West Virginia Farm News Snippets
The West Virginia Farm and Food Coalition reports that Fayette County is making efforts to connect with local farmers to supply produce. Arrangements have been made with three farmers who provide some fruit and tomatoes, and one is planning to use high tunnels to have produce during the school year. Elementary school trips to strawberry fields are arranged to help the children understand how the food they eat actually grows. This is part of a continuing effort to get young children introduced to healthy food choices and make an effort in reversing the trend in childhood obesity and health issues.
Strolling of the Heifers, a group in Vermont, has developed a list of how each state ranks nationally in eating local food. The Locavore Index was developed using USDA and census data information. One item that is measured is participation in CSAs and the number of farmers markets. West Virginia ranked 11th in the nation!
Huntington’s Wild Ramp Market has acquired space at Heritage Station and will be holding a work day this Saturday to prepare the space. They are currently signing up farm producers, as many within 100 miles of Huntington as possible, but will accept any West Virginia producer, no matter the distance. The Wild Ramp market plans to be open year round with hours that are convenient to consumers. For details go to their Facebook page.
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