Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) will host a rural summit Friday, Nov. 16 at the Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg.
Randall said she hopes to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing rural Loudoun County, and come up with ways preserve and maintain it.
“Loudoun County is home to a rich agricultural heritage that continues into today. We see it in the robust wine industry Loudoun has cultivated so well, our farm to table restaurants, and farms where our residents can visit to pet animals, and pick and enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables produced right here in Loudoun,” Randall stated. “This thriving agritourism industry can only exist when it is surrounded and supported by working farms and active agriculture, and we as a county must work with the community to maintain the critical mass of land necessary for rural Loudoun to continue long into the future.”
The summit is open to everyone and free to attend. Speakers will include experts in rural preservation strategies, state and local government officials, local agricultural business owners, and rural Loudoun activists. Breakfast will be from Mom’s Apple Pie in Leesburg, a lunch break will include a vendor market with a variety of local agricultural products, and local wines will be featured at the end of the summit.
The event’s emcee will be Tia Walbridge of the Virginia Agricultural Council, the Loudoun Farm Bureau, associate director of the Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District, and a small business owner. She has also announced she is running for the county Board of Supervisors.
Another panel, on tools in the rural economy, will be moderated by Visit Loudoun President and CEO Beth Erickson.
To attend, RSVP to Elizabeth Bennis at firstname.lastname@example.org.