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July 2021 Newsletter

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LEAP hiring Farm Share Coordinator

Posted by on Jun 28, 2021 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on LEAP hiring Farm Share Coordinator

About Local Environmental Agriculture Project (LEAP) Local Environmental Agriculture Project (LEAP) is a 501c3 non-profit based in Roanoke City.  LEAP nurtures our food community to create an equitable food and farming system which prioritizes health and abundance. We do this by supporting community initiatives, markets, farms, and farmers. LEAP values:  Equity: We believe that all people should have affordable access to the food that feeds them and their families. We believe that farmers and food producers should be able to have...

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Vendor Spotlight: Piemonte Provisions

Posted by on Jun 28, 2021 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Vendor Spotlight: Piemonte Provisions

By Layla Khoury-Hanold When Sandra Sarlinga and Fabian Luján decided they wanted to start their own small business, they knew they wanted it to be food related. “As Argentinians, food is a focal point in our life,” Sarlinga says. “[It’s] the Italian side, with food and people around the table on Sunday.” When they moved to Alamance County, North Carolina, in 2000, they discovered an equally passionate food culture and local food scene, which provided fertile ground for small batch artisanal food businesses to flourish. In 2005, they launched...

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June 2021 Newsletter

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Farmer Feature: Thornfield Farm

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Layla Khoury-Hanold Susanna Thornton never envisioned farming as her future, despite growing up on a farm where her parents raised dairy and meat cows. She spent her formative childhood years here with her siblings, then left home after high school to study Spanish and Chinese at The University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. So, returning to her family’s land in Fincastle, Virginia and starting Thornfield Farm, which she co-owns with her partner, Alex, and raising her own daughter, Diotima, here, is a full- circle moment....

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May 2021 Newsletter

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Vendor Spotlight: Kind Baking Co.

Posted by on Apr 25, 2021 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Vendor Spotlight: Kind Baking Co.

By Layla Khoury-Hanold It’s a cool, spring morning on the season opening of LEAP’s Grandin Village Farmers Market. I can’t wait to check out new vendor, Kind Baking Company, helmed by Roanoke native Bryn McDaniel. Only, I’ve mixed up the hours and arrived too late—she is sold out of her delectable cookies, cakes, and banana bread. She still has plenty of smiles to offer; even though her mask obscures her mouth, I can tell she’s smiling by how her eyes crinkle at the corners. I return the following Saturday to try again. This time, my daughter...

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April 2020 Newsletter

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Farmer Feature: Bramble Hollow Farm

Posted by on Mar 31, 2021 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Farmer Feature: Bramble Hollow Farm

By Layla Khoury-Hanold To hear Anna and Brent Wills tell their story, you’d think they were accidental farmers. And they kind of were. But 17 years later, after pouring their passion and dedication into raising layer chickens and heritage breed pastured poultry and pork at Bramble Hollow Farm, and being one of the original vendors of the Grandin Village Farmers Market, being farmers is very much a part of their identity.  After the couple wed in 2003, they started looking for their ideal place to settle, someplace to enjoy the outdoors,...

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March 2021 Newsletter

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