The Regional Commission is working with area stakeholders to develop a Regional Food System Plan to promote and expand the existing food infrastructure within the greater Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas with expected outcomes of stimulating economic development, improving area livability, preserving existing natural resources, and increasing food access. Additional meetings and resources will be upcoming. For more information, please contact Amanda McGee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540.343.4417.
“Roanoke Local” Regional Food & Agriculture Report
The “Roanoke Local” Regional Food & Agriculture Report, prepared by Liza Dobson for the Local Environmental Agriculture Project (LEAP) and Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission (RVARC) Regional Local Food Planning Committee was presented in December 2016. The report includes sections on the “Roanoke Local” Program and Region, Production, Processing and Distribution, Access, and Recommendations and Suggested Projects. Download the report here.
City of Roanoke Food Access Assessment
Aiming to provide an evaluation of the food access issues in the City of Roanoke, this report, generated by Regional Planner II Amanda McGee when she was a Virginia Tech graduate student, incorporates information from RVARC, the USDA, local organizations, and the Census Bureau. Data is represented in a series of maps, tables, and figures which explore issues of geographic, informational, economic, and social barriers to accessing fresh, healthy, and nutritious food. Access it here.
Local Food Systems Map
The Local Food Systems map provides a range of information on area food resources, including farmers markets, community gardens, and local businesses. Click on the map icons for a pop-up menu of information for each resource.
NOTE: Please remember to contact these organizations individually before attempting to drive out to them. Not all of these are direct retail sites. Please verify with the contact information provided how best to purchase product from the establishment.
Local Food and Agriculture Resources
Plans, Reports and Studies
Federal Data and Assistance
Business and Marketing Resources
Conferences, Education and Workshops
Urban Agriculture Examples
Neighbors and Friends
VT Sustainable Food Corps (student and faculty advocates)
UVA Food Collaborative (student and faculty advocates)
If you are interested in participating in this effort or would like additional information, contact the Regional Commission at 540.343.4417 or email@example.com.