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New Roots Participants Shine at Local Food Local Places Workshop

a man and a woman stand over a map of the city
Workshop participants map community gardens and other resources Photo: IRC

New Roots program staff, community gardeners and market farmers joined local organizers, community members and technical advisers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Local Food Local Places workshop held July 16-17. The workshop, hosted by the Charlottesville Food Justice Network (CFJN), took place over three days, and included a tour of urban agriculture sites, including New Roots spaces, as well as two intensive days focused on addressing areas of local food access concern. New Roots program participants were recognized for their efforts by the community, and they contributed their concerns and hopes for the future of the local food movement in Charlottesville. 

New Roots community gardener Rebecca Jacobs, who recently became a Food Justice Community Fellow with the CFJN, shared her vision that the city would purchase and preserve land for urban agriculture access, as quoted in Charlottesville Tomorrow.

Local Food Local Places is a federal initiative of EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Northern Border Regional Commission that helps communities reinvest in existing neighborhoods and improve quality of life as they develop the local food economy. In October of 2018, the City of Charlottesville passed the Food Equity Initiative to invest in multiple strategies to improve equitable access within our local food system. Winning the Local Food, Local Places award advances the City one step closer to achieving the Food Equity Initiative’s goal of reducing disparities in healthy food access.