Welcome to our new interactive website featuring the Interactive Food Heritage Portal. Please join us – delving into our food heritage or by sharing your own information with us. Recipes, photos, stories, breeds, seeds, places, festivals, organizations – all can be found in this portal. As you explore please feel free to give us your feedback. We want this portal to be useful to you!
Note: the portal is now in our beta-testing phase. We welcome your feedback as we further develop the site!
VFHP in the News!
The VFHP did a “soft launch” of the portal on January 28th at the Albemarle County Agri-business Marketing Conference (click here to see NBC 29news clip). We received very positive feedback and are excited to expand the portal to make it more comprehensive and useful to you! Please click the link above and give us your feedback!
Click Here to Download the Central Virginia Food Heritage Workshop report
The Central Virginia Food Heritage Workshop was held on March 26th 2012 to education the local community about different aspects of Central Virginia’s food heritage.
Passion for Food Heritage
Do you remember ever eating an Albemarle Pippin or Buckingham apple picked fresh from a tree? What about a Power’s Heirloom tomato, or Turkey Craw Cornfield beans?
These are a few of the fruits, vegetables and other farm products that generations of central Virginians once grew, but that are now disappearing. Some are gone already.
No comprehensive survey or documentation of the food and farming heritage of central Virginia exists, and we are slowly losing the opportunity to gather home-grown knowledge about hundreds of plants native to our region from a fading generation.
That’s where the Virginia Food Heritage Project comes in. A collaboration of growers, gardeners, community planners, historians, conservationists, scholars and many others, the project seeks to gather local knowledge about local agriculture and food heritage, and to use this knowledge to inform decision-making that will shape our landscape and our lives for years to come.
We are saving the past for the future. We hope you will join us!