Studies Released by the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition
West Virginia Value Chain Assessment co-released with the Value Chain Cluster Initiative and ACEnet:
Part I: Assessing Regional Needs and Building a Community Strategy
Part II: Evaluating Current Value Chains, And Their Growth
These studies were completed to inform the Value Chain Cluster Initiative (VC2) a technical assistance and consulting program for local food business owners in 17 West Virginia counties. Part I reviews input from stakeholder meetings regarding the needs of farms, food businesses, and local food value chains, and suggests how the program can address them. Part II uses survey responses from about 30 key stakeholders, including farmers, market managers, food buyers, Extension agents and others, to depict the "state of the state" in building strong value chains, as a basis for comparison in later years. All data was collected from the counties served by VC2.
"West Virginia Food System: Opportunities and Constraints in Local Food Supply Chains.” This report investigates links in the supply chains through which food typically travels to the consumer—from washing and processing to packing and distribution—and whether these links are available to farmers producing local food. It also documents barriers that keep farmers from selling to a wider range of buyers, including regulatory issues and insufficient quantity, and shows how these are being overcome. For farmers, the report profiles what large food buyers such as schools and hospitals are looking for, revealing farm-to-table successes as well as untapped opportunities. Released October 2012.
The report includes a Local Food Resource Directory of local food aggregators, community kitchens, food processing co-packers, slaughterhouses and meat processing facilities, as well as regional food distributors interested in buying local food.
This powerpoint presentation, given at the 2012 WV Small Farm Conference, summarizes the findings of the report. Created by research team member Dr. Cheryl Brown, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics at West Virginia University's Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.
"West Virginia Farm and Food Economy: Highlights of a Data Compilation." A study by Ken Meter and partners, also for the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation (GVEDC), the West Virginia Community Development Hub, and the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition. With support from the Central Appalachian Network and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Published March 15, 2011. Covers Greenbrier, Monroe & Pocahontas Counties in West Virginia.
Other Sources of Research and Data
"Greenbrier Valley (West Virginia) Local Farm & Food Economy." Highlights of a data compilation by Ken Meter, Crossroads Resource Center (Minneapolis) for the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation (GVEDC), the West Virginia Community Development Hub, and the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition. With support from the Central Appalachian Network and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Published March 15, 2011. Covers Greenbrier, Monroe & Pocahontas Counties in West Virginia.
USDA Food Environment Atlas. Interactive map providing access to county-by-county food security datasets in a variety of areas from grocery store availability to SNAP participation.
Surveys of Local Food Trends in West Virginia. Links to surveys on consumer attitudes towards local food as demand for local food among institutions, restaurants, hospitals and grocery stores). Conducted by the Collaborative for a 21st Century Appalachia together with the WVU Extension Small Farm Center:
The Economic Impact of the Morgantown Farmers Market. Presentation used successfully by the Morgantown Farmers Market to gain the support and investment of the City of Morgantown. Includes data on the economic impact of the market.