Local Food Links

Food Systems

100 Mile Diet - Information for people interested in 'localizing' their diet.
Farm to School - Information on programs that aim to serve healthy meals in school cafeterias, improve student nutrition, provide health and nutrition education opportunities and support local small farmers by connecting schools with local farms.
FoodRoutes Network - Information on the benefits of buying local food, as well as ways to get involved in the local food movement.
Local Harvest - A directory of farmers markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area.
The Food Trust - Information regarding ways to increase access to affordable and nutritious foods, improve the health of children and adults through better nutrition, and support local farms all while sustaining the environment.
The Sustainable Table - Helps consumers understand the problems with our food supply and offers viable alternatives while celebrating the joy of food and eating.

Sustainable Agriculture

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture - Explores and cultivates alternatives that secure healthier people and landscapes in the United States.
National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture - A diverse partnership of individuals and organizations whose goal is to create policy that supports sustainable farming, and food systems and rural communities that are healthy, environmentally sound, profitable, humane and just.
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education - A program dedicated to helping advance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Access to information regarding the policies and recommendations of this federal government department.
USDA National Agroforestry Center - Access to recent studies, new technologies, and training tools on combining of trees and/or shrubs with livestock and/or crops.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Provides products and services that enable people to be good stewards of the nation's soil, water, and related natural resources on non-Federal lands.
Virginia Cooperative Extension - Virginia Cooperative Extension responds to the needs of individuals, families, groups and organizations with educational programs in the three broad areas of agriculture and natural resources, family and consumers sciences, and 4-H youth development. Virginia residents can participate in our programs through their local Extension office.
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - This state government department promotes the economic growth and development of Virginia agriculture, provides consumer protection and encourages environmental stewardship.

Non-Governmental Organizations

American Farmland Trust - A nonprofit membership organization dedicated to protecting our nation's strategic agricultural resources.
Community Food Security Coalition - A coalition of 325 organizations dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food to all people at all times.
Organic Consumers Association - A grassroots non-profit organization that deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, and environmental sustainability.
Slow Food DC - The DC Region chapter of the international non-profit; dedicated to promoting good, clean, and fair food through tastings, tours, lectures, and volunteer opportunities.
Southern Sustainable Agricultural Working Group - A non-profit leader in creating a sustainable food and farming system that aims to help family farms and those working to improve community food systems in the Southern region of the United States.
Virginia Association for Biological Farming - A non-profit, educational organization, dedicated to the vision of a sustainable food and fiber system that will maintain healthy soil, clean water and thriving ecosystems, while providing quality products for consumers and economic security for farmers and rural communities.
Virginia Food System Council - A Board of 24 volunteer Directors, representing all aspects of our food system and working to advance a nutrient-rich and safe food system for Virginians of all income levels.
Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association - An organization that promotes the preservation of unregulated direct farmer-to-consumer trade which fosters an availability of locally grown or home-produced food products.
Weston A. Price Foundation - The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated nonindustrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets.

News Sources

Agriculture Online - An online source of the latest news about agriculture in the U.S.
Farm and Garden - Columns, resources and discussion forums for building sustainable lives.
Progressive Farmer - Ideas for rural families on how to get the most of out the home and the land.
Union of Concerned Scientists - Food and Agriculture - Access to information promoting sustainable agricultural practices while eliminating harmful "factory farming" methods and strengthening government oversight of genetically engineered food.

Virginia Food Summit Final Report and Findings

Hosted by the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech University, the summit convened in Spring of 2007 with the goal of raising awareness and understanding in Virginia of the need to improve the state's food security.
Cover Letter to the Governor of Virginia (PDF)
Final Report and Findings (PDF)
Appendix A: Summit Agenda (PDF)
Appendix B: Notes from Mini-Visioning and Small Group Discussions (PDF)
Appendix C: Summit Survey Results (PDF)
Appendix D: Fact Sheet - Indicators of Virginia's Food Security (PDF)
Appendix E: Participants in Summit (PDF)

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