The countdown begins as we near the end of West Virginia's Legislative Session. Please continue to follow Cottage Foods: SB27 and Farm to Food Bank Tax Credit: SB25 as they make moves towards the House Floor. We update our 2017 Legislative Issues Infographic regularly to provide you with the most up-to-date information for you to take action and have your voice heard. 

On Monday, March 27th, we'll be traveling to Fairmont, WV to hear from the WV Department of Agriculture Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner about the future of food and agriculture in West Virginia at the Local Food & Farm Gathering: An Evening with the Commissioner. Join us! 

Thank you to everyone for making phone calls, writing emails, sending letters, and meeting in-person with our representatives to support our policy priorities and fight bills with the power to harm our communities. 

We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday.

In Leaps and Bounds,

West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition

FOOD AND FARM EVENTS
Visit our events calendar:  http://wvfoodandfarm.org/news-media/events

Please RSVP or re-RSVP for the rescheduled event and pre submit your questions for the Commissioner  here.
US Farm Bill 2018: Policy, Politics & Potential Symposium on Tuesday, March 28th at American University in Washington, DC

This event, co-sponsored by Berkeley Food Institute, will mark the first time that academics, civil society leaders, policy-makers, producers and the general public will be able to present and discuss original research both on and for the US Farm Bill, across and beyond disciplines. Learn more about the Farm Bill online or in-person, here.
Growing Cucurbits Class
March 30th at 6pm - 8:30pm
Appalachian Harvest in Duffield, VA

The class will cover pests, disease and control measures for both conventional and organic to increase wholesale quality, as well as a FSMA introduction.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Katie Commender at kcommender@asdevelop.org by March 20th. 
Farm Management Institute's Positioning for Success Lecture in Weston, WV on April 3rd 9AM - 4PM

This year's content and lecture will be relevant to those who are lifelong learners, including young farmers, potential young farmers, parents, FFA students and those continuing or expanding their farming operations. Dr. Dave Kohl and Dr. Alex White will provide insight, materials and techniques to enhance your growth and success in agriculture. Learn the latest market news and trends from both a global and domestic economic outlook, gain insight on effective succession planning for the next generation, and become an advocate for agriculture and learn how to effectively share your story. To reserve your seat, please call 540-434-5385 ext. 5616 or email KClevenger@FCVirginias.com.
Record-Keeping Strategies for Organic Certification Webinar
Thursday, April 6th from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

This one hour online webinar will cover all you need to know about farm record-keeping for organic certification. Specific topics include simplifying records on your farm for efficiency and organic certification requirements as well as compost production records needed to gain approval for use on certified organic farms. Register here.

NC Choices- Pastured Pork and Poultry Walk, Paddock Demo & Intensive for Beginning and Transitioning Farmers 
April 20, 2017 at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina 

"This interactive workshop is taught by leading farmers, educators, and researchers; and provides comprehensive niche meat training from pasture to sale for beginning and transitioning farmers. Producers will learn about pasture management techniques including rotational grazing, mobile units, and paddock demos for pork and poultry, nutrition and feeding guidelines including when to use alternative feeds, how to determine markets and scale, and liability requirements and coverage." Registration opens here on February 1, 2017.
Nourishing Networks: Healthy Food Access Planning Workshop in Wayne County, West Virginia
April 21st, 2017 10AM - 7PM

WVFOODLINK and WVU Extension invite you to participate in a unique 1-day workshop. If you are a nutritionist, food pantry volunteer, mother, father, community gardener, farmer, extension agent, teacher, social worker, or health professional this workshop is for you! Share experiences. Get access to useful knowledge and tools. Learn new ways to approach healthy food access problems. Work together to develop new solutions. Create plans, policies, and projects that nourish Wayne County. Register here.
Consumer Federation of America 40th Annual National Food Policy Conference
April 11 - 12th in Washington, DC

FDA's Susan Mayne and National Council of Farmer Cooperatives' Chuck Conner among leading experts to address conference and discuss implications of deep funding cuts for Rural Development, Agriculture, and Public Health in President's Proposed Budget. Register here.
WV International Film Festival 
April 25th at 6:30
WVSU Capitol Theater 
Tickets: $9 General Admission
$5 Students

For the first time in a full-length documentary, contract farmers tell their stories, and industry experts reveal how the corporate production model pits farmer against farmer. Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print takes audiences across the American South and to Southern India to understand what's happening to farmers living under contract and what we can do to change our food system for the better. 50% of proceeds support the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition.
National Farm Viability Conference 2017
May 22nd-24th in Albany, NY

The National Farm Viability Conference is focused on strengthening farm sustainability, building stronger and more resilient local food systems and supporting the long term profitability of farming and agri-entrepreneurs from start-ups to generational businesses. Register here.
Food Safety Training Webinar Series for Farmer Support Organizations
March 2017 - June 2017

Trainings  are designed for organizations that provide farmer support and technical assistance, such as inc ubator farm programs, producer groups, food hubs, and extension agents. Topics include water requirements, food safety certification options, developing a quality management system, and equipment sanitation. Register here.
F ungal Pharmacopeia: A Medicinal Mushroom Intensive Workshop
May 27-28th
Sharondale Farm, Cismont, VA

Join us for a hands-on activity filled workshop exploring mushrooms as medicine for personal and community health.  Read more and register here .
The Future of Ginseng and Forest Botanicals Symposium 
July 12 - 14 in Morgantown, WV

This 3-day symposium will provide a forum to bring together a diverse array of stakeholders involved in the management and regulation of forest botanicals in Appalachia, including federal and state agencies, tribal representatives, academics, landowners, collectors, and the herbal products industry. Register here



Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference: It Takes a Region. For more information, click
here.
GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

No Deadline

Deadline: March 28, 2017
Deadline: April 2017

Deadline: March 27, 2017

Deadline: March 27, 2017
Deadline: May 9, 2017
JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS

Open Until Filled
Step by Step WV is Hiring a Food Security AmeriCorps VISTA in Boone County
Contact Marta Pate at 304-885-5402 or mpate@stepbystepwv.org


Deadline: April 29th

No Deadline
Center for Environmental Farming Systems' (CEFS) 2017 Sustainable Ag Internship Program

No Deadline

No Deadline
No Deadline
Fall Application Deadline: May 22nd
FOOD AND FARM RESOURCES
Visit our free library:  http://wvfoodandfarm.org/resources/


New manual, "Beyond the Emergency: How to evolve your food bank into a force for change" for food banks. Download the manual here.
Black Walnut seedlings @ 80 cents per tree and semi-dwarf apple @ $ 4 per tree available to purchase.  Black Walnut trees like good soil and should be 150 feet from a garden or orchard.  The semi-dwarf apples grow about 12 - 14 feet tall (40% of a standard apple tree).  With both trees one needs to graft them which I'm happy to show you how to do. Trees would have to be picked up in Kanawha or Roane Counties.  Contact Robin Wilson,  rwilson@wvfoodandfarm.org for more information. 
The Carrot Project's Financial Management Calendar Webinar with Julia Shanks. Listen here.
FOOD AND FARM POLICY CORNER
State and National Policy Page:  http://wvfoodandfarm.org/initiatives/policy/



The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition's 2017 Legislative Issues Packet is now available online. Read it here.



Stay up-to-date with the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition's 2017 legislative priorities with our legislative issues infographic, here.
Commissioner of Agriculture, Kent Leonhardt, applauds the Wayne County community and their farmer's cooperative. Read the article here.


"Free School Lunches Kept Me From Starving" Stephanie Covington Armstrong shares her personal experience and the future implications of federal policies. Read the full article here.


Support the National Young Farmers Coalition's Young Farmer Success Act HR 1060 that adds farmers to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Send an automated email or make a call to your local representative here.
Support the WV Food & Farm Coalition!
Your support will further our work to make local food more viable in West Virginia.