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Virginia Receives Nearly $1.2 Million in Funding to Strengthen Local Food Economies

Eighteen local and regional projects are expected to receive nearly $1.2 million in USDA funding to support local agriculture economies and access to healthy foods, according to an announcement by Governor McAuliffe's office on September 29. The funding was authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill and Virginia received funding for three programs aimed at recruiting and training farmers, expanding economic opportunities and increasing healthy foods. “The awards announced today will not only help to achieve my goal of building a new Virginia economy through supporting local farmers and entrepreneurs, it will also strengthen Virginia’s l ... [more]

Congratulations to UVA Dining for Achieving Marine Stewardship Council Certification!

The University of Virginia and James Madison University recently became the first Aramark properties in the United States to be certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The MSC Chain of Custody certification will allow U.Va. Dining to provide certified sustainable wild-caught seafood in three residential dining locations (Newcomb Hall’s Fresh Food Company, Runk, and O’Hill). The certification ensures that the seafood is never mixed or substituted with non-certified seafood at every step of the supply chain. Be on the lookout for dishes including cod, flounder, and pollock this fall, and you can be sure that it is a sustainable dinin ... [more]

Temple Hill Farm Seeking Veteran-Farmer

Seeking a Veteran-Farmer to establish farm business on 41 acres in central Virginia, west of Charlottesville. Applicant shall have recent military experience with an honorable discharge, be drug-free and have a comfort level with small-scale farming. Owner will consider options for farm production from vegetables to small-scale livestock, farmed organically or as close to natural as possible. Ideas for alternate enterprises are also welcome: native plant production, beekeeping, medicinal and culinary herbs, mushroom cultivation and/or farmed flowers. Owner will provide free use of the land or minimum-fee lease arrangement. This is not ... [more]

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The Food Collaborative is co-sponsoring the Virginia Film Festival's screening of "Fed Up" with special guest Katie Couric! Click the picture below for details.

Fed Up at the VFF

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