The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 7, 2013

Lewis to lead Foods Initiative

By Tina Alvey
Register-Herald Reporter

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Quincy Gray McMichael Lewis has been hired by the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation (GVEDC) to be the new coordinator of the agency’s Local Foods Initiative, according to GVEDC board President Karen Lobban.

A native of Maine, Lewis has an extensive background in food development, community development and historic preservation. She is a graduate of the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, and holds a certificate from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in London. She is an owner of Vernal Vibe Rise, a farm raising heritage animals and plants.

Lewis replaces Jill Grace Young, who is now serving as statewide coordinator of the Value Chain Cluster Initiative, a new program designed to deliver hands-on technical assistance and coaching services to strengthen local food and farm businesses in West Virginia.

“The GVEDC is pleased to have found someone with the talent and experience Quincy brings to the table,” said Steve Weir, GVEDC’s executive director. “She possesses great energy and vision — key elements to leading a successful community development project like the GVLFI (Greenbrier Valley Local Foods Initiative).”

The GVLFI works with farmers, markets, restaurants, distributors, schools, consumers and food pantries to increase accessibility, availability and affordability of fresh, healthy regional foods.

One of Lewis’s first projects will be to assist in the development of a processing, aggregation and distribution site serving the Greenbrier Valley.