2020 Farm to University Forum


​The Farm to University Forum was held on Friday, January 24, 2020 at the University of Virginia (UVA) Morven Farm in Albemarle County. It was sponsored by the SFC, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and UVA Dining. Virginia Cooperative Extension’s participation was supported by a USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Local Food Promotion Program grant to facilitate and enhance value chain connections across Virginia. The Forum was attended by 66 participants representing a range of interests, including university dining services, local food distributors, state agencies, support organizations, university sustainability offices, and university faculty and students.

Forum Goal: How can Virginia Universities Better Support Virginia’s Food and Agriculture Economy? 

Specific Questions the Forum Addressed: 

  • How can we facilitate university procurement of Virginia-produced foods?
  • How can we increase procurement of Virginia-produced foods from SWaM-certified businesses?
  • How can university dining operations achieve economies of scale?

Read the forum report here.

Forum facilitators jot down notes Forum participants