Local Food Hub hosts many events throughout the year, ranging from farm to table dinners and concerts to grower-driven workshops. We also promote events hosted by our partners and friends. If you would like to add an event to our listing, please email Laura Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Food Hub Events
Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes 5% Day
Wednesday, May 13, all day
4501 Market Commons Drive
Five-percent of sales on May 13 at Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes will be donated to Local Food Hub. Come shop with us, meet Local Food Hub staff, try tasty local samples, and learn more about our programs. We look forward to seeing you there!
Cured: Central Virginia Bacon Fest
Saturday, May 30, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
nTelos Wireless Pavilion
Charlottesville Downtown Mall
A selection of Charlottesville’s finest locally owned restaurants will each be on site offering 2-3 bacon-themed dishes. You’ll have the chance to sample dishes from a James Beard nominated chef, a dish from a Forbes Five Star resort or a dish from your favorite diner. Plus, Starr Hill will be offering a variety of their local brewed beers, and a variety of local cider will also be available. Restaurants include Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie, Ivy Provisions, Blue Moon Diner, Maya, Brookville, Citizen Burger Bar, The Ivy Inn, and more, plus local hog butcher, The Rock Barn. There will be live music by Buzzard Hollow Boys.
Following the tastings, patrons will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite restaurant. One ballot is included with GA tickets and additional are available for $1. All proceeds will benefit Local Food Hub. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit the website here.
Local Food Hub Workshops
We routinely host workshops that are open to the public. For a list of previous workshops, visit our Workshop page here.
Multi-species Grazing; Challenges and Opportunities
Thursday, April 30, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
100 5th St. NE
Cost: $15, RSVP here
Join us for a very special workshop on multi-species grazing, presented by Forrest Pritchard of Smith Meadows farm. Pritchard is a full-time farmer, holding degrees in English and Geology from the College of William and Mary. His farm was one of the first “grass finished” farms in the country, and he has sold his products at leading farmers’ markets in Washington, D.C. for more than fifteen years. His book, Gaining Ground, A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm was named a Top Read by Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post and NPR’s The Splendid Table.
Consumer demand for grass-finished meats are at an all-time high, and more and more farmers are getting into multi-species operations to diversify their farm operations and product offerings. Rotational grazing with several kinds of livestock and poultry on the same pasture produces many benefits. Parasite cycles are broken, poultry can scatter manure, and economic returns on each acre can be increased. But making it all work together can be a little like running a three-ring circus. Pritchard offers solutions that have worked on his farm, together with some compelling insights into why multi-species grazing makes economic and environmental sense.
Learn more about Pritchard here on his website. This workshop will also include a reading from his new book, Gaining Ground. For more information, contact Director of Grower Services, Adrianna Vargo, at email@example.com or 434-244-0625.
Increasing Farm Profits, with Ellen Polishuk, Potomac Vegetable Farms
Join Ellen Polishuk of Potomac Vegetable Farms to discuss ways to increase your farm profits. Ellen has over 20 years experience as an ecoganic vegetable grower, biological farm consultant and teacher. Additional details and location coming soon.
Pest Management Field Day
Details coming soon!
On-Farm Energy Solutions, Energy Audits, and USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
Details coming soon!
Local Food Hub at Conferences
We occasionally have the privilege speaking at conferences in Virginia and throughout the region and country. If you are interested in inviting us to your conference, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Food Hub Partner Events
2015 Bellair Farm Workshop Series
Local Food Hub’s partner producer, Bellair Farm, offers many fantastic workshops throughout the year on their beautiful farm in Charlottesville, VA. They bring in unique presenters and experts to share their knowledge on a wide range of topics, from cooking with seasonal foods to flower arranging and bee keeping. See their website here for a complete list.
Taming the Wild Leek: Hunting, Growing, and Cooking with Ramps
Saturday, April 11, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
708 Thompson Road SE
The ramps at Riverstone have emerged from winter hibernation! Join Kat Johnson, veteran ramp planter, to discuss proper ramp growing conditions, how to establish your own ramp garden, as well as preservation techniques and how to prepare fresh ramp recipes. Please wear proper footwear for walking through the gardens (rubber boots are recommended!). The class is $20 and includes ramp transplants to take home, recipes, and samples. Please RSVP by emailing KattheFarmer@gmail.
Riverstone Organics raises fifteen acres of organic vegetables, pasture raised lamb, beef and pork along the banks of the Little River. This season you can look forward to a diverse series of classes at the beautiful and scenic Riverstone Organic Farm. For more information, visit www.riverstoneorganicfarm.
Planning, Marketing, and Succeeding in Commercial Food Production
Friday, April 24 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This workshop targets people interested in developing commercial, value-added food products, such as baked goods, family recipes, and products from farm-grown produce. It will NOT address meat or dairy products at this event. A panel of experts will help explain every step of the way to create a food product ready for resale. Bring a sample of your product if you would like to review it with Virginia Tech’s Food Safety and Packaging Specialist, Joell Eifert. Registration is required. Please visit the Virginia Food Works website here to register and for more information.
Sharondale Farm’s Cultivating Kingdom Fungi: Mushrooms for People and the Planet
April 24-26 2015
Learn the best practices for cultivating fungi for food, medicine and mycoremediation. This workshop will be of particular interest for agrarians, homesteaders, permaculturists, and all who are practicing stewardship of the land and our communities. The weekend will consist of hands-on, activity-filled workshops about growing mushrooms and an in-depth exploration into our myceliated planet. $390 includes tuition and meals. For more information, see their flyer here, or email email@example.com.