Spring is in full bloom, and the hustle and bustle at our warehouse is growing each day with more and more farmers bringing us delicious local food. Strawberries and asparagus are hitting their peak, while cherries, raspberries, peaches, and summer squash will be here soon. We’ve launched the third season of our food access programs, welcomed four new staff members, and got more local food into area schools.
2017 has seen some wild weather in Virginia. From sunny 70 degree days in February to bitter cold nights, it is difficult to predict what will come next! A quick update on the upcoming growing season, a recap on our first grower-buyer meeting, more local food in Charlottesville City Schools, and welcome to our Sales Associate, Katie Maillet!
Our 2016 Impact Report
See all that we were able to accomplish in 2016, thanks to your support.
December 2016: A few of our favorite things!
As 2016 comes to a close, we’re reflecting on the past year and feeling so grateful for our community’s support and partnership. Virginia farmers faced a variety of challenges this year, including regulatory changes and unexpected weather. Through it all, we stood by our partner farms, thanks to you, and our partner farms stood by us and found creative ways to get fresh, healthy food to those who need it most. Here are a few of our favorite memories from 2016.
November 2016 – Give Local this Holiday Season
This season, as we’re distributing local products throughout Virginia and D.C., making our last Fresh Farmacy and Farm to Workplace deliveries of the year, and preparing for our annual partner producer meeting, we are feeling thankful for you and all you’ve done to help us strengthen our local food system. We are also thankful for the businesses and organizations that support our work. We’e complied a list of a few delicious, local holiday gift ideas that also support Local Food Hub programs.
Learn how Local Food Hub is leading the way in food safety, and is the only nonprofit in Virginia to acquire training credentials to conduct a mandatory grower training under the new federal food safety law. Plus, learn about our market for “ugly” apples in juice and kombucha, and meet our new Board of Directors members.
Gearing Up for Farm to School Week!
October 3-7 is Virginia Farm to School Week, and we’re bringing local produce, meat, and farmers into the school cafeteria! More details about our plans for the week, plus bring your reusable bags to Whole Foods Market Charlottesville during the month of October and they will make a donation to our farm to school programs!
Heat impacts on agriculture and Virginia farmers, what’s in season, and look into a busy and exciting fall. Events include Farm Aid on September 17, snacks for schoolchildren and Virginia Farm to School Week, our Community Food Award celebration on October 20, and more. Plus, a look at our partner farm Double H Farm in Nelson County.
Local Food Hub, Polyface Farm, and the University of Virginia Health System have teamed up to bring pasture-raised local pork to hospital patients, families, and employees. And thanks to a new partnership between UVA and Greens to Grounds, local food will now be more accessible to UVA students. Details about our growers achieving the highest standards in food safety, summer produce updates, upcoming workshops, and more.
An early spring, late frost, and now a hot start to summer makes for an interesting start to the growing season in Virginia. Get a preview of what to expect from our partner farms in the months ahead. Plus, the Local Food Hub family changes and grows. On July 22, Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes will donate 5% of the day’s sales to Local Food Hub, and more details on our June Pest Management Workshop.
Tickets in the Lower Orchestra for Willie Nelson & Family at the Charlottesville nTelos Wireless Pavilion on May 25 are sold out, except through our sponsor packages! Secure your VIP seats and show your commitment to Virginia farmers and strong local economies. Our 2016 Fresh Farmacy Program kicks off and we welcome our newest employee, Bee Thorp. Plus, a recap of a special visit from a USDA official to celebrate local food.
We’re hiring! Local Food Hub seeks qualified candidates for Operations Manager and Procurement Associate. Also featured is a recap of the Fresh Farmacy cooking program, our upcoming Spring Production Walk workshop at Bellair Farm, and our pre-show party and concert with Willie Nelson!
Local Food Hub is pleased to announce our major fundraising event for the year is a pre-show party and concert by Willie Nelson & Family at the Charlottesville nTelos Wireless Pavilion on Wednesday, May 25. A recap of our annual partner producer meeting, and update on the Fresh Farmacy Program, and an upcoming workshop on organic certification.
A behind-the-scenes look at winter work at Local Food Hub, a details about our newest partnership with Van Dessel Farms and their winter root veggies, an update on Fresh Farmacy 2016, and welcome to our newest Board Member, Megan Kingdon.
2015 was a year of great accomplishments and new endeavors for our farms, customers, and community partners. We reflect on a fantastic year, share an article from C-ville Weekly on the state of school food in our community, and welcome a new grant award to support our Fresh Farmacy program.
We are thankful for you! Your commitment to building a healthy and resilient food system is ensuring that farmers receive a fair price for their food, and more members of our community have access to the delicious bounty of our region. Thank you for making this work possible. We are excited to share more details of your impact in our 2015 Annual Report.
A recap of Virginia Farm to School Week and our Community Food Award celebration, plus a new partnership with Virginia Chestnuts. And, a Customer Spotlight on Greenwood Gourmet Grocery of Albemarle County, who won our Retail Leader award.
Local Food Hub launches a new website, gears up for Virginia Farm to School Week, and establishes a new partnership for grass-fed ground beef. Plus, details about our annual Community Food Awards and upcoming workshops.
As summer comes to a close and kids head back to school, local farmers are gearing up for one of the busiest times of the year! Central Virginia’s growing season is still going strong in the early fall, and school kids in Charlottesville and throughout the region will benefit from its bounty. Learn about Local Food Hub’s plans for the school year, plus a Farmer Spotlight on Wenger Grape Farms, an update on Fresh Farmacy, upcoming workshops, and more!
Our newest partnerships aimed at increasing access to local food in our community continue to flourish, and are getting more delicious as the summer growing season progresses. Learn about our Fresh Farmacy and Farm to Workplace Programs, plus an update on our partnership with The PB&J Fund. And, big news! We’ve helped 9 of our partner producers achieve GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) Certification, among the highest regarded in food safety!
An update on our Fresh Farmacy and Farm to Workplace Programs, plus a Farmer Spotlight on Radical Roots Community Farm, and juicy details on mixed cherry tomatoes.
Local Food Hub is the beneficiary of the first-of-its-kind Bacon Festival in Charlottesville, plus a Farmer Spotlight on Goldman Farm, updates from our Harvest of the Month Program with City Schoolyard Garden, and more.
You’re invited to Central Virginia’s first-ever Bacon Festival, to benefit Local Food Hub! Introducing our new Fresh Farmacy Program, a partnership with area health clinics, plus a spotlight on Phantom Hill Farm, and news from Charlottesville City School’s Harvest of the Month, featuring asparagus.
A Farmer Spotlight on Holland’s Three Rivers Farm in Rockbridge County, details about our delicious pasture-raised eggs, and winter vineyard work at Wenger Grape Farms.
Trials and tribulations of our brutal Virginia winter, plus kale chips for Charlottesville City School students, and a feature on Woodson’s Mill grains.
A preview of our partnership with City Schoolyard Garden on their Harvest of the Month Program, plus Yoders’ Farm hydroponic tomatoes, and a recap of our 2015 Annual Grower Meeting.
Holiday shopping to support Local Food Hub at the Alternative Gift Fair, plus a Farmer Spotlight on Phantom Hill Farm and details on delicious winter squash.
Shop during Whole Foods Market Charlottesville’s 5% Day to support Farm to School Week, plus a Farmer Spotlight on Hartland Natural Farm in Madison County, and tasty apple notes!
Local Food Hub gears up for Virginia Farm to School Week, a Farmer Spotlight on Singing Earth Produce in Augusta County, our partnership with the Emergency Food Bank, and details about fall salad mix!
Local kids and local foods head back to school, a Farmer Spotlight on Witmer Farm in Rockingham County, plus sweet summer peaches, watermelon, and tomatoes!
Local Food Hub turns five and introduces a fresh, new look. A Farmer Spotlight on Malcolms Market Garden in Augusta County, plus juicy nectarines, and news on our partnership with The PB&J Fund.