Local Food Hub & Crutchfield / by Beth Pizzichemi

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"The foundation of a community is being able to feed itself. If you can't feed yourself, you can't stay where you're at."
- Nathan Wells, Local Food Hub

Local Food Hub is a nonprofit organization distributing the products from small local farms in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the surrounding Central Virginia region to local customers in Charlottesville/Albemarle, the Shenandoah Valley, Richmond, and Washington, D.C. Their vision of making choosing local food sources the norm, and reinstating small farms as the food source for the community is as honorable as it is exciting and innovative. Founded in 2009, Local Food Hub has run many innovative programs to promote their mission and help small farms secure a strong economic foothold in the local marketplace.

Crutchfield Corporation, headquartered in Albemarle County, has been an audio industry standard since its founding in 1974. Among their many innovations, they were the first-ever web retailer to sell consumer electronics online. Crutchfield has been awarded BizRate.com's "Circle of Excellence" Platinum Award for performance and customer service 17 years in a row. Of the more than 5,000 online retailers in the BizRate network, Crutchfield is the only one to win the "Circle of Excellence" Platinum Award for 17 consecutive years. They have won Virginia Business magazine's "Best Places to Work in Virginia" award twice, most recently in 2018.

In 2015, Local Food Hub teamed up with Crutchfield to start their own healthy initiative: Local Food Hub's Farm to Workplace Program. Local Food Hub's partnership with local businesses in their Farm to Workplace program promotes a healthy lifestyle by easing access to fresh, locally-grown foods and making healthy choices easy. It is programs like the Farm to Workplace program that make employees and their families feel happy, healthy, successful, and cared for by their employers, and since the program's conception has been growing and Local Food Hub is looking for ways to expand to other businesses and organizations.