Please join us for an agricultural evening of a locally produced dinner by Botetourt Farmer's Market and our local producers. Enjoy keynote speaker, the distinguished Matthew Lohr, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, who will speak to issues concerning Botetourt County.
The Preserve at Crooked Run will be the beautiful setting for this wonderful evening of local celebration. Our farmers and producers will have tables setup, displaying their products and educating the public about what they offer locally for food and goods to the Community. In honor of Labor Day, they will share the fruits of their labor. It will be a night to remember, celebrating our rich agricultural roots.
Virginia Mountain Vineyards will be serving the wine at this event. We will also have a beer table. The ticket price for dinner includes one drink and guests may purchase additional beer and wine at the event.
Secretary of Agriculture & Forestry at Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Matthew Lohr serves as the 5th Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He was raised on a Century family farm in the Shenandoah Valley and has spent his entire life working for the betterment of agriculture.
Matthew developed his passion for public service while serving as both a state and national FFA officer before graduating from Virginia Tech with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Education. He has more than 30 years of experience as a professional leader and communicator.
Matthew served as Chief of the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, an agency with more than 10,000 employees across 3,000 offices. He also previously served in the Virginia House of Delegates, as Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, as Director of the Farm Credit Knowledge Center and as a middle school agriscience teacher.
In addition to serving as Secretary, Matthew along with his two children own and operate Valley Pike Farm, Inc., his family’s farming operation.
Our friendly and helpful Daleville, VA team is here to answer your questions about agricultural lending, mortgage lending, business lending, banking and much more. For more than 40 years First Bank & Trust has been helping members of the community achieve their financial goals. Give us a call, send an email or stop by a local branch.
These local producers will have a table at the event and display their products.
Mountain Thyme Honey and Gifts
Hi! I’m Sarah Melendy, a Virginia gal who is enjoying the opportunity to live surrounded by beautiful Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains. When my husband and I purchased our home in late 2016, I knew I wanted to name the property, and with all the Creeping Thyme growing around our patio and over stone walls, it was easy to decide on “Mountain Thyme.” It is a privilege to live in this breathtaking part of Virginia, keeping hives of Honey Bees right in my own backyard. With inspiration from my daughter, and after taking a beginner beekeeping course in early 2018, I acquired my first bees in April of 2018. I’ll never forget my first experience of suiting up, and standing in an apiary with thousands of bees humming all around me….very surreal!
In 2021, I started researching propolis (an intriguing substance made by Honey Bees) and learned that the wellness attributes of propolis are just too good to ignore. So I have developed propolis tincture, propolis oil, and propolis throat spray, in an effort to provide people with some all-natural, healthy products to aid in boosting their immune systems. It’s astounding how much the bees can do for us!
My beekeeping journey has had a profound impact on me. The more I learn and experience, the more fascinated I become. I’m really just a beginner and continually count on my fellow “beeks” for advice and guidance. My two daughters have been instrumental in helping me with building my business, and it’s their excitement and encouragement along with my husband’s support that keeps me inspired. What’s really exciting for me is sharing my fascination and enthusiasm with others in my community. The more we know, the more we will care, and that’s always a good thing.
Knowing where your food comes from is so important. Our name tells you where your products are grown and raised, in Botetourt County, Virginia. Our chickens are pasture raised and our vegetables are all grown on our farm.
These sponsors will be at the dinner with their business information.
The Advancement Foundation
The Advancement Foundation (TAF), a nonprofit founded in 2007 works in concert with economic and community development organizations to execute key strategies that provide infrastructure, support, and resources to create an effective entrepreneurial ecosystem. TAF has researched, tested, and refined specific initiatives that help unify activities for small business development, increase support, and leverage resources to provide measurable impact on small business development for the communities it serves.
TAF is uniquely positioned to provide both locality specific initiatives, as well as cross regional synergies to assist communities. As a trusted community partner with economic development offices, chambers, Main Street organizations, Virginia Tourism, DHCD, Small Business Development Centers, SBA, USDA, libraries and others, TAF is able to implement projects efficiently and effectively.
Through a combination of support services focused on coordinating financial resources, training, community engagement, mentoring, and cluster based initiatives, TAF is able to impact measurable growth for the communities we serve. Join the conversation and get involved in our process, today.
One table + one dinner ticket. Please purchase additional tickets for dinner if you are arriving with more than one person. Arrival time for set-up is 5 pm. Please email Jennifer (firstname.lastname@example.org) an image to use to promote your business being at the event.
Standard Price $35
Table Display Sponsor
Corporate sponsor that would like a table to display their product at this event. Does not include a ticket for dinner. Please purchase a ticket for dinner if you are interested in joining the dinner. We would love to have you!
Standard Price $100
Title Sponsors for the event. Includes a table and two tickets.