Professor Tanya Denckla-Cobb directs the The Virginia Food Heritage Project (More Info), alongside a collaboration of growers, gardeners, community planners, historians, conservationists, scholars and many others. The project seeks to gather local knowledge about local agriculture and food heritage, and to use this knowledge to inform decision-making that will shape our landscape and our lives for years to come. This is a unique effort in Virginia, developed and led by UVa’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation. The initial focus is conducting a pilot project, with funding from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, in the city of Charlottesville and surrounding counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. Ideally the project will grow and be replicated in other regions in the state.