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Regional Food System Plan Initiative

FoodSystem

Rappahannock-Rapidan Food Policy Council

Local Food Branding Consumer Survey Report (April 2017)

Rappahannock-Rapidan Farm & Food Plan (October 2015)
Appendix A: Food System Assessment Report
Appendix B: Economic Analysis Report
Appendix C: Focus Group Meeting Summaries
Appendix D: Producer Survey Results

Farm & Food System Plan Summary Document

A food system is a collaborative network that includes everyone involved in putting food on our tables, whether that table is located in our homes, a restaurant or our kids’ cafeteria. This system integrates food production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management in order to enhance the environmental, economic and social health of the region.

As part of ongoing efforts to foster sustainable agriculture, the Regional Commission conducted a comprehensive study of the region’s food system, culminating in the development of a Regional Food System Plan. An asset assessment, economic analysis, stakeholder interviews, focus group meetings and a producer survey were conducted to document the conditions in the region’s farm and food economy as well as stakeholder’s challenges and resource needs. The goal of the plan is to strengthen the local food economy in order to retain more local dollars within the region, while also promoting citizens' health, encouraging preservation of local farmland and enhancing farmers' quality of life.

To address the core obstacles documented in the plan, nine priority projects were identified through a public strategic planning process:

1. Create a Regional Food System Council
2. Develop a Local Food Regional Marketing Plan
3. Foster Development of a Community Kitchen and Food Processing Center
4. Foster Development of a Food Node/Aggregation Center
5. Develop Farmer Mentorship Programs
6. Foster Farm Labor Internship Programs
7. Conduct a Regional Farm Labor Needs Assessment
8. Explore Feasibility of a Mobile Slaughter Unit
9. Promote Existing Resources

RRRC took the first step in plan implementation with the creation of a Regional Food Council to act as an advisory body and ensure the continuation of this effort. As recommended by the plan, the council’s first major task will be development of a regional local foods marketing plan. These steps will lay the groundwork for implementation of the other projects, including on-going development of the George Washington Carver Agricultural Center.

Please contact Michelle Edwards at (540) 829-7450 or medwards@rrregion.org for more information. For meeting materials and information relating to the development of the Rappahannock-Rapidan Farm & Food System Plan, please see the archive page.

Food Policy Council

Food Policy Council Members

Please note - All meetings are open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to join in the discussion. However, only appointed members may vote on council matters.

Upcoming Meetings & Materials

September 13, 2017 | 6:30pm | Carver School
9433 James Madison Highway, Rapidan, VA 22733
Agenda

Past Meetings & Materials

Food Policy Council
July 18, 2017 | 6:30pm | RRRC Board Room
Agenda
Minutes
Presentation: 4P Foods
Handout: Local Food Promotion Examples

Food Policy Council
May 23, 2017 | 6:30pm | RRRC Board Room
Agenda
Minutes
Handout: Consumer Survey Results Overview

Food Policy Council
March 21, 2017 | 6:30pm | RRRC Board Room
Agenda
Minutes
Presentation: GW Carver Agriculture Research Center
Handout: Food Brand Survey Analysis (The Spark Mill)
Handout: Food Brand Recommendations (The Spark Mill)

Food Policy Council
Local Food Branding Public Input Sessions
March 7, 2017 | 2pm to 4pm
Culpeper Police Dept. Community Room
740 Brandy Road, Culpeper
Meeting Invitation

March 7, 2017 | 6pm to 8pm
Fauquier Hospital Conference Center
Sycamore Room B
500 Hospital Drive, Warrenton
Meeting Invitation

Food Policy Council
January 23, 2017 | 6:30pm | RRRC Board Room

Agenda
Minutes
Handout: Local Food Branding Public Meeting Flyer
Handout: Draft Consumer Input Survey

Food Policy Council
November 28, 2016 | 6:30pm | RRRC Board Room

Agenda
Minutes
Handout: USDA FMPP Grant Award Press Release
Handout: USDA FMPP Budget
Handout: USDA FMPP Outcome Indicators
Handout: Local Food Campaign Key Messages
Handout: Local Food Branding Proposal

Food Policy Council
September 26, 2016 | 6:30pm | RRRC Board Room

Agenda
Minutes
Handout: Farmers Market Promotion Program Excerpts
Handout: Make It Happen Proposal Summary

Food Policy Council
August 30, 2016 | 6:30pm | RRRC Board Room

Agenda
Minutes
Handout: Farmers Market Promotion Program Application Excerpts

Food Policy Council
July 21, 2016 | 6:30pm | RRRC Board Room

Agenda
Minutes
Handout: Local Food Marketing and Awareness Research (PATH)
Handout: Local Food Campaign Research Overview
Handout: Local Food Marketing Interview Summaries
Handout: Local Food Marketing Slogan Ideas

Food Policy Council
June 20, 2016 | 6:30pm | RRRC Board Room

Agenda
Minutes
Presentation: RRRC Farm & Food System Plan
Handout: RRRC Farm & Food Focus Group Summaries
Handout: GWCARC Work Plan

Food Policy Council
May 24, 2016 | 6:30pm | RRRC Board Room

Agenda
Minutes

Food Policy Council
April 28, 2016 | 6:30pm | RRRC Board Room

Agenda
Minutes
Draft By-Laws

Regional Farm & Food Plan Reports & Documents

Rappahannock-Rapidan Farm & Food Plan - October 2015
Appendix A: Food System Assessment Report
Appendix B: Economic Analysis Report
Appendix C: Focus Group Meeting Summaries
Appendix D: Producer Survey Results

Farm & Food System Plan Summary Document

 

 

Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission
420 Southridge Parkway • Suite 106 • Culpeper, VA  22701 • Tel: (540) 829-7450 • Fax: (540) 829-7452

E-mail:  planinfo@rrregion.org