If each household in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia spent just $10 per week of their total food dollars on fresh local produce and Virginia based farm products the dollars returned to the community would look like this.
*Cities and Counties of the Central Shenandoah Valley Region: $59,848,360!
Thats right. Almost $60 million annually!
*Broken down into our areas:
Augusta County $15,315,040
These are community food dollars generated and reinvested in Shenandoah Valley area agriculture and local independent businesses from a small conscious decision to buy local. JUST $10 A WEEK! Think about it.
I have the statistics for all of the areas of Virginia. If you would like to see the figures from your area send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send them to you.
Check out the Buy Fresh Buy Local Website to find farms, markets, stores and restaurants selling local foods in your area. Tell your friends about it too. We can all make a difference just by buying the foods we normally buy each week from a local source!
*These statistics were complied by Matt Benson and Eric Bendfeldt, Community Viability Specialists, Virginia Cooperative Extension
South African Boer Bok
Autumn Olive Farms is a family based operation in Augusta County. We have a dual focus model with a singular commitment to the health and wellness of the land, animal and the consumer. We raise the beautiful South African Boer Bok as an environmentally sound method to combat the invasive plant species problem while producing one of the finest and healthiest meats in the world right here in the Shenandoah Valley. The combination of the worlds premier, purpose bred and standardized meat goat with the fantastic forage base of invasive species here in the Valley provides a win-win situation for the land, its owner and the consumer.