It's a long process to get food from the farm to our kitchen table, and we often forget how much work goes into getting the food we eat. That's why Virginia Agriculture Week is highlighting the 47,000 farms across the commonwealth.
Agriculture is the number one industry in the state of Virginia. Therefore, Virginia Agriculture Week is about celebrating that, and getting others engaged in learning more about farms across the commonwealth.
Agriculture is a $55 billion a year industry that employs 350,000 Virginians.
Organizers of Virginia Agriculture Week are urging people to eat and drink locally-sourced products and attend one of several festivals and events going on throughout the week.
It's coinciding with Virginia Agriculture Literacy Week where hundreds of volunteers will be in area schools reading to kids about the importance of the agriculture industry.
"Sometimes people take agriculture for granted," said Matt Lohr, the commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. "The food is always in the store, it's always in the restaurant but it doesn't just magically appear, there's a lot of work that goes into it all the way from the farm to get it to the table and so it's nice that we have this week that we can recognize that," he said.
Lohr said the Virginia agriculture industry set a record last year of $2.6 billion worth of exports to other parts of the country and the world.
Virginia Agriculture week runs from Sunday March 17 through Saturday March 23.