Note: This article was originally published May 22 2014.
On Thursday, May 15th, 2014, West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition Working Groups met in Summersville to learn how they can make legislative change in West Virginia. Stephen Smith, Executive Director of the WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, led the morning with a discussion on building a strategy for legislatie proposals as well as practical thoughts for speaking with legislators and media. After lunch, a panel was convened and facilitated by Stephanie Tyree, director of Policy & Engagement, which included:
Kelly Crane; Executive Director, WV Farmers Market Association
Alyson Clements; Outreach Specialist, WV Center on Budget & Policy
Tootie Jones; Swift Level Farms and local foods advocate
Senator William Laird, Senate Majority Whip
Senator Ron Miller, Agriculture & Rural Development Committee Chair
Sam Petsonk; Miners Health & Safety Project, Mountain State Justice
Noelle Starek; Senate Staff Attorney
In the afternoon, Working Groups split off into individual groups and brainstormed policy proposals to work on for the next year. We’ll be talking about their progress in the near future! If you have any questions or would like a copy of the notes, please email foodandfarm@wvhub.