For our June Communtiy Conversation, we spoke with Heidi Hertz, the Assistant Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry for the Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam. She spoke to us about the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, Virginia Blueprint to End Hunger, Urban Agricutlure, and FeedVA programs across the Commonwealth of VA.
Click here to access the full Powerpoint Presentation from the conversation
Click here to access the full video and audio (PPT included)
Governor’s Children’s Cabinet
- Governor Northam issued Executive Order No. 11 reestablishing the Children’s Cabinet June 21, 2018.
- Priorities are early childhood development and school readiness, nutrition and food security, systems of care and safety for school-aged youth.
- Children’s Cabinet will work to develop goals, identify strategies, and measure impact and outcomes.
Blueprint to End Hunger
Outline action steps and policy recommendations for achieving childhood food security.
- Shared vision for food access equity in Virginia, quantifiable goals, scope of the problem, and policy recommendations to bringing together solutions and strategies in healthcare, agriculture, and education.
- The report would align priorities and provide a roadmap for action, implementation, and evaluation over the next 3 years.
Urban Agriculture – Creating an Urban Agriculture Census
–Research urban agriculture nationwide and in Virginia
–Compile a directory of urban agriculture locations and organizations
–Review datasets pertaining to school and community gardening and overlap/gaps
–Conduct a scan of how other states support urban agriculture (legislation, funding, etc)
- Created by the Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide
- Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN) launched May 2017
–Provide data clearinghouse
–Connect food system
–Share best practices/resources
We are excited to continue to engage with you around Community & School Gardens across the Commonwealth.
We will host a monthly Zoom conversation (webinar) on the 4th Tuesday of the Month at 9am. Stay posted to our Listserv @ https://groups.google.com/d/forum/va-community-garden-network for links to join the conversation.
Our latest Virginia Community Gardening webinar is now available.
This is the 5th webinar in our series. We were joined by Dave Close from Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension to talk more about his role as Consumer Horticulture Specialist and the lead of the Virginia Master Gardener Program. We discussed the Annual Master Gardener College held on the VT Campus in June of each year. We are looking forward to holding a Virginia Community Gardening Network session at this year’s MG College.
Click Here to view the webinar
The recording started a little early, so scroll to the 5:40 minute mark for the opening of the conversation.
Our next webinar in the series will be held on Tuesday, June 26th at 9am.
Kelli, Meredith, and VA Community Garden Network Team.
Did you miss our most recent webinar discussion? We had an informative and extremely fun conversation with Laura Reilly from the Town of Salem and the Salem Fresh Ideas Garden.
Take a relisten at your convenience at the link below.
Learn more about the Salem Fresh Ideas Garden at their FACEBOOK PAGE.
Make sure to mark your calendar for our next webinar. They are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 9am.
In case you missed our last webinar, here are the topics we discussed (click on the links below to view each PDF). We hold monthly webinars on the last Tuesday of each month at 9am. If you would like more info, Please join our listserv.
Virginia Community Garden Network Shared Resources Folder
If you would like to view the recording, you can do so here: Play recording
We are excited to introduce our new Virginia Community Garden Network Website (this page) which can be found here: http://blogs.ext.vt.edu/virginia-community-garden-network/
This is where we will post resources and past webinars. Feel free to post a question or comment and share with your fellow gardeners!
In the next webinar, we will be learning more about the Salem Fresh Ideas donation garden. We look forward to seeing you there!
Thank you, The VACGN Team
As a way to keep the Community Garden conversation going, we are offering a standing MONTHLY WEBINAR SERIES on the last Tuesday of the month at 9am.
To keep up with the most recent webinar post, please CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR LISTSERV.
You can also find all of our upcoming webinars, as well as past archived webinars at the WEBINARS Tab above. Look under the title photo and you will see two links, Home and Webinars. You will find all the archived webinars under the Webinars tab.
Webinar #1: Intro to the Virginia Community Garden Network
Webinar #2: Details on the Mapping Project and Ways to Connect