RVAg’s mission is to create and market vibrant venues for local farmers and artisans so they can offer their products directly to consumers in order to cultivate community engagement, using local food as a common link. In addition to providing local farmers and artisans a venue for selling directly to consumers, we also offer an online marketplace and wellness and cooking classes.
RVAg was founded 1/09/2015 by Chiknegg Productions Owner/Manager, Lisa Dearden. Lisa felt strongly that the farmers market she founded in Manakin needed to be folded under the “wing” of a non-profit organization. The non-profit status allows us to have access to resources that are simply not available to for-profit companies. In addition, the organization now offers most of it’s educational programs for low-cost or no-cost, with additional grants or sponsorship monies covering operational expenses.
Chiknegg Productions continues to work closely with us by assisting cottage industry food entrepreneurs with training, consulting and incubator kitchen space, and and by promoting RVAg’s market activities and educational programs.
RVAg is 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. We are qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2016 or 2522 of the Internal Revenue Service Code.