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Pioneers in local food growing again

Seven years ago an idea to bring more locally grown food to the people of Central Virginia took root in a unique business plan.


A National Food Policy?

A November 2014 op-ed piece in The Washington Post entitled “How a National Food Policy Could Save Millions of American Lives” makes the case for President Obama to sign into law an executive order establishing a national food policy for managing the nation’s food system as a whole.


Subscription programs deliver farm-fresh, Virginia grown products

It may be winter, but many Virginia farms are planning for the warmer, bountiful months ahead and offering Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscriptions for the upcoming season.


Kroger contributes to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic division today presented the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank with more than $30,000. Kroger is donating $5,000 of the total for a new refrigerated trailer for the Food Bank to pick up and deliver food to soup kitchens, shelters and food pantries in its area.


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Labor issues, institutional markets addressed at Farm to Table Conference

What needs to happen for Americans to value fresh, healthy, local food more? The annual Virginia Farm to Table Conference has become a meeting ground to discuss that question and many others.


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McAuliffe executive order establishes Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide

Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order establishing the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide, which will be chaired by First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe.


Ruth Jones named City of Staunton communications manager

Staunton City Manager Steve Owen announced today that Ruth Jones has been selected to fill the position of communications manager for the City of Staunton.


Native wildlife habitats start with native plants

There’s a lot of buzz about local food, but what about local plants? Native plants are those that are indigenous to a region and possess traits that make them uniquely adapted to local conditions.


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Virginia marks Farm-to-School Week

Virginia’s public elementary, middle and high schools serve 670,000 lunches, 250,000 breakfasts and 7,240 afterschool snacks each day.


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Project GROWS Harvest Party featuring the Berenstain Bears this Saturday

Project GROWS, a 501c3 non-profit educational farm located in Augusta County, will host its annual “FEASTival,” harvest party and open farm event this Saturday.


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Local food, local fuel, focal finance

Building a vibrant local economy requires many interlocking pieces – from local food, to local fuel, to the local finances to bring these initiatives to fruition.


Jardenea: Passion and technique meet in D.C.

Last week Sara and I had the privilege of visiting Jardenea at the Melrose Georgetown Hotel in Washington, DC. They invited us in to try their new fall menu.


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Project GROWS leads North Augusta Farmers Market to successful year

Project GROWS is a nonprofit community farm with the mission of improving the overall health among children and youth in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County.


Socktober Challenge comes to Staunton, Virginia

This Saturday, October 24, 2014 join Staunton’s premier health and wellness experts in the parking lot next to Black Dog Bikes where they will be handing out goodies and collecting donations for Valley Mission shelter.


Staunton’s Food Day festivities

Mary Baldwin College, the Staunton Creative Community Fund and Valley Conservation Council are joining forces to co-host Staunton’s Food Day Festivities on Thursday from 4-7 pm at Mary Baldwin’s Hunt Dining Hall.


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Virginia receives nearly $1.2 million in funding to strengthen local food economies

Virginia received funding from three participating programs aimed at strengthening organic local and regional food systems through projects that recruit and train farmers, expand economic opportunities, and increase access to healthy foods.


Food Lion Feeds launches effort to provide 1 million meals

Food Lion is partnering with its customers to help solve hunger by launching specially marked Food Lion Feeds bagged apples for sale in its stores this week.


First Lady, broadcasters launch Feeding Virginia

This week, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and the Virginia Association of Broadcasters launched Feeding Virginia, a year-long campaign against hunger.


Pomegranate local food series continues with Mindful Eating

Pomegranate Restaurant and Gathering Place in Troutville is hosting an event that will provide an opportunity to meet a local farmer and include a special menu of local foods.


McAuliffe announces agriculture planning grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that three projects were awarded $60,000 in planning grants from the Governor’s Agriculture & Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID).


Volunteers Needed to End Hunger

Senior hunger increasingly puts individuals at greater health risks and puts an additional strain on charity food providers. You can join a dedicated group of volunteers who want to put an end to this problem!


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Virginia agricultural sales up, farm numbers down, census finds

The sale of agricultural products, both nationally and in Virginia, reached a record high in 2012, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture.


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New law affords farms ‘a greater degree of flexibility’ with activities

Just before spring came to Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed legislation that could mean a new beginning for many Virginia farmers and local food operations.


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Niche markets growing for beef producers

Some Virginia fast-food restaurants are beginning to advertise the fact that they serve grass-fed beef, and such products are popular at farmers’ markets and local butchers around the state.


Jake’s Bar and Grill: Local Cows, Local Place, Local Beer…yum!

I may be able to buy local stuff easily, but it’s not always the same for restaurants. That’s why I was so happy to see a restaurant like Jake’s Bar and Grill open up in our quaint little downtown.


My Clean Kitchen: Pumpkin Butter-Easy, Simple Thanksgiving Treat

I’ve been trying to figure out what to bring to my in-laws for Thanksgiving. Jessica and I discussed a couple of options and came to the Pumpkin Butter idea! It worked out perfectly because the local Farm Market had these amazing Heirloom Pumpkins that were grown locally.


Local Food presentation in Staunton Thursday night

“How Staunton Can Become the Local Food Capital of the East Coast” presentation by City Councilman Erik Curren followed by discussion. Free and Open to the Public. Refreshments served. Event set for Thursday, Nov. 7 from 7-8:30 pm.


Harrisonburg Tourism unveils farm-to-table food video

To commemorate the wealth of farm-to-table dining options in the area, Harrisonburg Tourism & Visitor Services worked with Appeal Production to produce a local food video.


Erik Curren: Local food will change your life

Change your life? Really? If you think that food is food is food, that might sound like hype. Does it really matter whether your eggs came from California via a grocery store or from the Shenandoah Valley via a local farmer?


Sign up now to enjoy local foods later

The new year is a time for planning ahead—for both farmers and consumers. For Virginia households that are interested in joining a community-supported agriculture business in 2013, now is the time to register and pay for a share of locally grown foods that will be available later in the year.


Group puts economic transition at forefront

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   It’s not a Democratic solution that’s going to save us, or a Republican solution. Lindsay Curren learned that on the campaign trail last fall when people who wouldn’t even shake her hand when she told them she was campaigning for her husband, Erik, the Democratic nominee in the 20th […]


Local beef in local schools: A win-win

Special Report by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net    It would seem to stand to reason that the breadbasket of Virginia could probably provide at least something in the way of homegrown food for schoolchildren. And then you think about it for a second, and it occurs to you that, you know, maybe it makes sense that […]