Yesterday marked the official ribbon cutting of the Alleghany Highlands Agricultural Center. The project, which is now known under the trade name Alleghany Meats LLC, is the product of nine years of grassroots community development. The Highland Center was a founding member of the Ag Center Steering Committee, providing administrative management and helping to garner resources from USDA Rural Development, the Appalachian Regional Commission, Virginia FAIRS and other contributors. 94 local investors pitched in to make the facility possible, representing $1 million in private funding.
U.S. Congressman Bob Goodlatte addressed the crowd of nearly 250 people, complimenting the vision and hard work of everyone involved with the ag center’s development. Other guests included Virginia Senator Creigh Deeds and Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Matt Lohr, among other state and local officials. General manager Chris Fuller did the honor of cutting the ribbon, remarking “The ability for a community to feed itself is a basic necessity … agriculture here is a longstanding tradition, and although we’re new, this business is going to be a big part of the agricultural tradition.”
The Highland Center hopes to continue partnering with Alleghany Meats as they carry out that mission, connecting farmers with customers who care about purchasing healthy, flavorful and locally grown meats.