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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; and critical health issues. Within this context, there is a multitude of economic, environmental, and social challenges that Virginia farmers, agriculture, and communities are currently facing. The Virginia Farm to Table Plan is an initiative that builds on the rich agricultural history and entrepreneurship of Virginia and seeks to address these economic, environmental challenges and strengthen Virginia’s food system through a collaborative and participatory process. The overall objective of the Plan is to educate and communicate to the public, food system stakeholders, and key decision-makers a sustainable food system’s impact on economic development, health, natural resources and social well-being. The Plan is the product of an inclusive and in-depth process of information-gathering and research into issues facing farmers, food entrepreneurs, and communities, and engaging agencies, organizations, and institutions.
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August 29, 2018