What We Do
SustainFloyd works to leverage and preserve Floyd County’s existing assets and traditional strengths in agriculture and craftsmanship to help build a resilient rural local economy.
Supporting the growth of our community’s next generation requires a community commitment, which is why we work closely with local and state governments and agencies, local businesses, like-minded non-profits and local citizens. Together we can find ways to develop the financial and ecological health of our community for the well-being of all citizens of Floyd County. But we also join with other communities throughout the region and around the globe to model new ways of living on, working in, and caring for the world around us.
Our project areas focus on efforts to:
- Localize our economy
- Enhance and protect natural and cultural resources
- Advance issues related to strenghthen food systems, energy independence, transportation, waste and recycling, and education
|2008:On November 16, 2008, a small group of Floyd County residents gave a public presentation in the Floyd Country Store entitled “The Future of Floyd.” Arranged by The Floyd Fund, a local affiliate of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley, some 60 residents attended and presented diverse viewpoints. After the presentation a number of people stayed behind to talk further. This group became the core of the SustainFloyd initiative.||
|2009:In January, the core group began bi-monthly meetings and created a mission statement, selected a board of directors, formed committees and elected officers. In May, SustainFloyd presented a guest lecture with famed environmentalist Bill McKibben, whose words were a watershed moment for the organization. We moved forward on a number of initiatives, including participation in the global event 350 Action; SplitRail, Floyd County’s first environmental festival; and the opening of the Floyd Community Market. In December, SustainFloyd applied for 501(c)(3) non-profit status.||
|2010:In February, SustainFloyd hired its first Director, Mike Burton, who had previously served as a board member. In March, SustainFloyd received non-profit status and Congressman Rick Boucher helped dedicate The Station building, a new multi-purpose complex that includes the Floyd Community Market. In May, the Floyd Artisans Market and Floyd Farmers Market opened in the Floyd Community Market, featuring local arts, crafts, fresh produce, breads and cheeses.||