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Caring for Our Communities and Land: A Story of Healthy Relationships and Trust



Authors as Published

French Price, Value Chain Coordinator, Virginia Cooperative Extension; and Eric Bendfeldt, Area Specialist Community Viability, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech

This resources is available as a video only.

Caring for Our Communities and Land: A Story of Healthy Relationships and Trust features the story of Shenandoah Valley Family Farms and how farmers built relationships with their distributor, retailers, and customer base through shared values and trust to market their eggs, milk, and cheese throughout Virginia. The video was created to showcase this Virginia food value chain as part of a USDA-AMS Local Food Promotion Program grant.

Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension thank Shenandoah Valley Family Farms, Mountain Branch Creamery, Wadels Farm Wagon, Friendly City Food Cooperative, and the Resslers for participating in this 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 Eric Bendfeldt ( /540.232.6006) or French Price ( of Virginia Cooperative Extension.

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Publication Date

February 15, 2022