About Us

Mission

Our mission is to partner with Virginia farmers to increase community access to local food. We provide the support services, infrastructure, and market opportunities that connect people with food grown close to home.

History

Local Food Hub grew out of a community-supported discussion that identified a need for greater linkages between small family farms and institutions seeking local food. Farmers were being locked out of the institutional market due to missing infrastructure, delivery minimums, insurance requirements, and time. Institutions and businesses found it challenging to access a consistent supply of local produce, and were looking for one number to call to source locally.

Since our founding eight years ago, Local Food Hub has made strides in our mission to make fresh, farm sourced food available to everyone.

In 2009, a team of farmers, community members, and nonprofit and food distribution experts came together to launch Local Food Hub. Start-up funding came from a combination of county-level economic development sources, local foundations, and an individual donor campaign. Local farmers helped shape the business plan and networked with their peers. Local Food Hub received in-kind contributions to launch, including 3,500 square feet of warehouse space in Ivy, Virginia.

Since our founding eight years ago, Local Food Hub has made strides in our mission to make fresh, farm sourced food available to everyone. Locally sourced food is now accessible to school kids and seniors, hospitals and universities, and restaurants and retailers. Community partnerships and programs ensure that we not only feed but also educate a new generation about the value of eating fresh and local. Family farms, the environment, public health, and the local economy all benefit as a result.

Vision & Approach

Our vision is that the knowledge and choice of local food becomes the norm, not the exception, for all segments of the community, and that small farms have a strong economic foothold in the marketplace.

We offer a smarter, healthier alternative to traditional agribusiness models by reinstating small farms as the food source for the community. We forge close relationships with our farmers and provide essential services that lead to the direct distribution of fresh, high-quality food to institutions, retailers, restaurants, and schools. We create community partnerships that promote knowledge of and access to local food where it is needed most.

Learn more about our mission and our programs. 

Staff

  • Kristen Suokko
    Executive Director
  • Alan Moore
    Director of Distribution and Business Development
  • Adrianna Vargo
    Director of Grower Services
  • Lisa Reeder
    Food and Farm Access Coordinator
  • Melissa Luce
    Accounting and Benefits Manager
  • Laura Brown
    Director of Communications and Marketing
  • Bee Thorp
    Associate Director of Philanthropy
  • Alyssa Viars
    Procurement Associate
  • Rod Crawford
    Warehouse Manager
  • Christopher Brown
    Warehouse Associate
  • Board of Directors

  • Kathryn Barker
    Network Administrator, Peabody School
  • Steve Bowers
    Vice President for Marketing and Communications, Apex Clean Energy
  • Kate Collier
    Owner, Feast!
  • Anna Payne Fife
    Senior Manager for Board, Executive and Strategic Initiatives, Share Our Strength
  • Eric Gertner
    Owner, Feast!
  • Robin Gilliland
    Principal and Acting CFO, Keller Enterprises
  • Stasia Greenewalt
    Faculty Member, Mountaintop Montessori School
  • Susan Hill
    LFH Partner Farmer, Hill Farm
  • Martha Hodgkins
    Communications Director, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
  • Julie King
    Attorney
  • Megan Kingdon
    Nurse Practitioner
  • Ken Kipps
    Vice President for Administration, University of Virginia College Foundation

  • Kristina Koutrakos
    Director of Portfolio Strategy, Virginia Retirement System
  • Wendy Philleo
    Former Executive Director, Center for a New American Dream

  • Thank you, Local Food Hub supporters!

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