About Land and Table
Who We Are
Land and Table exists to connect, educate, and inspire the next generation of new agrarians, young farmers, and local food lovers. We host events, create resources, and cultivate connections to build up the back-to-land community and local food movement in the Lynchburg, Virginia area… and beyond.
- 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 that we seek to restore and celebrate.
Land and Table originally began as a grassroots effort 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).
Over the years we have learned the importance of building community through shared meals and the important gift that each person is – enriching the life of the whole community. We prioritize skill sharing, networking, and creating a welcoming space for everyone at our monthly gatherings.
In 2018 Land and Table was established as a for-profit LLC with a focus on social entrepreneurship – still pursuing the mission of connecting and cultivating the local food movement. We continue to hold our monthly potlucks (Root Stock) with plans to expand into more in-depth workshops, create the Lynchburg, Virginia region’s first local food guide (Local Food Lynchburg), and release inspirational goods (apparel, stickers, accessories, home goods, and more) that carry the message of the local food movement to the wider community and world (New Agrarian Revival).
The vision for the future involves continuing to fund our work through our for-profit social impact business and to develop a non-profit arm that will work in tandem to bring the full vision to life. More to come!
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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