February 28, 2012, The Lyric Theater, 7:00 PM ~ free admission
Speaker: Woody Crenshaw
Social entrepreneur and businessman Woody Crenshaw spoke on Sustainability and Development in Floyd County and the Blue Ridge Plateau, particularly the revitalization of agriculture and farming. Crenshaw is a founding member and President of rapidly growing SustainFloyd, a social benefit organization with projects including the Floyf Farmers Market, the Farm to School Program, the Floyd Artisan Tour, the SustainFloyd Film Series, the first Floyd Energy Inventory and development projects for produce and dairy processing facilities.
Woody Crenshaw's efforts over the last 10 years have been as an advocate for the creative economy of Southwest Virginia and specifically for Floyd County. His interests have basically been to try to use craft. music, and alternative agriculture as vehicles for community development. Woody and his wife Jackie are craftsmen and designers. The Crenshaws own the Floyd Country Store, home of the famous Friday Night Jamboree and a vital community hub not only for commerce but for education and community development. The Crenshaws are beginning the second growing season at their Riverstone farm on the Little River.
Woody Crenshaw's program for Community Voices combined stories and living cases from an emerging and vital expression of local innovation and entrepreneurship for sustainable develpoment.