Each year, Local Food Hub recognizes farmers, businesses, and community partners for their commitment to small farms, healthy communities, and Virginia agriculture during our Community Food Awards ceremony. On October 22, we will host a fun, celebratory event at our warehouse in Ivy, VA, featuring a community meal, bonfire, s’mores, family-friendly games, a photo booth, and live acoustic music.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 22 at 556 Dettor Road, Ivy, VA. The following award recipients will be recognized:

Partner Producers of the Year

Awarded to Shepherd’s Hill Farm of Albemarle County, and Agriberry Farm of Hanover County, for consistently and reliably delivering local produce packed in accordance with the highest standards.

Pioneer in the Field, Presented by Farm Credit of the Virginias

Awarded to Sunnyfield Farm of Rockingham County, for demonstrating innovation in food system development through their work with Local Food Hub.

Rookie of the Year

Awarded to Phantom Hill Farm of Louisa County, for their commitment to partnering with Local Food Hub to increase access to local food.

Innovation in Agriculture

A cash award provided by Bundoran Farm by Natural Retreats, recognizes a small-scale family farmer who has demonstrated creativity and innovation in order to grow or expand their farm business. The winner of this competitive award will be announced at the ceremony.

Retail Leader

Awarded to Greenwood Gourmet Grocery of Albemarle County, for their commitment to the purchase and marketing of local food and to a partnership with Local Food Hub in this effort.

Institutional Leader

Awarded to St. Anne’s-Belfield School Nutrition Services and Executive Chef Trey Holt, for their commitment to local agriculture through their menu planning and food service offerings.

Local Business, Community Impact

Awarded to Crutchfield Corportation, for effectively and creatively increasing access to local food through their Farm to Workplace Program.

Trailblazer

Awarded to the Thomas Jefferson Health District, Martha Jefferson Starr Hill Health Clinic, JABA/Westhaven Nursing Clinic, Charlottesville Free Clinic, and The City of Promise for developing innovative solutions to procuring locally and for making a commitment to increasing community access to fresh, farm sourced food through their Fresh Farmacy: Fruit and Veggie Prescription Program.

Community Partner

Awarded to City Schoolyard Garden and Charlottesville City Schools, for their commitment to partnering with Local Food Hub to increase education about and access to local food through their Harvest of the Month Program.

Following the ceremony, Harvest Moon Catering will serve a warm, delicious meal of soups, chili, and breads, featuring Local Food Hub products. Herb & Hanson will provide live acoustic music, and guests can warm by the fire while roasting marshmallows. MoxBox will operate a photo booth with fun props and chalkboard messages for you to share why you support Local Food Hub.

A special thanks to our sponsors who make this event possible: Farm Credit of the Virginias, Feast!, Nelson County Economic Development, Crutchfield Corporation, Whole Foods Market Charlottesville, Specialty Beverage, NBC29 News, Albemarle County Economic Development, MoxBox, Harvest Moon Catering, St. Annes-Belfield School, and Payne, Ross & Associates. If you are interested in supporting this community event, please contact our Director of Philanthropy, Marisa Taylor, at marisa@localfoodhub.org.

Thank you, Local Food Hub supporters!

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