Local Food Systems

Promote a diverse and robust local/regional food system

Lunch & Learn: Preserving Food – Saving Today’s Abundance to Enjoy Tomorrow

Learn ways to save the summer harvest for storage in your fridge, freezer, and pantry. From quick and easy to more advanced methods – you can enjoy eating locally all year! We’re joined by Brenda Springer, a Board Member of both Sustainable Blacksburg and the Blacksburg Farmers Market. She works as a CPA and dedicates …

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Week 14 Recap: Reducing Single-Use Plastic

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that only about 9% of plastics get recycled. The rest end up in the landfill…or the ocean and other waterways…or littering the landscape. We thought this was the perfect week to talk about reducing single-use plastic because July is here and that means it’s Plastic Free July! Plastic Free …

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Local Resources for Reducing Food Waste

There are many ways we can divert food from the landfill and into the hands of those who need it most. Below are a few local organizations working on reducing food waste in our community. The Campus Kitchen The Campus Kitchen program is a partnership between VT Engage and Virginia Tech Dining Services. Campus Kitchen …

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Week 9 Recap: Eat More Sustainably

Throughout the week we shared tips from Brenda Springer, Sustainable Blacksburg’s Treasurer and a member of the Blacksburg Farmers Market Board of Directors. Meatless Monday Go Meatless Monday, or any day you choose. Eating more vegetables and opting out of conventionally-raised meat even one day a week reduces the impacts on our planet. Diet for …

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Blacksburg Community Gardens

Author: Jenny Schwanke Live, Work, Eat, Grow is a non-profit organization based in the New River Valley of Virginia. We are a highly adaptive organization responding to the needs of the community by fostering food-based small business development, enhancing community vibrancy and increasing food security.  Our mission is to cultivate and nourish communities through the support …

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Blacksburg Farmers Market

There are regular opportunities to volunteer with Blacksburg Farmers Market, either for regularmarket days (Wednesday and Saturdays) or special events (Mingle at the Market, etc.). Or join one of the Farmers Market Planning & Action Groups! Learn more Visit their website: https://blacksburgfarmersmarket.com/get-involved Check them out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blacksburgfarmersmarket/ Contact them by email: bbfarmersmarket@gmail.com

Blacksburg Community Gardens

growing food and community Along with providing space for community members to garden, we host gardening classes, potluck suppers and groups + individuals wanting to participate in growing food. Our aim is to provide a learning and service environment for anyone interested while promoting the growing of healthy food and dynamic community. The Gardens Hale …

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