Where the Collective Work Becomes the Collaborative Work

The Processing, Aggregation, and Distribution Network (WV-PAD Network) is a group of WV’s local food value chain actors who work collectively and collaboratively to envision and build a just, equitable, and resilient food system.

The participants develop a grassroots agenda that identifies, prioritizes, and communicates needed action within the local food ecosystem. The network creates space for ground-truthing ideas that emerge organically among participants at the PAD level.


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We get things done together.

Conversations become catalysts for change, alliances form, and ideas evolve into actionable steps toward sustainable progress in the local food system. The WV-PAD Network is comprised of producers, processors, aggregators, distributors, healthcare and food access allies, technical assistance providers, government and non-government agencies, business development centers, and universities and their extension services.

Originally incubated by the newly forming West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition in 2011 as the Aggregation and Distribution Working Group, the network evolved to WV-PAD (Processing, Aggregation, and Distribution) in 2017, when we found our way to Value Chain Cluster Initiative (VC2). Our network continues to evolve in participants and impact across the state over the years.

The WV-PAD Network is co-facilitated by Patti Miller of Grow with the Flow LLC and Kelsey Abad of Rooted Community Consulting. Both are dedicated and eager to build upon the strong foundation of the network and continue expanding the support it provides to producers, aggregators, distributors, and other local food value chain actors.

Contact Us

To learn more about the network, get added to our GoogleGroup, attend our next meeting, or if you have a media inquiry, please contact BOTH of our co-facilitators.


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