Appalachian Sustainable Development, Coalfield Development, and the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks had been connected by working together for 30+ years as part of the Central Appalachian Network (CAN). In 2016, we came together to launch the Central Appalachian Food Corridor to help underserved agricultural producers and food processors access markets at a regional level.
Over the years, we have welcomed new partners and rebranded our effort as Supporting Appalachia. We recognize the need to work together to serve our rural people and places, rather than compete in unhealthy ways that are bad for producers and buyers. Our network encourages collaboration by leveraging our Appalachian food hubs and processing center’s production, processing, and distribution capacity.
Please check out our new website, supportingappalachia.org.