How do we get to more than $100 million?

AGRICULTURAL ENHANCEMENT

Shenandoah County ranks fifth in overall agriculture production in the Commonwealth. With an annual farm income of more than $100 million, agriculture is the county's highest earning industry and relates closely to the success of other industries, such as tourism, within our county.

Shenandoah Forum will to continue to look for ways to create a more vibrant agricultural community -- vital to securing our agricultural heritage, conserving our natural resources and building a stronger future for our county.

The Shenandoah Grown website and Shenandoah County Agriculture and Farm Guide highlight the county's local bounty. Both the printed guide and companion website showcase the county's rich farming heritage and provide a comprehensive guide to products available locally in Shenandoah County.

We hope through the guide to increase both awareness and the availability of local farm products, and encourage more value-added activities for our citizens and visitors to enjoy.

Printed guides are available at the county gov center, town offices, libraries and other business throughout the county (download guide) or visit Shenandoah Grown online.
Landowner Resources

Want to make sure your land stays in farming or forestry? Here are some options available to help landowners in Shenandoah County.
A community forum on preserving our rural, agricultural heritage and exploring the local benefits of land conservation featured Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Matt Lohr.
Shenandoah Forum will again support the local farm economy with our second $10 A Week Challlenge. If each Shenandoah County household spends just $10 a week on locally produced products, we could generate $9.6 million in new revenue for our local farmers and neighbors every year.

Your commitment to Eat Local Buy Local will give a big boost to the county farmers, our way of life and be a treat at your table

Central High School Teacher Wins National Agriculture Award

Dana Fisher's dedication to agriculture earned him the Excellence in Agriculture Award. This award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who do not derive the majority of their income from an agricultural operation, but who actively contribute and grow through their involvement in agriculture, their leadership ability and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations.

Brothers Seek to Ensure Future of Family Farm


On Thursday, March 29, 2012, Guest speakers Scott Sheely of the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board and George Hurst of family-owned Oregon Dairy Farm shared the story of how Lancaster County worked to strengthen their farm economy.
Conducted in October 2011 as part of the Forum’s Farm to Table effort to enhance local agriculture, the survey Consumer Interest in Local Foods in Shenandoah County was distributed to gain a better understanding of how important locally sourced food is to Shenandoah County residents, and how we as a community can strengthen our local food system. More than 230 community members responded online or on copies distributed at farmers’ markets, libraries, and other locations throughout the county.

A series of public forums and workshops hosted by the Forum focused on strengthening the agricultural base of Shenandoah County, both economically and environmentally. In an effort to help realize some of the exciting ideas that arose from our Farm to Table series, Shenandoah Forum created an agricultural initiative in 2011. We will continue to sponsor programs to boost agriculture and build support for a local food system.

Shenandoah Forum supports the Shenandoah Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter. BFBL promotes local farming, educates consumers on local food choices and works to make locally grown food more accessible to area consumers.  The annual Shenandoah Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local guide lists producers, markets, retailers, restaurants and local food supporters in the Shenandoah Valley.
Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Economic Development Coordinator
Shenandoah Forum supported the efforts by the Shenandoah Research and Development Council facilitated meetings with an ad hoc group of representatives from county government, agricultural organizations, individual farmers and other interested participants to determine the feasibility and interest for an eight county regional agriculture position. Final recommendations from the group supported a regional coordinator as the most cost effective way to strengthen, diversify and expand the Valley's agricultural sector -- stating that "Agriculture should and can continue to be the mainstay of our local economies in the Shenandoah Valley".

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