Getting involved can be tricky. But we want to help you get involved or even start your own project. We are inviting everyone in the New River Valley to participate in the community food systems that are growing around us!
Developing a community food system is an intricate process and requires many pieces. At the core of this process, you must take into consideration your community, your target audience, and the pieces that will make your project intertwine with existing food systems. With your project, the main goal should be to enhance and strengthen the existing coalition.
A few notes:
Figure out and incorporate your community values to engage participation from a wide-cross section of people.
Find leaders who can assist you in guiding a coalition, identifying specific projects, managing finances, and aiming for a long-term mission.
Initiate concrete, doable projects that intertwine the economic, social, and environmental aspects of the community food system.
Evaluate and record all of the progress of the projects to measure how well they are doing in the context of long-term goals.
Find adequate resources and an organizational structure to your system so it can start to work and then continue to work.
Read more in-depth on how to create your own project here! (Article written by Steven Garrett and Gail Feenstra)
Rent a plot at your local community garden
Host a food drive and donate to your local food pantry
Start your own food business and use a community kitchen
Volunteer with or Donate to an organization on this page
Contact leaders in your area about starting a new community garden
Create a book share with resources on sustainability
Grow fresh produce and donate to the Share the Spare program