Virginia Agriculture & Food Entrepreneurship Program
Please see lower side bar for ongoing community events, scheduled for 2010
Purchase entire Spring 2009 Workshop Series on DVD
Why the workshops? ...food safety and small food entrepreneurs
In this video Meet The Farmer TV examines the need for and the planning of the first set of workshops...
The 2009 Workshop Highlights:
Spring 2009 March 30 and April 6
The Spring 2009 Event was held at the Albemarle County Office Building Room A
Power Point Presentations: http://offices.ext.vt.edu/view.cfm?p=52858..
The Fall 2009 Event blog: http://vagaf.blogspot.com/
Power Point Presentation: http://vagaf.blogspot.com/2009/11/presentations.html
If you are ready to start your business or if you have a Food Based Business already, here are some documents and guides to give some background and general information. (Please note that this site will contain data and curriculum from the first workshops, left in tact as a stepping stone to future community enhancement and education.)
In the spring of 2009, a series of workshops were held in Albemarle County that provided information and training on how to start and operate a food-based business in Virginia. The program aims to increase the quality and quantity of regionally produced food and value-added food products as a means to incorporate sustainable agriculture into our local economy. The curriculum included the following topics:
- How to comply with Virginia food processing and food safety regulations
- Which inspections and certifications are recommended or required for which products
- When food products need to be analyzed and evaluated
- How to market and sell locally-made products
- How to develop business plans and manage bookkeeping
- Panel discussions featuring successful food producers and retailers looking for locally made foods
- And more!
The VAFEP has developed resources and website links, covering the content of the workshops that are available throughout this website.
Please Check Back for Future Workshops and Other Related Happenings!
This project is made possible, in part, by a Sustainable Community Innovation Grant from the Southern SARE Program and the Southern Rural Development Center. The dedication and generosity of the following organizations and individuals are also responsible for creating this program: