Grower Services

Local Food Hub has provided technical and food safety assistance for independent farms since its founding in 2009, helping dozens of farmers achieve food safety certification and channeling millions of dollars of farm product into markets. In response to the pandemic, these farmers successfully pivoted to new business models. Diversified farms are faring better than those that are highly specialized. But this means they need new types of support – adapting to new markets, new packaging, new food safety measures, new recordkeeping, and more ways to meet increasing demand. To address these needs, in 2021 Local Food Hub will carry out the following programs:

2021 Programs

Rules to Reality: This program, a collaboration with Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension, interprets complicated food safety regulations for small farms. In response to the pandemic, the training modules will all be offered by on-line video. 

Online Recordkeeping: This effort takes current templates used by federal and state agencies and customizes them for individual farms. When completed, it will eliminate unnecessary and confusing records that don’t apply to every farm, and include a reminder system and corrective advice. 

Drive through markets: Local Food Hub will offer the drive through markets year round for the foreseeable future, providing a revenue source for dozens of small farms and value-added producers. 

Cost share: Local Food Hub will continue to manage funds to assist farms in covering some of the costs associated with receiving food safety certification. 

Collective purchasing: Since its founding, Local Food Hub has offered its partner farms the opportunity to acquire boxes at bulk discount pricing through a collective purchasing program. It will build upon this program to include other farm inputs, such as seeds, soil amendments, or tools.  

Your Support

Providing Virginia farmers with the necessary training and technical assistance relies on support from individual donors. If you would like to help build a resilient and sustainable local food system, please donate today, or contact Portia Boggs at (434) 430-5548 or portia@localfoodhub.org.

Thank you, Local Food Hub supporters!

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