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Elizabeth Spellman


Elizabeth combines her farm experience, environmental and agricultural law degree, and admiration of the land in her work as executive director of the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition. Amongst other efforts, she is trying to build a social and physical network to transport food to markets across the state. Elizabeth believes food hubs are a revival of farmer cooperatives and a viable business and marketing model for small farmers. She sees the work in West Virginia reflecting food sovereignty discourse. She presents questions of scale as a challenge for the future because West Virginia is a heterogeneous state.

Here is a link to Elizabeth’s full narrative: Elizabeth Spellman

Keywords: West Virginia, aggregation and distribution, food sovereignty, coalition, food hub, local food economy

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