The University of Virginia Sustainable Food Strategy Task Force

Formed in 2016 as part of the UVa 2016-2020 Sustainability Plan, the Sustainable Food Strategy Task Force (SFSTF) is a group that bridges a diverse array of organizations within UVa and the surrounding community to further food sustainability, food justice, and food equity at the University and in Charlottesville.

What organizations are part of the Task Force?

Who is on the current Task Force?

  • UVA Faculty: Tanya Denckla-Cobb (Institute for Engagement & Negotiation), Paul Freedman (Department of Politics), Eric Branch, Scott Proll (Darden School of Business)
  • UVA Offices: Andrea Trimble, Nina Morris (Office for Sustainability), Melanie Brede (Office of Health Promotion), Wynne Stuart (Office for the Executive Vice President and Provost), Corey DiLuciano (Health System Committee on Sustainability), Peter Hodgkins (Aramark - UVA Dining)
  • UVA Programs and Projects: Brooke Ray (Global Policy Center at Batten), Lilia Fuquen (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities)
  • Community Organizations: Stephanie Meyers, Rebecca Deeds (Morven Kitchen Garden), Laura Brown, Kristen Suokko (Local Food Hub), Shantell Bingham (Charlottesville Food Justice Network - now part of Cultivate Charlottesville), Jeanette Abi-Nader (now part of Cultivate Charlottesville)

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What is the University of Virginia Food Collaborative?

The University of Virginia Food Collaborative works to promote research, teaching, and community engagement around issues of food, agriculture and sustainability. Established in January 2010, the Collaborative includes faculty, staff, students, and community members. Current faculty and student research focuses on farmers markets, schoolyard gardens, food deserts, local food heritage, and other topics. The Food Collaborative sponsors talks, panels, and film screenings, and provides a focal point for University and community efforts to study and improve regional and local food systems.

Our Partner Organizations

 University of Virginia’s Community Garden hopes to be a space for both Charlottesville and the University to learn more about organic gardening. Keeping with the agricultural traditions of the University’s founder, Thomas Jefferson, the garden is a place to foster the growth of community as well as food.

UVa Dining provides all of the food services on UVa's Central Grounds. Dining on-Grounds lets you grab a meal with your friends, when you want it, where you want it.

Morven Kitchen Garden is roughly 3,000 acres of land in southeastern Albemarle County. The Office of the Vice President for Research and faculty members and students from eight departments have partnered with the Morven Project to demonstrate the potential of Morven as a laboratory for a wide range of research-based educational programs.

The Charlottesville City Market is an operation of the City of Charlottesville Parks & Recreation Department. To meet the challenge of preserving the future of our beloved Charlottesville City Market, vendors and patrons of the market formed the nonprofit foundation, Market Central, Inc, which seeks to create a permanent farmers’ market that will stand as an economic asset and a cultural attraction for our region for decades to come.

The Local Food Hub is a community supported nonprofit service organization. Its mission is to strengthen and secure the future of a healthy regional food supply by providing small local farmers with concrete services that support and advance their economic vitality and promote stewardship of the land.

Buy Fresh Buy Local helps consumers find local products while building relationships between growers, food artisans, farmers’ markets retailers, restaurants, and institutions. Click here to find out how to source local products in the Charlottesville area.

Piedmont Environmental Council is a non-profit working to safeguard the landscapes, communities, and heritage of the Piedmont by involving citizens in public policy and land conservation. PEC works to preserve agricultural land and provides support to small farmers.

Edible Blue Ridge is Central Virginia’s own Edible Communities publication featuring local food producers, crops, recipes, restaurants, and shops in our region.

City Schoolyard Garden at Buford Middle School seeks to provide an experiential learning environment for city middle school students using the garden as a resource to support academics, for guidance in making healthy food choices, and to offer opportunities for mentoring, collaboration and friendship.

The Thomas Jefferson Demonstration Garden, a Jefferson-focused teaching garden, is located at the University of Virginia's Hereford Residential College. Its mission is to teach people about the continued importance of plants.

The Charlottesville League of Urban Chicken Keepers (C.L.U.C.K.) is a network of urban chicken keepers in Charlottesville. The Facebook group offers lots of advice and anecdotes on raising chickens humanely in the city.

 The Farmers Market Coalition is a national 501(c)(3) member-based organization based in Charlottesville that seeks to strengthen farmers markets through education, networking, and advocacy.

Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville For 25 years, Whole Foods Market has been part of the Charlottesville community. They are passionate about great tasting food and the pleasure of sharing it with others. Whole Foods Market is committed to foods that are fresh, wholesome and safe to eat.