The Value Chain Cluster Initiative (VC2) is a non-profit food-based business accellerator based in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. It is a project of the Natural Capital Investment Fund.
General About the Organization/Mission
The Value Chain Cluster (VC2) Initiative provides hands-on business development and coaching services to strengthen local food and farm businesses in four regions of West Virginia. Farmers living in one of 17 eligible counties who are a new or existing producers, processors, aggregators or distributors of local food, can apply for various types of technical assistance.
VC2 creates jobs by investing in one of West Virginia’s most promising industries: the production, processing, aggregation, and distribution of local food. The core strategy of the program is to build profitable, equitable, supply chains that create jobs by moving more local food from farm to table. VC2 will provide hands-on technical assistance, coaching, and access to capital for food and farm businesses, while fostering new sales connections and building a supportive network of these businesses across the state.
|Type of Organization||Non-profit, Local Food|
Phone: (304) 661-4951
Issues of Focus
- Local Food Production
- Local Food Processing
- Local Food Aggregation and Distribution
- Job Creation
- Capital Access
VC2 serve four regional multi-county clusters covering a total of 17 counties, or about a third of West Virginia:
|Doddridge-Tyler-Ritchie-Gilmer||Doddridge, Tyler, Ritchie, and Gilmer|
|Tygart Valley||Barbour, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, and Upshur|
|Greenbrier Valley||Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, and Pocahontas|
|Mid-Ohio Valley||Calhoun, Clay, Roane, and Wirt|
History of Organization
Programs and Projects
Tools & Resources
VC2 provides a host of resource material through their website, including information on:
- Production Planning for Profitable Four Season Production
- Coordinating Production Planning for Groups
- Electronic Media Training
- Farm Labor Resources
- Marketing Resources
- Accounting/Recordkeeping Resources
- New Business Resources
VC2 regularly partners with other service providers, including the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition, West Virginia Farmers Market Association, and WVU Extension Service to provide networking and education opportunities for food business owners.
VC2 provides targeted technical assistance to businesses working to expand or raise capital.
Partners and Frequent Collaborators