The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition is pleased to report that 100+ participants joined us on February 17th, 2015 for a two and a half hour webinar featuring keynote speaker and noted food systems author Mark Winne, a panel of Working Group Chairs, and Tom McConnell from the WVU Small Farm Center.
The webinar took the place of the 2015 Road Map for the Food Economy Conference & accompanying Local Foods Day at the Legislature which were cancelled due to an unfortunate bout of severe winter weather.
During the webinar, speakers engaged in rousing discussions covering many aspects of West Virginia’s food system, taking time to note how both continued policy engagement and regional development in ones own “foodshed” were key components in a strategy for growing the local food economy in West Virginia.
The webinar also featured two videos produced by the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition highlighting successful two models of successful local food ventures.
Finally, over 30 attendees took the time to think about how they could be West Virginia food system leaders in their own foodsheds by participating in a survey that will help us plan how our organization can interface more directly with regional groups and goals.
You are also invited to take our 2015 foodshed survey.
Below are the videos featured in the webinar:
Stay tuned for further updates from us as we digest the conversations we had and look over our survey results!
“Literally and figuratively, what each of you are doing is you’re putting your hands in the soil. And you do it for a particular reason: trying to promote your own self-reliance and protect your own freedom. A freedom to work collaboratively and a freedom to develop the self-reliance of your own community and West Virginia itself. Even those of you who aren’t directly involved in agriculture and don’t literally put your hands in the soil, you’re involved in teaching others, informing policies and programs, helping people to get food or jobs. You bring some measure of control and freedom to the lives of others.” – Mark Winne, keynote speaker