WHAT IS FOOD HERITAGE?

Food heritage celebrates the connection between the food we eat, the land it comes from, and the people who produce it. The Virginia Food Heritage Project saves our food heritage by connecting you with stories about foods that have been or are currently grown, processed, prepared, exchanged, sold, or consumed in Virginia.

Our commitment to preserving our cultural heritage is a commitment to:

  • supporting our farmers;
  • supporting our seed savers;
  • supporting our chefs and food artisans;
  • supporting education about our food heritage;
  • supporting those trying to preserve and grow our food heritage;
  • combining the best of the past and the present.

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. We have created a map that grows everyday when people like YOU share what they know about food heritage in Virginia.  We work to save stories by placing YOUR recipes, stories, breeds, seeds, places, festivals, organizations and more on our map.

What can you do?

Share a story with us here! // Explore stories on our map!