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The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) launched Virginia's first Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign in 2006 with the goal of supporting local farmers, productive agricultural lands and rural economies by helping consumers easily find and purchase locally produced foods.  Today you can find 9 Buy Fresh Buy Local chapters throughout the state of Virginia. The Piedmont Environmental Council is the regional coordinator of three of those chapters—Northern Piedmont, Charlottesville Area, and Loudoun County—and is the state-wide coordinator for the BuyLocalVirginia.org website. 

Local Buy Fresh Buy Local campaigns are coordinated in partnership with FoodRoutes Network, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting local foods efforts across the country.

Starting a Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter can be approached in various ways, depending on the degree of interest in your community. You can organize under a current non-profit organization or start your own Buy Fresh Buy Local Steering Committee. Buy Fresh Buy Local chapters across the country are coordinated by a diverse array of organizations, from all volunteer steering committees, Cooperative Extension, sustainable agriculture groups, and economic development councils to name a few.

FoodRoutes Network can help you find the right model for your unique community group!

To have your farm or business listed as a Buy Fresh Buy Local participant, please contact your Buy Fresh Buy Local chapter coordinator.

Each Buy Fresh Buy Local chapter has different sponsorship opportunities available. Find out more about each chapter and the options available for you.

With over 8,144 farmers’ markets across the nation (USDA National Farmers Market Directory, August 2013), a 2012 estimate of nearly 6,500 CSAs nationwide, and a growing interest in starting farms by entrepreneurs, young folks, and those transitioning out of first careers, buying local has never been easier. You can be part of the movement by shopping at farmers’ markets, joining a CSA, or searching out local products at your local grocer or restaurant (and asking them to offer even more!). By doing so you will reap the benefit of knowing your food dollar is doing all it can to keep the local food movement strong.

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