WV-PAD Network Gatherings bring together businesses, organizations, service providers, and regulators to assess current challenges and opportunities and to work collaboratively towards common goals.

2023 Gathering

June 13–14, 2023

During the 2023 Gathering, participants will work to define the highest purpose and goal of the WV-PAD Network and begin to cultivate a structure that will better serve community-driven food systems. The 2023 Gathering will be a two-day virtual event on June 13  from noon to 4:30pm  and on June 14 from 9:30 to 1pm . The days will consist of a combination of speakers, full group discussions, and  small group breakouts.

Who Should Attend

The Gathering is open to current WV-PAD Network participants and other interested stakeholders, including those working in community economic development, legislators, and funders.

Please consider attending if you are involved with the food system in any way such as:

  • operating a local food grocery store

  • aggregating and market local food products from multiple farmers

  • operating a consignment farmers market/retail store

  • providing processing services for farmers (ie. freezing, chopping, canning, etc.)

  • providing transportation/distribution/logistics for local farmers and buyers of local food

  • purchasing wholesale/purchase products from local farmers

  • or anyone interested in engaging with the local food ecosystem

Please come as you are.

If that means for a portion of the gathering, we completely understand. Whether you are available one or both days, we value your input and voice in the conversation in whatever capacity you have available.

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