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City and Regional Food Groups in Virginia

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Appalachian Foodshed Project

About: “The Appalachian Foodshed Project (AFP) is using a foodshed concept to address issues of community food security in West Virginia and the Appalachian regions of North Carolina and Virginia. Similar to the concept of a watershed, a foodshed takes into account everything between where food is produced and where it is consumed. This includes the farms and gardens used to raise food, travel routes used to transport products, processing facilities, distribution (farmers markets, brokers, retailers), and the restaurants, institutions, and homes where we all eat.”

Contact: Nikki D’Adamo-Damery, afp@vt.edu

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Appalachian Virginia Food System Council

About: The purpose of the Appalachian Virginia Food System Council is to foster multi-faceted communication and information sharing platforms connecting diverse community sectors, producers, and practitioners toward a more vibrant and equitable regional food system in Appalachian Virginia.

Contact: appvfsc@gmail.com

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Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture

About: Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture facilitates community collaboration to promote sustainable food systems for Arlington, VA.

Goals

  • EDUCATION – demonstrations, web presence, resources.
  • COMMUNICATION – calendar of coming events, clearinghouse, website, marketing plan.
  • RESEARCH – pilots, policy analysis, research projects

Contact: ArlingtonUrbanAg@gmail.com

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Chesapeake Foodshed Network

About: Catalyzing connections and collaborations that build a sustainable, resilient, inclusive, and equitable regional food system in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Contact: Christy Gabbard-Network Coordinator (christy@chesapeakefoodshed.net)
Yona Sipos- Program Director (yona@chesapeakefoodshed.net)
Hannah Grose- Outreach Coordinator (hannah@chesapeakefoodshed.net)

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Fairfax Food Council

About: The Fairfax Food Council (FFC) is a coalition of citizens that advocate and promote food system and policy changes benefitting Fairfax communities, especially underserved communities. The FFC was established by the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax in 2015 and is composed of three working groups: food access, community gardens and food literacy.

Contact: terri.siggins@fairfaxcounty.gov

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FeedRVA

About: Feed RVA is a nonprofit organization formed to facilitate the education of communities in the Richmond region on the importance of food systems, healthy/lifelong nutritional habits, and accessibility to quality food.

 FeedRVA’s mission is to foster Food Justice in the Richmond/Tri-Cities area. FeedRVA defines “Food Justice” as communities exercising their right to grow, sell, buy, and eat healthy food. The immediate goal of FeedRVA is creation of a matching funds system for farmers markets that use SNAP/EBT. This program will also encourage markets not accepting SNAP at this time to work with the Virginia Department of Social Services, to utilize available technology grant dollars, and to offer the SNAP program at their markets. FeedRVA funds will be used to promote on-sight and traveling food education programs to highlight practical recipes and healthy meal preparation.

Contact: info@feedrva.org

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Richmond Food Policy Task Force

About: The Food Policy Council is hereby charged with:

Conducting and/or reviewing existing assessment data from the Virginia Food Policy System Explorer, a project of Virginia Cooperative Extension, on the availability of quality, fresh and affordable food, particularly in lower income neighborhoods;

Producing and disseminating a City of Richmond Food System Report that assesses the state of the city’s food system, including activities in production, distribution, consumption, marketing, nutrition and food assistance program participation and innovative food system programs;

Drafting a Richmond City Food System Plan to include recommendations for the promotion of innovations in land use, economic development, and health policy to include: a) removing barriers that limit access to quality, healthy and fresh foods; b) increasing the use of farm to school and farm to consumer programs; c) expanding the development of local food-based businesses including farmers markets; d) expanding urban agricultural production of locally-grown and organically-grown foods to include school and community gardens; e) enhancing food security of city residents.

Further, the Food Policy Council shall develop a strategy for implementation of Richmond food policies including measures and benchmarks for determining progress towards achievement of the objectives; and make recommendations consistent with making Richmond a Tier One City.

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RVA Food Collaborative

About: RVA Food Collaborative is a forum for communication, collaboration, and collective thought on food system issues in the Richmond region. It’s a way of sharing information about work being done, communicating about project needs, finding ways to be stronger together, and thinking like a community.

Contact: RVAFoodCollaborative@gmail.com

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Southwest Virginia Fresh (SO Fresh)

About: Southwest Virginia Fresh (SO Fresh) is an all-volunteer, 501c3 nonprofit, community service association devoted to bringing consumers & producers and other local foods organizations together to actively elevate and promote a thriving local foods economy throughout Southwest Virginia.

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Sustain Floyd

About: SustainFloyd works to leverage and preserve Floyd County’s existing assets and traditional strengths in agriculture and craftsmanship to help build a resilient rural local economy.

Supporting the growth of our community’s next generation requires a community commitment, which is why we work closely with local and state governments and agencies, local businesses, like-minded non-profits and local citizens. Together we can find ways to develop the financial and ecological health of our community for the well-being of all citizens of Floyd County. But we also join with other communities throughout the region and around the globe to model new ways of living on, working in, and caring for the world around us.

Contact: info@sustainfloyd.org

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Resources for Regional Local Food Working Group in Virginia