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Congratulations to Hawks Knob Cidery & Sunset Berry Farm!

Congratulations to Hawks Knob Cidery & Sunset Berry Farm!

The Create West Virginia Conference was held in Fayetteville, WV on September 24 and 25th. One of the high points in the conference was the opportunity for attendees to vote for one of four businesses vying for a $5000 prize. The prize awarded by Valley Ventures and Forward SWV was to help a fledgling or…

Putting Local on the Menu: What’s Hot in 2015

Putting Local on the Menu: What’s Hot in 2015

In this post: Catch how local foods are predicted to trend in 2015 from the National Restaurant Association and learn about VC2 & partners’ recent support to “farm to restaurant” in WV. A recent survey conducted by the National Restaurant Association (NRA) posed this question to chefs nationwide: “What are some of the top menu trends in the country for 2015?”  The answer was…

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…

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