Local Food Hub is a nonprofit organization working to strengthen and secure the future of a healthy, regional food supply. The Food Hub provides small farmers with concrete services that support their economic vitality and promote stewardship of the land. Operating in Charlottesville, Virginia the organization addresses the issues of distribution, supply and access in the local food system. To that end, Local Food Hub coordinates the supply and distribution of food from more than 70 local farmers to Rebecca’s Natural Food and other community locations.
Through a generous grant provided by the Bama Works Fund of the Dave Matthews Band as well as hundreds of volunteer hours donated by local healing arts practitioners, our Community of Healers program is reaching underserved populations in our area through a combination of free wellness services and job training opportunities in the healing arts.
Our outreach practitioners partner with local service providers to reach low-income children and adults, people with limited English proficiency, the elderly, pregnant adolescents, people with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses, incarcerated women, minorities, and other special populations. When possible, we identify members of the community to train as practitioners, increasing the relevancy of the healing arts to the community and providing a potential means of employment for the individual.
Common Ground is committed to empowering our community to live a healthy lifestyle, and the unique way we provide services will make wellness available to all members of our community, regardless of ability to pay. We believe that working together, and with the continued support of foundations, corporate giving programs, and individual donors, we can make a difference in the health of our whole community, one person at a time.
In 2007, Piedmont Environmental Council started Virginia’s first Buy Fresh Buy Local chapter in the Charlottesville area. The next year we started two more: Northern Piedmont and Loudoun County chapters.
The Buy Fresh Buy Local program is designed to connect local food businesses and consumers. Chapter partners include farms, farmers markets, retailers, restaurants, specialty food businesses, grocers, and wineries–all committed to the sustainability of our local food system.
Piedmont Environmental Council publishes printed guides listing over 600 Buy Fresh Buy Local partners every spring. These guides are direct mailed to more than 250,000 households throughout our three-chapter region.