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RRRC Living Lands Workshop: Fostering Sustainable Agriculture for Economic Development

The second RRRC Living Lands Planning Workshop, focusing on Fostering Sustainable Agriculture for Economic Development, was held on April 19, 2012 at the Daniel Technology Center at Germanna Community College in Culpeper, Virginia.

Sustainable agriculture does not only include organic farming or environmentally friendly farming practices. The USDA defines sustainable agriculture using the "3 Pillars of Sustainability:"

   •Profit over the long term
   •Stewardship of our nation's land, air and water
   •Quality of life for farmers, ranchers and their communities

While sustainable agriculture is a broad topic, the primary goal of this workshop was to provide local government staff, officials, and community organizations with information and tools to foster sustainable agriculture in the region. Participants discussed planning tools to preserve local farms and promote local food, and heard case studies from successful producers, community organizations and local governments. The workshop also provided a forum for the agricultural community to discuss the obstacles to sustainable agriculture in the region, as well as to provide suggestions on how communities could support solutions to address these issues.

Workshop materials, including speaker presentations, may be accessed below.

Workshop Agenda

Speaker Bios


James Hill: USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
Kenner Love: Sustainable Agriculture Overview
Tina Weaver: Agricultural Case Study - Papa Weaver's Pork
Ken Smith: Agricultural Case Study - Moo Thru Ice Cream
Diana Boeke: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Adrianna Vargo: Local Food Hubs
Sue Ellen Johnson: Farm to Table Overview
Beverly Polk: Shenandoah County Farm to School Program
Kevin Schmidt: Farmland Preservation Tools
Betty Mitchell: Highland County Case Study
Eric Benfeldt: Virginia Farm to Table Plan
Eric Benfeldt: Shenandoah Valley Food Assessment Case Study
Scott Sheely: Lancaster County, PA Case Study

This Workshop was sponsored by

   AICP CM Approved for 3.5 credits




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