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How We Help

We address workforce and economic development, food insecurity, and community building and health through 6 strategies: education, increasing local food production, developing markets, increasing distribution of local agriculture products, engaging strategic partners, and researching/consulting and advising. We are passionate about ensuring that rural communities can become viable once again and we feel that agriculture strategies can play a key role.

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Supporting Farmers and Tackling Hunger

We help family farmers stay on local farms by connecting them to strong markets of different types and sizes by providing the training, tools, technical assistance and resources they need for success.  To tackle hunger, we teach families about eating fresh, healthy food, and help them access it, including donating fresh fruits and vegetables from local and regional farmers, and teaching people how to grow food for themselves.

The Impact

$24 Mm

produce sold through Appalachian

Harvest for local farmers since 2001

140,000 LBS

of food grown by Grow Your Own

families since 2012

80 raised beds

installed at local schools and

childcare centers


in Virginia Fresh Match incentives have

been redeemed in SWVA since May 2018

1,854.25 acres

of forest land conserved through

forest farming

61,000 food boxes

received and distributed to needy families

16 crew members

enrolled since launch of Groundwork

31 FARM mentors

hosted 33 Beginning Farmers in the

FARM program

25 new farm startups

through the FARM program

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