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You are invited to join the first “Food Heritage: A Central Virginia Gathering” where people will learn and share knowledge about the special food heritage of our Virginia Piedmont region. Bring your knowledge and adventure to this exciting and innovative project.
Broadly defined, it is the history and culture of foods produced and processed in our region – old-fashioned varieties of fruits and vegetables, family recipes, heirloom seeds, former grain mills, cideries, and much more.
This project intends to use our local food heritage to create jobs and economic development. We want you to help us identify ways to preserve and revitalize our food heritage, and ways this effort could support economic development. With your participation, this free community event will help us re-discover and identify our food heritage as well as reconnect with each other. By knowing our past, we can grow our future!
Anyone who knows something about our food heritage is invited: gardeners, farmers (young and old!), local chefs, market vendors, senior citizens, 4-H Clubs, historical societies, local food purveyors, dieticians, farm bureaus, area churches, culinary students, conservationists, area businesses, elected officials. Please bring friends, family, and other guests who may be interested in learning or contributing!
There’ll be something for everyone! After a brief introduction to the project, participants will be able to visit different “booths” where you can learn and share information. You might want to tell us about an old-time apple you don’t see anymore, or vegetables that are unique to this area, or a heritage chicken breed you’re now raising. You can share old-time recipes and food traditions. You can swap stories about how food used to be grown, processed, or sold. Help us locate old farms, orchards and other food heritage sites on maps. You can even tell a story while being interviewed on video. And we hope everyone will offer ideas for how we can integrate our food heritage into our future community development.
The Virginia Food Heritage Project is a collaboration of community organizations and passionate individuals who seek to build understanding and documentation of our food heritage, and who aspire to use this knowledge to advance our local food, agriculture and economy.
Please join us! Help us honor our local food heritage and lay the groundwork for growing a strong, healthy future for Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa, and Nelson Counties and the City of Charlottesville!
To learn more, please visit our Virginia Food Heritage Project website. Please feel free to bring guests, and walk-ins are welcome too. To help us plan enough refreshments, if you think that you might attend, please RSVP to Paul Loren Hughes at vafoodheritage[at]gmail.com or to Ellen Martin at emh3z[at]virginia.edu .
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Community Advisory Partners of the The Virginia Food Heritage Project: Knowing Our Past, Growing Our Future
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, & UVa Academic Community Engagement Grant And Thanks to Our Community Advisory Partners Tim Beatley, UVa Department of Urban and Environmental Planning; Judy Berger, Jefferson Area Board of Aging; Billie Campbell, Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission; Tanya Denckla Cobb, UVa Institute for Environmental Negotiation; Paul Freedman, UVa Food Collaborative; Joanie Freeman, Healthy Food Coalition; Christine Gyovai, Blue Ridge Permaculture Network; Sue Ellen Johnson, Piedmont Environmental Council; Jeff McCormack, Saving Our Seeds; Cat McCue, Communications Specialist; Judy Mickelson, Fluvanna County Historical Society; Jenny Mikulski, Independent Scholar; Michelle Rehme, Morven Heritage Garden; Jamie Ross, Agee Films; Marie Schacht, Morven Heritage Garden; Leni Sorensen, Culinary Historian; John Thompson, Virginia Cooperative Extension ; Kristina Nell Weaver, Cultural Geographer