~ PVN staff report
Page County Economic Development and Tourism has received AFID Funding from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services to research the current local food system and begin to identify ways to ensure that agriculture remains a foundation of Page County.
In the last several months, a core team has worked to interview several local farmers, market and small business owners, organization directors, and community members to learn about the resources that are currently available in Page County and discover what solutions can be implemented to best preserve the local culture rooted in agriculture.
On Thursday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Stanley Fire Hall, the community is invited to gather for a broadly represented local agriculture panel, share research findings and resources, and learn how to best align initiatives and increase support for bringing food from local farmers to the community.
There will be a discussion on access to resources (locally and regionally), inspiring the next generation of farmers, growers, and entrepreneurs, and most of all, how to ensure that the way of life that makes Page County so special remains for generations to come.
The county and the research team want to hear from local citizens on such issues as:
- Food as culture and historical preservation;
- How to align local and regional initiatives;
- Sustaining and growing the agriculture foundation of Page County;
- Inspiring and uplifting the next generation of farmers, growers, community cultivators, innovators and entrepreneurs.
The broadly rooted community panel represents the following themes:
- Expert knowledge in the beef and cattle industry;
- Produce farming;
- Page Farmers Association;
- Inspiring and supporting the upcoming generation of farmers rooted within the youth community;
- Nonprofit and community food access.
Topics to be discussed:
- Possible farmers market
- Farming education
- Institutional market opportunities
- Labor needs
- Farming practices
- Benefit and value of hard work and discipline
The two-hour event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Stanley Fire Hall includes reports from the community panel, a feedback session, collaboration and food.
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