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Title Summary Date ID Author(s)
2013-2014 Shenandoah Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local Aug 29, 2013 CV-33NP
A Community-Based Food System: Building Health, Wealth, Connection, and Capacity as the Foundation of Our Economic Future

Interest in and demand for local foods continues to grow in Virginia and across the United States. The unprecedented demand for local and regionally identified foods has created a myriad of economic and social opportunities for agricultural producers and communities.

Aug 2, 2011 3306-9029
Adult EFNEP Lesson Log Nov 11, 2011 3108-7050 (HNFE-196NP)
Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture is a relatively new trend in agricultural production. As mid-sized farms are bought out by large-scale producers, the number of family farms is declining. In addition, produce travels an average of 1500 miles from producer to consumer. (2) There is a movement around the world to bring back a sense of community and to involve that community in the local production of vegetables. Farmers are now turning to consumers to share in the risk of production.

Jul 17, 2009 2906-1301
Cooking with Local Foods Apr 16, 2010 3001-9027
Cultivating Virginia Farm-to-School: Growing from Grassroots Mar 18, 2010 3003-9028
Facilitator’s Guidebook - 2011, Community-Based Food System Assessment and Planning Jul 15, 2013 3108-9029 (CV-30NP)
Food Deserts in Virginia Jan 22, 2014 VCE-294NP
Foundations for a Successful Farmers Market

Starting a farmers market is a challenging task with numerous issues to be tackled and activities to sequence. While generating a customer and vendor base is clearly fundamental to the successful establishment of a farmers market, there are also key administrative foundations that should be established if the market is to get off on the right foot and have long-term viability.

Apr 27, 2010 448-502
Freshwater Shrimp Boils: A Festive Community Event for Fun and Profit Feb 2, 2012 AAEC-28
Freshwater Shrimp Boils: Experience the Excellent Taste of Virginia Farmer-Grown Freshwater Shrimp Aug 8, 2013 CV-31NP
Go Local, Virginia

Buying and eating locally grown foods – foods that are produced near you or in Virginia – offer numerous benefits for you and your community.

May 1, 2009 348-127
Household Water Quality in Franklin County, Virginia

 In October 2013, residents from Franklin County participated in a drinking water testing clinic sponsored by the local Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) office and the Virginia Household Water Quality Program. Clinic participants received a confidential water sample analysis and attended educational meetings, where they learned how to interpret their water test results and address potential issues. According to survey data collected, 49 samples were tested, serving 113 individuals. The most common household water quality issues identified were high levels of lead, copper, and the presence of acidic water and total coliform bacteria. The figure found at the end of this report shows these common water quality issues along with basic information on standards, causes, and treatment options. 

Sep 2, 2014 BSE-154NP
Increasing Fresh Produce Availability From Local Sources Jul 19, 2013 AREC-50NP
Use Your EBT (food stamp) Card at Your Local Virginia Farmers Market! Jan 23, 2014 HNFE-62NP
Virginia Farm to School Resource Guide: Helping Connect Virginia Foods to Virginia Schools Aug 22, 2013 AEE-77NP
Virginia Farm to Table - Appendix F

The Virginia Farm to Table Plan is an initiative that builds on the rich agricultural history and entrepreneurship of Virginia. Virginia’s overall food system directly impacts the survival and viability of farms and farmland; the economic development of rural and urban communities; the care, restoration and resilience of ecological resources such as local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay; and critical health issues. Therefore, the promotion of healthy farms and healthy food from farm to consumer table can have a positive impact on the common wealth and common good of Virginia.

Oct 31, 2012 CV-3
Virginia Farm to Table: Healthy Farms and Healthy Food for the Common Wealth and Common Good

The Virginia Farm to Table Plan is an initiative that builds on the rich agricultural history and entrepreneurship of Virginia. Virginia’s overall food system directly impacts the survival and viability of farms and farmland; the economic development of rural and urban communities; the care, restoration and resilience of ecological resources such as local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay; and critical health issues. Therefore, the promotion of healthy farms and healthy food from farm to consumer table can have a positive impact on the common wealth and common good of Virginia.

Feb 14, 2012 CV-3