Local Food Networks Conference


Tuesday, Feb. 26

9:00 a.m.

Wayne Pryor, President, Virginia Farm Bureau

9:10 a.m.  

Opening Comments

Matthew J. Lohr, Commissioner of Agriculture Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

9:20 a.m.   Transition to Breakout Sessions 

9:30 a.m.   Breakout Sessions


Session I

Moderated Panel Discussion: Dairy/Poultry/Meats/Eggs 

Moderator:  Chris Cook

  • David Fitzgerald, Homestead Traditionals (poultry & eggs), Goochland County
  • Rosalie Potter, Donald’s Meat Processing, Lexington, Buffalo Creek Farm
  • Renard Turner (goat), Vanguard Ranch, Ltd, Louisa County
  • Gail Hobbs, (goat, cheeses), Caromont Farm
  • Denise Hudson, Hudson Heritage Farms

Resource professionals

  • Barry Jones, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
  • JoAnn Connell, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services 
  • Pam Miles, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services 

Session II

Moderated Panel Discussion: Produce / Value-Added Products

Moderator: Lisa Dearden

  • Jim Saunders, Saunders Brothers Orchard, Nelson County 
  • Amy Hicks, Amy’s Garden Organic CSA, Charles City County 
  • James Barrett, Bellaire Farms (CSA), Albemarle County 

Resource professionals (invited)

  • Leanne DuBois, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services 
  • Wythe Morris, Virginia Cooperative Extension 
  • Tom Smith, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

11:15 a.m.   Break

11:30 a.m.   Managing the Risk:  Legal Liability and the Farm
Jesse Richardson, Associate Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia 

12:30 p.m.   Networking Lunch

1:15 p.m.   Networking the Buyers and Sellers
20 – 25 buyers

3:15 p.m.   Break

3:30 p.m.   Closing Comments
Jewel E. Hairston, Ph.D. Dean, School of Agriculture Virginia State University

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.   Networking Reception
    Sincere appreciation to the 2013 Conference Co-sponsors:

  • Virginia FAIRS
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • Virginia Farmers Direct Marketing Association
  • Lulus Local Food
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