Collaborating to strengthen Virginia's food system from farm to table.

The Virginia Food System Council envisions a sustainable food system contributing to the health, economic vitality and social well-being of all Virginians by working to advance a nutrient-rich and safe food system for Virginians at all income levels; it would emphasize access to local food, successful linkages between food producers and consumers, and a healthy viable future for Virginia’s farmers and farmland.

Read more about our goals.

What does the Virginia Food System Council do?

The VFSC aims to serve as a facilitator and connector among local food system and food policy councils across the state with the goal of fostering better communication and resource sharing. In addition, the VFSC contributed to research, outreach, and fostering connections with our work on Farm-to-Table and Farm-to-Institution initiatives.

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Why is it important to support our local Virginia state food system?

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Regional economy

Buying local food strengthens Virginia’s regional economy by keeping your money circulating within your community, and keeping wealth in your region.

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Food quality

Locally-grown foods pop with flavor and are high in nutrients, often reaching you within 24 hours of harvest. Out of state or imported produce may be up to two weeks old resulting in some nutrient loss.

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Farmer support

Buying local food supports family farmers in your community, some of whom have farmed the land for generations.

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Community

Buying local food sustains your family and community with delicious, nutrient-rich foods!

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Farmers markets

Local farmers’ markets and CSA farms provide places for community members to meet, socialize, and discuss issues.

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Food safety and nutrition

By buying local you build a relationship with your farmer and can discuss growing practices that affect the safety and nutrition of your food.

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Land preservation

By supporting local Virginia agriculture, you protect Virginia’s farmland from urban sprawl and development, and you help protect natural ecosystems and biodiversity.

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Job creation

Supporting local farms can create jobs for your region.

Financial growth

Strong economy

A strong local economy helps insulate your region from national and global recessions.

Sustainability

Sustainability

Buying local food helps to reduce dependence on energy costs for transportation, thus cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions.

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