Volume 2, Issue 9
September 29, 2015
Local Food Hub News and Notes

We Have a New Website!

We are thrilled to share the new localfoodhub.org with you! We hope you will find it easier to learn about our programs, get to know our partner farms, find our food in your community, and stay up-to-date with the latest from our blog, workshops, events, and more. A special thanks to Convoy for making our web dreams a reality! 

Virginia Farm to School Week is October 5-9!

Next week, school cafeterias throughout the area will showcase Virginia-grown products, and farmers will come into the cafeteria. Organized by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, this week celebrates small family farmers in our region and creates greater connections among students to their food and how it was grown. Serving fresh, local foods in schools has benefits that go beyond the cafeteria. It makes a lasting impact on the health and eating habits of our next generation, and farmers benefit from these investments in the local economy. 
Local Food Hub will supply six districts with fresh, farm sourced fruits, vegetables, meats, and other products grown by Virginia family farms. Students in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Greene County, Nelson County, Staunton City, and Waynesboro Public Schools will taste a variety of local products, including grass-fed beef meatloaf and lasagna, black bean chili with cornbread, zucchini and squash "fries," roasted potatoes, fresh salads, apples and apple cider, braised Swiss chard, and more! Local Food Hub will also host meet-the-farmer events and taste-tests in select schools, generally during lunchtime, with the following schedule:

Tuesday, Oct. 6: Wenonah Elementary, Waynesboro City
Tuesday, Oct. 6: Dixon Pre-school, Staunton City
Wednesday, Oct. 7: Tye River Elementary, Nelson County
Wednesday, Oct. 7: Jackson-Via Elementary, Charlottesville City
Thursday, Oct. 8: Crozet Elementary, Albemarle County
Friday, Oct. 9: William Monroe Middle, Greene County 

Local Food Hub is able to participate in Virginia Farm to School Week thanks to the generous support from its partner farmers, community partners, and individuals and local businesses. A special thanks to the LeRoi Moore Fund for its generous contribution. 

To learn more about Virginia Farm to School Week, visit our website and stay tuned to our blog. For questions, contact laura@localfoodhub.org

Featured Product: Grass-fed Ground Beef

New this year, Local Food Hub is partnering with Seven Hills Food Company to source 1,000 pounds of grass-fed ground beef for Farm to School Week. Seven Hills Food has revitalized a meat processing plant in Lynchburg, VA, and provides processing services on a scale large enough to make locally raised meats more accessible and competitive. Sourcing a high volume of ground beef at a price point appropriate for schools has been a challenge for Local Food Hub, and Seven Hills Food is poised to address that challenge of scale, processing, and distribution for farm-sourced Virginia meats. School cafeterias will serve meals like lasagna, meatloaf, spaghetti sauce, and chili with Seven Hills Food’s beef raised in Albemarle County by Highland Orchard Farm. Soon, Local Food Hub will announce the availability of Seven Hills Food Company meat products to current customers. 
Join us on Thursday, October 22 at 5:30 p.m. at our warehouse in Ivy, VA, for a fun and family-friendly celebration! The evening will feature a bonfire, community meal by Harvest Moon Catering, s'mores, activities, and photo booth. Live acoustic music will be provided by Herb & Hanson

The award ceremony will recognize farmers, businesses, and institutions for their commitment to small farms, healthy communities, and Virginia agriculture, including:

Partner Producers of the Year: Shepherd's Hill Farm of Albemarle County, and Agriberry Farm of Hanover County

Pioneer in the Field, Presented by Farm Credit of the Virginias: Sunnyfield Farm of Rockingham County

Rookie of the Year: Phantom Hill Farm of Louisa County

Retail Leader: Greenwood Gourmet Grocery of Albemarle County

Institutional Leader: St. Anne's-Belfield School Nutrition Services

Local Business, Community Impact: Crutchfield Corportation, for their Farm to Workplace Program

Trailblazer: Thomas Jefferson Health District, Martha Jefferson Starr Hill Health Clinic, JABA/Westhaven Nursing Clinic, Charlottesville Free Clinic, and The City of Promise for their Fresh Farmacy: Fruit and Veggie Prescription Program

Community Partner: City Schoolyard Garden and Charlottesville City Schools for their Harvest of the Month Program

Innovation in Agriculture, a cash award provided by Bundoran Farm by Natural Retreats, recognizes a small-scale family farmer who has demonstrated creativity and innovation in order to grow or expand their farm business. The winner of this competitive award will be announced at the ceremony. 

This event is possible thanks to our generous community sponsors. Learn more about our sponsors and the award winners here on our blog, and we hope to see you on October 22! 

Upcoming Workshops

We have several exciting workshops planned for this fall that are open to the public. Please visit our Workshops page for more information, including to purchase a ticket and to RSVP. Partner farms do not need to purchase a ticket; please email adrianna@localfoodhub.org to secure your spot. 

A Retrospective of Radical Roots Community Farm
Thursday, October 15, Bellair Farm 
Cost: $10

Is Your Gut Instinct Costing You Money?
Thursday, October 29, Piedmont Virginia Community College

Cost: $10

Evaluating and Improving On-Farm Energy Efficiency
Thursday, November 5, Piedmont Virginia Community College
Cost: $10
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.

Join us in our efforts of providing access to farm sourced food for everyone. 
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