Last week VAFMA had the pleasure of participating in the Appalachian Farmers Market Association’s Spring Retreat. It was rewarding to connect with market managers, vendors and food incubator staff to discuss the challenges and opportunities they are facing in Independence, Marion, Big Stone Gap and other locations.

Executive Director Kim Hutchinson shared an overview of how VAFMA is a resource for large and small organizations alike. She was overwhelmed by the kind remarks and hospitality she received. VAFMA is becoming more active in Southwest Virginia and we greatly appreciate the invitation from the Appalachian RC&D Council and Appalachian Sustainable Development to participate in this productive gathering.