WV HUB http://wvhub.org/ en WVFFC Publishes Farmers Market SNAP Outreach: Tactics and Best Practices in West Virginia http://wvhub.org/wvffc/news/wvffc-publishes-farmers-market-snap-outreach-tactics-and-best-practices-west-virginia <p>The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition is pleased to publish <a href="http://wvhub.org/sites/default/files/WVFFCSnapToolkit.pdf"><strong>Farmers Market SNAP Outreach: Tactics and Best Practices in West Virginia</strong>,</a> the&nbsp;culmination of two years worth of pilot projects for SNAP Outreach in West Virginia.&nbsp;</p> <p>Over $490 million in SNAP benefits were distributed to West Virginians in 2013. SNAP recipients therefore represent a significant potential customer base for farmers markets. What is the best way to reach these customers?&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://wvhub.org/wvffc/news/wvffc-publishes-farmers-market-snap-outreach-tactics-and-best-practices-west-virginia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> WVFFC Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:40:14 +0000 hub_staff 830 at http://wvhub.org Beckley Local Food Expo highlights regional buyers and producers http://wvhub.org/wvffc/news/beckley-local-food-expo-highlights-regional-buyers-and-producers <p>On March 13, over 50 buyers and food producers and 10 service providers gathered for the Beckley Local Food Expo, bringing together regional food buyers and producers to share knowledge and explore the potential for business opportunities. Many attendees set up booths featuring their products and engaged with potential buyers. Following a lunch made from West Virginia products, a panel discussion was held that focused on buying and selling within the state, from producer and buyer perspectives.</p> <p><a href="http://wvhub.org/wvffc/news/beckley-local-food-expo-highlights-regional-buyers-and-producers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> WVFFC Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:28:34 +0000 hub_staff 829 at http://wvhub.org SNAP Outreach Toolkit Presented at WVU Small Farm Conference http://wvhub.org/wvffc/news/snap-outreach-toolkit-presented-wvu-small-farm-conference <p>After two years of pilot projects funded by BB&amp;T and The McDonough Foundation, The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition has published the first draft of <a href="http://wvhub.org/sites/default/files/SNAPToolkitFinalDraft.pdf">Farmers Market SNAP Outreach: Tactics and Best Practices in West Virginia</a><b>. </b>The pilot projects covered a variety of SNAP Outreach/Marketing strategies that included SNAP-match, on-site/print advertising, raffles, and on-site SNAP-education.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://wvhub.org/wvffc/news/snap-outreach-toolkit-presented-wvu-small-farm-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> WVFFC Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:44:25 +0000 hub_staff 828 at http://wvhub.org Farmers and Food Buyers Gather for Beckley Local Food Expo on March 13 http://wvhub.org/wvffc/news/farmers-and-food-buyers-gather-beckley-local-food-expo-march-13 <p align="center"><span><strong>Farmers and Food Buyers Gather for Beckley Local Food Expo</strong></span></p> <p><strong>Beckley, March 13th- </strong>The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition will host an exhibition of local food producers in the Beckley/southern West Virginia area.&nbsp; The Beckley Local Foods Expo will take place at the Dream Center on March 13<sup>th</sup>, from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm.&nbsp; <strong>Event organizers are currently seeking buyers and growers from surrounding counties to participate in this event.</strong></p> <p><a href="http://wvhub.org/wvffc/news/farmers-and-food-buyers-gather-beckley-local-food-expo-march-13" target="_blank">read more</a></p> WVFFC Sat, 22 Feb 2014 16:41:46 +0000 hub_staff 826 at http://wvhub.org Funds Available: Up to $10,000 available to support creation or expansion of Mobile Markets in limited resource communities in West Virginia http://wvhub.org/wvffc/news/funds-available-10000-available-support-creation-or-expansion-mobile-markets-limited-reso <p><span><span>The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition&rsquo;s Food Access Working Group is pleased to announce a grant opportunity to support the creation or expansion of mobile markets to increase access to healthy, local food for West Virginia residents living in limited access areas. The workgroup has $10,000 in funds available to support 1-2 projects that combine innovation, collaboration and education with a mobile market to directly serve limited resource families in at least one community in the state.</span></span></p> <p><a href="http://wvhub.org/wvffc/news/funds-available-10000-available-support-creation-or-expansion-mobile-markets-limited-reso" target="_blank">read more</a></p> WVFFC Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:36:03 +0000 hub_staff 825 at http://wvhub.org Roadmap for the Food Economy: 2014 Progress Report http://wvhub.org/wvffc/news/roadmap-food-economy-2014-progress-report <p class="p1"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/chartheader.jpg" /></p> <p class="p1">The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition is proud to announce the publication of <strong><a href="http://www.wvhub.org/wvffc/west-virginia-food-charter">The Roadmap For The Food Economy: 2014 Progress Report</a>.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><a href="http://wvhub.org/wvffc/news/roadmap-food-economy-2014-progress-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> WVFFC Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:07:42 +0000 hub_staff 824 at http://wvhub.org West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition and West Virginia Farm to School Community Development Group develop three-part "Farm To School Series” videos http://wvhub.org/wvffc/news/west-virginia-food-farm-coalition-and-west-virginia-farm-school-community-development-gro <p class="p1">These videos were presented and funded by the <a href="http://www.groweducatesell.com/">WV Farm to School Development Group</a> and produced by the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition with the goal of showing the accomplishments as well as the opportunities for growth that Farm to School programs in West Virginia provide for producers, schools, and students.&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><strong>Part 1: Farmers</strong></p> <p class="rtecenter"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gekzPDhbq8c" width="420"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://wvhub.org/wvffc/news/west-virginia-food-farm-coalition-and-west-virginia-farm-school-community-development-gro" target="_blank">read more</a></p> WVFFC Thu, 05 Dec 2013 20:39:22 +0000 hub_staff 821 at http://wvhub.org Hiring Announcement: West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition Seeks Project Coordinator http://wvhub.org/wvffc/news/hiring-announcement-west-virginia-food-farm-coalition-seeks-project-coordinator-0 <p>The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition&nbsp;seeks a dynamic and committed individual to help build and support West Virginia&#39;s rapidly growing local food system.</p> <p><a href="http://wvhub.org/wvffc/news/hiring-announcement-west-virginia-food-farm-coalition-seeks-project-coordinator-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> WVFFC Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:26:52 +0000 hub_staff 820 at http://wvhub.org Protect Small Farmers - Tell FDA what you think about the FSMA Produce Rule http://wvhub.org/wvffc/news/protect-small-farmers-tell-fda-what-you-think-about-fsma-produce-rule <p class="rtecenter"><em>See the comments submitted by the WV Food &amp; Farm Coalition to FDA, and find out how you can take action too -- by November 15!</em></p> <p><a href="http://wvhub.org/wvffc/news/protect-small-farmers-tell-fda-what-you-think-about-fsma-produce-rule" target="_blank">read more</a></p> WVFFC Wed, 13 Nov 2013 19:49:52 +0000 hub_staff 818 at http://wvhub.org School Garden Symposium a Success! http://wvhub.org/wvffc/news/school-garden-symposium-success <p>On October 26th, 2013, members of the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition School Garden Workgroup held a day long symposium at Christ Church United Methodist, in Charleston. The event was attended by over fifty people, including teachers, school administrators, master gardeners, WVU extension officers, dietetic interns, and AmeriCorps Farm to School volunteers. Attendees had face-to-face access with those on the cutting edge of West Virginia&rsquo;s growing and vibrant school garden environment.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://wvhub.org/wvffc/news/school-garden-symposium-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> WVFFC Mon, 04 Nov 2013 15:17:39 +0000 hub_staff 817 at http://wvhub.org