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Against the Grain, Beyond the Grind



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E. French Price, Value Chain Coordinator and SARE Education Support Specialist, Virginia Cooperative Extension; Eric S. Bendfeldt, Extension Specialist, Community Viability and Food Systems, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech; and Ernie Didot, Videographer, Clear Impact Productions

This resources is available as a video only.

Today, Virginia farmers face many challenges and opportunities. Sometimes you have to go against the grain and beyond the grind to overcome challenges and realize new opportunities. Against the Grain, Beyond the Grind is a story about one of Virginia's grain to flour food value chains. The story outlines farm-to-table connections from local soils and farms to a local stone-ground mill and local bakery and how food eventually makes its way to local tables.

The video, along with four accompanying videos, was created to showcase this Virginia grain to flour food value chain as part of a USDA-AMS Local Food Promotion Program grant. Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension thank Cedar Heights Farm, Common Grain Alliance, Deep Roots Milling at Woodson's Mill, Grazeland Dairy, and Mill Song Bakery for participating in this video case study and production.

Funding for this video on value chain connections in the Shenandoah Valley and Northern Piedmont Regions of Virginia was provided by USDA-Agricultural Marketing Service’s Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as part of agreement number AM180100XXXXG114 and The Agua Fund, Inc.

For more information about the video and value chain coordination, please contact French Price ( or Eric Bendfeldt ( /540.232.6006) of Virginia Cooperative Extension.

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Publication Date

July 7, 2022