2015 SO FRESH EVENTS, EDUCATION, & ACTIVITIES

  • Host Appalachian Foodshed Project community work sessions
  • Launch new comprehensive website to serve the public, producers and buyers, and other local foods organizations in SWVA
  • Co-sponsor Growers Academy with VA Tech Catawba Sustainability Center
  • Obtain funding for the expansion of the Youth in Agriculture Initiative and local collaborations
  • Establish a Regional Calendar within the SO Fresh website that offers a central location for local foods organizations to post events and educational activities
  • Promote the Southwestern Virginia Local Foods Guide as a resource for consumers and producers

 

PAST SO FRESH EVENTS AND EDUCATION

2014

  • Producers Smorgasbord Workshop 2014 – Aggregation Opportunities and Food Safety – co-sponsored with Appalachian Sustainable Development
  • Small Plot & Raised Bed Workshops
  • Write columns for regional newspapers
  • Expand Board of Directors
  • Apply for and obtain 501c3 charitable nonprofit status
  • Hold second gathering of collaborating SWVA Local Foods Organizations – “Circle of Partners” identifies 3 tasks to assist Partners and the public
  • Establishment of Youth in Agriculture Initiative by Advisory Board; support Dublin Middle School’s ‘Growing Kids’ grant application & provide expertise for completion of project
  • Design new comprehensive website for southwestern VA local foods

2013

  • Producers Smorgasbord Workshop 2013 – Food Safety and Customer Service
  • Small Plot & Raised Bed Workshops
  • Eating Local on a Budget & Growing Herbs – mini-seminars
  • Spring into Action Regional Conference
  • Blossom & Grow Spring Fest – producer marketing
  • Benefit concert – Laura Beth & Clover Hollow
  • Join New River Valley Agritourism and Agribusiness grant team
  • Pickling Mini-workshop and Children’s Learning Activities at farmers markets
  • Establish SO Fresh Advisory Board
  • Hold first Summit of SWVA Local Foods Organizations for networking and collaborating
  • Establish SO Fresh Advisory Board
  • Join Appalachian Foodshed Project team
  • Kids Holiday Cooking Class – co-sponsored by Family, Career, & Community Leaders of America

2012

  • Food Safety/GAP Workshop for Direct Marketers
  • Pulaski Fresh Regional and Member Meeting
  • Blossom & Grow Spring Festival w/ ‘Run for Good Food’, Producer Storybooths, Children’s Learning Center, baking contest
  • LewisGale Pulaski Hospital Health Fair
  • Claudia Cervantes Memorial Education Garden established at Pulaski County Visitors Center
  • Claytor Lake Festival – Children’s Learning Center
  • Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce EXPO
  • New River Valley Fair
  • Become independent community service organization

2010 – 2011

  • Organization launched, mission & goals as initiative adopted by Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce
  • Assistance for NRV Local Foods Directory
  • Participation in Chamber Youth Excel
  • Exhibit at Claytor Lake Festival w/producer promotions
  • Collaboration with Draper Mercantile
  • Local Foods Dinner & Roundtable for Senator Warner
  • Tourism roundtable with Lt. Gov. Bolling
  • Participation in NRV Local Food Coalition & conference attendance
  • Media coverage
  • Exhibit at PulaskiFest w/producer promotions
  • Small Farm Entrepreneur Seminar Series – Five seminars on legal issues, tourism, business plan, credit, marketing, recordkeeping, etc.
  • Growers Teaching Growers Seminar Series – Five seminars on composting, seed starting, companion planting, crop rotation, meat/dairy production
  • Recipe Exchange, Raffle, and Exhibit at The Merc Holiday
  • Gift bags for regional State legislators
  • Anniversary Potluck & Membership Meeting w/producer promotions
  • Exhibit at Lewis-Gale, Pulaski Hospital Health Fair
  • First annual Blossom & Grow spring event w/producer promotions
  • Begin collaboration projects with public schools, Extension Office, Pulaski Mariners
  • Assist with Bike VA
  • Preservation & Cooking Seminar Series – Two seminars on food preservation and cooking
  • Producer interviews and surveys throughout the region
  • Sponsor Pulaski Mariners 5th inning with exhibit
  • Tornado Potato Project
  • Exhibit at Agriculture Field Day for youth
  • Volunteer for Reality Day for 8th graders in Pulaski County
  • GAP Orientation Training for Food Safety
  • Annual Fall Membership & Community Potluck and Meeting
  • Kids Holiday Cooking Class – co-sponsored by Family, Career, & Community Leaders of America
  • Participant in ‘Round the Mountain’s Agritourism Committee