Buy Fresh Buy Local in Virginia

Buy Fresh Buy Local is a national network coordinated by the Food Routes Network, a non-profit organization based in Pennsylvania. Since 2007, Virginia has experienced significant growth in regional Buy Fresh Buy Local chapters. Today, Virginia is fortunate to have 10 regional chapters throughout the state. Because of this recent growth, Virginia was selected by the Food Routes Network as the host state for the 2010 National Gathering. The Heart of Virginia, centered around Farmville, is the most recent chapter established in Virginia. Chapters represent the following areas:

  • Charlottesville Area
  • Fredericksburg Region
  • Hampton Roads
  • Heart of Virginia Region
  • Loudoun County
  • Northern Piedmont
  • Northern Virginia
  • Richmond Area
  • Shenandoah Valley 
  • South Centre Corridors

Local and regional chapters work within communities to involve more consumers in the revitalization of our local food systems. The goal of each chapter is to help consumers find the freshest, most delicious locally grown food and farm products, while building relationships between growers, food artisans, farmers’ markets, retailers, restaurants, and institutions.

The Piedmont Environmental Council established the first Buy Fresh Buy Local chapter in Virginia in 2007 and continues to coordinate the state’s  website at http://www.buylocalvirginia.org. Organizations that coordinate local chapters in Virginia include Virginia Cooperative Extension, Resource Conservation and Development Councils, and other non-profit organizations.  If there is not a chapter in your region, please contact the Food Routes Network, Piedmont Environmental Council or another of Virginia’s chapters for information and guidance.

 

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