Working with partners at Mountain State Justice, The West Virginia College of Law and the Ohio Cooperative Development Center, we are developing a toolkit that will be designed for people who are exploring the co-op model, empowering them with the knowledge they need to create a new cooperative venture successfully. The toolkit is being designed around this overview:
So What’s So Great About a Co-op?
The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition partnered with the WVU College of Law to prepare the following primer on mineral severance for West Virginia farmers. The document provides farmers with information regarding the rights of surface owners, the detrimental impacts mineral severance has on agriculture, action steps for farmers, and what several organizations in West Virginia are currently doing to protect surface owners. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact WVFFC Executive Director, Elizabeth Spellman at email@example.com.
Download the Mineral Severance Primer for West Virginia Farmers
The Iowa Local Food Organizational Toolkit: Structure, Management and Finance from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is a set of new publications now available for those looking for a thorough treatment of how to start and manage a local foods organization in Iowa. Although some of the information is specific to Iowa, the toolkit can be applied to many different types of local food organizations in any state.
Divided into three publications, the toolkit series begins with Part One: Defining Your Organization’s Focus and Leadership (LF0008A) which lends guidance on how to establish a mission, build a board of directors and plan for staffing. Part Two: Organizational Structure (LF0008B) lays out how to legally structure a local foods organization, including guidance on how to choose between nonprofit, for-profit or cooperative structures. Part Three: Funding Your Local Food Organization (LF0008C) provides information on many options for funding a local organization, from membership fees and campaigns to events, sponsorships, grants and more, with an emphasis on budgeting.
Each publication can be read independently, but reviewing all three toolkit parts together will provide a complete look at setting up a local foods organization. Full of resources, templates, easy to read tables and helpful tools, this toolkit series is a helpful springboard to take each idea from concept to action.
In partnership with the WV Farmers Market Association, this is the fourth directory created by WVFFC to help foster market opportunities for farmers and local food procurement opportunities for restaurants and other institutions.
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This directory was created in 2012 as a companion for a report entitled West Virginia Food System: Opportunities and Constraints in Local Food Supply Chains. Among other things, the study profiles businesses throughout West Virginia that currently process, aggregate, and distribute local food, and identifies local food models that are working well. As we were preparing the report and learning about all the services that are already available in our state, we wanted to share this information with everyone in a way that was easy to use.
The directory includes local food aggregators, co-packers, community kitchens, distributors (particularly those interested in local food), and meat processors that we identified in West Virginia as of September 2012.
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The last two years have seen new developments in farm-to-school programs, agricultural education,
food access programs, policy support for farm businesses, and business support for food enterprises. The public is more aware of the role of food and agriculture in West Virginia’s economy, and farm-to-table endeavors are receiving more media
attention, as well as more fiscal support.
This project explores the West Virginia food system. This study uses publicly available data, geospatial analysis, and economic analysis to evaluate the current state of West Virginia’s food system and future impacts if seasonal vegetable and fruit production were increased.
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The following document is a West Virginia food system “score card” that measured the state of the West Virginia food and farm economy in 2012. It was a companion to the 2012 Road Map for the Food Economy.
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West Virginia’s Road Map for the Food Economy is a statewide “food charter” designed to help us all focus, measure and celebrate our collective progress towards stronger local food systems. The Road Map offers a vision for West Virginia’s local food economy and provides ways of measuring how statewide and local policies, programs, and community efforts are contributing to the strength of that food economy.