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 in June 2015. LEAP Mobile Market makes weekly stops during the growing season to bring fresh, healthy, and local foods to Roanoke neighborhoods without easy access to fresh foods.
LEAP has been planning The LEAP Community Kitchen (coming in Spring 2016) in the West End Neighborhood for over five years. The Community Kitchen will have a certified commercial kitchen space that will incubate new and growing small food businesses (caterers, bakers, jam makers, and more!). The Kitchen will also be available for community programming (cooking and nutrition education).
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