Local Environmental Agriculture Project Inc. (LEAP) is a Roanoke-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization. LEAP’s mission is to nurture healthy communities and resilient local food systems. We do this by connecting the dots between local farmers, food producers, and community members. Together, we can LEAP back to the future and (re-)connect local producers to local consumers.
LEAP strives to make healthy, local food more accessible to everyone in the greater Roanoke Valley. We operate two fixed-site markets in Roanoke. The Grandin Village Community Market has been selling great food and creating community since 2009 and the West End Community Market since 2010. LEAP also helps support two partner markets: the Lick Run Community Market and the Catawba Valley Farmers Market. To learn more about our markets, check out this page.
In addition to our community markets, we launched the LEAP Mobile Market on June 10, 2015. LEAP Mobile Market makes weekly stops during the growing season to bring fresh, healthy, and local foods to neighborhoods in Roanoke without access to nearby sources of fresh foods. This summer, we are making stops in Northwest and Southeast Roanoke.
LEAP is working to build the LEAP Community Kitchen (coming in Fall 2015) in the West End Neighborhood. The Community Kitchen will act as a central hub for food and farm-related business in the Roanoke Valley. Some key services the Kitchen will provide include (1) cold storage for local farmers’ produce (2) a certified commercial kitchen space (3) economic development in the greater West End area (4) healthy food access to underserved areas via the mobile farmers’ market (5) a dedicated community space for education programs.
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