​The Placemaking program is taking an approach towards geographic food systems development which breaks the state into clusters (foodsheds) based on how food travels, common culture, and producers. The Coalition intends to organize around local food and let the foodsheds and the communities take control of their food system development. Ultimately this will result in foodshed identities, connecting the local food sector to tourism as visitors seek unique experiences. We aim to help communities in various geographic areas to create their own experiences utilizing local foods as economic development.

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The Hatfield-McCoy Heritage Food Dinner series is a project that brings tourists and community members to the table together.  Local community organizers are taking the lead in developing heritage food dinners that highlight what makes their place special.  The organizers are bringing together community members and farmers to create local food dinners that take place throughout the season, supporting local businesses and farmers. This region has a rich history of food and agriculture, and each heritage food dinner will highlight the unique qualities of the land, people, and food.


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