The last week of February, General Manager, Ashley Keane, and Board of Director member, Josh Carnell, traveled to Charleston to attend the 11th annual West Virginia Small Farms Conference hosted by the WVU Extension Services. The purpose of the trip was to network and learn more about food hubs, along with the start-up and development of hubs with other cooperatives and food markets across the state. Ashley and Josh took part in several classes and informative sessions about how to fund, establish, and grow a successful food hub. In efforts to increase the local economy and assist small farmers throughout the state of West Virginia, regional food hubs across the state will be essential. Ashley and Josh along with the rest of the Mountain People’s Board of Directors and Staff look forward to working with the community and sponsors to make the reality of a regional food hub happen right here in Morgantown!
Josh and Ashley also had the opportunity to meet with Mountain People’s friend and Attorney to the West Virginia Chambers of Commerce, Parween Mascari, about the vision and direction that is needed for Cooperative Law in the state of West Virginia. Call it luck, but SB352 in regards to Cooperative Law in the state was added to the agenda for the Senate Committee Meeting on Saturday, February, 28th. With a slight change in schedule, Ashley and Josh arrived early that Saturday morning to the State Capital to represent Mountain People’s Cooperative and answer any questions the Senate Committee may have had regarding SB352 and Cooperative Law. The bill then made it out of the committee and to the senate floor.
Please click HERE to learn more about SB 352.