One of many shining examples in the Valley of how communities came together and rose to the challenges of this year to connect people in need to local food growers and producers.
About Erin Burch
Erin is a native of Rockingham County and loves our beautiful surroundings here in the Shenandoah Valley. She spent some time in Richmond, getting a taste of city life, but ultimately returned to Harrisonburg to attend James Madison University for a degree in Dietetics. Now her passions lie in promoting local foods and agriculture and helping to enhance and protect water quality and preserve natural resources through her work. In her free time, Erin enjoys cycling, hiking and exploring local parks and forests with her husband, daughter and dogs. Read more >
The Alliance staff members were delighted to get a sneak peak of the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel and new trail back in October as the finishing touches were being put in place for its November 21 grand opening to the public.
Despite opening in the middle of a global pandemic, visitors have discovered Seven Bends State Park, the new park in Woodstock bordered by the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.
For those involved in the six-year-long struggle to stop the unneeded and destructive Atlantic Coast Pipeline, it is still hard to comprehend what happened on July 5, 2020. That is the day that Dominion announced that it was pulling the plug on the 42-inch high-pressure natural gas pipeline that would have plowed through 600 miles of forests, farms, streams, and communities in West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina.
At the Alliance, we started 2020 with big goals. Now, half-way through and thrown more than one curve ball, we’re still on course, albeit with some changes.
This new tool stands to help localities understand how current trends and pressures in land-use will affect communities and natural resources now and in the future.
As always, Alliance staff tracked legislation and made advocacy trips to Richmond during the 2020 session. Your calls and emails to legislators made a difference—thank you!
COVID has us interacting with our community in a whole new way and has shifted our perspectives and habits. We’ve heard lots of stories of folks finding creative ways to still ‘shop local’ and we want to hear yours.
The video highlighting a Shenandoah County agriculture best management cost-share project wins the Hermes Creative Awards Gold Winner status!
VALOR is accepting applicants from adults in agriculture who want to develop their communication, problem solving, and critical thinking skills in the pursuit of becoming an advocate for agriculture and a leader in the industry.
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