RICHMOND—The Local Food Networks Conference
will be held Feb. 27 and 28 at Virginia Farm Bureau’s office just outside Richmond in Goochland County.
The event is sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture, Innovation & Rural Sustainability
and Virginia Cooperative Extension in conjunction with the Rural Development agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It will feature workshops on how to get local foods into schools and how to better sell and market local food items.
“The demand for fresh, locally grown food continues to strengthen,” said Chris Cook, Farm Bureau’s assistant director of rural development. “This conference will give Virginia producers the opportunity to understand the barriers to entry and what it might take to participate in this fast-growing sector of the market.”
The keynote speaker will be Pat Grant, managing director of the Agricultural Labor Cooperative of America, who will discuss attracting labor to the farm.
Other topics that will be addressed include new market demands, opportunities for market access, and how to price local foods and market with specific branding and packaging.