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Our mission is to build a thriving regional food and agriculture system that creates healthy communities, respects the planet, and cultivates profitable opportunities for Appalachians.

About Appalachian Sustainable Development

Since 1995, Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) has been working to propel our mission to build a thriving regional food and agriculture system that creates healthy communities, respects the planet, and cultivates profitable opportunities for Appalachians.

In the beginning ASD focused exclusively on 15 counties in northeast TN and southwest VA. Today our work has expanded to include partners in WV, eastern KY and southeast OH.

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our Impact


sold through Appalachian

Harvest for local farmers since 2001

145,000 LBS

of food grown by Grow Your Own

families since 2012

80 raised beds

installed at local schools, youth clubs,

and childcare centers


in Virginia Fresh Match incentives

redeemed in SWVA since 2018

4,409 acres

of forest land conserved through

forest farming since 2018

123,000 food boxes

distributed since June 2020

30 associates

trained since launch of Groundwork in 2020

32 FARM mentors

hosted 35 Beginning Farmers in the

FARM program

28 new farm startups

through agriculture education programs

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