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Welcome to the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition!

The mission of the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition is to build, support and strengthen a statewide network of those involved in West Virginia‚Äôs local food economies, with the interconnected goals of improving access to healthy, locally-produced food for all West Virginians and helping viable food and farm businesses to grow. We are an initiative of West Virginia Community Development Hub with funding from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.  Read more... 

We are farmers, food processors, dieticians, business owners and nonprofits.  We are YOUR coalitionJoin our newsletter and find us on Facebook!

Monday, October 6, 2014 - 4:00pm

In November of 2013 the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition weighed in on the impacts that the Food & Drug Administration’s proposed “Produce Rule” would have on West Virginia farms. The Produce Rule is part of the “Food Safety Modernization Act,’ or FSMA; a sweeping set of new regulations aimed at improving the safety of America’s food supply with regard to foodborne illness. Many of the requirements of the proposed rule would place a major burdens on Appalachian farms, particularly those practicing sustainable and organic techniques.

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 9:13am

On Thursday, May 15th, 2014, West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition Working Groups met in Summersville to learn how they can make legislative change in West Virginia. Stephen Smith, Executive Director of the WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, led the morning with a discussion on building a strategy for legislatie proposals as well as practical thoughts for speaking with legislators and media. After lunch, a panel was convened and facilitated by Stephanie Tyree, director of Policy & Engagement, which included:

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 8:33am

If you are a producer that is interested in growing more products or if you know producers that may be interested, please sign up to fill out our producer survey at the following link:  http://goo.gl/nE4229.

Monday, May 5, 2014 - 10:41am

The  Policy Training & Proposal Workshop for Working Group members and chairs is open to the public. Click here to register for the event. Learn about the process to make administrative and legislative policy change, and start to Identify, prioritize and refine your policy ideas. The $10 registration fee will cover lunch.

Presenters will include:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 11:40am

The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition is pleased to publish Farmers Market SNAP Outreach: Tactics and Best Practices in West Virginia, the culmination of two years worth of pilot projects for SNAP Outreach in West Virginia. 

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?