Volume 3, Issue 3
March 29, 2016
Local Food Hub News and Notes

We're Hiring!

The Local Food Hub Team is growing, and we are seeking qualified candidates to join our small but dynamic staff. Two positions are available: Procurement Associate and Operations Manager. Both positions are based at or near the Local Food Hub warehouse in Ivy, Virginia. For more information, please review the job postings here on our website. Please note the distinct email addresses for submitting an application for either position, and please, no phone calls. 

Fresh Farmacy Program Cooking Classes

This month, patients from last year’s Fresh Farmacy program participated in a series of cooking classes focused on basic culinary skills and healthy nutrition choices centered on local produce. Funded by a grant to the Sentara Starr Hill Health Center, the classes were offered to patients at no cost, and also included a bag of fresh produce and other items for them to replicate the recipes at home with their families.

In the first class, patients prepared a delicious orange chicken dish with roasted winter root veggies and made-from-scratch applesauce. The class began with basic knife skills, including how to safely chop garlic, carrots, turnips, and sweet potatoes. Patients also learned how to sauté, roast, and bake, and all took turns contributing to each step of the recipe. Finally, they enjoyed the fruits of their labor with a family-style meal, and shared ideas for how they planned to recreate the recipe at home with their families. 


In their final class, patients prepared vegetable stir-fried rice with baked honey-glazed chicken, healthy veggie egg rolls, and applesauce dumplings for dessert. The veggie egg rolls were filled with the same ingredients as used in the veggie stir fry so that patients could learn multiple ways to enjoy the same delicious products, including cabbage, carrots, onions, garlic, peppers, ginger, and more. To ensure all patients had the necessary kitchen tools for making healthy meals at home and replicating what they learned in class, each patient was provided with a free wok! See more photos here on our blog.

Local Food Hub, in partnership with three area health clinics, plans to launch the 2016 Fresh Farmacy Program in late April. This program is available to patients at no cost, and therefore relies on community support and individual donations. Local Food Hub continues to fundraise for full funding for this important program.
Help us honor Willie's commitment to local food and family farms, and keep our Virginia farms Live and Kickin'! Join us for an exclusive pre-show celebration and concert experience with this living legend of country music on Wednesday, May 25, at the Charlottesville nTelos Wireless Pavilion. We've reserved the best seats in the house for our sponsors, and will host a delicious pre-concert party at The Space Downtown, featuring food grown by our partner farms. Packages include admission to the party, a raffle to win a signed guitar, drink tickets for the show, and more.

This exciting evening will help us continue to support small family farms and healthy communities through programs like Fresh Farmacy (see above for more details). 
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Workshop: Spring Production Walk at Bellair Farm

Date:Thursday, Arpil 21
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Bellair Farm, 5375 Bellair Farm, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Cost: $10 (free for Local Food Hub partner farms)

Local Food Hub is pleased to announce a new training partnership with Bellair Farm, an 853-acre certified organic farm, with a 500+ member CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program in Albemarle County. This new partnership will provide an opportunity for beginning and establishing farmers to participate in seasonal production walks through Bellair Farm’s growing operation. A wide range of topics will be explored and discussed, including weed and pest control, disease prevention and management strategies, crew management, harvest techniques, equipment choices, livestock management, budgets, and more!

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Local Food Hub is a nonprofit organization that partners with Virginia farmers to increase community access to local food. After seven 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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