WVFFC Board Member, Joe Aloi, Discusses Legislative
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WV Food & Farm Coalition News

WVFFC Staff returned to Mount Hope offices on Monday after a couple days of visioning, mapping and team building in the winter wonderland of Pocahontas County for the First Annual Staff Retreat. The remote beauty of Pocahontas County's farmland, the warmth of the wood stove, Liz's Chaga Chai, and an abundance of knit blankets inspired the rejuvenation and continuous growth of WVFFC. Keep an eye and an ear out for what is to come!
Onwards and Upwards,

WVFFC Staff 

Join Local Food and Agriculture Advocates in Charleston on Tuesday, January 26th to speak with your West Virginia State Legislators. A luncheon will follow to celebrate our 2015 successes and to hear from you our 2016 goals.  Register Here!

Register for a One-Hour Advocacy Webinar on January 7th, 2016 at 2PM to Prepare You For Local Foods Day 2016: At The Legislature

Learn the skills to have a successful conversation with your legislator! H ear from experts about everything you need to know to participate in the legislative meetings. The webinar will also cover local food policy issues that the WV Food and Farm Coalition is working on during the 2016 legislative session.  Register Here!

Upcoming Events
For a complete list of events visit  http://wvfoodandfarm.org/news-media/events
 WVU Extension Service Presents: "West Virginia AgriTourism Initiative" Courses Beginning January 9th January 9th, 2016, Lewisburg 
Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center
 Future Harvest CASA's Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed 17th Annual Conference January 14th - 16th, 2016
College Park Marriott, Hyattsville, MD
In partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Coalition, the Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center is offering the 2016 Growers' Academy in Christiansburg, VA  January 19th - March 1st, 2016
Christiansburg, VA
Montgomery County Government Center Classroom
 Local Foods Day: At The Legislature and Celebratory Luncheon January 26th, 2016
Charleston, WV
 Southern SAWG Conference: Practicing Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms  January 27th - 30th, 2016
Lexington, KY
PASA's 25th Annual Farming for the Future Conference
February 3-6, 2016, Penn State Conference Center 
Local Seafood Summit 2016: Moving Community Supported FIsheries and Value-Based Fishing Businesses Forward
February 16-18, 2016, Norfolk, VA
West Virginia Small Farm Conference (Register Before December 11th to Receive an EarlyBird Discount)
February 25th - 27th, 2016
Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, WV
2016 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference
February 28th - March 1st, Washington, DC
 2016: Future Harvest/CASA Beginning Farmer Training Program Yearlong, Maryland
SAVE THE DATE: Appalachian Food Justice Conference  May 19-21, 2016, Morgantown, WV
Grant Opportunities
 American Association of University Women Career Development Grant Dec 15, 2015
Grants Available Through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives (FINI) Grant Program

Dec 16, 2015 at 5 PM (EST)

January 8th, 2016

January 15th, 2016 at 5 PM (EST)

Organic Farming Research Foundation Accepting Research Proposals  

Deadline: February 8, 2016
 WV Farm Service Agency - Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program & Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Various (Fall, Winter)
Job Postings

 Refresh Appalachia is Hiring a Crew Chief to Manage the Mingo County, WV Area Farm Operations and Serve as Lead Mentor to Refresh Appalachia Crew Members  
Deadline: December 31st, 2015

The Hub West Virginia is Hiring an Executive Director   Until Position is Filled
Expected to Start mid-2016
West Virginia Center for Civic Life is Hiring an Associate Director  Until Position is Filled
Mountain View Farm Located in Purcellville, VA (10 Minutes From Hapers Ferry, WV) is Hiring an Apprentice for the Upcoming Season 
No Deadline
 Riverstone Organic Farm in Floyd, VA is Hiring a Field Manager to Begin February 1st, 2016 
No Deadline
West Virginia Foodshed News
West Virginia State University Receives $1.8 Million USDA Grant to Support Research, Teaching, and Extension Services that Promote Food Security and Healthy Families
National Food News
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