The Shenandoah Valley Local Food and Farm Network (SVLFFN) is a community of producers, businesses, organizations, institutions, and agencies collaborating to strengthen the local and regional food economy. The SVLFFN meets regularly to share knowledge, identify educational resources, develop partnerships, and incubate projects and new initiatives.
Why form a local food and farm network?
Small to mid-sized farms represent an important dynamic in communities, and are a critical segment of Virginia’s food and farming industry. And yet, Virginia experienced a significant decline (i.e. 10 and 23%) in the number of these farms from 1997 to 2007. The loss of these farms changes landscapes, jeopardizes the future productive capacity of the land, threatens our food security, and the health of rural and urban communities.
What We Do:
- Encourage a locally-integrated community-based food system approach
- Address pressing food and farm needs
- Encourage more direct and equitable linkages between producers and consumers
- Support farm-to-school, university, and hospital programs
- Expand the visibility and market opportunities of local farmers, growers, participating food businesses and institutions through Buy Fresh Buy Local.
- Education and outreach
- Infrastructure and distribution development
- Value chain and supply development
- Food access and community health
- Marketing and networking
- Grant opportunities
- Create a diverse and inclusive support network and community
- Increase community access to healthy local food
- Encourage major institutions to purchase 25% of their food from local farmers
- Promote environmental stewardship and sustainable farming practices
- Help producers and consumers realize the social, environmental, and economic benefits of a locally-integrated community-based food system
- Promote practical and innovative information sharing
If you are interested in collaborating to strengthen the local and regional food system and economy, please consider participating in the Shenandoah Valley Local Food & Farm Network. E-mail us for more info.
Please click here to download a flyer with this information and a list of participating organizations.