The County of Goochland, Virginia and its surrounding rural communities have long held a tradition based on an agricultural economy. The history, the stories and music, the arts and crafts, and the traditions all create a cultural tapestry woven from the ''fiber'' of a land-based lifestyle.
The Center for Rural Culture's (CRC) work is challenging in the face of development pressures. We work to preserve the cultural tapestry that makes us unique as a rural community.
The Center for Rural Culture is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving rural culture in the Central Virginia Piedmont. The Center for Rural Culture (''CRC'') seeks to support local economics and agriculture, to protect rural landscapes and traditions, and conserve natural and historic resources.
Since 2004, we have been working hard to provide the members of our community with quality programs that sustain our rural culture. We founded the Goochland Farmer's Market which then and now continues to be a Saturday destination for the community to meet, socialize, and support local farmers and their products. In 2010 the CRC initiated the ''Local Roots Co-op'', our year round online farmer's market, through which local producers and artisans provide their products to five counties. Through these two initiatives we have helped keep valuable agricultural land in use by providing a market for farmers to sell seasonally fresh, local food and other land based products.
Knowledge is the key to preserving the rural fabric of our communities.