By MELINDA WILLIAMS
A day-long series of workshop will be held this month to help local food producers learn more about enhancing the safety of their products and choosing the right market to sell them.
The Saturday, Jan. 18, workshop is being presented by Southwest Virginia Fresh (SO Fresh) and Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD). It will be held at the Wytheville Meeting Center and is open to food producers throughout Southwest Virginia.
“Choosing Markets for Your Farm Products” and “Enhancing the Safety of Locally Grown Produce” will provide beginning and seasoned growers and food producers with cost and benefit analyses and best safety practices. The workshop will also serve as a valuable networking opportunity between producers and experts in the field.
Registration is recommended by Thursday, Jan. 16, as lunch will be provided only for those who pre-register. Participants can register for one or both sessions.
The workshop, including lunch, costs $45 per person for the whole day. Farms can register for $80, which includes lunch for two people. For more information, registration forms and the cost of one session and lunch, call 980-3094 and ask for SO Fresh, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SO Fresh is an all-volunteer, independent community service association. It’s purpose is to bring consumers, producers and other local foods organizations together to elevate and promote a local foods economy throughout Southwest Virginia.
ASD works to improve the lives and health of local economies and ecosystems through economically viable, environmentally sound and socially responsible programs.