Purpose: Interest in and support of the community, local, and regional food systems increased significantly over the past two decades. However, the present public health crisis continues to be disruptive and has repercussions for Virginia communities and the food value chain. Farmers, ranchers, food and agricultural businesses, and communities continue to adapt and pivot. The Come to the Table summits and district-level meetings will encourage meaningful discussion and collaborative action to make the connection between food, farming, and health stronger and more resilient to enhance responsiveness and achieve long-term values-based impacts.
Why does this connection matter? What does the connection currently look like in your community and service area? What are you trying to address and impact every day? What would true values-based impacts from a strong connection with food, farming, and health look like in your community and district?
What to Expect:
- To build your understanding of Virginia’s food system and community networks
- To build collaborative relationships with colleagues and programs.
- To develop action teams in your districts and communities
Virginia Cooperative Extension Agents, Faculty, and Field Staff are encouraged to attend to network and learn from their peers. VCE personnel are welcome to invite a “plus one” from an organization they collaborate with who are working towards values-based impacts to strengthen farm and food connections, nourish individuals and families, empower communities, revitalize local economies, and protect natural resources across Virginia and beyond.
Dates and Locations Offered:
These meetings will focus heavily on networking and building relationships with local individuals and organizations. Please select and plan to attend the gathering that is being held closest to the community where you live and work.
Gatherings will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided
|Central||Wednesday, May 11||VSU Pavilion at Randolph Farm|
|Southwest||Thursday, May 12||Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center|
|Central||Tuesday, May 17||Lynchburg Parks and Rec Aviary|
|Northern||Thursday, May 19||The Carver Center|
|Southeast||Wednesday, May 25||Hampton Roads AREC|
Registration: Click here to register!
For more info: Contact French Price at email@example.com or 540-335-8611