Virginia Cooperative Extension and Natural Resources Conservation Service, in cooperation with community partners, are hosting the 2013 Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference: “Healthy Food and Vibrant Farms for the Common Wealth and Common Good” on Wednesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 5, 2013, at Blue Ridge Community College’s Plecker Workforce Center in Weyers Cave, Virginia. This innovative conference fosters collaboration, conservation and community in strengthening community, local and regional food systems. Producers, buyers, school and university officials, community and agricultural development officers, legislators, administrators, and other key food system stakeholders should plan attend.
The conference includes two days full of speakers, panel discussions, and networking opportunities organized to address critical challenges surrounding a sustainable food system. The Buy Fresh Buy Local Mixer and Chefs’ Challenge on Wednesday afternoon and evening is a festive event planned to encourage business conversation and networking among Virginia producers and buyers while celebrating locally grown Virginia foods prepared by area chefs during the Chefs’ Challenge.
Panel topics and tracks include:
- Innovative and Practical Conservation: A view from new and experienced farmers
- Funding and Growing Your Food and Farm Enterprise
- Selling Your Product: Food as an economic and institutional anchor
- Regional Food System Infrastructure: Fruits and vegetable and livestock
- Farm-to-School: From local food procurement to school gardens
- Connecting the Dots: Soil and human health
- Food and Farming as an Economic and Community Driver: Working with your community
- Alphabet Soup: Regulations and opportunities in Virginia’s food system
- View the full schedule here.