Mission & History

About The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition

The mission of the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition is to improve the viability of the local food sector statewide by building and supporting a statewide network of those involved in West Virginia’s local food economies.

Through this network, The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition develops regional foodsheds and build connections among those foodsheds by GROWING food and farm business, PROMOTING access to local foods, SHARING resources, CHANGING agricultural policy, MAPPING and CONNECTING the local food sector, and TELLING West Virginia’s food and farm story.

The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

History

The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition was launched by the West Virginia Community Development Hub in August 2010. Beginning in 2010, West Virginia communities contacted the Hub requesting food and farm information and resources. It soon became clear that to shape the economic landscape of local food would require resource and information sharing between individuals, farmers, governmental agencies, and businesses. At that time, limited communication and organization meant that divisions existed among communities and service organizations that hampered the development of the local food sector.

Given this gap and these divisions, The West Virginia Community Development Hub convened over 25 food-focused agencies and organizations to identify the need and shape the basis for a new initiative to be called The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition.

Today, The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition has developed beyond our focus on relationship-building and provides leadership to the local food and farm sector across the state of West Virginia by building a strong network equipped to support regional foodsheds to GROW food and farm business, PROMOTE access to local foods, and SHARE resources, as well as to MAP and CONNECT the local food sector, CHANGE agricultural policy, and TELL West Virginia’s Food and Farm Story statewide.

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Philosophy

When West Virginia farmers and food producers become more directly connected to West Virginia consumers, the results include healthier people, greater business opportunities, stronger communities, and a unique economy reflecting our state’s proud heritage of self-sufficient food production.

To accelerate this movement, we provide the means to link farmers, processors, distributors, educators, agencies, nonprofits, farmers markets, restaurants, youth groups, institutional food service, and anyone else committed to making our local food economy stronger.