October 2016 Newsletter

Oct 27, 2016 by

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 a neighborhood arts and crafts market ,helped to develop the Mountain Music Trail (a cultural tourism project akin to Southwest Virginia’s Crooked Road) and worked as a raft guide and bartender. In 2013, to live the waters and community, Ned took a four-month canoe from the source of the New River in North Carolina to the Gulf of Mexico. Since returning to the area earlier this year, Ned has kept busy (certified stream monitor, completed forestry course in forestry, published travel writing) and still found time to work on restoring an 1830’s log cabin near Catawba, where he lives and keeps a garden.

Ned will be serving LEAP focused on program development for the next year, be sure to give him a warm welcome when you get the chance to meet him!

Come celebrate autumn at the Grandin Harvest Days

The Grandin Village Community Market is hosting Grandin Harvest Days on October 15th, an interactive celebration of fall, local harvest, and community. Taste old timey local apple varieties (donated by Good Food Good People), test your apple knowledge, and enter to win prizes. Bring the kids and try out an antique cider press courtesy ofSamNana Heritage Farm, or a hand-cranked corn shucker and grain mill thanks to Great Day Gardens.

While the Grandin market runs until October 29th, don’t miss market this weekend and celebrate the soon-to-end 2016 growing season. The market will be stocked with fall crops– perfect for your holiday dinner tables and for storing, preserving, and enjoying all winter.

LEAP Joins CityWorks (X)po field trip

On October 8th, LEAP was honored to lead a field trip around Roanoke with a focus on food access. (X)po attendees included Roanoke residents and folks from around the country. It was a rainy, muddy morning, but this small group took big steps at learning more about the issues and projects surrounding food access in Roanoke.
We discussed successful collaborations, the importance of education in food access, increasing both supply and demand of local foods through incentive programs, and much more. Stops on the field trip included the Roanoke Community Garden Association garden at Mountain View, Lick Run Urban Farm, and Goodwill. All are innovative partners with LEAP in our efforts to improve access to fresh, local food around Roanoke.
The 2016 market season is nearly over!
Thankfully, we’re starting the Grandin Village Community Winter Markets to keep your winter kitchens stocked. Every 3rd Saturday, November-March, inside the Grandin CoLab, you can find a mix of your favorite market vendors selling winter produce and other local goods!
Fresh Food in the West End
Need a mid-week restock on fresh foods? Fresh foods from Roanoke, Floyd, Franklin County and more every Tuesday 3-6pm behind Freedom First. Like all LEAP markets, SNAP benefits are accepted and doubled.
Become a LEAP Community Partner! Support LEAP and snag some great deals at the Community Markets. LEAP Partnerships are open to businesses- let LEAP help promote the great work you do in the community!

Buy a LEAP Market Gift Certificate for a longtime market-goer or to introduce a friend to the market.

Want to volunteer with LEAP?  LEAP runs on community support. Let us know if you have a special skill you’d love to share!

Have a question? Email Maureen at maureen@LEAPforlocalfood.org.


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