Wednesday morning volunteer hours. We had some great people helping out and weeding the heck out of the carrot patch. It looks great now and the carrots are green and healthy and growing fast.
Local Food Hub welcomed a fantastic group of national writers and reporters, as well as some representatives from Virginia's Agricultural Department, to a local food breakfast at Maple Hill Farm. These guys and gals were exploring Central Virginia's local food movement and had tons of appointments and stops throughout the day. But everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal -- that's why we had Lisa Reeder of A Local Notion whipping up some tasty bites with contributions from Albemarle Baking Company, Caromont Farm, Jam According to Daniel, Shenandoah Joe, and of course tons of local produce from Local Food Hub's partner producers. Libations were on hand from Jefferson Vineyards and Starr Hill Brewery. No, it's never too early for a little taste.
And finally, we had NBC 29 News in the house! Turns out good news travels fast, and they were covering a story about the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation's latest round of grants, which includes $57,000 to Local Food Hub! The money will fund our Local and Fresh for the Hungry program -- more about that tomorrow! We are over the moon and excited to get started.
Overall, an inspiring and exciting day to be involved in the local food movement. I continue to be amazed at the people in our area doing great things -- growing vegetables, making cheese, brewing beer, supporting farmers, spreading the word -- and how genuine, nice and friendly they are. If you're not involved, now is the time to do something about it! Local Food Hub has tons of ways you can become more active -- just send us an email! info [at] localfoodhub.org