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Urban Agriculture Summit set for mid-April in Lynchburg

LYNCHBURG—Virginia’s second Urban Agriculture Summit will be held April 15 and 16 at the Holiday Inn Lynchburg.

Participants also have the option to attend an April 14 evening reception and screening of the Dan Susman documentary Growing Cities: A Film About Urban Farming in America at Randolph College.

The summit agenda for April 15 includes remarks by Virginia first lady Dorothy McAuliffe and Lynchburg City Manager L. Kimball Payne III. Speakers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will address “Fostering Urban Agriculture through Brownfield Redevelopment.”

Participants also will take guided tours of the nonprofit urban farm Lynchburg Grows, which has as its mission helping disadvantaged persons enjoy the healthy benefits of gardening. It conducts programs at community centers, elementary schools and a summer camp and has donated more than 17,000 pounds of fresh produce to a local food pantry. An equal amount has been sold to restaurants and at a local farmers’ market.

The April 16 agenda will feature panel discussions on urban agriculture and city governments; urban food systems and opportunities for economic development; and the health, nutritional and social aspects of urban agriculture.

Registration is $75 for two days or $50 for one day, and participants can register or print a registration form to mail at

Organizers of the summit are Centra; the Federation of Virginia Food Banks; Lynchburg Grows; Shalom Farms; the Society of St. Andrew; Virginia Cooperative Extension; the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; the Virginia Department of Health; Virginia Farm Bureau Federation; the Virginia Food System Council; the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture Innovation & Rural Sustainability; and Virginia’s Region 2000 Partnership Local Government Council.

To register, contact event coordinator Christie Young at 804-516-2396.

Media: Contact Spencer Neale, VFBF commodity marketing director, at 804-290-1156.

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