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.
This presentation summarizes the findings of West Virginia Food System: Season Production & its Impacts. It was presented by Dr Cheryl Brown, professor of Agricultural & Resource Economics.
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