Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association
VICFA’s mission statement has always been: “To promote and preserve unregulated direct farmer-to-consumer trade that fosters availability of locally-grown
or home-produced food products.”
Our quarterly meetings are open to all and are from 12noon till 3pm on the 2nd Sunday of March, June, September and December.
Before any business takes place we spend 30 minutes or so having a potluck lunch of locally grown, cooked and uninspected foods, and fellowship.
The meeting starts with the “business meeting”. Everyone present can review minutes, the treasurers report, and take part in discussions.
The Board of Directors make necessary decisions, there is a review of ongoing projects and members can ask for items to be put on the agenda of the second half of the meeting where new issues are usually brought up.
We leave the meetings re energized to pursue the goals that we have set ourselves.
Monthly conference call meetings: these happen at 7pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month when there is no regular meeting and are obligatory for members of the Board of Directors. Other VICFA members may join the call if they wish to get more involved.
VICFA’s role at The Virginia General Assembly, Richmond, VA.
VICFA monitors proposed legislation each December/January, looking for bills that would enhance or limit food freedom in some way.
VICFA seeks out sponsors for bills that would increase the range of food products available without inspection in Virginia.
VICFA organizes statewide citizen support or opposition as appropriate.
VICFA organizes a Citizens Lobby Day when food freedom supporters visit the offices of state Delegates and Senators at the General Assembly.
VICFA organizes outreach events which educate citizens on food freedom issues and raise funds for VICFA
VICFA offers speakers for small or large groups of people interested in learning more about food freedom issues in Virginia.
We hope you will get involved!