Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Join the effort!

There are many ways that you can get involved with the Local Food Hub and the local food movement.

1) Grow food. Contact the Local Food Hub at 434-244-FARM (3276) to register as a partner producer or citizen gardener.
2) Contribute financial support. Contact the Local Food Hub at 434-244-FARM (3276) in order to support the ongoing services and programs of the Local Food Hub.
3) Volunteer. Contact the Local Food Hub at 434-244-FARM (3276) and tell us what aspects of the local food system interest you and how you’d like to help. We will add you to our Citizen Support database and match you up with organizations or farms in need of your services.
4) Seek out and eat local food. Ask for locally grown food where you shop and dine. Business owners will hear this demand and see the value in purchasing more locally grown food.

The Local Food Hub is a non-profit service organization designed to support local food producers with the services they need to solidify them as competitive, profitable, and recognized businesses. We provide unbiased information to help producers become more productive and economically vital. We provide the networking resources necessary to actively engage our citizenry and make productive use of their time and energy. We coordinate charitable food donations from producers and citizens and deliver this fresh product to the organizations that feed low-income populations.

Because we are not driven by profits, we encourage producers to continue their direct-to-consumer and existing client relationships. We want producers to participate on any level that is beneficial to them. The Local Food Hub is designed to fill gaps identified in the regional food system. We are opening sales to larger buyers who are mostly inaccessible due to logistics, major volume and insurance requirements.

We will soon have an outfitted warehouse located in Ivy, Virginia, which will serve as a licensed distribution center that provides the liability insurance required for sales to grocery stores, distributors and institutional buyers. We have centralized pick-up points in surrounding counties, where producers meet our refrigerated truck for transportation of their goods. We are making an immediate and on-the-ground impact for both food producers and those who wish to purchase more local food.

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