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 email@example.com.
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Local Food Hub Events
Albemarle County Main Street Agriculture Celebration
Friday, September 19, evening
Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall
Local Food Hub is teaming up with the Albemarle County Farm Bureau during its weekend-long “Albemarle County Main Street Agriculture” event this September. On Friday, September 19, downtown mall restaurants will offer a special local dish featuring Local Food Hub Products and donate a portion of the proceeds to the Farm Bureau’s Agriculture in the Classroom Program. This program teaches Virginia’s children about the importance of agriculture, and creates a stronger connection by students to their food and how it is grown. Participating restaurants include Bizou, C & O Restaurant, Hamilton’s at First and Main, and more. Menu details coming soon. The Main Street Arena will host a public “Skate for Agriculture” from 6:00 – 8:45 p.m. Plan for a night of delicious local food with family and friends!
Saturday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Lee Park and Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall
On Saturday, September 20, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Lee Park will be filled with agriculture exhibits and fun activities for the whole family, including live animal demonstrations, sheep shearing, a cow milking contest, hay rides, and more. Local Food Hub will be on hand with tasty product samples you won’t want to miss! Then, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., head on over to the Main Street Arena for a cooking demonstration by Harrison Keevil of Brookville Restaurant. Finally, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., Nashville country star and local farmer Tommy Wood will play live at the Main Street Arena to close out the celebration. This event is free.
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.
Tractor and Implement Maintenance and Safety
October, date and location TBD
Details coming soon.
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training
November, date and location TBD
Hosted by Local Food Hub and Virginia Cooperative Extension. Details coming soon.
Local Food Hub Partner Events
Gazpacho in the Garden
Friday, August 29, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Morven Kitchen Garden
786 Morven Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Join the Morven Kitchen Garden, UVA’s one-acre student-run farm, for the 4th annual Gazpacho in the Garden dinner event. Whether a student, a fellow farmer, a CSA shareholder, or a member of the greater Charlottesville community, Morven welcomes you to come explore the garden, learn about on-going projects and how you can get involved, and share a fun, seasonal dinner with Morven Kitchen Garden staff and friends.
Dinner is provided for a suggested donation of $5 to $10. Local Food Hub will donate a portion of the meal. In true picnic style, please bring your own picnic blanket, lawn chairs, and drinks. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit their website here or Facebook event page here.
Twin Oaks Cucurbit Trials Field Day
Monday, September 15, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Twin Oaks Seed Farm in Louisa County, VA, produces organic vegetable seed crops and some produce on five acres. In 2014, Twin Oaks received a SARE grant for variety trials of melon, cucumber and winter squash, with a focus on evaluating Downy Mildew resistance. This field day is oriented towards commercial growers, but all gardeners, and especially seed savers, are welcome to attend.
The evening will begin with a short presentation about the project, followed by a visit to the field to look at the 120+ cucumber, melon and winter squash seedstocks entered in the trial. The group will discuss the merits of the standouts in terms of Downy Mildew resistance, productivity, eating quality and marketability. There will also be a variety tasting. Printouts will be available, with information from early results.
Please consider filling out our Cucurbit Seed Survey, part of the SARE grant project. Your input will help determine priorities for future breeding and trialing projects. Please visit twinoaks.org/seeds for a link to the online survey.
Directions: From I-64, take exit 148 and head north on 605 (Shannon Hill Road) for 3.6 miles. Make a sharp right onto E. Old Mountain Road, and go approximately 1 mile. There will be a sign for Cucurbit Trials Field Day on the right (if you reach Bakers Branch Lane you’ve gone too far). Turn on the dirt farm road at the sign and follow signs to the back fieldwith the trials.
For questions, please contact Edmund Frost at email@example.com or 202-365-6138. For more information about the trials and about our farm, please visit www.twinoaks.org/seeds. There is no charge for this event.