About Land and Table
Who We Are
Land and Table is a grassroots network of independent farmers, organic gardeners, homesteaders, locavores, and local food advocates, who are passionate about pursuing more sustainable ways of living life and growing food in the Lynchburg, Virginia regional area.
Our vision is to cultivate community, offer peer learning opportunities, and literately grow the regional foodshed. We host monthly community potlucks open to anyone who is interested, that can include: networking, guest speakers, hands-on learning, community building, work parties, presentations or topical forums. Everyone is invited the third Tuesday of each month (watch this website a week or two before the next event for locations and details).
- Cultivate community in the Lynchburg regional local food movement.
- Educate the wider community on the importance of sustainable agriculture and local foods.
- Encourage the development and restoration of agrarian skills and self-reliant living.
- To be an entry point of welcome for new or aspiring sustainable farmers in the area.
- Promote the relocalizing of our food economy and the development of our regional foodshed.
- Help promote and market local direct-to-consumer farmers to area consumers.
- Encourage families and individuals to shift towards small-scale food production (rural, suburban and urban).
Eating Is An Agricultural Act
Farmer, author, poet and agrarian philosopher Wendell Berry once expressed a profound truth: “Eating is an agricultural act”. It is this relationship between the land, our food and our bodies to which we seek to bring wholeness and healing.
The Land and Table initiative was sparked in part by a report titled: ‘Land and Table: Cultivating Sustainable Agriculture and Resilient Food Systems in Virginia’s Region 2000‘ originally produced for the Region 2000 Partnership concerning the economic impacts of the local food movement nationally, statewide in Virginia and in the Lynchburg regional area. This report was made for local economic developers and regional leaders but it is a great starting point for anyone who is interested in the connection between consumer buying habits, the relocalization of our economy in these troubled times, and the renewal of our regional foodshed.
After the report was discussed by regional leaders we took it and used it as a springboard to begin our initial local food forums in November 2011. Our initial forum had three local residents present and from there our monthly gatherings grew month by month (with an average of 20 to 30 adults each event, even now) and today we are laboring with a long term vision to create a grassroots community from which a renewal of local agriculture and our foodshed can begin to take shape. Will you join us?
Read about us in:
- News and Advance: ‘For Love of Nature: Healthy soil for a healthy planet’ (August 2016)
- News and Advance (Food Hub Study story) (2015)
- Lynchburg Living magazine
- News and Advance (front page)
- The Roanoke Times
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