Support the WV Food & Farm Coalition!

My name is Rosalie Haizlett, and I am the newest member of the crew here at the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition. As the Engagement and Media Producer, I have the opportunity to use a combination of graphic design, creative writing, hand-drawn illustration, and video production to help tell the story of West Virginia's food and farm community. I recently moved to Charleston from my family's farm outside of Wheeling, West Virginia. I am the daughter and granddaughter of visual artists, so I've been creating since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I graduated from West Liberty University in December 2016 with a degree in Visual Communication Design. I am also honored to be a 2016-2017 Tamarack Foundation for the Arts Emerging Artist Fellow. The fact that I can combine my passion for art with my desire to see West Virginia become a healthier, more sustainable place makes me so happy. And I can't tell you how excited I am to meet some of you and learn about your stories in the coming months! 

- Rosalie 
Save the Date: West Virginia Farmer's Market Meeting and Cookout 
August 11th, 12PM - 4PM in Fairlea, WV

Join a statewide farmer's market meeting held during the West Virginia State Fair. The goal of this meeting is to bring state partners, our farmer's markets and the WVDA together to discuss and formulate a plan on how we can help expand our markets and grow the local food movement in the Mountain State. Please RSVP here and contact Carly Stover for more information at 
WV Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (WV CRAFT) Farm Tour in Dryfork, WV
Sunday, August 13th, 3PM - 7PM

Surrounded by Monongahela National Forest in the Highlands of West Virginia, Healthberry Farm works with nature to produce the finest products possible. The farm and meadery produce varietal raw honey, unsulfited meads, and beeswax products.  Ben McKean, founder/owner/operator of Healthberry Farm since 1993, will lead us on a tour of the farm, share the story of Healthberry Farm and Honey River Meadery, discuss honeybee biology, honey and mead production, and Healthberry Farm's agritourism model. Wine tasting during the potluck! Please bring a dish to share. Learn more and RSVP (required to attend) here.
Maintaining Food Security: Disasters and Household Misfortunes Webinar
Thursday, July 27th at 2PM

This webinar is meant to inform advocates, organizations, and state agencies about the ways to run an effective D-SNAP and utilize benefit replacement techniques, such as the 10 day rule. Participants will hear from experts about best practices as well as some mistakes to avoid in the unfortunate circumstance that a federal disaster occurs in their state. They will also learn about ways that SNAP recipients can replace benefits that have been lost in a household misfortune. Following a brief presentation from our speakers, participants are welcome to ask Natalie and Dawn questions directly. Click here to register.
Maple Confections Classes at Pierpont Community & Technical College in Fairmont, WV 
July 28th and 29th, 9AM - 3PM

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA), in conjunction with the West Virginia Maple Syrup Producers Association and Pierpont Community & Technical College, will host a Maple Confections School taught by Jake Mosher from Croghan, New York. "Confections 101" is held on Friday and "Confections 201" is held on Saturday. Register here.
Hunger Summit: Connecting the Pieces
Sutton, WV
Thursday, August 3rd - 4th

The two day event will offer current and future agencies opportunities to share their stories, network and gain valuable knowledge from conference workshops in the areas of health, nutrition and hunger. Conference cost includes: lunch both days, all sessions, and more! Register here.
BFRP Grant Proposal- Budget and Matching Funds Webinar
August 15, 2017 at 1PM

"New Entry and our partner, Allison Goin, will present another webinar in our BFRDP webinar series for potential applicants. This webinar will dive into the budget and match requirement for the BFRDP grant application. Please attend to learn about the requirements and important tips for preparing your proposed project budget and identifying sources of match." Click here to register.
OH & WV Food Hub Network's 2017 Summer Tours on August 7th 11:00AM - 4:30PM in Lowell and Chesterhill, Ohio

Join the Ohio and West Virginia Food Hub Network's 2017 Summer Tours  in southeast Ohio to learn from two unique fresh produce enterprises. Visits to Witten Farm and the Chesterhill Produce Auction will showcase how these businesses aggregate and distribute fresh food throughout the region. $20 to attend and will include lunch. Deadline to register is August 2nd at 4PM. Register here.
Soil Not Oil Conference
Richmond, California 
September 7th - 8th, 2017

The annual Soil Not Oil International Conference was inspired in the work of Dr. Vandana Shiva and her book Soil Not Oil, "Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Chaos", this event provides a unique bridge between the clean energy and the agro-ecological movements. The conference educates participants and provides them with the tools to become agents of change from any position, location or income. To learn more and register, click here .
Closing the Hunger Gap 2017: From Charity to Solidarity Conference in Tacoma, Washington

The goal of the 2017 CTHG conference is to move hunger relief organizations toward strategies that promote social justice and address the root causes of hunger, using the lens of racial and economic equity.  The conference will be a vibrant, diverse, and inspiring event where attendees have ample time to learn new skills, discuss innovative programs, and network with their peers. Learn more and register here.
Farm Aid 2017 in  Burgettstown, PA
September 16th

Join us at Farm Aid's annual concert!  The concert is an all-day music and food festival, featuring a  unique lineup  of artists and genres and family farm-identified, local and organic foods with its own  HOMEGROWN Concessions® . At Farm Aid's 2017 concert, attendees can visit the HOMEGROWN Village to meet farmers, engage in hands-on food and farm activities, and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health. Learn more here
The Carolina Meat Conference
September 25 & 26 in Winston-Salem, NC

The Fifth Carolina Meat Conference - the largest gathering of pastured meat-makers in the country! Farmers, chefs, butchers, and industry leaders convene for two days of unparalleled networking, hands-on training, and technical and business assistance. 

This conference supports a growing community committed to advancing market opportunities and increasing customer access to pasture-based meats.  Plus for the first time, NC Choices is offering a one day Niche Meat Pre-Conference for Cooperative Extension Agents! Learn more and register here.

Save the Date: 4th Annual Agribusiness Conference 
Martinsburg, WV
Friday, November 3rd 9AM - 4PM

"Did you know? A large area of land isn't necessary to grow your own food! Join our guest speakers to learn how you can have maximum growth in minimal space." To learn more, contact Tiffany Hine at (304) 433-2677 or

Save the Date: 2018 National Good Food Network Conference in Albuquerque, NM
March 27th - 30th, 2018

The National Good Food Network Conference is the premier event for food hub and food system practitioners. Join us for three days of field-tested strategies, ground-breaking models, and networking with national experts and peers. Check out this video to learn more here.

Deadline: August 7, 2017 at 11:59PM EST
USDA NIFA Small Business Innovation Research Program- Phase I (for profit businesses are eligible to apply)
Deadline: October 5, 2017

Deadline: July 28, 2017

Minutemen Farmers' Cooperative is Hiring a Farm Manager and Training Coordinator/Instructor in Ripley, West Virginia

Send cover letter and resume to 
 Sprouting Farms is hiring an Education and Outreach Coordinator in Talcott, West Virginia

Apply here on Marshall University's website 

 Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture is hiring a part-time Community Engagement & Events Ambassador in Millheim, Pennsylvania

Send cover letter and
resume to 
by July 31st

Proposed Hire Date: August 1, 2017
The Sustainable Food Systems Program at Penn State is hiring a full-term Americorps member in State College, Pennsylvania 
Submit a resume, cover letter and two references' contact info with the subject line 2017 SFSP AmeriCorps Application to
 Sprouting Farms is hiring an Full-time Farm Assistant in Talcott, West Virginia 

Email resume to
Sprouting Farms is hiring a Part-time Farm Crew in Talcott, West Virginia

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 Sprouting Farms is hiring a Part-time Maintenance Crew in Talcott, West Virginia
Email resume to

Center for Rural Affairs publishes recommendations for increasing outreach to landowners and farmers about the Conservation Reserve Program's Transition Incentive Program. Read here.

A Case Study: Cultivating Equitable Food-Oriented Development: Lessons from West Oakland. Download the full study here.

The Organic Farming Association provides a strong and unified national voice for domestic certified organic producers. With the purpose to build and support a farmer-led national organic farmer movement and national policy platform by: developing and advocating policies that benefit organic farmers; strengthening and supporting the capacity of organic farmers and farm organizations; and supporting collaboration and leadership among state, regional and national organic farmer organizations.  For more information, visit their website here

Land Justice: Re-imagining Land, Food, and the Commons, edited by Justine M. Williams and Eric Holt-GimĂ©nez. 

The book makes the case that to move forward to a more equitable, just, sustainable, and sovereign agriculture system, the various strands of the food movement must come together for land justice.  Learn more and purchase the book here

The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. has announced The Food Policy Leadership Institute, a new academic program to begin this fall. The program will focus on food systems work, climate change policy interventions, the next generation of farmers, and innovation in rural America. Learn more and apply here


Read NSAC's factsheet on the impact of Rural Development and why they oppose the elimination of the Rural Development Under Secretary here

National Young Farmers Coalition is publishing the healthcare stories of young farmers. Find the stories here and submit your own.

Trump nominates anti-science climate denier to lead USDA Science, violating 2008 Farm Bill. Read the full article here.