About Us

Mission

Local Food Hub advances equitable access to fresh food, independent farms, and fairness in farming.

History

Based in Central Virginia, Local Food Hub was founded in 2009 to work with Virginia farmers to increase community access to local food. We bought, aggregated, and sold food from small, independent farms; provided technical assistance to growers; and created programs to increase food access. In 2019 we transferred our distribution operation to the mission-aligned company 4P Foods, allowing us to concentrate on the nonprofit programs that serve as the foundation for a more resilient food system. These became even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic, and grew to include the area’s first contactless farmers market and greatly expanded food access programs.

Vision & Approach

Our vision is a network of diverse, independent farms providing communities with fresh, nutritious, locally grown food.

How We Work:

  •     We meet the needs of Virginia’s independent and minority farmers by providing technical assistance, financial support, and training in the areas of food safety, product packaging, crop specifications, and more. 
  •     We facilitate access to new markets for independent and minority farmers, including opportunities to connect directly with customers. 
  •     We design and operate programs to increase access to fresh, local food with food-insecure communities.
  •     We actively participate in food-access, food-justice, and food-policy coalitions and initiatives. 
  • We champion policies that benefit independent farms and address inequities in the food system.

Diversity and Equity

Local Food Hub recognizes and rejects discrimination in all forms. We believe that racial and economic inequities in farming and food access, which mirror larger systemic issues dating back to our country’s founding, need to be addressed head on. The Black, Indigenous, Latino and immigrant people who built and still power this country’s agricultural sector continue to face loss of land, discrimination, and unfair and harmful labor practices. Hunger and diet-related health problems in the United States fall mostly along racial lines. 

 

Local Food Hub seeks to apply the lessons learned over a decade of work with small Virginia farms to improve the prospects for marginalized farmers, build a food system with diverse, independent farms at its center, and promote equitable access to fresh, nutritious, locally grown food — while honoring the ancestral and indigenous farming practices that can help us renew the land. We are working to reflect these values in the composition of our staff and board, and to do the internal work necessary to recognize and reject racism in ourselves and in the food and agriculture system.

Learn more about our mission and our programs. 

Staff

  • Logan Blanco
    Accounting Department
  • Portia Boggs
    Director of Advancement and Communications
  • Kittie Cooper
    Market Associate
  • Stasia Greenewalt
    Director of Grower Services
  • Laura Brown
    Director of Community and Policy
  • Melissa Luce
    Accounting Department
  • Briana Stevenson
    Grower Outreach and Diversity Coordinator
  • Kristen Suokko
    Executive Director
  • Andy Wood
    Intern
  • Board of Directors

  • Stephen Byrd
    Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Research
  • Kathryn Barker
    Network Administrator, Peabody School
  • Elizabeth Beasley
    Director of Strategic Partnerships, UVA Health Systems
  • John Blackburn
    Associate Director of Philanthropy, The Nature Conservancy
  • Marcus Comer
    Extension Specialist, Associate Professor @ VSU
  • Anna Payne Fife
    Associate Director, Outreach and Engagement, The Aspen Institute's Future of Work Initiative
  • Robin Gilliland
    Principal and Acting CFO, Keller Enterprises
  • Martha Hodgkins
    Communications Director, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
  • Tom McDougall
    Founder and CEO, 4P Foods
  • Ronnie Webb
    President, The Green Scheme
  • Thank you, Local Food Hub supporters!

    Our Sponsors