Volume 2, Issue 6
June 30, 2015
Local Food Hub News and Notes
This year, Local Food Hub has partnered on two new, exciting programs aimed at increasing access to local food in our community. 
Farm to Workplace
In June, Local Food Hub partnered with Crutchfield Corporation to invite their employees to sign up to receive a share of fresh fruits and vegetables, delivered to their workplace by Local Food Hub. The produce is grown by Local Food Hub partner farms, and offered at a reduced rate to Crutchfield employees, subsidized by Crutchfield. Produce is delivered ten times over a twenty week period, from June through October, to Crutchfield’s headquarters in Northern Albemarle County. Employees are given recipes, provided by The PB&J Fund, product cooking and storage tips, as well as information about the farms that grew items in their share. Seventy-eight employees are participating, and enrollment is closed at this time.
In addition to the Farm to Workplace Program, Crutchfield provides other complementary Employee Wellness benefits aimed at developing healthy lifestyles, such as free fresh fruit, a culinary herb garden, and a recipe sharing website.
This program is new to both partners. Local Food Hub and Crutchfield are gathering feedback from employees throughout the program and making assessments to consider future expansion or replication. Local Food Hub is using it as a pilot to potentially offer to other area businesses or communities. Stay tuned for more details! 
Fresh Farmacy: Fruit and Veggie Prescription Program
In April, Local Food Hub partnered with Martha Jefferson Starr Hill Health Center, Charlottesville Free Clinic, and JABA/Westhaven Nursing Clinic to launch the Fresh Farmacy: Fruit and Veggie Prescription Program. Through this program, health clinic patients and their families are “prescribed” a biweekly supply of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and eggs, grown by Local Food Hub partner farms. The prescriptions are complemented by recipes and educational programs that help to encourage home cooking and develop familiarity with new foods. This program is supported by a state grant to the Thomas Jefferson Health District. 
Seventy-six families are participating, and enrollment is currently closed. To date, Local Food Hub has delivered approximately 2,000 pounds of fresh produce85 pounds of meat, and 200 pounds of farm fresh eggs to participating families. The fresh produce has included 400 pounds of apples160 pounds of kale150 pounds of romaine lettuce80 pounds of sweet potatoes, 60 pounds of turnips, 76 bottles of red wine vinegar, 230 pounds of summer squash, and more! Nearly $10,000 has been kept in the local economy by sourcing these products from area farms.
Learn more about this partnership from coverage by Charlottesville TomorrowNBC29, and WINA News Radio AM 1070, and stay tuned for reported outcomes when this program wraps up in late August! 

Farmer Spotlight: Radical Roots Community Farm

When Local Food Hub opened in 2009, Dave and Lee O’Neill were among our first partner farms. Our relationship with Radical Roots Community Farm has grown bigger and stronger each year, just as their farm has grown to become one of our most diverse and reliable producers. When Dave and Lee purchased their farm in 2003, it was a hayfield with just a few species of grass. Today, it is a thriving, Certified Organic produce farm, and home to their family. Their swales, or low, moist tracts of land that help manage water runoff and filter pollutants, and plethora of fruit trees and other perennials offer a continual habitat for birds and beneficial insects, not to mention make for excellent soil for growing food!
 
Today, Radical Roots Community Farm offers an 85-member CSA program in Harrisonburg and Charlottesville, is an anchor vendor at farmers markets in both cities, and participates in countless plant sales and events throughout Virginia. In 2012, the farm became Certified Organic, and its wholesale business continues to grow each year as a result. And while organic certification brings many economic benefits to the business, most important for Dave and Lee is the opportunity to share with customers the importance of organic practices throughout the supply chain, from soil to seed to handling.
 
Read more about Radical Roots Community Farm via their
farmer profile, and see below for more product info!

Featured Product: Mixed Cherry Tomatoes

Tomato season is finally upon us! While we’ve had a strong supply of hydroponic tomatoes grown by Yoders’ Farm in Campbell County throughout much of the winter and spring, we welcome the return of the ever-so-sweet mixed cherry tomatoes. This is one of our most popular summertime items for restaurants and retailers, so look for them from your favorite local retailers and on restaurant menus soon. A number of our partner farms grow these tomatoes for us, including Radical Roots Community Farm (see above for more info!), creating a bountiful and delicious supply. Enjoy them all summer long, because no matter how you eat them, they are sure to pop with summer goodness. 

Events

Workshop: Pest Management Field Day
Thursday, August 27
Bellair Farm, Charlottesville, VA
This workshop, led by pest experts, will take a close look at disease and insect issues facing common vegetable crops in Central Virginia. It will appeal to the veteran farmer, the home gardener, and anyone interested in getting a hands-on lesson in proper pest and disease management. More details are coming soon, and will be posted to
our website.
 
Save the Date: Community Food Awards
Thursday, October 22, evening
Local Food Hub Warehouse, Ivy, VA
Please join us for the 2015 Community Food Awards! The awards recognize farmers, businesses, and institutions for their commitment to local food, healthy communities, and Virginia agriculture. A bonfire and community meal will follow. More details to come, and you can read about last year's celebration here
Local Food Hub is a nonprofit organization that partners with Virginia farmers to increase community access to local food. After six years, we're still a thriving distribution network for local food, but we are also so much more: a leader in the farm to school movement, a donor to regional food banks, a guide for businesses, a resource for farmers, and a catalyst for fresh ideas for how our community feeds itself.

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