Search the site

If you are just beginning your journey in agriculture, these are the programs and resources ASD offers to Assist in setting you on the path to success.

Agroforestry

Community gardens serve as hands-on demonstration and production sites for beginner farmers, intermediate farmers, and those without space to grow their own. ASD manages the Faith in Action Community Garden in Abingdon, VA. and the Four Seasons “Y” Community Garden in Tazewell, VA.


Contact the Program Managers

LISA WORLEY
Abingdon Garden Supervisor

Email Lisa | 276.623.1121

DAVID GABBERT
Tazewell Garden Supervisor

Email David276.623.1121

MORGAN BRADLEY
Abingdon Garden Associate

Email Morgan 515.450.9608


Volunteer Opportunities

There are SO many opportunities to volunteer in the community with ASD! Join us every Friday during the growing season at the Faith in Action Community Garden or the Four Seasons Y community Garden to participate. Click here to sign up and to explore other ways to get involved.


Explore our Website

Community Gardens

Community gardens serve as hands-on demonstration and production sites for beginner farmers, intermediate farmers, and those without space to grow their own. ASD manages the Faith in Action Community Garden in Abingdon, VA. and the Four Seasons “Y” Community Garden in Tazewell, VA.


Contact the Program Managers

LISA WORLEY
Abingdon Garden Supervisor

Email Lisa | 276.623.1121

DAVID GABBERT
Tazewell Garden Supervisor

Email David276.623.1121

MORGAN BRADLEY
Abingdon Garden Associate

Email Morgan 515.450.9608


Volunteer Opportunities

There are SO many opportunities to volunteer in the community with ASD! Join us every Friday during the growing season at the Faith in Action Community Garden or the Four Seasons Y community Garden to participate. Click here to sign up and to explore other ways to get involved.


Explore our Website

Grow Your Own

Grow Your Own empowers beginner gardeners to take control of their food sovereignty by cultivating their own home or community gardens and earning income from sales of produce. The program focuses on small-scale, intensive, diversified production.


Contact the Program Manager

Learning Landscapes

Learning Landscapes is a Farm to School style program providing foundational agriculture education to school and after-school students, faculty, and staff. ASD works with site coordinators across the region to design and install hands-on demonstration gardens to cultivate the next generation of farmers.


Contact the Program Manager

MORGAN BRADLEY
Agriculture Education Program Manager

Email Morgan 515.450.9608


Join the Farm to School team!

The primary purpose of the Regional Farm to School Team is to improve access to local foods in eligible schools through comprehensive farm-to-school programming that includes local procurement and agricultural education efforts. With a replicable train-the-trainer model, schools and child care centers will be able to have a sustainable gardening program for their students while also providing access to a network for bulk purchase discounts, consultation and installation assistance, connections to local food procurement, and a supportive community to create a culture change that will have lasting positive impacts on the future generations. If you are interested in volunteering and getting involved, please fill out the interest survey or email Morgan Bradley, Agriculture Education Program Manager.


Volunteer Opportunities

Join us at the Learning Landscape gardens for clean up days, garden maintenance, and more!

Garden Clean Up Days

February & March
Check back for updates!

Soil Delivery

February & March
Check back for updates!

Garden Maintenance Days

Bristol Boys & Girls Club & Haynesfield Elementary – check back for updates!
Washington-Lee Elementary – after school hours, check back for updates!

SWVA Field School: Summer Field School

The Field School is made up of two sessions: the Summer Field School and the Winter Business Intensive. The Summer Field School has 8 on-farm classes to explore production methods and farm enterprises that are thriving in Southwest Virginia. Classes are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday during the months of May through August at 5:30pm. Students will have the opportunity to visit local farms and hear about different successful production methods implemented there. Topics will include various regenerative agriculture practices, beekeeping, integrating multiple operations, cattle work, and more.


Contact the Program Manager

MICHAEL KLARMAN
Producer Pathway Manager

Email Michael423.408.9438


Registering for the SWVA Field School

Summer Field School is held between May and August on various local farms on the 1st and 3rd Thursday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Topics include specialty produce, irrigation, beekeeping, season extension, rotational grazing, cattlework, agroforestry, and more! Registration begins in March.


Stay in the loop

Sign up for ASD’s Agriculture Education Newsletter!

Get news, updates, and learning opportunities offered by our Ag Education efforts directly to your inbox!

Groundwork: Workforce Development

Agricultural-based, paid, on-the-job training for 3, 5, or 6 months with a focus on transferable skills. Learn the basics of growing, harvesting, and marketing in the Bristol, VA program. Or you can opt for the food aggregation and distribution program in Duffield, VA. Both programs provide training on essential skills like teamwork and problem solving, as well as personal development support in financial literacy, career development, and more.


Contact the Program Manager

HANNAH GIBBS
Workforce Development Program Manager

Email Hannah276.623.1121


Registering for the SWVA Field School

Summer Field School is held between May and August on various local farms on the 1st and 3rd Thursday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Topics include specialty produce, irrigation, beekeeping, season extension, rotational grazing, cattlework, agroforestry, and more! Registration begins in March.


Stay in the loop

Sign up for ASD’s Agriculture Education Newsletter!

Get news, updates, and learning opportunities offered by our Ag Education efforts directly to your inbox!

©2022 Appalachian Sustainable Development. All rights reserved.