From the Executive Director:
2016 was a tough year to be a farmer. Difficult weather conditions affected almost all of Local Food Hub’s partner farms, disrupting the supply of many of our region’s most popular fruits and vegetables. But with our community’s support, Local Food Hub was able to stand by these farmers. We helped them find alternative crops to offset their unexpected losses. We committed to purchase what they were able to grow. And, we distributed those harvests to those who needed it most.
Since 2009, Local Food Hub has been partnering with Virginia farmers to increase community access to local food – providing the support services, infrastructure, and marketing opportunities that connect people with food grown close to home. Together, we’re working to reinstate the small family farm as the food source for our community, and improving food access and public health along the way.
There is still much work to be done, but we’re pleased to share this report on all we were able to accomplish.