Virginia Tech is at the heart of the New River Valley (NRV) and works with the NRV community to source local food to serve to students. They define "local" as any food grown or produced within 250 miles of the University. These resources are open to both the Virginia Tech and local communities.
Homefield Farm: Dining Services and College of Agricultural and Life Science working together to provide fresh fruit, veggies, and herbs
Virginia Tech Eggs: Sourcing their own eggs at a cage-free campus flock since 2017
Virginia Tech Milk: Produced by the dairy cattle at Kentland Farm (a VT farm)
Virginia Tech Hydroponics: Hydroponic vegetables and herbs, that grow inside a dining facility
Red Sun Farms: Source tomatoes from Dublin, VA and served in dining facilities
Virginia Tech Meat Center: Campus farm where beef, lamb, pork and goat are sourced, and served in dining facilities
Big Spring Mills: Source flour and can be found in all home-made bakery items
Homestead Creamery: Locally sourced ice cream which used in several dining facilities
Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation: A values-based and systems approach to addressing the biophysical sustainability of food production; the quality of life of farmers and farming communities; issues of food access and human health in rural and urban spaces; and the emancipatory potential for socially just food systems.
VT Civic Agriculture and Food Systems Pathways Minor: If you are a current or prospective VT student, check out this pathways minor, "designed to promote academic enhancement, personal growth, and civic engagement while strengthening students’ capacity to learn about civic agriculture and food systems through the practice of reflection and experiential learning to solve real-world problems".s
VT College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: More classes and degree-granting programs related to agriculture are also available here. >/span>
VT Engage partners with many non-profit organizations to create community drive services programs.
Get on the Bus trips feature local community partners and address food security in the NRV.
The Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech is a joint program between VT Engage and Virginia Tech Dining Services that addresses food waste and food security by redirecting unused food to local hunger relief agencies.
Check out their Events Calendar to find and participate in upcoming events.
209 Manna Ministries: A non-profit, volunteer-run food pantry
Sustainable Dining at Virginia Tech: Offers opportunities for students and community members to participate in growing food, brainstorming new ways to enhance sustainable dining initiatives at VT and to interact with your food system
Collegiate Young Farmers at Virginia Tech: Young adults who share an interest in supporting agriculture through production, education, promotion, advocacy, and leadership
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