In February 2010, Shenandoah Forum announced it would host a series of public forums and workshops over the coming months focused on strengthening the agricultural base of Shenandoah County, both economically and environmentally.
The project -- dubbed Farm to Table -- targeted Shenandoah County's diverse farming sector and includes farming operations of all sizes and types - whether traditional or modern, long standing or new, large or small. The Farm to Table series includeds programs to assist current and prospective farmers, farms involved in agritourism, as well as our vineyards and wineries, orchards, woodlots and trout farms.
While aimed specifically at the farming community, the sessions were intended for consumers who value local resources and look for ways to ensure their availability and public officials seeking to realize the vision of the Comprehensive Plan for a rural character and sustainable agricultural future for Shenandoah County.
Shenandoah Forum hopes these programs help to raise the awareness of our community that, even in today's convenience food economy, "Eating is an Agricultural Act," one that deserves our attention and support. Understanding how we can achieve a more secure future for our community through a locally sustainable food system that creates more profitable farming practices and more informed choices for healthy living is our goal.