Charleston, WV - The West Virginia Department of
Agriculture (WVDA), in partnership with Eastern West Virginia Community
& Technical College, West Virginia University Extension Services and
Blue Ridge Community & Technical College, will host two Ag Action Network
Producer/Buyer Mixers in April. The events are free to attend.
“If we are going
to tap into the local food movement in West Virginia, we have to get
everybody on the same page. The biggest hurdle is understanding what
markets exist and the demands within them,” said Commissioner of
Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “We encourage all interested parties to attend
and be a part of the conversation.”
The goal is to
encourage buyers and producers to work together to satisfy the demands of
local restaurants and institutions with the ultimate goal of increasing the
number of products used from in state producers. The first mixer is
scheduled for Tuesday, April 17th from
6:30-8:30 p.m. at the South Branch Inn, 1500 US Hwy 220, Moorefield, 26836.
Those interested may register by emailing Tina Metzer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second mixer
will be held the following day, Wednesday, April 18th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge
Community and Technical College, 13650 Apple Harvest Drive, Martinsburg,
25403. Those interested may register by emailing Morgan Seeley at email@example.com.
“With a renewed
emphasis on the local and regional food movement, more consumers not only
want to know where their food comes from, but maintain healthier diets. The
pair of mixers have been organized to help introduce producers to potential
buyers, discuss the benefits of a regional food movement and share
challenges from both the producer and buyer viewpoint,” said Executive
Director of Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College’s
Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship and Economic Development’s Biz
Launchpad Tina Metzer.
information or questions, please contact WVDA Marketing Specialist Nathan
Bergdoll 304-538-2397 or firstname.lastname@example.org