December: ‘A new year always brings hope’


It’s the end of 2021, and the new year is upon us. A new year always brings hope. Hope’s been battered about quite a bit over the past 20 months. The pandemic keeps teaching us that just when we see the light at the end of the tunnel, the tunnel keeps getting longer. But what […]

Governor Northam congratulates future SEED Fund students

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Pictured above: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam offers his congratulations to MHC and future SEED Fund students in a special video. Martinsville, Va. — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam congratulated future SEED Fund students in Martinsville-Henry County with a video. Gov. Northam said to this year’s kindergarten class, “We believe in you. We want to be with […]

EDC continues positive growth for jobs, tax base in Martinsville-Henry County

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Pictured above: Mark Heath (left), president and CEO of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), is pictured at the September announcement of SCHOCK GmbH. Martinsville, Va. — The Harvest Foundation will invest a total of $7 million over the next four and a half years at the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to […]

November: A time for reflection and gratitude

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From the desk of Harvest Foundation President Kate Keller November, in all its color and change of season, is the perfect time for reflection and gratitude.  We have all been through so much change and instability for much of the past two years, that maybe this practice might get lost.  I encourage you to spend […]

Local commission creates new housing position in partnership with The Harvest Foundation

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Pictured from left are WPPDC staff members Sean Campbell, housing programs director, Michael Armbrister, executive director, and Brandy Dudley, regional housing planner. Martinsville, Va. — The Harvest Foundation is funding a three-year investment of $75,000 at the West Piedmont Planning District Commission (WPPDC) to support its Regional Housing Initiative by adding a housing planner to the organization. […]

Coalition taking over the operation of Community Dental Clinic


For Immediate Use November 16, 2021 Contact:  Dr. Mark Crabtree 276 632-9266 The Piedmont Virginia Dental Health Foundation is turning over the operation of the Community Dental Clinic to the Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness, a not-for-profit organization which received its initial funding from The Harvest Foundation. “This new effort will expand […]

Governor Northam Announces Major Apparel Company to Invest $10.2 Million in Henry County, Create 82 New Jobs

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RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear, and accessories, will invest $10.2 million to grow their operation in Henry County. The expansion will create 82 jobs. The company will use its 500,000-square-foot facility in Martinsville to increase distribution capacity to deliver products to its consumers faster. […]

October: We need a community narrative

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From the desk of Harvest Foundation President Kate Keller A community narrative is important.  It’s the story we tell ourselves about our history, our present, and possibly our future.  It’s the story we tell others, those who are passing through, and those who are coming here to stay. The historical narratives about Martinsville and Henry […]

The Harvest Foundation announces appointment of three new board members

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Pictured from left: Anne Smith, Sharon Ortiz-García, and Travis Hodge. Martinsville, Va. — The Harvest Foundation Board of Directors welcomes three new members: Travis Hodge of Martinsville, Sharon Ortiz-García of Critz, and Anne Smith of Martinsville. Each member brings a diverse set of talents, skills, and unique perspectives to the board. Harvest President Kate Keller […]