Loudoun Farm Exchange

2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Loudoun County, Va., VA

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About the Program

Category: Community and Economic Development (Best in Category)

Year: 2023

Loudoun Economic Development determined there was a gap in the supply chain among rural producers in the county. While Loudoun offers a robust network of rural products and services, no centralized system to connect them existed, resulting in a lack of knowledge, and therefore, money leaving the county unnecessarily. The Loudoun Farm Exchange was designed to offer both in person networking events, as well as a 24/7 digital option that allows the rural producers to connect in real time. The first live event introduced over 60 local producers to the goods and services that they provide locally for each other, and unveiled the online Farm Exchange, with attendees signing up for accounts and creating listings on-the-spot.