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A homegrown economy can be aided by the idea of value chain coordination where supporters
of the local food system can facilitate relationships through matchmaking, relationship building,
convening, and educating. One example of a value chain coordination activity is the organization
of networking events between producers, buyers, and consumers to increase exposure and market access for small and midsize food businesses. These authentic experiences can lead to long-lasting buying relationships across the value chain that builds wealth and capacity.
The Virginia Producer-Buyer Networking Event Toolkit: Facilitating Value Chain Connections as a toolkit examines other case studies in Virginia, serves as a guide for local governments, community organizers, and support agencies to organize their own producer-buyer networking events in order to play a role in local and regional value chain coordination.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
August 19, 2020