West Virginia Farm to School Community Development Group is a collaboration of West Virginians working together to create synergistic partnerships to advance farm to school efforts across the state. Early successes include joint sponsorship of trainings, workshops, and conferences to foster exchange of information for and between food service staff and farmers. Collaboration has also resulted in the creation of funding sources, the coordinated delivery of resouces, the development of publications, fact sheets, videos, and shared dissemination of information through various media outlets.
Together, these partners explore the opportunities for a sustainable community-focused and education-based system for food production that can be expanded and implemented statewide. Since 2011, the action-oriented Group members have met on a regular basis and have provided direct services and resources to advance local food systems.
Grow. Educate. Sell.
Grow the next generation of farmers in West Virginia.
Increase the amount of local foods served in our schools.
West Virginia Farm to School Community Development group is comprised of;
This funding affords the Community Development Group with resources to develop a multifaceted farm to school campaign which will serve as a:
platform to highlight, document, and promote farm to school activities
clearinghouse of information focusing on working with county food service directors and farmers to change the types of foods served in school meals by sourcing food from local farms for cafeterias
further expand/enhance the planned activities of the 10 AmeriCorps members
Two-year federally funded project, via the United States Department of Agriculture, aimed at increasing the number of schools that are implementing farm to school activities.
Provided funding and resources that allowed the Office of Child Nutrition to sponsor 10 AmeriCorps members that focus on farm to school efforts across the state.