project: Risk Management for Farm Women to be offered by WVU Extension Service

Annie’s Project, the popular program which provides risk management education for women in agriculture, is coming back to our local area through the West Virginia University Extension Service. An advanced level is being added for participants who completed the original training. Annie’s Project provides training, resources and networking opportunities to help West Virginia women build viable, efficient and sustainable…

Branding and Marketing Niche Products at Beeappy Farm

Branding and Marketing Niche Products at Beeappy Farm

Beeappy Farm is a small farm in the Mid-Ohio Valley that raises honeybees, horses, and specialty heritage poultry using integrated farming techniques, in an effort to preserve the land for future generations and produce a quality flavorful product. Beeappy entrepreneurs Jane & Larry Caswell began farming as a means of raising healthier, home-grown food for…

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