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LEAP 2016 Annual Report

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on LEAP 2016 Annual Report

Click the following link to see LEAP’s 2016 Annual Report and learn more about the work we do to support local agriculture and food access in Roanoke and beyond....

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Grandin Village Farmers Market Open for the Season!

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Community Market News, Community-wide news, Newsfeed | Comments Off on Grandin Village Farmers Market Open for the Season!

The Grandin Village Farmers Market is rocking and rolling!  The market opened for our main season on April 22 and will be booming until the end of October. Come check out the fantastic vendors, eat delicious food, and make new friends every Saturday from 8:00-12:00. The Market is located in the raised parking lot behind the CoLab (1327 Grandin Road). You can access the lot from the lower parking lot or from Westover Ave. 2017 Grandin Village Farmers Market...

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February 2017 Newsletter

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Cat1, Uncategorized | Comments Off on February 2017 Newsletter

February 2017 Newsletter

View this email in your browser Regional Food System Work and Farmer Listening Sessions In partnership with the Roanoke Valley-Allegany Regional Commission’s  Local Food Planning Committee, LEAP released the “Roanoke Local” Regional Food and Agriculture Report. This report compiles existing data from the US Agriculture census, Virginia Department of Agriculture, and food system assessments from the region to create a starting point for us to think about our regional food shed. One thing we learned from this process is that...

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Seeking 2017 Market Vendors!

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Seeking 2017 Market Vendors!

LEAP is thankful for all of the farmers and producers who sell at the Community Markets. We’re always looking for more producers within 100 miles of Roanoke. If you are interested in selling your goods at our markets, please check out our 2017 Vendor Information and Application, or, new for 2017, you can fill out the application online. Completed applications, including any necessary permits or inspection reports, are due Wednesday, February 8th. Need some help with your business? If you are a farmer or food producer in the Roanoke...

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“Roanoke Local” Regional Agriculture Report

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Community-wide news | Comments Off on “Roanoke Local” Regional Agriculture Report

In partnership with the Roanoke Valley-Allegany Regional Commission’s Regional Local Food Planning Committee, LEAP has prepared the “Roanoke Local” Regional Food and Agriculture Report. Read more about the current state of local food production in the Roanoke Valley Foodshed as well as potential projects to help move the local food economy forward. Roanoke Local Food and Agriculture Report by Liza Dobson...

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To our valued supporters

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Community-wide news, Fundraiser | Comments Off on To our valued supporters

Dear Valued Supporters, On behalf of LEAP’s board, staff, and local food producers, thank you for helping us continue to LEAP ahead! In 2016—we opened The Kitchen (offers shared commercial kitchen space to help create new small food businesses) and we currently have 9 member businesses and 2 organizations that offer cooking classes. We expanded the LEAP Mobile Market from 5 to 9 weekly stops, serving more neighborhoods in Roanoke with fresh, local food. Our Healthy Food Incentive Programs grew across all markets, making local food more...

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December 2016 Newsletter

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Community Market News, Community-wide news | Comments Off on December 2016 Newsletter

December 2016 Newsletter

Happy Holidays! We miss seeing our friends, customers, farmers, and food producers every week at the markets, in The Kitchen, and on the road with the Mobile Market. But there are still plenty of opportunities to visit us and get your fill of fresh, local foods. The Grandin Village Winter Market has expanded to include monthly winter dates. Mark your calendars for the next one, December 17th from 10:00-2:00 indoors at CoLab (the building just below the Grandin market) where you will see many of your favorite market vendors. Stop by, pick up...

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Food Business StartUp

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Food Business StartUp

In partnership with the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and with the support of Freedom First Credit Union, Local Environmental Agriculture Project (LEAP) is proud to announce the creation of their Food StartUp, an incubator program for emerging food businesses. For potential entrepreneurs, the hurdles to creating a successful food-based business can seem daunting. The aim of the Food StartUp program is to provide those considering starting a food business with the education, support, and resources they need for...

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October 2016 Newsletter

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Community Market News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on October 2016 Newsletter

LEAP welcomes a new AmeriCorps VISTA member, Ned Savage A native of Salem and graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, Ned has traveled widely and we are so happy he has decided to move back to the area. Ned has worked and traveled internationally and in the US, including stints as an English teacher in Chile and Cuba. He developed a passion for local agriculture while working on a variety of small farms in northern California, Washington, and Hawai’i and he called West Virginia home for the past several years. In West Virginia, Ned started...

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September 2016 Newsletter

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Community Market News, Community-wide news, Uncategorized | Comments Off on September 2016 Newsletter

We’d like to introduce you to some new people in local food world. Say hi when you see them around! Tim Saunders, serving a year-long AmeriCorps State position with LEAP, will focus on outreach and marketing in partnership with Healthy Start. Tim is a Roanoke native and recently returned to the area after spending 17 years traveling yet mostly living in Western North Carolina. He earned a BA in Environmental Studies and Philosophy at Warren Wilson College near Asheville North Carolina. His great-grandmother, Flora, was a vendor for the...

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