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Chelsea Graves, Dining Services Student Farm Manager, Interdisciplinary Studies Major, at Virginia Tech Kentland Farms


Debbie Lineweaver


Debbie has a love for preserving open space and rural communities. She took initiative to start
SO Fresh in southwest Virginia, and has been committing her time to volunteer to get the
organization off the ground and established as a non-profit. SO Fresh is building connections
between growers and consumers and other organizations in the region to promote the local
foods economy. The rural miles between people in the same community is both a treasure and
a challenge to SO Fresh’s mission. It is difficult to get people in one room when they live an
hour’s drive from each other and perhaps do not have Internet. Yet Debbie sees these
connections as a key piece to food security.

Here’s a link to Debbie’s full narrative: Debbie Lineweaver

Keywords: Virginia, networks, local food economy, food hub

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