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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? 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 12:28pm

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.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 10:44am

After two years of pilot projects funded by BB&T and The McDonough Foundation, The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition has published the first draft of Farmers Market SNAP Outreach: Tactics and Best Practices in West Virginia. 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. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 11:41am

Farmers and Food Buyers Gather for Beckley Local Food Expo

Beckley, March 13th- The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition will host an exhibition of local food producers in the Beckley/southern West Virginia area.  The Beckley Local Foods Expo will take place at the Dream Center on March 13th, from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Event organizers are currently seeking buyers and growers from surrounding counties to participate in this event.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 4:36pm

The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition’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.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 12:07pm

The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition is proud to announce the publication of The Roadmap For The Food Economy: 2014 Progress Report