Public Knowledge

Local Food Hub strives to create a community in which the knowledge and choice of local food is the norm, not the exception. Education is key to making informed choices, and there is so much to learn about Virginia’s rich agricultural bounty and its many benefits.

It starts with the farm, and Local Food Hub has close relationships with more than 60 partner farmers and their families. Our Farmer Profiles will help you get to know them too. All of Local Food Hub’s products are fully traceable from farm to plate, so that consumers always know where their food was grown.

Local Food Hub’s Community Partnerships increase food and cooking literacy. Patients in the Fresh Farmacy: Fruit and Veggie Prescription Program receive recipes provided by The PB&J Fund, and a copy of The Arcadia Mobile Market Seasonal Cookbook to complement their produce bags. Participants in the Farm to Workplace Program also receive recipes and developed a recipe sharing website to encourage healthy eating habits.

“Swiss chard was a nice surprise [in last week’s share], as I never buy that and actually liked it a lot. I love eating from local farms and eating what is in season. It’s super convenient to know what I’m getting and just go grab it [at my office].” – Rachel Showalter, Crutchfield Corporation Employee and Farm to Workplace Participant

During the annual Virginia Farm to School Week, Local Food Hub staff and partner farmers conduct in-school activities geared towards connecting students to their food and where it was grown. We host meet-the-farmer events and taste tests that get kids excited about trying and learning about new, healthy foods. Learn more about our Farm to School Program.

Local Food Hub’s marketing materials help restaurants, institutions, retail stores, schools, buying clubs, and distributors let their customers know they’ve made a commitment to supporting small farms, healthy communities, and Virginia agriculture. Consumers can seek out our logo in their favorite grocery and dining establishments and feel confident in the taste, quality, and value of the product. If you are a current customer interested in our marketing materials, visit our marketing page.

Food System Partners

In order to broaden the scope of our work, Local Food Hub is pleased to work with the following national organizations. These relationships enable us to tap into the resources available from a wide knowledge base and to share best practices from around the country.

Our national partners include:

Wallace Center Food Hub Collaboration

USDA Food Hub Resources

Good Food Org Guide

Some local partners include (and see more on our Community Partnerships page):

Virginia Food Works
Virginia Food Works is a nonprofit organization that works with existing and prospective producers of value-added foods, providing expertise and guidance on the steps involved from product development to final production. It also offered contract packing services, specializing in the creation of value-added foods from locally grown ingredients. Learn more about the services offered in this short video here.

 

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Real Local RVA is a Richmond-based grassroots group of independent, small grocery stores, restaurants, farmer’s markets, farmers, growers, and supporters. The mission is to educate, support, and raise awareness of the local food movement and choices in the Greater Richmond area. Local Food Hub is a proud partner.

 

 

Charlottesville Food Justice Network 
The Charlottesville Food Justice Network is a collaborative effort among local organizations that seeks to build a healthy and equitable community food system. The group consists of over a dozen nonprofit organizations, businesses, and educational institutions that are exploring how to increase access to healthy, nutritious foods for all members of our community. Visit the link above to learn more about the Network and the partner organizations.

Move2Health Coalition
The Move2Health Coalition of the Thomas Jefferson Health District is a community organization that encourages healthy eating and active living through education, advocacy, and evidence-based programming throughout our community. The group consists of 20 health-oriented organizations and businesses, and provide guidance and support for many of our community access programs and partnerships, including Fresh Farmacy and Harvest of the Month.

Your Support

Educating our community about the value of local food and its impact on our environment, our local economy, and our health, relies on support from individual donors, If you would like to help build a local food system where the knowledge and choice of local food becomes the norm and not the exception, please donate today, or contact Kristen Suokko at (434) 244-0625 or kristen@localfoodhub.org.

Thank you, Local Food Hub supporters!

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