After several months of advocating for our 2017 policy platform and stopping dangerous bills (ie. SB 60), we are excited to announce the passing of SB 25: Farm to Food Bank. SB 25: Farm to Food Bank is only the beginning of our efforts to increase access to nutritious, local foods and creating market opportunities for our farmers.

SB 369: Land Reunion Act  ended up in the House Energy Committee before running out of time, SB 26: Farm to Institution died early on in the Senate, and  SB 27: Cottage Foods experienced a last minute amendment by Senator Trump causing the bill to lose support from the House. 

We will be returning to the state capitol in 2018 with a stronger and more united Coalition to advocate for policies that support a resilient, equitable local food system for the Mountain State. Thank you to each and every one of you for devoting your time and energy in making your voices heard to support our food and farm community. 

In the meantime, the WV Food & Farm Coalition will be closely following the United States Farm Bill 2018 and advocating for issues directly impacting our food and farm community in West Virginia.

Happy Reading,

West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition

Public Screening of Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print in Charleston, West Virginia  on April 25th at 7PM

The WV Food & Farm Coalition and the WV International Film Festival are excited to present Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print tomorrow at the Capitol Theater in downtown Charleston. West Virginia farmers featured in the film, film director, and a representative from the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) will be introducing the film and staying for Q&A afterwards. 
School Gardens Support Organization (SGSO) Offering Best Practices Webinar Series April 25th - October 10th

Tune in to learn a series of topics including, program sustainability and finances, managing multiple school gardens, measuring impact, professional development for garden educators, and school garden networks. Register here.
Digging into Soil Health and Carbon Farming with Chesapeake Foodshed Network's Coffee Talk Webinar on April 27th at 1PM

Hear from two experts on the basic principles of soil health, microbial life in soil, the practicalities of carbon farming, and methods suitable for farms of diverse scales. Register here.
WVFMA Market Managers Training on April 27th in Charleston, West Virginia

The WV Farmers Market Association will be hosting a market managers training on April 27, 2017. This training will be offered for free to all member markets of the association. There will be a $100 admission fee for any nonmember market who wishes to attend. Learn more and rsvp here.



WV Urban Ag Conference
April 28-29, 2017 @ 8AM
Camp Virgil Tate, Charleston, WV

The conference is a dynamic gathering of farmers, gardeners and homesteaders hosted and planned by  WVU Extension Service WVSU Extension Service , the  Capitol Conservation District  and the  WV Department of Agriculture . It promises to be an EGG-citing experience!  Workshops will focus on topics such as horticulture, homesteading, conservation, marketing, adaptive gardening, livestock and more.  If you or your organization would like to be part of this exciting new conference, please email us at  info@urbanagwv.com .
Nourishing Networks: Healthy Food Access Planning Workshop in Fayette County, West Virginia
May 2, 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 Fayette County. Register here.
Mother Earth News Fair in Asheville, North Carolina on May 6th - 7th

With more than 150 workshops, there is no shortage of informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend at Mother Earth News Fair on animal husbandry, modern homesteading, organic gardening, green building, natural health, renewable energy, real food and so much more. Learn more and register here
Ohio and West Virginia Food Hub Network Meeting on May 16, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio 9AM - 3PM

The day will focus on food safety considerations for food hubs and will include a tour of the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. 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

Deadline: June 15th and September 15th
Deadline: Friday, June 7, 2017 at 5PM EST

Proposal Deadline: June 2, 2017 at 5pm EST

Deadline: June 2, 2017 at 5pm EST 
Deadline: June 19, 2017
Contact Jina Belcher at  jbelcher@strongmountaincommunities.org  
for more information
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) in Asheville, NC is Hiring a Finance Manager

Deadline: May 8, 2017

Deadline: April 24, 2017
Sprouting Farms Appalachian Croft and Training Center in Summers County, WV is Hiring a Full-Time Farm Assistant and a Part-Time Farm and Maintenance Crew Member


Start date: May 1, 2017

Deadline: April 29th
Center for Environmental Farming Systems' (CEFS) 2017 Sustainable Ag Internship Program

No Deadline

No Deadline
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Fall Application Deadline: May 22nd


Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) is now on the air. Listen to this weekly audio series about local food and farms in the Southern Appalachians, here.

Food Sleuth Radio is speaking with Judith McGeary,  sustainable farmer, attorney, and Founder and Director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance based in Cameron, TX on April 27th. Tune in to hear McGeary discuss the soil-food-web,  protecting soil, conserving water, and the political challenges facing sustainable family farmers. Listen here.

Make sure your farm counts! Your agricultural operation, large or small, is important to U.S. agriculture. Complete the form here.

Take the CTIC-SARE-ASTA Cover Crop Survey in 5 - 10 minutes. Responses will help influence policy, research and education on cover crops nationwide. 


Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) 2013 contract renewal deadline is May 5, 2017. Learn more about how to renew contracts here.
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