FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/15/2020
Contact: Ciera Wilbur
Forest Farming AmeriCorps VISTA
Appalachian Sustainable Development Agroforestry Program Hosts Virtual BINGO Fundraiser
BRISTOL, Va. – Appalachian Sustainable Development is hosting Virtual BINGO games on Tuesday, January 12 and Thursday, January 14 at 7:00pm, EST. Each bingo game will last approximately one hour and participants can will prizes from local businesses worth $20 – $300. Prizes have been donated by: Abingdon Olive Oil Company, Blackbird Bakery, Delta Blues BBQ, Food City, Kroger, Outdoor Adventure Centers, Paradise Cove Jet Ski and Pontoon Rentals, Salt of the Earth, Sundog Outfitters, Tumbling Creek Cider Company, White Birch Juice Company, Wolf Hills Coffee, Virginia Creeper Lodge, and 7-Trails Grill. AllAll proceeds benefit ASD’s Aagroforestry Pprogram. Tickets are now on sale and space is limited: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-bingo-tickets-129479002181.
ASD’s Agroforestry Program was founded in 2010 with the goal of helping farmers adopt agroforestry practices that support both conservation and specialty crop production. Historically, ASD has worked with government agencies to establish multifunctional riparian forest buffers with useful fruit and nut trees and shrubs along waterways, as well as food forests along public walking trails. Currently, ASD helps farmers establish, process and market forest botanicals in a forest farming system or and field grown medicinal herbs in an alley cropping system. Ticket sales for this FUNdraiser will help support….
Agroforestry is a land use management system in which trees and/or shrubs are grown with crops and/or livestock. This intentional combination of agriculture and forestry has a variety of environmental and economic benefits, including crop diversification, soil erosion reduction, water quality improvement, wildlife habitat enhancement, and much more! There are several agroforestry practices, including: forest farming, riparian forest buffers, alley cropping, silvopasture, windbreaks, and food forests.
About Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD)
Nationally known and respected for its commitment to local farmers, Appalachian Sustainable Development celebrates its 25th year in 2020. ASD’s mission is to transition Appalachia to a more resilient economy and a healthier population by supporting local agriculture, exploring new economic opportunities and connecting people to healthy food.
Since 1995, Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) has been working in 15 counties in Central Appalachia. ASD’s reach has since expanded to include partners in eastern WV and KY and southeast Ohio. ASD uses six strategies to accomplish its work: education, increasing local food production, developing markets, increasing distribution of local agriculture products, engaging strategic partners, and researching/consulting and advising. ASD runs several programs, all focused on the food and ag sectors, including programs that help feed hungry people and programs in economic and workforce development that build opportunities for farmers to succeed. Learn more: https://asdevelop.org, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.
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