Are you looking for a one-stop resource for local food decisions and providers? LEAP can help you find the best food providers in the Roanoke and Southwest Virginia region. Whether your goal is to buy from nearby family produce and meat farmers, learn about government programs to help you eat healthier on a budget or you’re looking for help starting your entrepreneurial venture in our professional kitchen, LEAP has the answers.
The Local Environmental Agriculture Project Inc. (LEAP) is a Roanoke-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to nurture healthy communities and resilient local food systems. We do this by connecting local farmers, food producers, culinary entrepreneurs and community members to create a relished experience by all. Together, we can LEAP back to the future and (re-)connect community producers to local consumers.
Fill up on farm-fresh food
Visit our Community Markets at Grandin Village and the West End, the LEAP Mobile Market or our partner markets at Lick Run Urban Farm and Catawba Valley Farmers Market. You’ll meet the people who grew or raised your meal and taste the difference that “picked-today” or “raised with care” makes.
The Kitchen gets cooking
After five years of planning, the The Kitchen is opening in the West End Neighborhood this spring. Come see our certified commercial kitchen space designed to incubate new and growing small food businesses (caterers, bakers, jam makers, and more!). Learn about both the creating and business side of the trade through the exciting on-site community programming being offered as part of this venture.
A strong local food economy depends on you!