Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia State University, Virginia Cooperative Extension, The University of Virginia, and the Virginia Food System Council with all its participating organizations initiated the Virginia Farm to Table initiative in September 2010. The goal of the initiative was to strengthen Virginia’s food system and economic future through the development of a comprehensive Virginia Farm to Table Plan that informs and integrates assessment, education, development of programs and infrastructure, policy and funding recommendations to address key issues facing farmers, food entrepreneurs, and communities. The Plan would directly address 1) local regional farm and food markets 2) agricultural economic development, 3) community viability and environmental stewardship, and 4) food access, nutrition and health.
Underlying assumptions and key tenets for the development of the Virginia Farm to Table Plan was that all Virginians should continued to be educated about the social, environmental and economic importance of the local food system and that quality food should be affordable and accessible to everyone in Virginia regardless of their economic means.
Virginia Farm to Table Plan (3 MB – pdf)
Executive Summary (4MB – pdf)