Charleston, W.Va. – The New River Gorge
Regional Development Authority has partnered with the Value Chain Cluster
Initiative, the Fayette County Resource Coordinator’s Office and the West
Virginia Food and Farm Coalition to develop a 30 Mile Meal brand for the
Fayetteville region. A stakeholder meeting will take place Thursday, June 15th,
1:00 p.m. at the Oak Hill City Council meeting room.
The 30 Mile
Meal brand is an initiative started in Athens, Ohio but now exists in five additional
communities in Ohio and West Virginia. This local food branding program aims
to assist residents and visitors in finding local foods within a
30-mile radius of a community’s epicenter. The brand unites growers,
producers, servers and sellers under one exclusive identity to promote the
region’s local food capabilities.
“The locavore movement is growing stronger
every day as more and more people commit to buying as much of their food from
local producers as possible. The 30 Mile Meal brand is a great tool for
communities that want to tap into this movement,” stressed Commissioner of
Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “Simply put, buying local keeps monies local which
leads to economic development.”
Today, the 30 Mile Meal project in Athens
has over 300 food and farm participants, with many more participating
across the expanded 30 Mile Meal community network. For more information, call
Liberty Newberry‐Fetty at 304‐761‐2784.
Crescent Gallagher, Communications Director email@example.com, 304-558-3708 or 304-380-3922