Partners

Appalachian Sustainable Development: This non-profit strives to develop economically viable, sound, and socially just opportunities for Appalachian Virginia and Tennessee farmers, forest land owners, food and forest product producers, and communities.

Catawba Sustainability Center: Located on 377 acres in the Catawba Valley, this center is an experiential showcase for university education and engagement with the local community – a place to practice, demonstrate, learn, and teach about sustainability issues that affect our world today and into the future. In 1988, the land was given to Virginia Tech.

Center for Rural Virginia: The Rural Center’s goal is to generate solutions that empower local governments and the private sector to work together. The Center’s mission is to assemble good information, facilitate debate and build a consensus at the local level to create coordinated policy and economic action.

Federation of Virginia Food Banks: This is a nonprofit state association of food banks and is the largest hunger-relief network in the state. Composed of the seven regional Virginia/Washington DC food banks, the Federation supports the food banks in providing food, funding, education, advocacy and awareness services and programs throughout the Commonwealth.

Harrisonburg City Public Schools: Located in the Shenandoah Valley, the school system serves about 4,400 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Local food from the area is appearing more often in the school system through ways such as the Farm to School program. This program lasts during a week in November and brings nutritious fresh foods from local farms to local schools.

HomeGrown Virginia: HomeGrown Virginia is a food distribution company that represents local value-added products for sale to retailers and institutions. These products include foods processed in the Prince Edward Regional Food Enterprise Center.

International Food Policy Research Institute(IFPRI): IFPRI is one of 15 centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), an alliance of 64 governments, private foundations, and international and regional organizations. Its mission is to provide policy solutions that reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition.

Jefferson Area Board for Aging: JABA serves the city of Charlottesville, and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson by promoting, establishing and preserving sustainable communities for healthy aging that benefit individuals and families of all ages.

Local Food Hub: The Local Food Hub operates a warehouse where they purchase and aggregate locally grown produce from more than 50 small family farms within 100 miles of Charlottesville. The food is then distributed to more than 100 locations in the region, including public schools, hospitals, institutions, restaurants and markets.

Local Food Project at Airlie: Established in 1998, by the Airlie Foundation in association with the Humane Society of the United States, the Local Food Project has provided organically grown vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers to the Airlie Center. The center is a leading conference destination in the US. The Local Food Project reaches out to conference guests with tours, visits to the garden, and workshops.

Lulus Local Food: The vision of Lulus Local Food is to design and construct community food systems throughout the country by providing an innovative tool that promotes the marketing, distribution & purchasing of product directly from local farmers.

Mattawoman Creek Farms: Located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Mattawoman Creek Farms is a family owned and operated USDA certified organic farm dedicated to growing a wide variety of fresh produce. The farm offers a CSA program for its subscribers from late May through September.

Piedmont Environmental Council: PEC works on safeguarding the landscapes, communities and heritage of the Piedmont by involving citizens in public policy and land conservation. The Piedmont Environmental Council launched Virginia’s first Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign in 2006 with the goal of supporting local farmers, productive agricultural lands and rural economies by helping consumers easily find and purchase locally produced foods.

Scale, Inc.: The central purpose of Scale (Sequestering Carbon, Accelerating Local Economies) is to catalyze and accelerate economies, which increase community wealth and restore or sustain the ecosystem. The services are designed for community leaders, farmers, small businesses and non-profit practitioners working towards sustainable economic development. Scale offers assistance in three areas: Consulting with groups and networks; workshops and public speaking; and writing and analysis.

Society of St. Andrew: The Society of St. Andrew focuses on nationwide hunger by distributing fresh food to the hungry through its programs that use volunteers to glean farmers’ fields for produce left behind after harvest and gather unmarketable produce donated by members of the agricultural community. The produce is donated and delivered to food banks, pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other service agencies nationwide.

SustainFloyd: Created in 2009, SustainFloyd is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists the community of Floyd County, Virginia in sustainable, local growth. Our vision is a mix of the past and the future – meaning we work to develop new ideas that will support the next generation of our rural community, while preserving our local traditions and history.

University of Virginia Food Collaborative: At the University of Virginia, the Food Collaborative works to promote research, teaching, and community engagement in pursuit of more sustainable and place-based food systems. The Collaborative includes faculty, staff and students and is constituted both through its multidisciplinary membership and its engagement with community members and practitioners.

University of Virginia Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN): IEN was formed in 1980 by faculty from UVa’s School of Architecture’s Department of Urban and Environmental Planning to provide mediation and consensus building services concerning the natural and built environments. It is committed to building a sustainable future for Virginia’s communities and beyond by building capacity, building solutions, and building knowledge.

Virginia Association for Biological Farming: VABF provides Virginia’s agricultural community with information on ecologically sound agricultural practices, techniques and systems, and to support and encourage the development of healthy, sustainable farms and communities in Virginia.

Virginia Beach Department of Agriculture: This department provides leadership, coordination and education to enhance the economic vitality of the City’s agriculture industry and the preservation and enhancement of its physical environment, to assist citizens in strengthening their families and to provide citizens and visitors with cultural and recreational opportunities by preserving its agricultural and rural heritage.

Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition: Beginning farmers and ranchers nation-wide face unique challenges to achieve their farm goals and aspirations.  The Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition is a new, collaborative effort that reaches across Virginia to improve educational opportunities for beginning farmers and ranchers to establish and sustain viable agricultural operations. Unique to this project is its community-based participatory framework where a coalition of organizations collaboratively supports beginning farmers and ranchers through whole farm planning outreach and education, online resources and tools, and farmer-to-farmer mentoring.

Virginia Cooperative Extension: This is an educational outreach program of Virginia’s land-grant universities: Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, and a part of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. Virginia Cooperative Extension is a product of cooperation among local, state, and federal governments in partnership with citizens, who, through local Extension Leadership Councils, help design, implement, and evaluate programs that stimulate positive personal and societal change, leading to more productive lives, families, farms, and forests as well as a better environment.

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS): VDACS promotes the economic growth and development of Virginia agriculture, provides consumer protection and encourages environmental stewardship.

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation: The Department of Conservation and Recreation works with Virginians to conserve, protect, and enhance their lands and improve the quality of the Chesapeake Bay and our rivers and streams, promotes the stewardship and enjoyment of natural, cultural and outdoor recreational resources, and ensures the safety of Virginia’s dams.

Virginia Department of Education (VDOE): VDOE provides leadership and assistance to school divisions in developing effective and comprehensive nutrition services that result in children making educated, healthful choices.

Virginia Department of Health: The Virginia Department of Health strives to promote and protect the health of all Virginians.

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation: Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, nonpartisan, voluntary organization committed to protecting Virginia’s farms and ensuring a safe, fresh and locally grown food supply. The organization works to support its producer members through legislative lobbying, leadership development programs, commodity associations, rural health programs, insurance products, agricultural supplies and marketing, and other services.

Virginia Food System Council: This statewide council is working to advance a nutrient-rich and safe food system for Virginians at all income levels, with an emphasis on access to local food, successful linkages between food producers and consumers, and a healthy viable future for Virginia’s farmers and farmland.

Virginia State University (VSU): VSU is one of Virginia’s land-grant universities and is guided by the University’s mission of teaching, research and public service. Its Department of Agriculture and Human Ecology prepares students for careers in   agricultural business, animal science, plant, soil and environmental science, nutrition and dietetics, family and consumer science, textile and apparel merchandizing, hospitality management, agricultural education and government. In its Cooperative Extension Program, the school transfers research-based information on agriculture, youth, environment and health to improve the life of its clientele.

Virginia Tech Department of Agriculture and Extension Education: This undergraduate and graduate degree at Virginia Tech prepares students for success in professions that include formal and non-formal teaching and learning in agriculture and leading agricultural organizations and communities.

Virginia Tech Roanoke Center: The center offers workshops, graduate courses, and public lectures. It also serves as a bridge to help students connect to the full scope of resources represented by Virginia Tech and strives to provide timely response and leadership to needs and opportunities within the Roanoke region.

Washington and Lee University: Located in Lexington, Virginia, Washington and Lee is composed of two undergraduate divisions, the College and the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics; and a graduate School of Law. The undergraduate institution offers 40 majors, 20 minors and more than 1,100 courses.

Williamsburg Farmers Market: This market provides a space for growers and producers of Eastern Virginia to sell fresh seasonal food and farm products directly to the residents and visitors in the Greater Williamsburg area.

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