Appalachian Harvest is ASD’s rural food hub that first opened it’s doors in 2000. With the decline of small tobacco farms, local farmers were quickly losing subsidies and looking for alternative sources of income. Our food hub helped local farmers stay on family farms by transitioning them to growing fruits and vegetables.
For more than 16 years, our team has worked shoulder to shoulder, with local farmers, helping them get to market….every step of the way. We provide GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) training, help them obtain organic certification, secure retail orders from large wholesale markets, and aggregate and distribute locally grown produce from Maryland to Georgia.
Because of our experience, commitment and understanding of how to ‘identify and reach markets’, our food hub has helped farmers sell more than $15 million dollars of produce to wholesale grocers and produce brokers.
How Does a Food Hub Work? How We’ve Grown!
The Central Appalachian Food Corridor
The Central Appalachian Food Corridor aims to give economically distressed communities, many of which were coal dependent, more opportunities for meaningful work. This Corridor will create sustainable jobs in local food production and distribution in Southeastern Ohio, West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Southwest VA and Northeast TN by connecting farmers and value-added producers to wholesale and retail outlets searching for local products. With increasing wholesale demand for local food, the opportunity to tap into growing markets starts today!
The map shows the organizations in the Food Corridor and where they’re located.
Farming for Wholesale Markets
These infographics depict what a farmer can expect when growing for wholesale markets; the kind of crops you would grow based on your farming experience and the income potential. Using our secured markets and weekly demand, you’re poised to generate a steady stream of revenue. For example, in 2016 one farmer grew two acres of certified organic bell peppers and earned almost $80,000 in revenue for the year.
Here is an example of our current demand and average yield/acre, as well as steps to get involved. Interested yet? Contact us today!
The Produce Growers Tool Kit
Growing Cucurbits for Wholesale Markets Webinar
Growing for Wholesale Markets Webinar
Local Food Distribution Webinar
The Organic Growers Group
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Growing Organically for Wholesale Markets began as a series of educational videos for farmers in an organic growers group, a great way to ease farmers into an organic certification. The videos now cover such a wide range of topics that conventional and even beginning farmers and growers find them to be useful. Each video in the series is accompanied by a blog that provides links and documents to help you through your first year growing organically.
Check out the published video series and blogs HERE.
Good Agriculture Practices (GAP)
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) are voluntary audits that assure consumers and wholesale purchasers that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled and stored as safely as possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards. GAP & GHP audits verify adherence to the recommendations made in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables and industry recognized food safety practices. Learn more HERE.
GAP certification is required by wholesale buyers. To support our farmers in meeting this requirement, ASD’s Appalachian Harvest Food Hub in Duffield, Virginia offers GAP training and technical support to help you prepare a Plan of Action Manual and mock audits that have led to a 100% GAP audit pass rate. For more information on GAP certification and Plan of Action Manual templates, visit AgCon today!
Physical Address: 280 Boone Trail Rd, Duffield, VA 24244
Give us a Call: 276.431.3385