West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition

Growing Food, Growing the Appalachian Economy

Jun 17, 2015
West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition promotes locally grown food and the group is beginning to frame its legislative agenda for 2016.  Also, the Appalachian Regional Commission is collecting information to guide its economic development efforts for the region.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Members of the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition hosted their second annual food policy forum in Summersville Tuesday. The grassroots group is working to expand access to locally grown foods in the state while also improving the business climate for small farmers. While the discussions were preliminary, the group is beginning to identify its Legislative agenda for the 2016 session.

 

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